Pokemon Chief Writer Takeshi Shudo Dies

4 Nov

TOKYO: Japanese chief writer of the popular “Pokemon” animated series, Takeshi Shudo, passed away on October 29 from a subarachnoid haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), reported Japanese media. He was 61.

He collapsed at the smoking area of the railway station in Nara city the day before and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. However, doctors could not save him and he died the next morning.

His funeral was held in Tokyo on Monday.

Shudo, the son of a Japanese politician, sold his first script at the age of 19.

He went on to write for various animated series such as “Martian Successor Nadeisico” and “Fairy Princess Minky Momo”, before working with Japanese video game designer Satoshi Tajiri to create the world of “Pokemon” in the late 1990s.

Shudo, who studied at the prestigious University of Tokyo, also penned the first three “Pokemon” feature films.

– CNA/ha

Channel News Asia

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