The name Takeshi Shudo probably does not ring any bell for most of us living outside of Japan. But try Pokémon.
Takeshi Shudo, the 61 year old creator of Minky Momo and writer of the most watched animated show Pokémon, collapsed in the smoking area of the Nara railway station in Nara City, Japan at about 6 a.m. on Thursday. A passerby stumbled upon him and he was rushed to Nara Hospital where efforts to save him failed. He was diagnosed to have suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his head.
Shudo, born on August 8, 1949, is very popular due to his most important role in the creation of Pokémon and his contribution as the chief writer of Pokémon’s television series from 1997 to 2002 and the first three Pokémon films, and his contribution in the making of the Goshogun and Minky Momo series, and its other extremely popular spinoffs too were a rage with people of all ages.
Shudo has been associated with the most creative episodes in the animated series Pokémon, with the Pikachu character garnering the most votes in terms of popularity with kids and adults alike. The quest of Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu Pokémon has enthralled viewers throughout the world. The Yellow Pocket Monster and his partner became a cultural phenomenon too.
His other contributions like ‘Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko’, ‘Martian Successor Nadesico’, ‘Tokusou Kihei Dorvack’ and ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes’ are some of his most popular works.
His recent involvement with the new project ‘Cheer Figu’ had him involved with the creation of two new characters, namely Dogakobo and Gonzo.
Takeshi Shudo is widely admired and his creations have not only entertained audiences all over the world but have left an indelible mark in the heart of everyone who has grown up watching Pokémon. He is undoubtedly a man almost without parallel in the anime world, having delighted millions of children all over the world with his amazing animation series and lovable cartoon characters throughout his life.
The untimely death of this great legend is being mourned the world over. May his soul rest in peace!