Akihiro Yoshida, who directed Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club, passed away on August 30, 2022. Miracle Kids, for whom he was the representative! ‘s official Twitter account reports.
During his time at Technos Japan, Mr. Yoshida directed the line of sports game series and downtown series that took the world by storm from the late 1980s to the 90s, such as Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Club and Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari.
In particular, Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari is known overseas as River City Ransom, and even today it is a very highly rated work that has many followers. By the way, there are materials compiled by Mr. Yoshida from the time and an e-book that summarizes the scenario of 2/3 of the phantom Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari).
Miracle Kids was established in 2008! Released Downtown Nekketsu Dodgeball (Wii, etc.), which followed the flow of the Dodgeball series. According to his official Twitter account, he died “just when I was trying to deliver the best new work”. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to him for the many masterpieces he worked on during his lifetime, and I sincerely pray that he may rest in peace.
Source: Anime News Network