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1935- . Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Hara graduated from Tokyo's Waseda University and joined Toei Animation in 1959, where he was a production assistant on Little Norse Prince. He left Toei in 1972 to found Topcraft, a company that specialized in coproductions with American and European studios, including Rankin/Bass, on shows such as The Stingiest Man in Town, The Hobbit (1977), and The Last Unicorn (1982). The company also farmed its services out on domestic animation, in movies such as Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, after which Topcraft was effectively dissolved-its staffers forming the bulk of the animation team on Castle in the Sky and subsequent Studio Ghibli productions.