Former head of Tecmo's Team Ninja
and leather aficionado, Tomonobu Itagaki
, is proving himself to be quite the legal
eagle hawk whatever bird a ninja might keep as a pet
in his ongoing lawsuit against his old employer. In addition to upping his claim for damages from 148 million yen ($1.3 million) to 164m yen ($1.6m) for bonuses and salary not paid, the Dead or Alive
creator delivered a blow to accusations by Tecmo president Yoshimi Yasuda that he was never promised bonuses in the first place.
The evidence: an audio recording of Yasuda specifically stating that a legal document known as a ringi
, which outlined the contested bonus plan, had in fact been approved by Tecmo's board of directors. Take that!
If that didn't sting, Itagaki said (in what we're guessing was a stern voice): "I am prepared to reveal this evidence as the need arises for the sake of greater justice." Hear that? Greater justice
. Everything the guy does is intense