Shudou Takeshi
1949 - 2010

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Dogasu's Backpack | Features | Shudou Takeshi, 1949 - 2010

These news posts were originally made on October 28th and 29th, 2010. 

Shudou Takeshi hospitalized
October 28th, 2010

Dogasu @ 07:04 JST -- You and I both know that "Dogasu's Backpack" is not a news site.  But every now and then, I'll make an exception and make a post that's nothing but news.

From Sankei Shinbun, via Anime News Network:

Minky Momo creator and Pokémon writer Takeshi Shudo was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after he collapsed at the Nara railway station's smoking area in Nara City at about 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. A passerby discovered him at the smoking area, and the hospital's emergency care center determined that he had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his head.

Shudo created the Fairy Princess Minky Momo television anime series and worked on many of its spinoffs. He later supervised the scripts on the original Pokémon television anime series and wrote several of the movies, including the first three. His other works include Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Tokusou Kihei Dorvack. As recently as this year, he was working with Dogakobo and Gonzo on a new character project called Cheer Figu!

Subarachnoid hemorrhages have the potential to be fatal or cause cognitive issues later on in life.

I hope you'll all join me as I wish Mr. Shudou a full and speedy recovery.

Shudou Takeshi, 1949 - 2010
October 29th, 2010

Dogasu @ 07:04 JST -- I hate having to write this, but it has been confirmed that Shudou Takeshi, one of the writers of the original Pocket Monsters series, has passed away.  He was 61 years old.

I want to make a tribute to the man, but I honestly feel that anything I could come up with wouldn't do him justice.  There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about his life available in English, I noticed, so I've decided to go through his Japanese Wikipedia entry and more or less translate it into English.  I hope that will be worth something.

Shudou Takeshi (首藤剛志) was born on August 18th, 1949 in Fukuoka prefecture.  He moved around a lot when he was little, living in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Sapporo City, and Nara prefecture.  Later, after failing to get into a university, he read a magazine named Scenario that his younger sister had bought.  He eventually decided to attend a screenplay institute while he saved up the money needed for a prep school.  At the institute, he got recognized for a screenplay he had written and, at the age of nineteen, saw his television writing debut in 1969's period drama The Oedo Dragnet (大江戸捜査網).  However, he soon got fed up with people tampering with his scripts without his permission and decided that he didn't want to write screenplays like that.  Eventually, he ended up becoming a salesman for educational tools.  He still worked as a screenwriter on the side, working on girls' manga and helping develop the plot for TV dramas, but he never took credit for any of this work.

Mr. Shudou used the money he had saved up from his work as a salesman to travel around Europe.  When he got back, an acquaintance of his introduced him to Miyauchi Fukiko, a screenwriter for a company named Dax International.  There, he made his second official debut as a screenwriter in a 1976 episode of Old Stories of the Manga World (まんが世界昔ばなし).  He continued working for the company, writing for series like Isabelle of Paris (巴里のイザベル) and The First Manga Story (まんがはじめて物語).  He also began work on Reed Production shows
Fairy Princess Minky Momo (魔法のプリンセス ミンキーモモ) and GoShogun (戦国魔神ゴーショーグン).  Minky Momo director Yuyama Kunihiko was impressed with his work on those two series that he asked him to work on the new series he was working on, Pocket Monsters.

Shudou Takeshi also worked on 1982's That's Sarutobi For Ya (さ すがの猿飛), 1990's
Welcome to the Idol Angel (アイドル天使ようこそようこ), and 1994's I'll Make a Habit of It! (超くせになりそう).  In 1984, he won the First Annual Japanese Animation Screenwriter Award for his work on The First Manga Story, Fairy Princess Minky Momo, and That's Sarutobi For Ya.  Most recently, Shudou Takeshi was a contributor to the website Anime Style.

As previously mentioned, Shudou Takeshi was a writer for the Pocket Monsters TV series.  In total, he wrote nineteen episodes, three movies, and a TV special.

Kanto Region
"Pokemon I Choose You!"
"Pokémon!  I Choose You!"
"Showdown!  Pokemon Center!"
Pokémon Emergency!"
"The Pokemon Ensured-Victory Manual"
The School of Hard Knocks"
"Masaki's Lighthouse"
Mystery of the Light House"
"Island of the Giant Pokemon!?"
Island of the Giant Pokémon!"
"Ghost Pokemon and the Summer Festival"
The Ghost of Maiden's Peak"
"Full of Digda!"
Dig Those Diglett!"
"Nyasu's A E I O U"
"Go West, Young Meowth"
Jouto Region
"The Valley of Lizardon!  Until the Day We Meet Again!!"
Charizard's Burning Ambitions"
"Teppouo's Sky!"
The Light Fantastic"
"You Can Speak to Pokemon!?  A Pokemon's Language is its Feelings!"
The Poké Spokesman"
"Doble's Miracle!  Shine Inside the Morning Sun!"
The Art of Pokémon"
"Pursue the Surfing Saidon!?  The Battle of the Lake"
Right On, Rhydon"
"Joi-san Dislikes Water Pokemon!?  Kasumi's Fury!"
The Joy of Water Pokémon"
"Poppo and Detective Poppo!  Fly to the Yet Unseen Sky!!"
"Fly Me to the Moon"
(aka "The Passionate Pidgey")
"Protect the Digda Village!  The Big Pitfall Strategy!?"
Plant it Now...Diglett Later"
"The Rocket-Dan and Delibird!"
Dues and Don'ts!"
"Natio's Big Prophecy!"
"Xatu the Future"
"Yadon's Enlightenment!  Satoshi's Enlightenment!"
Enlighten Up!"
Theatrical Films
"Myuutwo Strikes Back"
"Mewtwo Strikes Back"
"The Explosive Birth of the Phantom Pokemon, Lugia"
"The Power of One"
"The Emperor of the Crystal Tower, Entei"
"Spell of the Unown"
TV Specials
"Myuutwo!  I Exist Here"
Mewtwo Returns"

Mr. Shudou also wrote the two CD Dramas, "It's a White Tomorrow!  The Rocket-Dan" (白い明日だ!ロケット団) and "Sound Picture Box - The Birth of Myuutwo" (サウンドピクチャーボックス ミュウツーの誕生) and is credited with writing the Rocket-Dan's motto.  He has also been credited with coming up with the legendary pokemon Lugia.

The Bulbagarden forums have a thread for blogs he wrote about the series here.  They offer a rare insight into the production of the series and shows just how much he cares about the characters he helped create.  Without his input, Pocket Monsters would have become a drastically different product.

Rest in peace, Shudou Takeshi.  You will be missed.



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