He directed Grave of the Fireflies and many other anime classics.
Isao Takahata, the legendary anime director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has died. He was 82.
As reported by Sanspo and NTV News 24 (via Anime News Network), Takahata passed away on April 5 in a hospital in Tokyo, Japan. The director’s health had reportedly been on the decline since summer of last year.
Before co-founding Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, Takahata worked at Toei Douga—which is now Toei Animation—after graduating from college, and directed several classic films, including Anne of Green Gables and Little Norse Prince Valiant.
At Studio Ghibli, he directed the critically-acclaimed World War II drama Grave of the Fireflies and many other beloved feature films, including Only Yesterday, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Pom Poko.
The final film Takahata directed, titled The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, received a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
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