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Asian Kung-Fu GenerationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_1_0
Also known asAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_2_0 Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_2_1
OriginAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_3_0 Yokohama, JapanAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_3_1
GenresAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_4_0 power popAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_4_1
Years activeAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_5_0 1996–presentAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_5_1
LabelsAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_6_0 Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_7_0 Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_7_1
MembersAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_0_9_0 Masafumi Gotoh

Kensuke Kita Takahiro Yamada Kiyoshi IjichiAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_0_9_1

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. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_0

For its entire career, the band has consisted of vocalist Masafumi Gotoh, guitarist Kensuke Kita, bassist Takahiro Yamada, and drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_1

Starting out as a college band, Asian Kung-Fu Generation released a series of independent EPs featuring lyrics mostly sung in English. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_2

In 2002, they released their major-label EP debut Hōkai Amplifier, from that point singing their lyrics in Japanese. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_3

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. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_4

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. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_5

Despite the indie nature of their music, the band has enjoyed worldwide commercial success in addition to critical acclaim. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_6

Asian Kung-Fu Generation has been cited as one of the best, most balanced modern rock bands to emerge from Japan in the 2000s. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_7

History Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_0

1996–2002: Formation and indie releases Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_1

Asian Kung-Fu Generation was first formed in 1996 when Masafumi Gotoh, Kensuke Kita, and Takahiro Yamada met while attending a music club at Kanto Gakuin University, a private university in Yokohama, Japan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_8

After realizing that they all shared similar musical tastes, the three decided to start their own band. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_9

Masafumi Gotoh became the lead vocalist and played rhythm guitar, Kensuke Kita played lead guitar and sang backup and Takahiro Yamada played bass. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_10

Drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi joined them later on after parting with another college band he was in. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_11

The four then began providing performances at their university as well as throughout the local Yokohama area. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_12

After graduating from college, following years of playing in several small venues and having collaborated with fellow Japanese rock musician Caramelman, AKFG released their first indie EP in 2000. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_13

The six-track EP contained original lyrics written and sung almost entirely in English. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_14

The four spent the remainder of the year playing in clubs and hosting independent events. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_15

The year after, the band made an attempt to attain airplay on indie radio stations for their first Japanese single, "Konayuki" (粉雪). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_16

The song was eventually picked up by a popular radio DJ and put into heavy rotation on the station FM Yokohama upon the demand of listeners. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_17

AKFG then released another indie EP, I'm Standing Here. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_18

This time, however, the band wrote songs in Japanese. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_19

At this time, the band had begun drawing an increasingly large number of audiences to their shows held in clubs in the districts of Shibuya, Shimokitazawa, Kichijōji, and Tokyo. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_20

2002–2004: Hōkai Amplifier and Kimi Tsunagi Five M Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_2

Main articles: Hōkai Amplifier and Kimi Tsunagi Five M Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_21

On November 25, 2002, after contributing to the Under Flowers Records compilation, Whatch You Gonna Do?, Asian Kung–Fu Generation officially released their first major-label mini-album, Hōkai Amplifier (崩壊アンプリファー). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_22

The group enlisted internet radio host and graphic artist Yusuke Nakamura to design and compose their single and album covers. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_23

The critically acclaimed EP topped the High Line Records' weekly chart for two consecutive weeks and peaked at number thirty-five on the Oricon indies sales chart. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_24

As a result of its success, Hōkai Amplifier was re-released on April 23, 2003, by the band's new record label, Ki/oon Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_25

A month later, AKFG held their first headline show at Shimokitazawa Club Shelter. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_26

That same summer, the band performed at the annual rock festivals of Fuji Rock Festival 03's "ROOKIE A GO GO" and Summer Sonic '03 in Tokyo and Osaka. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_27

On August 6, the band released their major-label debut single, "Mirai no Kakera" (未来の破片), with their second single, "Kimi to Iu Hana" (君という花), following shortly after. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_28

Days later, AKG held the first edition of what would become an annual festival, the Nano-Mugen Fes. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_29

