Hayao Miyazaki is Suffering From Shock After Isao Takahata’s Death

The death of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata shook the industry, leading to an outpouring of condolences from fans and industry members.

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.

Grave of the Fireflies

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.

Takahata’s Ghibli films include Grave of the FirefliesOnly YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

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