The Many Masterworks Of Takahata Isao

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This year, fans of Japanese animation were treated to not one, but two films from Studio Ghibli, as both of its founding fathers released a film of their own. In the Summer we had The Wind Rises by Miyazaki Hayao, and last week saw the premiere of The Tale of Princess Kaguya by Takahata Isao.

Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao are two very good friends, who have worked together on animation projects many, many times, and who both founded the incredibly successful Studio Ghibli.

Yet while almost everyone knows who Miyazaki Hayao is, Takahata Isao is nowhere near as household a name. And at 78 years of age, six more than the recently retired Miyazaki, it is unlikely we will see much new work from him after his current film. But the man has had a hand in a large number of masterpieces over the past few decades, and he directed what many feel to be the best civilians-in-wartime film ever.

Therefore, we hereby present a gallery of Takahata Isao's career highlights. Not all of them, but many. And if this makes you curious for more work of this master, so much the better...

One of the founders of animation film factory Studio Ghibli, Takahata Isao is himself a talented painter and editor, and was previously even a mentor as such to the more famous co-Ghibli-founder Miyazaki Hayao. Takahata-san does not have as distinctive a style as Miyazaki, instead experimenting more with different techniques and often branching out to other arts as well.

Fun fact one: he is affectionately known within Studio Ghibli as "Paku-san" because he walks into the office every morning still chewing his breakfast (think Pac-Man).

Fun fact two: in this picture he is holding a Leopard of Honor, a lifetime achievement award he received from the festival of Locarno.

Now flick through the pictures, to read about some of his best-known works!

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  • Neil.C

    I'm really happy you guys did this, Takahata doesn't get the level of recognition he deserves in the US. His accomplishments in pushing the medium forward are immeasurable, anime would be like Disney if not for his efforts to broaden its subject matter and I feel that other progressive directors like Miyazaki, Kon and Hosoda all owe him a great debt for the path he's cleared with his films and tv shows.

  • Patryk

    I have yet to see so many of his films!

    My favorite Takahata: Only Yesterday.
    Favorite Miyazaki: Spirited Away.
    Favorite Ghibli movie: Ocean Waves (I know, I'm strange!)

  • sCARfiNGer

    He also did Hellsing Abridged.

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