and Dragon Ball
composer Shunsuke Kikuchi
died of aspiration pneumonia on April 24. He was 89 years old.
Kikuchi was born on November 1, 1931, in Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture. His prolific career composing music for film, television, and anime began with the film Hachininme no Teki
(The Eighth Enemy
) in 1961 and spanned nearly six decades. He was a recipient of the Japanese Academy Film Prize for "Excellence in Music" in 1983 for the films Yuukai Houdou
(To Trap a Kidnapper
) and Seishun no Mon: Jiritsu-hen
(The Gate of Youth Part 2
), and in 2015 received a lifetime achievement award from the Japan Record Awards.
His work in the anime industry includes composing the music for the second and longest-running television anime adaptation of Doraemon
, and for Dr. Slump: Arale-chan
, Dragon Ball
, and Dragon Ball Z
. He also scored over 40 anime films tied to these series.
Source: Asahi Shinbun Digital