"Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye.' I do not have to be there."
-Hayao Miyazaki, 2010
Today, we are sorry to announce that the rumours were indeed true. Toshio Suzuki, General Manager has as of barely an hour ago revealed that Studio Ghibli will shutter its doors to feature length film once and for all, essentially closing down its main business to focus on managing copyrights, making money from it's older films, making the occasional manga and short film and selling merchandise through the Ghibli Museum.
Studio Ghibli will cease anime production, leaving only a company that will manage trademarks. As stated by Toshio Suzuki, "the production department of anime will be dismantled,", coinciding with data taken after the poor box office performance of 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' this Spring.
-Loose corrected translation of a recent broadcast from MBS Jounetsu Tairiku show on Japanese TV