菊田裕樹 (Hiroki Kikuta) is a Japanese video game music composer, and was born on August 29th, 1962 in Aichi prefecture, Japan. He attended Kansai University and earned a degree in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Cultural Anthropology. After graduating, he worked as a manga illustrator and anime music composer. He started his career as video game music composer in 1991, when he presented some demos of his work to Square , and was promptly hired to create the sound effects for Romancing Saga. Square then asked him to compose the soundtrack of Secret of Mana, which became a big hit.