The anime industry lost another amazing animator.
Earlier today, Yoichiro Kugimiya (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises) announced that animator Makiko Futaki passed away on May 13. She was 58.
Futaki was a veteran animator, whose career spanned over three decades. She served as a key animator at Studio Ghibli, lending her talents to all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, as well as several projects by Isao Takahata.
In addition to Studio Ghibli’s work, Futaki lent her talents to landmark films Akira and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise. She also served as illustrator on Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of Spirit novels.
We’d like to offer our condolences to Futaki’s family and friends.
— トラッシュスタジオ (@yamitukimenbou) May 16, 2016
Rough Translation: Animator Makiko Futaki, who worked on several Studio Ghibli films, passed away at about 6:00PM on May 13. SHe was 58 years old, and very sick. The funeral was only open to relatives, but I’d like to respectfully offer my condolences.
Source: Twitter (yamitukimenbou)