Some relieving news was unearthed for the Ghibli following’s swathes when Hiromasa Yonebayashi spoke to The Associated Press. As far as fans have been concerned since early last year, the When Marnie Was There director left Studio Ghibli in 2014. But in the interview, he shared that his next project may be a Ghibli work after all.

Ever enigmatic, Yonebayashi declined to say anything more specific about the project. But when he announced that he’d taken his leave from the beloved studio, he did mention that he wanted to continue making films, and would like his next to be the “opposite” of Marnie.

Yonebayashi will soon be attending the 88th Academy Awards, as the February 28th ceremony will commemorate When Marnie Was There’s nomination for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. He said he feels “extremely honoured” to be attending, in a tuxedo provided by Ghibli, no less.

“The legacy and the trust that Studio Ghibli built over the years and the works we have created with members of our team won a positive evaluation,” he said of the history behind this latest accolade. And when he was asked what he has learned about animation from Miyazaki, the jubilance of his memories was clear. “It’s everything,” he answered. “Movement, the way to think when drawing a picture, how to draw a line, everything. They all became part of me.”

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