Studio Ghibli Key Animator Makiko Futaki Passes Away at 58

Studio Ghibli animator Makiko Futaki passed away last Friday, 13th May, while being treated for an illness. She was 58. Her close relatives held a private funeral for her.

Futaki who worked on almost every Ghibli film from Nausicaa to When Marnie Was There was primarily a key animator and is said to have animated the iconic scene in 1988′s My Neighbour Totoro where Mei, Satsuki and the Totoro’s grow a giant camphor tree in their garden, so its safe to say she was pretty much a Studio Ghibli Legend.