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.
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).
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.