Studio Ghibli Color Designer Michiyo Yasuda Passes Away

posted on by Karen Ressler
Lifetime Achievement Award winner worked on Nausicaä, Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, more

Studio Ghibli color designer Michiyo Yasuda passed away last Wednesday due to an illness. She was 77.

Yasuda began working with Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (From the Apennines to the Andes) in 1976. She served as color designer on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and went on to work on Studio Ghibli films for about 30 years. She retired after finishing Ponyo in 2008, but returned for The Wind Rises, Miyazaki's final film before his retirement in 2013.

Yasuda won an Animation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Japan Movie Critics Awards.

Her husband Mikio and close relatives will hold a funeral service.

Source: Senkei News via Hachima Kikō

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