The event took place on August 11 at the Shinjuku LOFT. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_30

The band followed it up by releasing their first full-length studio album, Kimi Tsunagi Five M (君繋ファイブエム) on November 19. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_31

The LP sold over 250,000 copies and landed in the number five spot on the Oricon charts in its first week. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_32

As their fame and following grew, fans began calling the band simply Ajikan (アジカン), an abbreviation of how the band's name is rendered in Japanese. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_33

2004–2005: Sol-fa Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_3

Main article: Sol-fa (album) Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_34

As they entered 2004, AKFG received the award for Best New Artist while their video for "Kimi to Iu Hana" won the award for Best Music Video at the SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_35

From January 19 to February 25, AKG held their first headlining tour: Five Nano Seconds. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_36

The tour consisted of thirteen shows. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_37

On July 1, the band held their third ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION presents Nano-Mugen Festival at the Tokyo arena Nippon Budokan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_38

Over the course of the following summer, the band played in more than ten summer rock festivals, including Meet The World Beat, Rock In Japan Fes 04, and Fuji Rock Festival 04. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_39

Over the course of the year, the band released four more singles: "Siren" (サイレン), "Loop & Loop" (ループ&ループ), "Rewrite" (リライト) and "Kimi no Machi Made" (君の街まで), before finally releasing their second full-length album, Sol-fa (ソルファ) on October 20. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_40

The album debuted at number-one on the Oricon charts where it stayed for two consecutive weeks and eventually went on to sell more than 600,000 copies. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_41

The album received critical praised for its honed sound and high production quality, which thoroughly nullified the language barrier that frequently impeded non–Japanese-speaking audiences. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_42

This notion became evident following the domestic release of Sol-fa, when AKFG fans from around the world organized themselves and petitioned for copies of the second album to be distributed outside Japan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_43

The support for Ajikan eventually resulted in Tofu Records striking a contract to release Sol-fa in the United States on October 18, 2005. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_44

Additionally, the song "Rewrite" found recognition both domestically as well as on an international level when it was chosen as the fourth opening theme for the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_45

Around the same time, their song "Haruka Kanata" enjoyed similar recognition after being used for the second opening of the anime series Naruto. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_46

Asian Kung–Fu Generation spent the next two months on a national tour consisting of twelve shows called "Tour SUI CUP 2004 -No! Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_47

Member, November." Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_48

The tour included a prestigious headliner at Nippon Budokan arena. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_49

The four then released a year-end video DVD, izō Sakuhinshū Vol. 1 on November 26. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_50

The DVD is compilation of the music videos for all singles from "Haruka Kanata" to "Kimi no Machi Made," including a never before seen clip of "Siren." Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_51

The video contains audio commentary for each song, a making-of featurette, and live footage derived from their concerts. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_52

In 2016, the song "Re:Re:" was rerecorded and used as the opening for the anime Erased. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_53

2005–2007: Fanclub and Feedback File Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_4

Main articles: Fanclub (album) and Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_54

Due in part to their growing recognition, Asian Kung–Fu Generation would dedicate a significant amount of time the next couple of years going on extensive national tours. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_55

Between March 14 and June 26 of 2005, AKG went on an extensive sold-out Re:Re Tour, performing at forty-eight concerts in thirty-eight cities throughout Japan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_56

At the same time, the band released their second DVD, Eizō Sakuhinshū Vol. 2: Live at Budokan +. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_57

The two-disc video was the band's very first live DVD, as the first disc contains live footage of the entirety of the final show of their "Tour Suihai 2004 - No!Member, November-," at Budokan, where they performed before an audience of over 10,000 people on December 5, 2004. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_58

Meanwhile, the second disc contains clips from their first concert at the Shimokitazawa Shelter Club on November 2, 2004. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_59

It also includes behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Toshiaki Toyoda and filmed at Kanto Gakuin University, as well as outtakes from the music video for "Kimi to Iu Hana." Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_60

Upon its release, the video managed to top the Oricon DVD charts for an entire month. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_61

