We've talked about Hayao Miyazaki before, but in case you missed it, here's the scoop: He's amazing. The anime films he's directed include but are not limited to: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Ponyo. Each of them were fantastic, and even non-anime fans should seek them out and watch them. Miyazaki's most recent project is The Wind Rises, a historical film about famous Japanese plane designer Jiro Horikoshi. That film will be his last, because he's retiring.
It was just announced that the notoriously reclusive 72-year-old animator won't be directing any more films. It had to happen eventually, but that doesn't make it any less sad to see him go. Nontheless, this isn't the end for films like his. Studio Ghibli is still going strong, and his son Goro Miyazaki is an animator/director in his own right, having directed the recent Tales from Earthsea film.
Here's the trailer for Miyazaki's swan song: