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Takao Koyama

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Takao Koyama
Screenwriter of Dragon Ball Z

Category: Anime

"Dragon Ball: Behind the Story 1"
Panel #502
8.29.2015 11:15am-11:45pm 30 mins
Location: Verboten

"Screening - Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Saiyan + Q&A"
Screening/Q&A #503
8.29.2015 11:45am-1:15pm 90 mins
Location: Verboten

"Dragon Ball: Behind the Story 2"
Panel #2003
8.30.2015 1:00pm-1:30pm 30 mins
Location: Verboten

"Screening - Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might + Q&A"
Panel #2004
8.30.2015 1:30pm-2:45pm 75 mins
Location: Verboten

Autographs #801
8.30.2015 10:30am-11:30am 60 mins
Location: Brooklyn Expo Autographs


Born in Akishima, Tokyo, Takao Koyama is renowned for his talent and extensive experience in anime screenwriting. After graduating in 1972 from Tokyo’s Waseda University, he was promptly hired by the famous anime studio Tatsunoko Production as a writer and planner. By August of that year, Koyama had written the screenplay for the new anime series Inakappe Taisho (“The Funny Judo Champion”). Koyama also eventually became an integral part of the Time Bokan series, one of Tatsunoko’s most successful anime franchises ever.

Since his time with Tatsunoko, Koyama has gone on to become a screenwriter for numerous production companies, including Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, Dr. Slump: Arale-chan, Dragon Quest, Saint Seiya, several Sailor Moon movies), E&G Films (Slayers), Gallop/Studio Comet (High School! Kimengumi),and Sunrise (The Brave Express Might Gaine). Koyama also wrote a Dr. Slump follow-up manga called Dr. Slump Returns, But Only for a Little While with illustrator Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, serialized in V-Jump from 1994-1996, as well as a Dr. Slump remake in 1997. Koyama and Nakatsuru later collaborated again with Akira Toriyama, who had worked with Koyama on Dragon Ball Z, to make a follow-up to Toriyama’s manga series Cashman.

In addition to screenwriting, Koyama has a passion for inspiring young talent. In 1986 he founded the “Anime Scenario House” to train young anime screenwriters. In 1988 the school expanded to become the Brother Noppo Company, which supports screenwriters from all over Japan. Among the school’s alumni are talent such as Satoru Akahori (Saber Marionette), Hiroyuki Kawasaki (The Irresponsible Captain Tylor), Sawako Hirabayashi (WATAMOTE), and Aya Matsui (Dragon Ball GT).

Koyama has also written well-known books and other literary works. His titles include Genki-Dama, a comic version of James Allen’s The Law of ‘Cause’ and ‘Effect’, a novelization of the long-running manga Kochi Kame, and This is Why I Can’t Stop Writing Anime Scenarios.

In 1985, Koyama won the Best Screenwriter award at the second Japanese Anime Awards Ceremony. He went on to win several other awards in his career, including the Special Lifetime Award at the fourth Kobe Animation Awards Ceremony in 1999 and the Special Merit Award at the second Okazaki Awards Ceremony in 2013.

Koyama currently teaches Character Design at the Osaka University of Arts and is the Representative Director of Brother Noppo Co.

Official Site: http://www.brother-noppo.com