Jinzō Toriumi

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Jinzō Toriumi
Born 鳥海 尽三
(1929-02-01)February 1, 1929
Takikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan
Died January 17, 2008(2008-01-17) (aged 78)
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Known for Screenwriting, character design, illustration
Notable work Time Bokan series

Jinzō Toriumi (鳥海 尽三, Toriumi Jinzō, February 1, 1929 – January 17, 2008) was a Japanese screenwriter who first began his career during the "revolutionary era" of Japanese animation on Mach GoGoGo (Speed Racer), Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets/G-Force), and Yatterman.

Toriumi was born in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaidō. After trying his hand at live-action at Nikkatsu, he began writing animation scripts at Mushi Productions for Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) in 1964. He went on to devote himself full-time to television at Tatsunoko Production in 1965. He contributed to Casshern, Tekkaman and Time Bokan. He later began writing for such Sunrise works as Armored Trooper VOTOMS, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (Ronin Warriors), Mister Ajikko. He also wrote the novel versions of Gatchaman, Shin Heiyōden and Dororo, as well as the Anime Scenario Nyūmon (The Introduction to Anime Scriptwriting).

He used the Anime Scenario Nyūmon book when he became a vocational school teacher for future generations of scriptwriters. He also chaired Ohtori Koubou, a support organization for scriptwriters. He received the (Scenario) Scriptwriting Award from the Japan Writers Guild on May 26, 2000.[1]


On January 17, 2008, he succumbed to liver cancer in a Tokyo hospital, aged 78. He was survived by his wife, Kazuyo.[1]





  • Mahha GoGoGo (1967)
  • Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman (1972)
  • Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman II (1978)
  • Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman F (1979)


  1. ^ a b "Speed Racer, Gatchaman Writer Jinzo Toriumi Passes Away". Anime News Network. January 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Revised and Expanded Edition. — Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2006. — P. 7. — ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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