Just last week, we reported on the news that animation legend Isao Takahata had passed away. Since his death, it’s been confirmed that he suffered from lung cancer. Many fans have since reached out online to share their condolences. Takahata may not have been as well known as the likes of Hayao Miyazaki, but his impact on the medium is undeniable. In addition to his co-founding of the legendary Studio Ghibli, Takahata also went on to craft more than a handful of animated masterpieces of his own, not the least of which was the Grave of the Fireflies.
Though while fans have gone on to speak their mind about the legacy of Takahata, Miyazaki has been silent on the subject. In the past, Miyazaki has been criticized for his…curt — or shall we say, grumpy — comments. Given his reputation, it’s understandable that some have looked at his lack of comments as another example of his cold nature. However, it doesn’t sound like that’s remotely close to the truth.
The outlet Sponichi Annex is reporting that Miyazaki’s silence is actually due to his shock. He is even quoted as having said, “I am not used to this feeling,” which is a sad thing to hear. If you’ve been following Miyazaki lately, you may have actually seen the 45-minute documentary on him, where he laments the passing of many of his friends in recent years, as well as the feeling of restlessness in retirement.
Miyazaki is currently working on another feature film, and as of this writing, it is expected to be his last before he heads back to retirement.