Hayao Miyazaki Goes to Hospital for Heart Condition

Japanese media is reporting that Hayao Miyazaki went to a cardiovascular specialty hospital last week due to a heart condition. The famed animation director announced his retirement from feature filmmaking last month.

The women’s magazine Josei Jishin reports that a source close to Miyazaki said that he “did not state it during the [retirement] press conference, but the truth is he has a heart condition. He has been complaining of discomfort in his chest for two years. I heard that occasionally during walks or other activity, his chest would tighten and he would grab his chest as though he were in pain, and then would crouch down. According to the doctor’s diagnosis, the doctor had a strong suspicion that has angina pectoris.”

Miyazaki was previously hospitalized in 2010 for what was initially reported as a heart attack but later described as “extreme exhaustion.” Studio Ghibli has refused to comment on Miyazaki’s health and has said only that it is “a private matter.”

(via Anime News Network)


  • Jen Hurler

    Here’s hoping that what’s ailing him is manageable. Miyazaki deserves a long and relaxing retirement.

  • Paul M

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Hayao. Love, XXX OOO.

    Failing that, they should plug this fella into the robot from Roujin Z and program it to animate for him, so as to squeeze out a few more masterworks before he kicks the bucket. Selfish of me to wish for, but there you go.

  • http://www.khalidaldakheel.com/ Khalid al Dakheel

    Oh God my prayers for him :(

  • Toonio

    Damn… The other day I was watching Up on Poppy Hill commenting on how Goro will take over the direction of future projects, but never suspected about the true reason behind such formal and quick retirement announcement.
    Don’t work yourself to death people.

  • Tom

    I don’t say “Oh no” out loud very often, but this got me :(

    Wishing Miyazaki a speedy recovery.

  • Inkan1969

    I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • George Comerci

    Hope he gets better soon :)

  • Mister Twister

    No matter how this ends, the man made the best decision possible: to quit the business while he was ahead.

    That is all I have to say.

  • http://voyagesextraordinaires.blogspot.com/ Cory Gross

    It somehow seems appropriate to his style to have a potentially lethal medical condition be the only thing stopping him from work. I hope you recover, Miyazaki-san!

  • Marbles471

    I hope this is manageable. At least he’s not literally working himself to death the way Osamu Tezuka did. The man was dying of stomach cancer, and even on his deathbed in the hospital he was STILL drawing pages for the several manga serials he had running at the time. Sad, but amazingly badass. (Harold Gray of Little Orphan Annie was drawing his last strips in the hospital too, from what I read.)

  • Mark Landmark

    My God, i hope so well for him :( This sick world needs people like him.