小田部羊一, こたべ よういち
Date of Birth: 15. September 1936 Hometown: Taipei Taiwan Youichi Kotabe is a Japanese animator and character designer. He has worked on several anime films from the 1960s and 1970s on the Super Mario video game series and the Pokmon series in television and film. He was an employee at Nintendo for two decades doing illustrations character designs and supervision from 1985 to 2007. At that time he began to work as a freelancer for the anime and video game industry including for Nintendo again.