“It’s painful to return”: After The Boy and the Heron, Hayao Miyazaki’s Next Film Might Actually be a Sequel to Another Ghibli Classic

Fans are excited about a surprise in the latest episode of Hayao Miyazaki’s documentary, thinking there might be a sequel to “Nausicaä.”

after the boy and the heron, hayao miyazaki's next film might actually be a sequel to another ghibli classic

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  • Hayao Miyazaki was rumored to retire after "The Boy and the Heron," but it was revealed he's not retiring.
  • Instead, he's working on a new project, and there are reports it might be a sequel to another Studio Ghibli classic.
  • In the documentary's last part, the director hints at his upcoming project by painting Nausicaä and her pet.
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Despite long-standing rumors suggesting that “The Boy and the Heron” would be Hayao Miyazaki’s last film. But, it was revealed during the fall premiere that he is not retiring and is, in fact, working on a new project. Recent reports indicate that Miyazaki’s next film might be a sequel to another Studio Ghibli classic.

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A new documentary detailing Miyazaki’s development of his latest film includes portraits from his first animated hit, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,” leading fans to speculate about a potential sequel and Miyazaki’s continued collaboration with Ghibli Studio.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Documentary Sparks Fan Theories as He Draws Nausicaä

The latest episode of NHK’s “Professional-Work Style” series revealed information about Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming movie, possibly a sequel to Studio Ghibli’s film, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”

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In the documentary’s last part, the director hints at his upcoming project. Miyazaki talks about his future, and draws Nausicaä and his “pet” Teto. This news is shared on DiscussingFilm’s Twitter/X page. While painting, he says, “It’s painful to return to this world.”

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In 1984, the movie “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” was released. It tells the story of Nausicaa, a princess exploring a toxic jungle after a war to bring peace between mutant insects and humans. Although made before Miyazaki’s animation company, it’s often seen as a Studio Ghibli work. Fans are excited about a possible sequel of the film with Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, discussing it on social media.

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Fans Are Speculating About Movie That Hasn’t Been Officially Confirmed

Fans are excited about a surprise in a documentary, thinking there might be a sequel to “Nausicaä.” The original manga had unfinished parts.

The documentary didn’t confirm new projects, but fans hope for more of the story known for warning about human arrogance and environmental neglect in a made-up world.

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Fans are excited about the movie and are sharing their anticipation in the comments. They’ve been waiting for it for a long time and can’t wait to see it in theaters.

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Some fans don’t think a sequel to the movie is necessary, and they believe that Miyazaki might just want to draw art related to it again when he mentioned “returning to this world.”

While many fans are excited, it’s not confirmed if a sequel is happening. Miyazaki keeps his projects secret, making it challenging to get more details. Fans can still enjoy the 1984 film while waiting for more information.

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) is available to watch on HBO Max.

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Written by Tanmay Jha

Tanmay writes about anime for FandomWire. He's currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a passion for animation and graphics, he has authored over 240 articles on anime, sharing insights and reviews with fellow fans, seamlessly combining his love for animation with journalism.