May 31, 2016 9:37AM

RIP: Remembering Studio Ghibli Animator Makiko Futaki

Spirited away.

Sad news for Studio Ghibli fans (aka all of us) — news has broken that legendary animator Makiko Futaki died earlier this month on May 13. She was 57 years old.

The extremely talented artist worked with Hayao Miyazaki for three decades and was an animator on films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor TotoroHowl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and The Wind Rises, as well as lending her skills to cult cyberpunk anime Akira back in 1988. Her final film was Hiromasa Yonebayashi's very magical When Marnie Was There.

Join us in saying farewell to this talented human by remembering (and then binge-watching) her back catalogue of truly life-changing anime classics. 

Night On The Galactic Railroad (1985)

Based on a book by Japanese poet/novelist Kenji Miyazawa, Night on The Galactic Railroad is about two cats who go to space and is as awesome as that sounds.    

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Do you, a grown ass human, spend a lot of time wishing for your very own Catbus? Same. 

Akira (1988)

Kaneda!!!!!!!!!!! Tetsuo!!!!!!!!!!

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Way before Harry Potter and Hedwig there was Kiki and Jiji. This fantastic film not only encouraged our teenage love of witches, but also taught us valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship. 

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Live every day as if you're ultimate badass/environmental warrior San. 

Spirited Away (2001)

The highest grossing film in Japanese history, just casually. Literally bigger than Titanic. It also brought our dreams and nightmares to life through the use of what we can only presume to be actual IRL magic. 

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Witches, living scarecrows, fire demons, princes in disguise — is there anything this movie doesn't have? PS: Howl, if you're single holla at us. 

Photos & GIFs: Tumblr

Nadia Bailey