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* WidgetSeries: Quite a bit of his work.

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* {{Bishonen}}: Dear God, just ''look'' at him on [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2011/02/shigesato-itois-copywriting/ this magazine cover from 1983]]!

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* {{Bishonen}}: Dear God, just ''look'' at him on [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2011/02/shigesato-itois-copywriting/ this This magazine cover from 1983]]!1983]] shows how pretty he was, at least at one point.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: If ''MOTHER'' wasn't enough to convince you that this is the case, the rest of his body of work will!

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: If ''MOTHER'' wasn't enough to convince you that this is the case, the rest of his body of work will!will.


Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.

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Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' ''[=EarthBound=]'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.


Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.

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Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.


Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.

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Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[GeniusProgramming [[SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.


In 1998, he established the [[http://www.1101.com/ Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun]] (Pretty-Much-Daily Itoi News, commonly called ''Hobonichi''), a strange news site-hybrid themed around the idea of brightening peoples' days. It's partially a news site, but its biggest draw is its status as the home of his essays and thoughts on life, living, philosophy and his dog, and interviews with interesting people. On that note, he ''really'' loves interviewing people - his interviews never fail to be long and interesting and he's filled multiple books with them. This is pretty much why Iwata sometimes gets him to do important ''Iwata Asks'' interviews instead - because he's really, ''really'' good at it.

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In 1998, he established the [[http://www.1101.com/ Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun]] (Pretty-Much-Daily Itoi News, commonly called ''Hobonichi''), a strange news site-hybrid themed around the idea of brightening peoples' days. It's partially a news site, but its biggest draw is its status as the home of his essays and thoughts on life, living, philosophy and his dog, and interviews with interesting people. On that note, he ''really'' loves interviewing people - his interviews never fail to be long and interesting and he's filled multiple books with them. This is pretty much why Iwata sometimes gets got him to do important ''Iwata Asks'' interviews instead when Iwata still lived - because he's really, ''really'' good at it.



!! Things Itoi has worked on

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!! Things A small samble of things Itoi has worked on



* CoolOldGuy

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* CoolOldGuyCoolOldGuy: Pretty much how he's conducted his golden years.


* RenaissanceMan

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* RenaissanceManRenaissanceMan: His talents and creations are manifold and varied, from interviews to ad slogans to video game development.


Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.

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Of course, that's [[HeAlsoDid not what he's known for]] in the western world. No, the west knows him better for something that to him and to Japan was little more than a little experiment in storytelling he did on the side. Around here, he's best known as the brilliant mind behind the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy of Creator/{{Nintendo}} video games, namely ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. He's a good friend of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, Creator/HirokazuTanaka and the late, great Creator/SatoruIwata (who [[GeniusProgramming singlehandedly reprogrammed]] ''EarthBound'' from scratch midway through development, rescuing the entire project when all seemed lost), he served on the board of Nintendo subsidiary [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} HAL]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Laboratory]] for a while, and he is an occasional participant in the ''Iwata Asks'' interview series. Other video game endeavours of his include bass fishing video games for the SuperFamicom UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 (he was ''really'' into bass fishing in the late 90s) and a health diary for UsefulNotes/NintendoDSi.


* HarmfulToMinors: Meta example. As a child, Itoi accidentally walked in [[Film/TheMilitaryPolicemanAndTheDismemberedBeauty a horror film]] while at a movie theater and saw what he thought was a rape scene. The scene traumatized him and ultimately inspired him to create Giygas.

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* HarmfulToMinors: Meta example. As a child, Itoi accidentally walked in to [[Film/TheMilitaryPolicemanAndTheDismemberedBeauty a horror film]] while at a movie theater and saw what he thought was a rape scene. The scene traumatized him and ultimately inspired him to create Giygas.


* HarmfulToMinors: Again, the story about Giygas's creation.

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* HarmfulToMinors: Again, the story about Giygas's creation.Meta example. As a child, Itoi accidentally walked in [[Film/TheMilitaryPolicemanAndTheDismemberedBeauty a horror film]] while at a movie theater and saw what he thought was a rape scene. The scene traumatized him and ultimately inspired him to create Giygas.



* NiceHat: They're quite common in photos of him from the past three years or so.
* NightmareFuel: In-universe example, you could say - pretty much everyone knows the story behind him and [[Film/TheMilitaryPolicemanAndTheDismemberedBeauty the film]] that ultimately inspired Giygas, [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2008/02/shigesato-itoi-giygas-and-boobies/ but in case you don't]]... then maybe look it up somewhere else unless you know what Giygas looks like.

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* NiceHat: They're quite common in photos of him from the past three years or so.
since 2009.
* NightmareFuel: In-universe example, you could say - pretty much everyone knows Again, the story behind him and [[Film/TheMilitaryPolicemanAndTheDismemberedBeauty the film]] that ultimately inspired Giygas, [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2008/02/shigesato-itoi-giygas-and-boobies/ but in case you don't]]... then maybe look it up somewhere else unless you know what Giygas looks like.about Giygas's creation.



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Croquette rolls. Inevitably they showed up repeatedly in ''MOTHER''.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Croquette rolls. Inevitably Inevitably, they showed up repeatedly in ''MOTHER''.


* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - voiced Mei and Satsuki's father; also created the tagline for the film ("These strange creatures still exist in Japan... probably") which contributed to the ''MNT'' poster being one of the most famous movie posters in Japanese film history

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* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - voiced Mei Tatsuo Kusanabe (Mei and Satsuki's father; father); also created the tagline for the film ("These strange creatures still exist in Japan... probably") which contributed to the ''MNT'' poster being one of the most famous movie posters in Japanese film history


* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - voiced Mei and Satsuki's father

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* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - voiced Mei and Satsuki's fatherfather; also created the tagline for the film ("These strange creatures still exist in Japan... probably") which contributed to the ''MNT'' poster being one of the most famous movie posters in Japanese film history


Shigesato Itoi (糸井 重里, born November 10, 1948) is a Japanese essayist and copywriter whose works are widely considered to have had a defining influence on modern Japanese culture. He's dabbled in pretty much everything at some point or another over the past thirty years or so - he's done books, he's done songwriting, he's done websites, he's done voice acting, he's done film, he's done television, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers he's done day planners]]... The man is an endless font of variety, really, and Japan loves him for it. He is perhaps most famous as an advertisement copywriter and designer, and has had a hand in a number of Japan's most famous ad campaigns in the modern era.

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Shigesato Itoi (糸井 重里, born November 10, 1948) is a Japanese essayist and copywriter whose works are widely considered to have had a defining influence on modern Japanese culture. He's dabbled in pretty much everything at some point or another over the past thirty years or so - he's done books, he's done songwriting, he's done websites, he's done voice acting, he's done film, he's done television, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers he's done day planners]]... The man is an endless font of variety, really, and Japan loves him for it. He is perhaps most famous as an advertisement copywriter and designer, and has had a hand in a number of Japan's most famous ad campaigns in the modern era.

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