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Many of us grew up watching anime and singing along with the opening theme songs, and now one famous anime music composer has sadly left the anime world.
Anime fans are mourning the death of Shunsuke Kikuchi, the original composer behind Doraemon’s theme song “Doraemon no Uta” and the original Dragon Ball anime music.
According to an official statement, the composer passed away at 89 after suffering from pneumonia.
Shunsuke’s career spanned over 23 packages of music with over 400 pieces and composed the music for many famous series like Dragon Ball, Doraemon, Kamen Rider and more.
His other composing credits include The Unfettered Shogun (Abarengō Shōgun), Tiger Mask, Gaiking, Tōshō Daimos, Dr. Slump and others.
Born in 1931, Shunsuke broke into the anime industry with his debut music project before going on to compose music for a variety of classic shows over the years before he retired in 2017 due to his illness.
Fans are mourning his death on social media with many thanking him for making their childhood.
Production company Overlook Events, that hosts concerts featuring the music of Dragon Ball, paid tribute to the composer with the caption, “our work and concerts are dedicated to him from the beginning.”
Thank you for all the childhood memories and the songs that we sang over the years.
Rest in peace, Shunsuke Kikuchi.
Info via Variety
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