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Studio Ghibli Icon, Isao Takahata, Dies at 82

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Famed Japanese animation film director, Isao Takahata, has passed away at the age of 82! Mr. Takahata (1935-2018) worked on many Japanese anime series including Heidi, Girl of the Alps, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Future Boy Conan, and Anne of Green Gables. But, his most famous contributions have been his work with the Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.

Mr. Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 along with Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki and has been involved with the studio since its inception. Some of the Studio Ghibli films that he has directed include Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Mr. Takahata passed away in Tokyo on April 5, 2018. He shall be missed!

What is your favorite film that Isao Takahata directed? Which of his non-Studio Ghibli works do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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  • Jackson Staninger

    Grave of the Fireflies is undoubtedly one of the grittiest, beautiful, and greatest films of all time. Both as an Animated Film, and a War film. Rest In Peace.

  • Frank Coufal

    That’s sad! I enjoyed his film Only Yesterday and I was brave enough to watch Grave of the Fireflies. He was undoubtedly breaking the boundaries in animation in Japan.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Pom Poko is The Big Short of animation. Requiescat in pace, Takahata-san. 🙁

  • Joanne Furstman

    RIP Hope that his films are Well loved today as it did back in the 80s 🙁

  • I’ve only seen Only Yesterday from him, and it maybe a little uncomfortable in some parts, it was still really gorgeously animated and the main character seemed really sweet! So sorry nonetheless to hear the loss of another phenominal animator, may he rest in peace in the stars and moon 🙂