Isao Takahata died this week. Understandably, many of the published obituaries and tributes have focused on his great films and his role as a co-founder of Studio Ghibli. But he was also someone who was involved in TV anime, from 1963 to 1983. In one sense what we’re living through now, and will be seeing for some time yet, is the gradual departure of the remaining industry figures who experienced the birth of commercial, mass-broadcast anime as adults.
I remember taking a friend who knew nothing about anime to see The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the last film Takahata directed, when it ran in cinemas here in 2015. We left afterwards delighted and moved, my friend possibly even more so than me. Takahata was a great artist.
It’s always sad to see an influential figure pass on. Takahata will undoubtedly be remembered. I haven’t seen many of his works, but Only Yesterday is a calm and moving film, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya is something I’ll remember forever.
But time continues to pass, and for now we’re here to try to keep track of things people have written and said about older anime. As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #6”