Isao Takahata takes last breath

Isao Takahata takes last breath at the age of 82. He is the co founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghilbil.


Takahata started Ghilbil with the Oscar winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985. He directed “Grave of the Fireflies,” a tragic tale about war time childhood. He also produces some of the studio’s films including Miyazaki’s 1984 “Nausicca of the Valley of the wind,” which told the horror of environmental disaster through a story about a princess.

Isao Takahata died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement Friday. Takahata confessed to an almost love-hate relationship with Miyazaki because their works were so different. His last film, “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” based on a Japanese folktale, was nominated for a 2015 Oscar for best animation feature, although it did not win.

He is also known for the 1970s Japanese TV series “Heidi, Girl of the Alps,” based on the book by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. Takahata was a graduate of the University of Tokyo and initially worked at Toei, one of Japan’s major film and animation studios.

Although he did not win an Oscar, Takahata won many other awards, including those from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Lorcano International Film Festival.

He always gives massage through his stories to live life to their fullest, to be all they can be, not trapped in concerns like money and prestige. He said this earth is good place, not because there is eternity.