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Makiko Futaki, key animator at Studio Ghibli, has passed away aged 58

For over thirty years, Makiko Futaki served as an animator on wide range of successful Japanese animated films, most notably for the famed Studio Ghibli where she worked on 16 iconic films with directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.

Since Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984), she was worked on every one of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, including Castle In The Sky (1986), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and The Wind Rises (2013). Her last film with the studio was When Marnie Was There (2014). She also worked on such classics as Royal Space Force: The Wings Of Honnêamise (1987) and the global sensation Akira (1988).

Makiko Futaki was born in 1957 and got her start in the animation industry as an in-betweener on an episode of Lupin III in 1979.

Not only was she a Ghibli animator, she was one of Ghibli’s best animators. Miyazaki trusted her with some of the key sequences in each of his films. Her incredible work will be remembered forever, and we are grateful for her amazing talents.

Complete Filmography

2015 – When Marnie Was There (Key Animator)
2013 – The Wind Rises (Key Animator)
2011 – From Up on Poppy Hill (Key Animator)
2010 – The Secret World of Arrietty (Key Animator)
2008 – Ponyo (Key Animator)
2004 – Howl’s Moving Castle (Key Animator)
2001 – Spirited Away (Animator)
1999 – My Neighbors the Yamadas (Animator)
1997 – Princess Mononoke (Key Animator)
1995 – Whisper of the Heart (Key Animator)
1994 – Pom Poko (animator)
1992 – Porco Rosso (Animator)
1991 – Only Yesterday (Animator)
1990 – Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (animator)
1990 – Maroko (Animator)
1989 – Kiki’s Delivery Service (Key Animator)
1988 – Akira (Key Animator)
1988 – My Neighbor Totoro (Animator)
1987 – Devilman (TV Mini-Series) (Key Animator – 1 Episode)
1987 – Maison Ikkoku (TV Series) (Animator – 1 Episode)
1987 – Wings of Honneamise (Animator)
1986 – Castle in the Sky (Animator)
1985 – Angel’s Egg (Animator)
1985 – Kenji Miyazawa’s Night on the Galactic Express (Key Animator)
1984-1985 – Sherlock Hound (TV Series) (Animator – 3 Episodes)
1985 – Here Come the Littles (Key Animator – As Makiko Tutaki)
1984 – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Animator)
1982 – Space Adventure Cobra (Animator – Telecom Animation Film)

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