Dai Sato was born in Shimane, Japan in 1969.
Around the age of 19, he contracted with “Sold Out” and started his career working on broadcast composition and lyric writing. His interests gradually shifted toward the gaming industry and at the age of 23, Mr. Sato met Satoshi Tajiri, the game designer that brought the world “Pocket Monsters,” and began working at Game Freak. When Mr. Sato completed his contract the following year, he continued with his writing career, but at the same time expanded his reach into Techno and Club music. Soon thereafter, Mr. Sato co-founded a Techno music Label (Frogman Records) with Kengo Watanabe. This venture evolved into a planning company (his main forte) called, Frognation. In 2007, Mr. Sato independently founded a new company, Story Riders (KK), where he currently serves as President.
Some of Mr. Sato’s representative works include well known anime such as Cowboy Bebop (1998), Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002), Wolf’s Rain (2003), Samurai Champloo (2004), Psalms of Planets: Eureka Seven (2005), Ergo Proxy (2006), FREEDOM (2006-2008), Battle Spirits: Shonen Toppa Bashin (2008), Eden of the East (2009), Halo Legends: The Package (2010), Norageki (2011), Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011), and most recently Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012). It was recently announced that Mr. Sato will be responsible for the Series Composition on Bandai's new show, Chou Soku Henkei: Gyrozetter.
Mr. Sato has also become increasingly more involved in video game projects. Around 2000, he worked on the Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere game. In 2004, he worked on the screenplay for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. In 2008 he was credited on Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In In 2010 he began the Series Composition for Scared Rider Xechs. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Resident Evil: Revelations. It was recently announced that Mr. Sato also worked on the scenario for the upcoming Capcom video game E.X.Troopers, a Lost Planet spinoff scheduled for release on Sony PS3 and Nintendo 3DS.
Additionally, Mr. Sato has a regular Podcast called Sato Dai's +/- zero in which he talks about a wide variety of topics - anime related and otherwise. (Japanese only).
Mr. Sato is also co-hosting a new radio program on block.fm with m-flo's Taku Takahashi. The title of the program block is don't_blink. The first episode aired June 25, 2012, and is will broadcast on the net every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.
This is Dai Sato’s sixth time at AnimeFest. Dai is one of the friendliest and most approachable people you will ever meet. AnimeFest is thrilled to have him back with us for the sixth consecutive year. Please make sure to say hello!
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