IKUHARA was born in 1964 and graduated from Kyoto College of Art in 1985. In 1986, he entered Toei Doga Company and in 1992, joined the production of TV animation series Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, in charge of rendition. He directed the film Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R in 1993. After that he left Toei Doga Company in 1996 and in 1997, started to be in charge of planning, writing the original story, and directing the TV animation Revolutionary Girl Utena in 1997, Revolutionary Girl Utena/Adolescence of Utena in 1999, Storyboarding of the video animation Top wo Nerae 2! in 2005. In 2007, IKUHARA created the OP animation for the TV animation, Nodame Cantabile. Other activities include writing novels and offering original stories for mangas.