Anime Biography: Susumu Takaku

Susumu Takaku was born on January 11, 1933, and is a native of Fukushima. He has been a scriptwriter for both anime and Japanese live-action television and film. For live-action television, Takaku is best known for writing for a number of the “metal heroes” series. He also wrote some live-action Japanese horror films.

Takaku’s first anime writing credits appear in 1968; that year, he wrote scripts for both Cyborg 009 and Gegege no Kitaro. However, Takaku’s anime writing heyday occurred during the 1970s. In 1970, he wrote for Bakuhatsu Goro. In 1972, he wrote scripts for Devilman and Mazinger Z. In 1973, he wrote for the anime series Cutey Honey; that year, he also wrote the screenplay for the anime film, Mazinger Z Vs. Devilman, which was a cross-over film featuring Mazinger Z and Devilman. In 1976, he wrote the screenplay for the anime film, Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Decisive Battle! The Great Sea Monster; this was a cross-over film featuring Grendizer, Getter Robo G, and Mazinger Z.

Takaku didn’t write as much for anime during the 1980s. However, in 1981, he contributed to Beast King GoLion (the series that would become the basis for the Lion Force Voltron series). He also wrote the screenplay for the Fist of the North Star anime film, which was released in 1986.

Susumu Takaku also had a career writing for Japanese live-action productions. His first live-action writing credit is for 1959’s Blood Sword of the 99th Virgin. He also wrote some other horror themed live-action films: 1968’s Body Snatcher From Hell (under the name Susumu Tanaka), 1966’s The Golden Bat, and 1968’s Genocide. He also wrote for Comet-San, G-men 75, and Lubang To No Kiseki: Rikugun Nakano Gakko.

Takaku is best known in Japanese live-action television writing for his work on the various “metal heroes” series that were popular in Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. His first writing credit in this genre is for 1971’s Spectreman series. In the 1970s, he also wrote scripts for 1974’s Inazuman Flash and 1979’s Battle Fever J. In 1982, he wrote for Space Sheriff Gavan. In 1985, Takaku wrote for Brother Fist Bycrosser. He wrote for 1987’s Super Man-Machine Metalder, as well as for 1989’s Mobile Detective Jiban.

Unfortunately, Susumu Takaku passed away on July 22, 2009, from acute respiratory failure. He was 76 at the time of his death. Susumu Takaku leaves behind his wife, Kumiko Takaku.

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