Yasuhiro Takeda

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The Gainax employee Yasuhiro Takeda should not be confused with the professor of the same name at National Defense Academy of Japan.

Yasuhiro Takeda (武田 康廣, Takeda Yasuhiro, born 12 September 1957 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a Japanese anime director and founding member of Gainax; for most of his career, he was General Manager. He is also a two-time chair of the Nihon SF Taikai (DAICON III and the 1988 Mig.Con[1])

In April 1976, he enrolled in Kinki University for nuclear engineering,[2] but began neglecting studies (repeating his sophomore year) when he joined the sci-fi club in April 1977 and became active in organizing clubs, founding the "Confederation of Kansai Student Sci-Fi Clubs". It was through these early activities that Takeda met many other fans, some who would become more involved: at his first convention, Seto-Con ("Sci-Fi Festival 78"), Takeda met Toshio Okada.[3]

In 2002, he published a memoir/autobiography about his life (particularly focusing on his college life, involvement in science fiction conventions, and his subsequent career) named The Notenki Memoirs; the name Notenki is an old nickname of Takeda's, derived from his part in Kaiketsu Noutenki.

He is portrayed by actor Gitaro in the 2014 TV Drama Aoi Honō based on the autobiographical manga by Kazuhiko Shimamoto, which follows the college years of the future Gainax team.


  1. ^ "Japan National SF Convention History"
  2. ^ "Kinki University was the scene of my college career, and once there, I chose to study nuclear engineering. The reason was simple: The world was changing, and the future would revolve around electricity....And electricity for the future meant nuclear energy- or so my 18-year-old brain conceived." pg 21, Takeda 2005
  3. ^ "In those days, we didn't have the word 'otaku' yet, but my first impression of Okada was, 'Here's a geek if I've ever seen one.' With his girly long hair and his freakishly excited way of speaking, all I could think was, 'This guy is exactly like me?'" pg 31, Takeda 2005

Further reading[edit]

  • Takeda, Yasuhiro (2002). The Notenki memoirs: studio Gainax and the men who created Evangelion. ADV Manga. p. 190. ISBN 1-4139-0234-0.

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