Friday, September 6, 2013

Signs o' the GNF: Hayao Miyazaki Retires, Futurama Airs Its Last Episode

Just saw on Japanese TV that Hayao Miyazaki held a press conference to announce his retirement.  At the end, the anime legend told reporters this would be his last public appearance.  Miyazaki's films have meant a lot to the Constructivist family and we're sad to see him go.  But when you leave behind Totoro, Spirited Away, PonyoKiki's Delivery ServicePrincess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa, and Studio Ghibli, he'll never really be gone.

Which leads me to the end of Futurama.  I love the way the last episode tunnels back to the first episode and makes the entire series into a long time loop.  Pretty meta way to get at the way all fictional characters end up repeating the same words and actions--and a pretty romantic way to convince us that for Frye and Leela, at least, this would lead to happiness and love rather than despair or boredom.  If I weren't so busy, I'd watch every episode in order as a tribute!

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