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Junichi Masuda
Junichi Masuda
Born January 12, 1968
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Company Game Freak (since 1989)
University Japan Electronics College
Current Position Executive Director and Head of Development
First game Mendel Palace
Latest game Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!
Twitter Junichi_Masuda


Junichi Masuda is an Executive Director and Head of Development at Game Freak, as well as an Executive Director at The Pokémon Company. He is notorious for his work in the Pokémon franchise, mostly as producer, director and composer.

History

After studying computer graphics at the Japan Electronics College, Masuda joined Game Freak in 1989, after its shift into video game development. Initially, Masuda was in charge of programming, music and sound design on most of the company's titles.

In Pokémon Red and Green, he composed all the music, made all of the sound effects and Pokémon cries, and also worked on programming as well. In Gold and Silver, along with composing he became a sub director, and eventually replaced Satoshi Tajiri as the director of the franchise with Crystal. He later directed Ruby and Sapphire, FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond and Pearl, Black and White and X and Y. He gradually took on the role of producer and main supervisor of the Pokémon franchise as a whole, with Shigeru Ohmori taking over his directorial role.

Since Ruby and Sapphire, Masuda's involvement with the music of the games decreased as he took on directorial roles, although he has still produced most of the main battle themes. He also composed all the music of Pokémon Go, and was the director of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!

Game Works

Special Thanks

Song Credits

Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire

  • Title Demo 2 ~Double Battle~ -- Composition
  • Title ~Main Theme~ -- Composition
  • Battle! Wild Pokémon -- Composition & Arrangement

Pokémon Black and White

  • Corronation Day -- Composition
  • Battle! (Cheren/Bianca) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Wild Pokémon) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Trainer Battle) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Team Plasma) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Gym Leader) -- Composition
  • Route 4 -- Composition
  • Battle! (N) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Elite Four) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Reshiram/Zekrom) -- Composition
  • Decisive Battle! (N) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Ghetsis) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Battle Subway Trainer) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Legendary Pokémon) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Cynthia) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Strong Wild Pokémon) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Kyurem) -- Composition
  • Battle! (Champion) -- Composition

Pokémon Sun and Moon

  • Battle! (Wild Pokémon) -- Composition
  • Trainers Meet Eyes -- Composition
  • Battle! (Trainer) -- Composition
  • Island Kahuna's Theme -- Composition
  • The Protector of the Island -- Composition
  • To the Altar -- Composition
  • Battle! (Solgaleo / Lunala) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle! (Elite Four) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle! (Tapu) -- Composition

Interviews