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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   kenisu3000   (Member)

He passed away 24 April of aspiration pneumonia.

I don't click on enough threads around here to know if he's well-known on this forum or not, but in Japan, he was an absolute legend, with a credits list a mile long. He composed the scores for tons of anime and tokusatsu series such as DORAEMON, DRAGONBALL, KAMEN RIDER and countless others.

Given his age, I had been expecting this news for some time, but it still caught me off-guard. For my part, I would have loved for him to contribute one last thing to the DRAGONBALL franchise after being away from it for so long.

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Shucks. The fella wrote a lot of fun (silly), B-movie grade stuff.

Hurricane Polymar Opening Tatakae!:

and Return of Sister Street Fighter (1975) for example:

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

That's very sad. I love what he did on DBZ.

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   ROBERT Z   (Member)

A great composer:

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Ostinato   (Member)

A friend of mine informed me shortly after the news broke. I was certainly heartbroken. I'll be giving his scores that I have in my collection a listen in the coming days.

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Listen to his music all the time. Had on THE GOLDEN BAT just yesterday.

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

He's the composer (with Seiji Yokoyama) who started my love for film and anime music, with UFO Robot Grendizer (Goldorak in France). I was 5 years old.

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2021 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

Albator 84 OST (Waga seishun no Arcadia - Mugen kidô SSX OST) :

A BIG THANK YOU MAESTRO, and have a safe trip aboard the Arcadia.

 Posted:   Apr 29, 2021 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

And to think that if this man had not existed I would be rich. I probably wouldn't have had to spend thousands of euros on a collection of 4,500 CDs. He also led me to learn a little Japanese (JLPT Level 3 in 2004).

 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   tyuan   (Member)

Here in Italy milions of Young Children from the 70s / 80s did grow listening to his masterpiece anime soundtracks!
Maestro Kikuchi has been the symbol of Soundtracks for the now aged 45 / 50 years old Italian citizens.
RIP Maestro and thanks for all Your masterpieces!
I will listen to them forever, I have all its anime scores on cd.

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