Shoji Gatoh

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Shoji Gatoh (賀東 招二, Gatō Shōji, born (1971-07-11)July 11, 1971) is a Japanese author and anime screenwriter from Shiga Prefecture, Japan. He is best known for the creation of the Full Metal Panic! franchise that includes light novels, manga and anime.

Gatoh first met with Koichi Chigira by accident when he bumped into him in Shinjuku when he was late for work. Later on, the two were shocked to meet with one another in the Gonzo Digimation office. The two would eventually team up to create the Full Metal Panic! anime television series.

2019 Greta Thunberg Twitter controversy[edit]

On December 7, 2019, Shoji Gatoh posted controversial remarks to his Twitter feed in response to an NHK report about teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg's appearance at COP25, a climate change conference in Spain. The comments read, "I hate that kid. If I was the ruler of the world, I would steal everything from her, knock her into the depths of despair and ridicule her. On top of that, I'd feed her a delicious, piping hot steak and watch her shed bitter tears. I’d love to see that." Gatoh later removed his tweet in response to public backlash and apologized for writing it.[1]

Tetsuro Kasahara, who illustrated the manga Full Metal Panic! Zero, tweeted in response, "I did the art for a manga created by this person, but I don't agree with his remarks. I will no longer do any promotion for Full Metal Panic! Zero, nor draw any continuation. I will also donate any profits from the manga to environmental groups." Following the apology of Gatoh, he redacted this statement.[2]


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  2. ^ Schley, Matt (December 9, 2019). "Full Metal Panic Creator Wants to 'Feed Greta Thunberg Steak and Watch Her Cry'". Otaku USA Magazine. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Full Metal Panic! IV TV Anime Revealed for Fall 2017". Anime News Network. Retrieved 22 October 2016.

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