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Below is an English translation of How to Craft a Story: Takeshi Shudo, How Anyone Can Become a Screenplay Writer (シナリオえーだば創作術 だれでもできる脚本家 首藤剛志), a blog written by former Pocket Monsters series organizer and head writer Mr. Takeshi Shudo. The following are excerpts taken from Blog Post No. 158 "The Pokémon Incident: It Started with "Serves you right! Ahaha"," a blog entry related to the Pokémon Shock incident.
Notes about the translation belowI have two notes about the translations you're about to read.
One, the Japanese version of the blog is written the way a lot of Japanese blogs are written in that the author only types out (roughly) one sentence per one line. To a native English speaker like me this makes the blogs seem weird and choppy but that's just the way a lot of Japanese blogs are written, for some reason. For simplicity's sake I've replicated this one-sentence-per-line writing style in my English translation.
Two, the following translation is a truncated version of a much, much longer blog entry. Mr. Shudo is an absolute treasure trove of behind-the-scenes information you can't get anywhere else but his blogs are, as far as your average Pokémon fan is concerned, about 80% filler. The writer had a tendency to trail off into some very off-topic tangents in his blog and so what I've decided to do is to pick out the parts that actually discuss the Pokémon Shock incident and present that to you on the page below. I hope you will find this abridged presentation a bit easier to read that it would have been otherwise. If you're someone who would prefer to read an unabridged translation, however, I've also got you covered; you can check those out here.
About a week later Mr. Shudo posted a blog entry that touches upon how he first found out about the incident. The actual relevant parts don't come up until toward the end; until then, he spends the blog entry talking about the pressure he felt working on a show like Pocket Monsters, makes some really problematic statements about women working in the writers' room, and gives details about how he went about writing the lyrics to Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni. Toward the end he talks about the incident:
He talks about his daughter for a bit and then returns to his story:
The story continues in the next blog entry.
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