RIP: How Isao Takahata's haunting war masterpiece changed animation

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He was co-founder of the important Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. As reported by The Guardian, the critically acclaimed film was deemed as one of the best war films ever made, which resulted in it winning several awards.

In 1985, together with Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, Takahata launched Studio Ghibli. He was reportedly suffering from lung cancer.

Takahata's latest film, "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" earned him an Academy nomination in 2014 for best animated feature.

The legendary Japanese animator responsible for titles such as "Grave of the Fireflies" and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" passed away inside a Hospital in Tokyo. The film was also featured at the Cannes Film Festival during the same year.

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Takahata began his animation career in 1959 at the Toei Animation Company, where he met eventual Oscar victor Miyazaki.

Over a long and distinguished career, Takahata produced around 20 films, including "Only Yesterday" (1991) and "Pom Poko" (1994). "However, I know he has criticised my work", Takahata told the Japan Times. He worked at Toei Doga (currently Toei Animation Co.) and released the TV series "Alps no Shojo Heidi" in 1974.

Takahata also dabbled in politics, co-signing with around 250 other film celebrities, a petition against a controversial state secrets law in 2013. When it comes down to it, if not for Isao Takahata, anime would likely not be almost as popular as it is today. The following year, he was made an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters for his filmmaking as well as his translations of French poems into Japanese. While many of his followers may hope for it to be a large event, it is very possible that his family and friends will want to keep it a private event to honor the filmmaker.