Isao Takahata, who was one of the founding members of Japan’s most prestigious animation company Studio Ghibli, died from lung cancer on April 5. He was 82 years old.
If Studio Ghibli was a rock band, Hayao Miyazaki is the bassist lead singer who gets all the girls. Takahata, on the other hand, was probably on the drums. He is the moon to Miyazaki’s sun, the yin to his yang, and the hidden mastermind behind Studio Ghibli. His films were successful but never as successful as the titles Miyazaki made, and he seemed to prefer it that way. Accordingly, he won the kind of reverence and respect that went beyond the realm of anime.