– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hayao Miyazaki has revealed the title and timeframe for his next film, Asahi reports (via ANN). According to the outlet, the film will be called How Do You Live? (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka), and will take approximately three to four years for him to finish.

The film shares the title of the 1937 novel from Genzaburō Yoshino, though this will not be an adaptation of the book. The book will instead have great meaning to the protagonist to the film.

This is set to be Miyazaki’s first feature animated film since his retirement following the 2013 release of The Wind Rises. Despite this so-called retirement, Miyazaki found himself anxious, and soon after began work on the CG-animated short, Boro the Caterpillar, which is still set to hit Ghibli Museum sometime next year.

Boro the Caterpillar was originally set to be Miyazaki’s next feature film, but things have obviously changed since last year. Perhaps Miyazaki dropped Boro in favor of something more mature and human in nature.

Miyazaki is best known for his Oscar-winning film Spirited Away, but is also known for such animated hit as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

Are you excited to see a new animated feature from the director Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.