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Arrietty Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi Leaves Studio Ghibli

Hiromasa Yonebayashi 001 - 20150312It looks like Marnie isn’t there, after all.

Earlier today, Oricon Style (via Crunchyroll) reported that director Hiromasa Yonebayashi left Studio Ghibli.

Earlier today, the 41-year-old director joined a talk show event with Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashito celebrate the release of When Marnie Was There on DVD and Blu-Ray. Yonebayashi announced that he was no longer with the company, and explained that he left at the end of 2014.

Yonebayashi was quoted as follows:

“I talked with producer (Yoshiaki) Nishimura about what to do. I still want to make films, though it isn’t clear what they will be like,” and added, “For example, I want to try an action-oriented or fantasy film, which are totally opposite from Marnie.”

Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There during his tenure at Studio Ghibli.

Source: Crunchyroll

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