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Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli who is most famous for having directed “Grave of the Fireflies,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and other animated features, died Thursday in a Tokyo hospital aged 82.
As reported by local media sources, filmmaker Takahata had been in declining health since last summer owing to a weakened heart.
Takahata made his feature debut as a director with the 1968 “Horus: Prince of the Sun.” He gained fame with TV serial “Heidi, Girl of the Alps,” a 1974 series based on the classic novel that he directed for Nippon Animation.
Takahata after having ventured into television co-founded Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki. His first film for the studio, “Grave of the Fireflies,” was released together with Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro” in 1988. The two films did modest business but later grew in popularity.