Junichi Masuda is a Managing Director 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.


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!

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