Thursday, December 24, 2015

Akiyuki Nosaka passes away

Earlier this month, I read on Anime News Network that Akiyuki Nosaka, the novelist who wrote the famous japanese story Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓 / Hotaru no Haka), passed away on December 9 at the age of 85. Written in 1967, the story was semi-autobiographical as it was inspired by his war-time experience as a kid, particularly the firebombing of Kobe in 1945.

In 1988, the novel was adapted into a beautiful animated movie by Studio Ghibli under the direction of Isao Takahata.

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