On July 9, AKFG held their fifth Nano-Mugen Festival at Yokohama Arena, where they performed with seven other Japanese and UK bands. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_62

To advertise the event, they released a preceding compilation album that retained one song from each band attending the festival. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_63

Over the next summer, AKG attended a host of festivals, including Summer Sonic 05, Rising Sun Rock Fes. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_64

2005, and Rock in Japan Fes. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_65

05. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_66

They also appeared as guests on GOGOICHI –SPACE SHOWER CHART SHOW– on November 27 on SPACE SHOWER TV. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_67

The band closed the year by releasing the single, "Blue Train" (ブルートレイン), followed up by a brief tour entitled, "Tour SUI CUP 2005 - Winter Dragon" in December. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_68

The band began 2006 with the release of their upcoming album's second single, "World Apart." Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_69

The single was unique in that it featured a song in which Kensuke Kita stood as lead singer. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_70

It was AKFG's first song to achieve number-one single status, also it was the year that the band was finally able to acquire their very own studio. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_71

They then took part in live performances in LIVE SUPERNOVA DX on February 16, 2006. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_72

On March 15, AKG released their third full-length album, Fanclub (ファンクラブ). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_73

The album peaked at number three and stayed in the Oricon top five for nearly two months. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_74

The following month, the band went on a national tour entitled, Count 4 My 8 Beat. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_75

Tickets for all thirty-eight shows quickly sold out. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_76

AKFG's sixth annual Nano-Mugen Fes. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_77

was held at Yokohama Arena. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_78

For two days, Asian Kung–Fu Generation and eleven other bands, including six Japanese bands, three American bands and two English bands, performed. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_79

Like the previous year, a compilation album was released in July to advertise the Nano-Mugen Festival. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_80

After three years of attending the Fuji Rock Fes, AKFG had the opportunity to perform on its coveted primary Green Stage for the first time at Fuji Rock Festival 06. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_81

To commemorate their ten-year anniversary, Asian Kung–Fu Generation released their first compilation album, on October 25. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_82

Rather than featuring hit singles, the nostalgic album was primarily compiled of B-sides, live performances, and old demos from their early indie days. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_83

Even though it retained little new material, the compilation was met by commercial success and managed to debut at number two on the Oricon charts. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_84

AKFG then went on a two-month arena tour entitled, Tour Sui Cup 2006-2007: The Start of a New Season. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_85

Well over 100,000 fans attended this tour, which traveled through eight cities and featured guest performances by bands from Japan and the United States. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_86

In the midst of the tour, AKFG was commissioned by the director of the then-upcoming anime film, Tekkon Kinkreet, to compose a theme song for the movie. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_87

The band created a song called, "Aru Machi no Gunjō" (或る街の群青) and released it as a year-end single prior to the film's debut. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_88

As a sign of their increasing cultural prominence, the band came to be parodied in a volume of the popular Hellsing manga by members of the Vatican named, "The Vactikung." Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_89

2007–2008: Withdrawal and World World World Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_5

Main article: World World World Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_90

On March 21, the band released another live DVD, Eizō Sakuhinshū Vol. 3 that contained footage of their previous tour. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_91

Although they took part in various domestic summer festivals, AKFG gradually became more and more withdrawn over the course of 2007 before halting appearances almost entirely, including the lack of their annual Nano-Mugen festival. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_92

Nevertheless, the band released the single "After Dark", which debuted in the top ten on the Oricon charts and was used as the seventh opening for the anime series Bleach. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_93

In March of the following year, the band released their next album, World World World, accompanied by the single "Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu" (転がる岩、君に朝が降る). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_94

Despite the lack of media appearances and the significant timespan between releases, the album debuted at #1 on the Oricon album chart. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_95

Just a few months after the album's release, Asian Kung–Fu Generation released their second major-label EP, Mada Minu Ashita ni, on June 11, 2008. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_96

The mini-album features songs conceived around the time of the recording of their preceding full-length album. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_97

