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Asian Kung-Fu Generation


Asian Kung-Fu Generation (アジアン・カンフー・ジェネレーション Ajian Kanfū Jenerēshon, stylized as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION) is a Japanese alternative rock band formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996. For nearly its entire career, the band has consisted of vocalist Masafumi Gotō, guitarist Kensuke Kita, bassist Takahiro Yamada, and drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi. Starting out as a college band, Asian Kung-Fu Generation released a series of independent EPs featuring lyrics mostly sung in English. In 2002, they released their major-label EP debut Hōkai Amplifier, from that point singing their lyrics in Japanese. The band's musical style is influenced by seminal Western alternative rock acts as well as their own local Japanese indie-rock and punk scene. Their songs incorporate various aspects of the genres, most typically expressing fast tempos and prominent power chord guitar riffs in addition to rhythmic groove and emotional lyrics. Despite the indie nature of their music, the band has enjoyed worldwide commercial success in addition to critical acclaim. Asian Kung-Fu Generation has been cited as one of the best, most balanced modern rock bands to emerge from Japan in the 2000s.

The four of them came together in the music club of their university in 1996; for Gotoh, Kita, and Yamada, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION was the first band they ever formed.

After a while, they began to perform at the school and in the local Yokohama area. Interestingly, their first songs were all written in English and, in fact, their first independent 6 track album (released in 2000) was entirely sung in English. The CDs were sold at concerts and over the internet.

In 2001, beginning with "YMD" they held many self-planned events at Yokohama's CLUB24.

Once "Konayuki," the first song in which they used Japanese lyrics, was completed, they sent copies to all the independent shows on the FM stations, and were consequently able to get their music played for the first time on FM radio.

After that, they released their second CD of original works, this time using Japanese lyrics. It achieved great success within the region and at all the Live Houses.
From this time on, starting at Shibuya, Shimokitazawa, Kichijouji and other places, they started putting on shows famed for their energy.

In 2002, they submitted a track to the Underflow Records Compilation CD. In November of the same year, they released "Houkai Amplifier," their first Mini Album to be produced professionally. This album, which would decide their future, debuted in the number 1 spot of Highline Records weekly charts, and also made it to the number 35 spot in the Oricon Indies Chart.

On April 4, 2003, "Houkai Amplifier" was re-released under Ki/oon Records. That summer, they appeared at FUJI ROCK (on the "ROOKIE A GO GO" stage), and at SUMMER SONIC '03 in Osaka.

Following their October 16, 2003 single "Kimi to Iu Hana," their first full album "Kimi Tsunagi Five M" was released on November 19.

From January 19 to February 25 2004, they went on the "five nano seconds" tour. All shows immediately sold out and were a massive success.

In 2004, their first proper single "Siren" and their second single, the iconic "Loop & Loop," were released, the former on April 14th and the latter on May 19th.

Their self-planned event ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION presents "NANO-MUGEN FEST" took place on July 1st at Nihon Budoukan and, that summer, they appeared live at festivals in areas all over the country. On August 4th, their new single "Rewrite" was released, followed by "Kimi no Machi Made" on September 23rd.

On October 20, 2004, their long-awaited new album "Sol-fa" was released and this really pushed the band to the forefront of the J-Rock scene. Then, on November 2nd, they started their second national tour: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Tour Suihai No!

June 8 2005 saw the release of "NANO-MUGEN COMPILATION," an album composed of songs from various acts, both Japanese and English-language alike. Included was their first single after "Sol-fa": "Blackout." Later, the band released their first real single in over a year; "Blue Train."

In 2006, the band released another single "World Apart," followed by their third album, "Fanclub." A month later, they released their latest album "Feedback File," which includes live versions of some of their most popular tracks.

Their song "Haruka Kanata" was chosen to be a theme song for the anime series "Naruto," and the popular single "Rewrite" was selected as a theme song to the hit anime series "Fullmetal Alchemist." The song "Aru Machi no Gunjou" was used in the animated movie "Tekkon Kinkreet," and the song "After Dark" was used as a theme song for the animated series "BLEACH."



Song lyric After Dark AFTER DARK ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Aozora to Kuroi Neko AOZORA TO KUROI NEKO ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Blood Circulator BLOOD CIRCULATOR ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Blood Circulator (Anime Size) BLOOD CIRCULATOR (ANIME SIZE) ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Blue Sky and a Black Cat BLUE SKY AND A BLACK CAT ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Blue Train BLUE TRAIN ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Daidai DAIDAI ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Dancing Girl DANCING GIRL ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Denpatou DENPATOU Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Dororo DORORO ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric E E Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Easter EASTER ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Easter / 復活祭 EASTER / 復活祭 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Eternal Sunshine ETERNAL SUNSHINE ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Flashback FLASHBACK Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Forever FOREVER ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Haruka Kanata HARUKA KANATA Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Holiday HOLIDAY ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Jiheishou Tansaku JIHEISHOU TANSAKU Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Kimi To Iu Hana KIMI TO IU HANA Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu KOROGARU IWA, KIMI NI ASA GA FURU ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Kouya Wo Aruke KOUYA WO ARUKE ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Living in the Now LIVING IN THE NOW ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Marching Band MARCHING BAND ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Mirai No Kakera MIRAI NO KAKERA Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Mugen Glider MUGEN GLIDER Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Mustang MUSTANG ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric N.g.s N.G.S Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Natsu No Hi, Zanzou NATSU NO HI, ZANZOU Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Need Your Love NEED YOUR LOVE ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric No Name NO NAME Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Rainbow Flag RAINBOW FLAG ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Re: Re: RE: RE: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Re:Re: RE:RE: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Rewrite REWRITE ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Rewrite (2016 Rerecorded) REWRITE (2016 RERECORDED) ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Right Now RIGHT NOW ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Riraito RIRAITO Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Rockn' roll, Morning Light Falls on You ROCKN' ROLL, MORNING LIGHT FALLS ON YOU ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Season of Beginnings SEASON OF BEGINNINGS ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Siren SIREN ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Sono Wake Wo SONO WAKE WO Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Soranin SORANIN ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Soredewa, Mata Ashita SOREDEWA, MATA ASHITA ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric The Survivor's March THE SURVIVOR'S MARCH ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric To your town (Kimi no Machi Made) TO YOUR TOWN (KIMI NO MACHI MADE) ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Travelogue TRAVELOGUE ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric Understand UNDERSTAND Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Song lyric Well Then, See You Again Tomorrow WELL THEN, SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric アネモネの咲く春に アネモネの咲く春に ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric エントランス エントランス ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric ボーイズ&ガールズ ボーイズ&ガールズ ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric ライカ ライカ ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric 夜を越えて 夜を越えて ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric 或る街の群青 或る街の群青 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric 橙 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Song lyric 解放区 解放区 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION