Pokemon Writer dies aged 61.
Takeshi Shudo, chief writer pokemon writer for Kanto, Orange Islands and Johto Journeys story arcs passed away this weekend. Shudo suffered from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, and died later in hospital.
Shudo collapsed in the smokers area of Nara Station, at around 6.00am on Thursday 28th October, and was subsequently transported to Nara Hospital, where he passed away on Friday morning.
Whilst Shudo is perhaps best known for his popularisation of the Pokemon anime series, he is also credited for his involvement in works such as GoShogun, and Magical Princess Minky Momo amongst others.
It is probably apt to credit Shudo with helping expand the UK anime scene, many fans (myself included) had not even heart of “anime” before the first Pokemon series aired on terrestrial television in 1999. For that reason Shudo’s series hold a particularly special place in my heart, and will continue to be a source of happy nostalgia for years to come.