Animator Makiko Futaki Passed Away


Sad, sad, sad news, Animator Makiko Futaki has passed away. She fell ill for an unknown reason and succumbed to whatever the illness was. Her work is VERY recognizable, especially in a dying world of hand drawn animation at a rate and quality 80’s U.S. kids are used to.

Some of Makiko Futaki movies she animated are:


  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Spirited Away
  • Akira

    And to our surprise, she actually animated Here Come the Littles, no wonder it stood out amongst the 80’s Saturday Morning Cartoon line up. And one more anime had a game based on it,

    Space Adventure Cobra later had a Sega CD game based off of it by The Space Adventure.

    Makiko Futaki has many other works you should check out.

    “Fly Makiko Futaki, fly. Thank You and Rest in Peace.”