Although the EP spawned no singles, the song "Mustang" managed to peak at number fifteen on the Japan Hot 100. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_98

The song was the band's very first entry on the newly established chart. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_99

2008–2009: Surf Bungaku Kamakura Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_6

Main article: Surf Bungaku Kamakura Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_100

The band appeared as a supporting act for a show held at Yokohama Bay Hall by American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind on July 18. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_101

Incidentally, Third Eye Blind later appeared for the fourth and final lineup of AKFG's seventh annual Nano-Mugen Festival held at the Yokohama Arena through July 20-21st. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_102

The group was but one of a total of sixteen musical acts, originating from Japan, America, and the UK, who performed at the festival alongside Asian Kung–Fu Generation, who later released their third Nano-Mugen disc, Nano-Mugen Compilation 2008. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_103

Peaking at number eighteen on the Oricon charts and retaining one song from each of the sixteen groups, the compilation expressed the largest track number within the Nano-Mugen series yet. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_104

Additionally, the song "Natsusemi" (夏蝉, Summer Cicada), composed by AKFG just for the compilation, managed to peak at number thirty-six on the Japan Hot 100 despite not being released as a single. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_105

In September, Asian Kung–Fu Generation had the opportunity to play side by side with Weezer, a California-based alternative rock band that had played a major influence on their music. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_106

The WEEZER FESTIVAL was Weezer's first tour to Japan in three years and in promotion of their The Red Album, they performed on September 13 at Intex Osaka and on the 15 at The National Yoyogi First Gymnasium in Tokyo. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_107

Asian Kung–Fu Generation, along with fellow Japanese rock band Going Under Ground, performed on both the Osaka and Tokyo stage. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_108

They later released their twelfth single Fujisawa Loser in October followed by their fifth studio album Surf Bungaku Kamakura. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_109

2009–2012: Magic Disk and Best Hit AKG Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_7

Main articles: Magic Disk and Best Hit AKG Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_110

After a busy 2008, the band spent time touring and writing new material. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_111

In March 2009, they released their fifth DVD, Eizō Sakuhinshū Vol. 5, featuring a collection of live videos from various live events in 2008. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_112

In July 2009, Asian Kung–Fu Generation held their annual Nano-Mugen festival. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_113

This was accompanied by Nano-Mugen Compilation 2009, which featured a new track, "Yoru no Call" (夜のコール, Call of the Night), and tracks from each of the other 16 bands that partook in the festival. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_114

At the conclusion of the festival, Gotoh announced the group had started writing and producing a new album. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_115

Immediately following Nano-Mugen, the group kicked off their 2009 festival summer season with performances at Korea's "Jisan Valley Rock Festival", "Rock in Japan Festival 2009", and "Sweet Love Shower Festival 2009". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_116

In October, their sixth DVD, Eizō Sakuhinshū Vol. 6, was released and was also the band's first release on Blu-ray. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_117

It featured a concert from their March 2009 hall tour "World World World", which featured a more experimental set design and set list, as well as the use of instruments such as tenori-on and a strings section. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_118

The second half of the set included the whole of their 2008 album Surf Bungaku Kamakura from start to finish. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_119

The band released their 13th single, "Shinseiki no Love Song" (新世紀のラブソング, Love Song of the New Century), on December 2, 2009, which featured a DVD of songs from the group's appearance at Jisan Valley Rock Festival earlier in the year. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_120

At the same time, the band announced that at the end of March 2010, they would be releasing a new single titled "Solanin", which was to be used as the theme song to the film of the same name. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_121

The single featured a remix of "Mustang" from Mada Minu Ashita ni, which was a studio mix of the version played on Eizō Sakuhinshū Vol. 6. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_122

The track was also used as the ending theme to the movie. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_123

In January 2010, Gotoh posted an entry into his diary stating that they had recorded a Japanese version of The Rentals song "A Rose Is a Rose". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_124

In February 2010, the band spent 2 weeks in New York, in which they recorded 2 songs. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_125

