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Tatsuo Yoshida
吉田 竜夫

(1932-03-06)March 6, 1932
Kyoto, Japan
DiedSeptember 5, 1977(1977-09-05) (aged 45)
Tokyo, Japan
Known forCharacter design, illustration
Notable workSpeed Racer, Casshern and Gatchaman series
RelativesIppei Kuri (brother)
Kenji Yoshida (brother)

Tatsuo Yoshida (吉田 竜夫, Yoshida Tatsuo, March 6, 1932 – September 5, 1977) was a Japanese cartoonist, writer, manga artist and anime pioneer who founded the anime studio Tatsunoko Productions.[1]


Born in 1932, Yoshida grew up in the hardship of war-torn Japan. A self-taught artist, his first job was as working for local newspapers in Kyoto. After finding success as a manga artist in Tokyo, including winning the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1972 for The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee,[2] in 1962 he founded Tatsunoko with his two younger brothers, Kenji (who took over Tatsuo's position as producer after he died) and Toyoharu (a.k.a. Ippei Kuri).[3] The studio's name has a double Japanese meaning of "Tatsu's child" and "sea dragon" which was the inspiration for its seahorse logo.

Yoshida made the jump from print to the screen and found modest success with the anime racing series Mach GoGoGo.[3] Once adapted to the American market, it achieved resounding success as Speed Racer. Yoshida also created the action series Gatchaman (also known as Battle of the Planets and G-Force: Guardians of Space), Casshan (also known as Neo-Human Casshern, now remade as the live-action film Casshern and the continuity reboot Casshern Sins), Hurricane Polymar and Tekkaman: The Space Knight.

Though Tatsuo Yoshida's career was cut short by his death from liver cancer in 1977,[4] Tatsunoko Productions has continued to partner with top creators to create additional hit series such as Macross, Mospeada, Robotech, Generator Gawl, Time Bokan, and Karas.

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Further reading


  1. ^ "Tatsuo Yoshida".
  2. ^ "Google Translate" 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  3. ^ a b c "GATCHAMAN! The story of Tatsuo Yoshida and his greatest creation". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  4. ^ Jason Hofius; George Khoury (December 2002). G-Force Animated. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 9781893905184.
Preceded byPosition Founded President of Tatsunoko Production 1962 - 1977 Succeeded byKenji Yoshida