Kikuchi, Shunsuke

Kikuchi, Shunsuke

Given name: 俊輔
Family name: 菊池
Birthday: Nov 1, 1931
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Kikuchi Shunsuke was born November 1, 1931. He is a prolific Japanese composer from Hirosaki. He specializes in incidental music for media such as television and film.

Active since the early 60s, he has been one of Japan's most highly demanded film and TV composers, working principally on tokusatsu and anime productions for children, as well as violent action films, jidaigeki and dorama. His works are comparatively more common in Toei-related productions. As of 2006, he is still active.

Kikuchi's compositions characteristically have a 16-beat blues and pentatonic basis. Up-tempo works like those in Kamen Rider and Abarenbo Shogun form the majority of his works, while the 12/8 theme of Doraemon and the slow background music from long-running series have become some of his best-known works.

As anime and tokusatsu like Doraemon, Kamen Rider, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, jidaigeki such as Abarenbo Shogun and Choushichirou Edo Nikki, and TBS Saturday-night productions ranging from Key Hunter to G-Men '75 became long-running hit series, people began to say that "if Kikuchi Shunsuke is in charge of the music, the show will be a hit."

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21 Emon Uchuu e Irasshai!
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Arabian Nights: Sindbad no Bouken (TV)
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Babel Nisei (1973)
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Dokaben
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Doraemon (1979)
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Doraemon: The Day When I Was Born
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Dr. Slump: Arale-chan
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Dragon Ball
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Dragon Ball Kai
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Dragon Ball Kai: Mirai ni Heiwa wo! Goku no Tamashii yo Eien ni
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Dragon Ball Z
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Gekisou! Rubenkaiser
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Getter Robo
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High School! Kimengumi
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High School! Kimengumi (Movie)
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Hurricane Polymar
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Hyouga Senshi Gaislugger
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Koguma no Misha
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La Seine no Hoshi
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Mechakko Dotakon
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Miracle Shoujo Limit-chan
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Ninja Hattori-kun
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Ninja Hattori-kun Plus Perman: Chounouryoku Wars
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Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Furusato Daisakusen no Maki
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Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Ninpo Enikki no Maki
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Obake no Q-Tarou: Susume! 1/100 Daisakusen
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Obake no Q-Tarou: Tobidase! Bake Bake Daisakusen
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Sakigake!! Otokojuku
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Samurai Giants
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SF Saiyuuki Starzinger
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Shin Tenchi Muyou!
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Shinzou Ningen Casshern
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Tiger Mask
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Toushou Daimos
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UFO Robo Grendizer
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Ultraman Kids no Kotowaza Monogatari
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Ultraman Kids: M7.8 Sei no Yukai na Nakama
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Urikupen Kyuujo-tai
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Urikupen Kyuujo-tai
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Urikupen Kyuujo-tai
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Waga Seishun no Arcadia: Mugen Kidou SSX
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Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace
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Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace tai Konchuu Robot Gundan
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The Controversy surrounding Dragon Ball Z Kai's OST

The Controversy surrounding Dragon Ball Z Kai's OST

Kenji Yamamoto's soundtrack for Dragon Ball Z Kai is a callback to the Dragon Ball Z soundtrack by Shunsuke Kikuchi. Many saw it as a return to form by Toei, however after fan backlash and an investigation by the studio, it became apparent that Yamamoto's score was not entirely his own.
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khayder66 | Jul 18, 11:52 PM
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TheGeniusBaka | Jan 23, 9:36 PM
all I see here is dragon ball.
just listen his composition from doraemon 1979 TV series.


Z_Tetriminos | Aug 17, 2015 11:08 AM
This is the man!


Heisen | Jun 16, 2015 10:59 AM
Faulconer's track were much more original and enjoyable than this hack's shit-tier garbage.

: ^ )


morshuwarrior | Nov 6, 2013 3:35 AM
Can't imagine Dragon Ball Z without his score anymore, it's just perfect.


Sautron | Aug 21, 2013 6:16 PM
What a master! One of the main reasons behind Dragon Ball's great sucess! Unique style.


HisokaHajime | Nov 10, 2011 10:24 AM
The greatest composer ever in my book.


SolarBlade52 | Oct 3, 2010 6:21 PM
He's one of my major influences in music.


HannesOfangels | Sep 15, 2009 4:04 AM
This guy is a legend.. Starzinger OST is amazing


ANW | Sep 12, 2009 9:17 PM
GRENDIZER! oh my GOD! he's soooo amazing!


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