Anime Scriptwriter Michiru Shimada Has Died

Michiru Shimada has written scripts for some of the biggest and best anime, including One Piece and Little Witch Academia. This Friday, her daughter announced that she had passed away. Shimada was 58 years old.


After graduating from Waseda University, Shimada got her start writing TV anime Urusei Yatsura and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan. During the 1990s, she worked on popular anime shows like Rurouni Kenshin, before penning the One Piece TV anime in 1999 and in 2000, One Piece: The Movie. Most recently, she wrote the Little Witch Academia TV series. 


Her Twitter was updated by her daughter, who announced that Shimada has died this Friday at 11:30am Japan Time after first falling ill last year. Shimada’s career spanned nearly forty years, and she continued producing outstanding work throughout the decades. May she rest in peace. 

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I’ll be missing her. LWA was phenomenal and I hope someone can stand in and make it’s conclusion worthy if it actually manages to have a conclusion. It’s set up to be long running and nowadays most anime is just made to get viewers to buy the manga.