If you didn't already know, I've spent a majority of the last month having solo Studio Ghibli marathons while simultaneously crying and live-tweeting about it. This time around, I watched an NHK documentary about the studio's co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki. It's called Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki and it details the legendary anime director's life after announcing his retirement in 2013 and (surprise, surprise!) how he comes out of it. It's a fascinating documentary and humbling to watch Miyazaki, a master of his craft, learn how to embrace CGI to help execute the vision for his upcoming Boro the Caterpillar film. Even as he faces challenges along the way, Miyazaki provides the following words of wisdom about perseverance:
"I never want to regret not trying something. It's better to try and fail. I believe that. I really do."
Miyakazi has always been unrelenting when it comes to his artistry. He himself acknowledges that was part of Studio Ghibli's success and ultimately, its demise. I highly recommend watching the whole video below. As Miyazaki talks about his colleagues passing away and his own heart condition, the central theme of the documentary is the shortness of time. As a man in his seventies, he accepts old age as a sad truth, and mortality a reality. Miyazaki later says that he'd rather die with having something to look forward to than die while doing nothing at all; and no matter how old or young you are, there's a lot of merit in this way of living your life.