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1963- . Born in Iwate Prefecture, Kikuchi graduated from Tokyo Design College and first worked in animation as a sketch artist on one of the later seasons of Lupin III. His subsequent animation credits included some of the "magical girl" output of Studio Pierrot, sketch work on Fist of the North Star, and character designs on Zeorymer Hades Project. However, Kikuchi is far better known by his manga creator pseudonym "Kia Asamiya," in which role he is credited with the original stories to many popular franchises, including Silent Möbius, Nadesico, and Steam Detectives. He is the founder of the design outfit Studio Tron.