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Hayao Miyazaki
Getting to know the works of Isao Takahata
Getting to know the works of Isao Takahata

For the last 40 years, directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata have dominated Japanese animation. Miyazaki is known for his "Princess Mononoke" and the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away." The co-founder of the illustrious Studio Ghibli, Takahata is revered in Japan but less well known here. Here are some of his best known works: "Grave of the Fireflies." Seita and his sister Setsuko, orphaned by the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo during WWII, have to find ways to survive amid destruction, famine and misery. They bear witness to the very savagery that society is designed to supplant. "Only Yesterday." A woman reflects back on 1966, the year she came of...