One of anime’s most experienced and respected screenwriters has passed away. Michiru Shimada, who has been screenwriting since 1981, passed away from an unspecified illness. She was 58-years-old.
Shimada’s first screenwriting projects were on Urusei Yatsura and Dr. Slump – Arale-chan, which were highly popular anime during the ’80s. She was only 22-years-old at the time. After debuting on those two series, Shimada made a name for herself writing episode scripts and screenplays for:
- Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsuhen (movie script)
- Future GPX Cyber Formula (TV screenplay)
- You’re Under Arrest (OVA episode 1 / TV series screenplay)
- Kindaichi Case Files (Scripts for 32 episodes + storyboards)
- Rurouni Kenshin (TV screenplay)
- One Piece (TV scripts + storyboards)
- Tottoko Hamtaro (TV scripts)
- Gakuen Alice (TV scripts)
- Shugo Chara! (Series composition + scripts for 4 episodes)
- Little Busters! (Series composition + scripts for 23 episodes)
- Little Witch Academia (Series composition + screenplay for 12 episodes)
— 島田満 (@soramona2000) December 15, 2017
Shimada’s daughter shared the tragic news on Twitter and revealed that she was ill since last year. Her daughter also thanked fans for supporting Shimada during her 38-year career.