Last week, one of Studio Ghibli's original animators, Michiyo Yasuda, passed away, aged 77. View this post on Facebook facebook.com Here are some of the breathtaking films that Yasuda worked on. Ponyo Studio Ghibli / Toho Ponyo is about a fish that becomes human against her father's wishes, and ends up making friends with a young boy who becomes separated from his family during a storm. They both join each other in an adventure to keep Ponyo on land as a human and they go on a quest to reunite with the boy's family. The Wind Rises Walt Disney Studios / Toho The Wind Rises is actually based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi who created the "Zero" fighter plane which was used during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The film tells the story of the war through his eyes and has a very emotional love story running throughout. My Neighbour Totoro Studio Ghibli / Toho My Neighbour Totoro is probably one of the most well-known works by Yasuda. It's a feel good film about two sisters finding a monster, becoming best friends with it, and going on the wildest adventures together. You might recognise Totoro from a brief Toy Story 3 cameo. Pom Poko Studio Ghibli / Toho Pom Poko is not your ordinary film. It's about the most hilarious raccoons that shape shift into humans but for a good cause. The film has a serious element, which is that the raccoons are trying to save their forest from being destroyed by land developers. Kiki's Delivery Service Studio Ghibli / Toei Company This tells the story of Kiki, a young girl who is trying to get by in society while being a witch. Against her mother's wishes she moves across town to make a living delivering bread while flying on a broom. Castle in the Sky Studio Ghibli / Toei Company Castle in the Sky is about two orphans who are trying to get to a castle that floats in the sky while being chased by pirates and the government because the girl has a rare powerful crystal. Tales from Earthsea Studio Ghibli / Toho This is based on the Earthsea book series by Ursula K LeGuin, which tells the story of an area going through troubles with a storm and poor harvest. This only gets worse with dragons that are constantly destroying the area. A wizard and a prince make it their mission to solve the problems in their land. Porco Rosso Studio Ghibli / Toho This film tells the struggles of a famous Italian pilot who tries to bounce back from his face being turned into a that of a pig's. Porco becomes the only pilot brave enough to battle the enemy's planes. Spirited Away Studio Ghibli / Toho Spirited Away won the animated feature Oscar in 2003. It tells the story of a young girl whose parents are turned into pigs, whereupon she gets help from the mysterious spirit "No Face". Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli / Tokuma Shoten/ Nippon Television / Dentsu / Toho Princess Mononoke is about a girl who was raised by wolves and called for help by a warrior who has been poisoned. It becomes her duty to save the humans from destruction.