By Operation Rainfall Contributor / May 29th, 2016
Japanese Animator Makiko Futaki passed away on May 13 due to illness. She was 58 years old. We at oprainfall would like to share a little bit about Futaki’s contributions to the world of animation and remind readers of projects she has lead.
You may not be aware of it, but you’ve probably already seen Makiko Futaki’s work in a few award winning animations, including Spirited Away, Akira, Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Born in 1957, Futaki rose to the challenge of becoming an animator. Her very first chance to make a name for herself in the industry came when she took a job as an in-between animator for Lupin III in 1979. She would later lead the animation team on Jarinko Chie (1981), followed by Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984). Additionally, Futaki was involved in every single one of Hayao Miyazaki’s films.
Her dedication and love for animation was truly seen in the work she produced. Our imaginations are grateful for being able to experience the journey that these stories have taken us on time and time again.
Our hearts at oprainfall go out to Makiko Futaki’s family and friends. And to you Makiko Futaki, thank you.
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