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Hiroshi Takajima

Born

April 13, 1936

Died

July 2, 1997

Cause of Death

Stroke

Occupation

Actor, animator, manga artist, and game developer

Spouse(s)

  • Ken Takajima (1960)
  • Susumu Takajima (1999)
Hiroshi Takajima (Kanji: 高島 博 Katakana: 高島 ヒロシ Romaji: Takajima Hiroshi) was a Japanese actor, comedian, animator, manga artist, and game developer who worked for Driller TV, Inc.

Life

Hiroshi Takajima was born in Hiroshima, Japan on April 13, 1936. He loved to draw and write short stories as a child. After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII, Takajima grew in interest of anime and manga, which inspired him to create manga featuring his classmates. After Takajima graduated from college, he founded Driller TV as Drillimation Studios. Here he was credited for creating the company's mascot, Susumu Hori, in 1961. The studio opened to the public in GoAnimateLand Japan in 1964. In 1969, he created Angry German Kid (dubbed in the US under Keyboard Crusher: Angry German Kid), which was his first anime series.

In 1972, he created Space Ninja Team Star Trigon, featuring a four-member superhero team keeping space in peace. The anime was a success, and the series' popularity caused him to produce seven seasons that broadcasted on Fuji TV from 1972 to 1979, where he needed a new anime.

Plans for a magical girl series started in 1978, where Takajima could think of ideas for one. He tried thinking of using Anna Hottenmeyer from Space Ninja Team Star Trigon to use as the main character, but the developers didn't like it, so it was scrapped. Takajima tried harder to think of a character for his magical girl series, he then brought up the idea while he was in bed one night, and he quickly got up and drew his sketch for his new idea. He had a hard time thinking of the name for his new character, and somebody told him to name her Konata, and that's when Magical Girl Team Lucky Star was born.

The new anime was unveiled at GoAnimateLand Japan in 1980, and began its run on TV Asahi on February 22, 1981.

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