Masanori Hikichi

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Masanori Hikichi (曳地 正則 Hikichi Masanori?, born October 30, 1969), is a Japanese video game music sound designer, most well known for writing the soundtrack to Terranigma, along with Miyoko Takaoka. He also contributed to the soundtracks to the NEC PC Engine port of Langrisser: The Descendants of Light, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and The Granstream Saga. Hikichi was first an employee of Cube, working on games for various systems. He later joined both Quintet (1995-1998) and Shade, Inc. (1997-2000) to create music and sound effects for Saturn and PlayStation 1 titles.

Hikichi was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. At the age of 14, he watched the performance of some band on television, and that led him to become a musician. When he was in high school, he started to compose music for his band to perform. After high school, he attended music school.


  • Galaxy Force II (Mega Drive) (1991) - arrangements
  • Steel Empire (1992) - sound effects
  • Human Sports Festival (1992) - with Hiroshi Fujioka, Yoshiaki Kubotera, and Isao Mizoguchi
  • Gley Lancer (1992) - with Yoshiaki Kubodera, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare
  • Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (1993) - with Yoshiaki Kubodera, Miyoko Takaoka, Naoyuki Ito, Tomohiro Endo, and Hiroo Tengenji
  • Warsong (PC Engine) (1993) - with Hiroshi Fujioka, Miyoko Takaoka, and Naoyuki Ito
  • Battle Master (SFC) (1993) - with Hiroshi Fujioka
  • Langrisser: Hikari no Matsuei (1993) - with Noriyuki Iwadare, Miyoko Takaoka, Hiroshi Fujioka, Naoyuki Ito, and Isao Mizoguchi
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) - with Masayuki Nagao and David Javelosa
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) - with various others
  • Sonic & Knuckles (1994) - with various others
  • Power of the Hired (1994) - with Hiroo Tengenji, Hiroshi Fujioka, Yoshiaki Kubotera, and Tomohiro Endo
  • Terranigma (1995) - with Miyoko Takaoka
  • The Granstream Saga (1997) - with Miyoko Takaoka and Takako Ochiai
  • Solo Crisis (1998) - with Naoki Kaneda and Takako Ochiai
  • Code R (1998) - with Naoki Kaneda and Takako Ochiai
  • Chou Hatsumei Boy Kanipan: Hirameki Wonderland (1999)
  • Orphen: Scion of Sorcery (2000) - sound effects

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