Sunday’s abrupt announcement that noted film director Hayao Miyazaki, 72, will retire drew quick and widespread public attention, with some paying tribute to the decades-long master of animation while others were in disbelief over his decision.

“Miyazaki has decided that ‘Kaze Tachinu’ (‘The Wind Rises’) will be his last film and he will now retire,” Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli, co-founded by Miyazaki, told reporters at the Venice film festival Sunday.

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