Studio Ghibli head president Koji Hoshino announced that legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will be retiring after the release of his latest film, "The Wind Rises." Nothing has been confirmed by Miyazaki himself, but he will be hosting a briefing in Tokyo sometime next week.
This is very sad news. I just recently started to find interest in anime, and it's only because of the works of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. The man IS 72 though, so I guess he's had a good run.