Entry updated 10 May 2021. Tagged: Author, Film.
(1955- ) Japanese author and producer, sometimes operating under the working name Kenshō Ikeda, an alternate reading of the characters that spell his name. A graduate in Literature from Komazawa University, he first gained attention as a critic and chronicler of Japan's distinctive Tokusatsu genre, in which rubber monsters and super-sized heroes duel in the streets of a model Tokyo. His magazine column "SF Hero Retsuden" ["Biographies of SF Heroes"] (circa 1983-1984 Animec) won a Seiun Award in the Non Fiction category.
In 1990, he became an Anime producer at the Kadokawa publishing conglomerate, working on the production or promotion of several minor releases of the period, largely with a Fantasy emphasis. His sole SF project appears to have been Silent Möbius 2 (1992), for which he worked in publicity. He subsequently became a television pundit, hosting the show Kaigai TV Series Kenshō File ["Foreign TV Series Investigation File"] (1998-2004). He is also the co-author of the magisterial NHK Renzoku Ningyō-geki no Subete ["All About NHK Puppet Serials"] (2003), which includes much of genre interest, and several books on the work of Gerry Anderson. [JonC]
born Saitama, Japan: 14 January 1955
- Anime Daisuki! Yamato kara Gundam e ["We Love Anime! From Yamato to Gundam"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1982) [nonfiction: Uchū Senkan Yamato; Mobile Suit Gundam: pb/]
- Kore ga Tokusatsu SFX da! Eiga, TV Trick Scene no Himitsu ["This is Special Effects: Secrets of Trick Scenes from Film and TV"] (Tokyo: Kosaidō, 1984) [nonfiction: pb/]
- Gojira Kaijū Zen Daihyakka ["The Complete Encyclopedia of Godzilla/Monsters"] (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 1985) [nonfiction: Gojira: pb/]
- 70-Nendai Cult TV Zukan ["Compendium of 1970s Cult TV"] (Tokyo: Bungei Shunjū, 2001) [nonfiction: pb/]
- Tsuburaya Eiji no Eizō Sekai ["The Imagery of Eiji Tsuburaya"] (Tokyo: Jitsugyō no Nipponsha, 2001) [nonfiction: pb/]
- NHK Renzoku Ningyō-geki no Subete ["All About NHK Puppet Serials"] (Tokyo: Enterbrain, 2003) with Hideaki Itō [nonfiction: pb/]
- Thunderbirds Album (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2003) with Hideaki Itō [nonfiction: Thunderbirds: pb/]
- Nazo no UFO Album ["(Gerry Anderson's) UFO Album"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2004) with Hideaki Itō [nonfiction: UFO: pb/]
- Super Marionation Special: It's Thunderbird Century (Tokyo: Dai Nihon Ega, 2004) with Hideaki Itō and Akio Nishida [nonfiction: pb/photographic]
- Captain Scarlet & Joe 90 (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2005) with Hideaki Itō [nonfiction: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: Joe 90: pb/]
- Thunderbirds Album 2 (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2006) with Hideaki Itō [nonfiction: pb/]
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