The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World



Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Japan, NYC, Japan Society, animation, anime, Dai Sato, Justin Leach
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The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World

Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Tickets: $13/$10 Japan Society members, seniors, and students

When legendary director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Studio Ghibli in 2013 after the release of The Wind Rises, the world of Japanese anime was in mourning. (He has since rescinded his announcement, saying he will make an entirely CG animated short called Kemushi no Boro, but will be seen only at the Studio Ghibli Museum.) In the vacuum left by the famed director, known for masterpieces like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, an opportunity has emerged for new talent to take center stage.

Scriptwriter Dai Sato and animator/producer Justin Leach will talk about the future of anime in the post-Miyazaki era. Sato has written scripts for highly acclaimed television series and films including Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Cowboy Bebop. Leach has also worked many years in the animation industry, including as a CG creator on Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 and on the animation sequences in Kill Bill.

Sato and Leach are both members of Japan Society’s Innovators Network, a U.S.-Japan collaboration that connects American and Japanese business and community leaders.

The talk will be followed by a reception.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.