The Ghibli Museum held a memorial service for director Isao Takahata on May 15. The beloved director passed away at the age of 82 in early April due to lung cancer.
Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki spoke publically about Takahata’s passing for the first time at the memorial service. Miyazaki said, “I was convinced that Paku-san would live to be 95-years-old, but he, unfortunately, passed away. It makes me think my time is also limited.”
Miyazaki and Takahata first met 55 years ago when they were employed at Toei Animation. The two grow close while working on 1971’s Lupin III, and they would take their experience to found Studio Ghibli in 1985. They shared a joint dream of reshaping the anime industry and they would collaborate on many of the studio’s movies. 2013’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya was Takahata’s final movie.
Miyazaki has been uncharacteristically quiet since Takahata’s passing due to experiencing shock. The director struggled to chock back tears, ending his farewell speech, “Thank you, Paku-san.”