It's a great loss.
I really enjoyed Only Yesterday. But I tend to like "slice of life" stuff.
If a film has a [redacted-for-spoilers] aspect, even with all the drama, I enjoy it more. If you're like me, you'll definitely enjoy `Your Name`. I cried more than when I watched Lion King for the first time.
TLDR; in Japan an animated movie is a real movie.
Experience says there won't be a repeat viewing.
What about "Life is Beautiful" and/or "It's a Wonderful Life"?
I used to live in state college, pa.... the State Theater (name of the cinema, not a state run theater ) there would have showings of it around Christmas time. I would highly recommend.
Though Pom Poko is wonderful (another Takahata one), it's enviromentalism is subtle and sad. Yamadas were lovely.
And I don't usually cry in the movies.
And yes, Grave of the Fireflies is tough.
Edit: Or that train crossing the flooded plains. Uh... We should not forget Joe Hisaishi's part in this.
Edit2: Or how Porco can't face love after being part of the war as a pilot.
Grave of the Fireflies still remains one of the most impressive animations i have ever seen. Such a brutal honest display.
They were working hard in that studio, with passion and conviction.
I have enjoyed nearly every movie Studio Ghibli has produced, especially early films like Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä and Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta but Hotaru no Haka has a special, honored place at the top of my list.
Rest in peace, 高畑さん
I think Laputa - Castle in the Sky will remain my all-time favorite and Princess Mononoke second.
Takahata directed Grave of the Fireflies, Pompoko, my Neighbors the Yamada and others.
> The studio went bankrupt and dissolved in June 15, 1985 essentially splitting the studio in half. Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata bought the studio when laying off most of its animation staff and changed its name to Studio Ghibli.