On 5th April 2018, Studio Ghibli lost one of the two skeleton creators – Isao Takahata (高畑勲). Born 29th October 1935, the legendary director died at aged 82 in a Tokyo’s hospital.
Rumor has it that Takahata was treated in a hospital last year due to a heart disease, but Studio Ghibli says he died of lung cancer.
“The Pom Poko”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, “Heidi, a Girl of the Alps”, and “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” director founded Studio Ghibli with his fellow animator Hayao Miyazaki and the then Animage editor Toshio Suzuki in 1985. Suzuki is responsible for production management while the two animators focus on writing stories and animation. Being an influential personnel in Japan’s creative industry, Takahata has won numerous both locally and overseas. His movie “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” was even nominated for Oscar’s Best Animated Feature Film.