R.I.P. Isao Takahata (1935 – 2018)

Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has passed away at the age of 82. He had been suffering from heart problems, and it seemed his condition had worsened over the last year. A studio statement (via AP) says that he died of lung cancer Thursday.

Apparently, a farewell ceremony for Takahata had been in the works, says Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, with the event haven been planned for May 15th. Suzuki was quoted saying, “There was so much more he wanted to do. It must be heartbreaking.”

With a career spanning more than half a century, Takahata ended his career on a high-note with the Oscar-nominated fantasy The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. In fact, during an interview with the Associated Press back in 2015, Takahata revealed the message he hopes he has been able to convey, not just in Princess Kaguya, but in all his films:

“This earth is a good place, not because there is eternity. All must come to an end in death. But in a cycle, repeated over and over, there will always be those who come after us,”

Rest in peace.