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1941- . Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, he graduated in film from the Fine Arts department of Nippon University. He joined Mushi Production in 1964, where he soon became a writer and director on Astro Boy. He went freelance after three years, and studied advertising production at Tokyo Designer Gakuin College, before being tempted back into the anime business as a director on Triton of the Seas, Brave Raideen, and Star of the Seine. His greatest contribution to the anime world came with his involvement in giant-robot shows, adding notes of pathos and tragedy to Daitarn 3, Zambot 3, and his most famous creation, Gundam. For this and the realization that in his anime no major character was safe, he later gained the nickname "Kill 'em All Tomino." He also wrote the lyrics to many of the songs associated with his shows, using the pseudonym Iogi Rin, and is credited with several novels, including the trilogy released in English as Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation. Tomino has occasionally struck out at the success of Gundam, protesting that it is all he is known for in fandom, despite a varied resumé that stretches all the way back to the earliest days of Japanese television animation.