The death of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata shook the industry, leading to an outpouring of condolences from fans and industry members.
Today we lost a giant in Isao Takahata; Among many things, catalyst in helping change the face of animation in Japan with his debut film, introducing us to a young talent who would later be a legend and the other half of founding Studio Ghibli. Rest easy Takahata-Sensei. ✨🙏🏾😢 pic.twitter.com/ts8u7cgxKz
— LeSean Thomas (@LeSeanThomas) April 6, 2018
On the passing of director Isao Takahata… With our condolences and sympathy to his family and friends… We were honored and humbled to know you and work with you, and are deeply grateful for all you so generously gave us and the world.
Thank you, Takahata-san.
— Studio Ponoc Int'l (@ponoc_intl) April 6, 2018
Grave of the Fireflies (directed by Isao Takahata) is tied with Make Way For Tomorrow for the saddest film ever made.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 6, 2018
We mourn the loss of Isao Takahata, a brilliant director whose vital contributions to animation will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/DuyW0yHHnQ
— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) April 6, 2018
However, fans have noticed that Hayao Miyazaki has been uncharacteristically quiet about and hasn’t released a statement regarding his close friend’s death. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli with Takahata in 1985 as part of their joint dream to reshape the anime industry. They frequently collaborated on movies together, with Takahata serving as Miyazaki’s producer.
Miyazaki has earned a reputation for being outspoken and sharing his feelings with others, but a recent report says the director is still in shock. Newspaper Sponichi Annex squashed rumors that Miyazaki was acting indifferent about Takahata’s passing. In a brief interview, Miyazaki said, “I still am not used to this feeling,” while showing signs of immense shock and grief.
Takahata passed away on April 5 at the age of 82 due to lung cancer. His career began in 1959 as an employee of Toei Animation, and he formed a bond with Miyazaki while they worked on 1971’s Lupin III.