Frederik L. Schodt
Frederik L. Schodt
|Born||January 22, 1950|
Frederik L. Schodt (born January 22, 1950) is an American translator, interpreter and writer.
Schodt's father was in the US foreign service, and he grew up in Norway, Australia, and Japan. The family first went to Japan in 1965 when Schodt was fifteen. They left in 1967, but Schodt remained to graduate from American School in Japan in Tokyo in 1968. After entering the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in 1970, Schodt returned to Japan and studied Japanese intensively at International Christian University (ICU) for a year and half. He graduated from UCSB in 1972, and after a brief bohemian stint at a variety of jobs and traveling, he became a tour guide in Los Angeles for Japanese tourists, also escorting them to Canada and Mexico. After trying to interpret for a group once at Sunkist, he realized that he could become an interpreter, but needed further training. In 1975, he was awarded a scholarship from Japan's Ministry of Education, to return to ICU and study translation and interpreting. After finishing his studies at ICU in 1977, he began working in the translation department of Simul International, in Tokyo. In mid-1978, he returned to the United States, and since then has worked in San Francisco as a freelance writer, translator, and interpreter.
Schodt is notable in manga and anime fandom for his translations of works such as Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix, Tezuka's Astro Boy, Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles, Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen, Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's The Four Immigrants Manga and others.
Manga! Manga! won a prize at the Manga Oscar Awards in 1983. Furthermore, in 2000 Schodt was awarded the Asahi Shimbun's Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize "Special Prize" for his outstanding contribution to the appreciation of manga worldwide.
- 1983 – Japan Cartoonists Association's Manga Oscar, Special Award, for Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics.
- 2000 – Asahi Shimbun's Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize "Special Prize" for outstanding contribution to the appreciation of manga worldwide.
- 2009 – 旭日小綬章. Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
- 2009 – Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Manga Award, Special Category, for helping to promote manga overseas.
- 2013 – Circus Historical Society's Stuart Thayer Prize for superior work, for Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe.
- 2016 – Ranald MacDonald Award for Lifetime Achievement, especially for work, Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan.
- 2017 – Japan Foundation Award.
Schodt has written seven books, translated several novels and manga, and published articles and columns in such newspapers and periodicals as Mainichi Daily News, The Japan Times, Anzen, Mangajin, Japan Related, Animag, Animerica and others.
- Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. Kodansha International, 1983.
- Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia. Kodansha International, 1988. (ISBN 0-87011-854-4)
- America and the Four Japans: Friend, Foe, Model, Mirror. Stone Bridge Press, 1994.
- Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Stone Bridge Press, 1996.
- Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan. Stone Bridge Press, 2003.
- The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution. Stone Bridge Press, 2007 (ISBN 978-1933330549)
- Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe. Stone Bridge Press, 2012 (ISBN 978-1-61172-009-9)
- Astro Boy (translator)
- Phoenix (translator)
- Pluto (translator)
- The Ghost in the Shell/Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface/Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor (translator)
- The Osamu Tezuka Story (translator)
- The Rose of Versailles (translator)
- Gaku Stories (translator)
- My Heart Sutra: A World in 260 Characters Stone Bridge Press, 2020.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- 第4回 マンガ大賞 マンガ優秀賞 特別賞 これまでの受賞の記録. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "手塚治虫文化賞：朝日新聞社インフォメーション". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- "Announcement of Recipients of the 2009 Spring Conferment of Decoration". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011.
- "Translator Schodt Receives Government Award, Speaks in L.A. (Updated)". Anime News Network. July 14, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
- "Frederik L. Schodt Wins The Order of the Rising Sun Award". Anime News Network. April 29, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
- "外務省: 第3回国際漫画賞". Mofa.go.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- Jai2—his official website
- Fred Schodt convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
- Detailed interview with Fred Schodt on manga and Osamu Tezuka—Electric Ant #1
- Interview with Fred Schodt on The Astro Boy Essays—Animation Insider, Sept. 2007
- Interview with Fred Schodt on the Astro Boy story, franchise, and character—The Sci-Fi Block, Oct. 2009
- Frederik Schodt – Anime Convention Personality of the Week – Sept. 17, 2000
- Interview: Fred Schodt at Anime News Network, Oct. 2009
- Frederik Schodt: Japan's pop culture ambassador..., The Japan Times, January 2013
- FanimeCon – Day Three – Anime Authors