In the same month it was announced that the band would provide the opening theme for the anime The Tatami Galaxy, which features character design from Yusuke Nakamura, the same artist who illustrates the Ajikan CD covers. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_126

The song was titled "Maigoinu to Ame no Beat" (迷子犬と雨のビート, A Stray Puppy and the Beat of the Rain). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_127

A single release is to follow. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_128

In April 2010, Gotoh posted an entry into his diary stating that the band's 6th full-length album would be released in June 2010 with the title "Magic Disk" (マジックディスク, Majikkudisuku). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_129

In March 2011, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami caused the band to cancel the rest of their "2010-2011 Vibration of Music Tour", due to some touring equipment being damaged. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_130

Within the next week after the disaster, Masafumi Gotoh published lyrics on his diary, inspired by the disaster, called "Suna no Ue" (砂の上, On the Sand). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_131

The song was later recorded, and was played on live radio airplay around Japan. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_132

In the next month, Gotoh later announced in his diary that they were in the studio, recording new songs. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_133

Two new AKG songs were released on the Nano-Mugen Compilation 2011, titled "Hikari" and "All right Part 2". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_134

In July 2011, Asian Kung-Fu Generation played live at "Jisan Valley Rock Festival" an annual 3 day music festival held every July at Jisan Valley Ski Resort, in Icheon, South Korea. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_135

In November 2011, the band announced that they would release a new single and a best of album. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_136

The single, titled "Marching Band", was released on November 30 and the best of album, Best Hit AKG, was released in January 2012 Gotoh announced via Twitter that the best of album does not represent the end of the band, and that they still plan on releasing an original album in summer, 2012. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_137

2012–2015: Landmark and Feedback File 2 Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_8

Main articles: Landmark (Asian Kung-Fu Generation album) and Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_138

On April 11, 2012, AKFG released the single, titled "Kakato de Ai o Uchinarase" (踵で愛を打ち鳴らせ, Ring Out Love with Your Heel). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_139

It was composed by the band's lead guitarist, Kita. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_140

In June 2012, a promotional video was released for a song titled "Yoru o Koete" (夜を越えて, Beyond the Night), in promotion of the Nano-Mugen Festival 2012. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_141

It is featured on the Nano-Mugen Compilation 2012, released on June 27, 2012. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_142

A few days before the 2012 Nano-Mugen Festival, it was announced that a new single, titled "Sore dewa, Mata Ashita" (それでは、また明日, Well Then, See You Again Tomorrow), will be released on July 25, 2012. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_143

It is also the theme song for Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja, which was released on July 28. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_144

After the 2012 Nano-Mugen Festival, it was also announced on the band's website that a new album would be released on September 12, 2012, titled Landmark, and that a tour would follow in the following month of October in support of the album. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_145

A new single, titled "Ima o Ikite" (今を生きて, Live Now), was released on February 20, 2013, and it was featured in a movie, titled Yokomichi Yonosuke (横道世之介). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_146

In 2013, Asian Kung-Fu Generation undertook their first European tour, with 3 dates in 3 countries consisting of London (31 May), Paris (2 June) and Cologne (3 June). Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_147

In September 2013, the band celebrated their 10th anniversary of signing onto a major label by holding a special concert over two days at Yokohama Stadium. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_148

This concert included guest performers from the HIATUS, The Rentals, Straightener, and Fujifabric. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_149

In December of that year, to celebrate their 10th anniversary they embarked on their first Asia Circuit tour, performing in Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan together with Straightener (also celebrating their 10th anniversary) and a local band of each respective country. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_150

2015–2017: Wonder Future and Sol-fa 2016 Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_9

In May 2015, the band released their eighth album, Wonder Future, produced by Masafumi Gotoh. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_151

The only single from the album, "Easter" was released in March 2015. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_152

To promotion album, they released two music video, "Opera Glasses" and "Planet of the Apes". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_153

They held tour named "Asian Kung-fu Generation Tour 2015 (Wonder Future)" from July until October 2015 in Japan and November in Europe. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_154

In March 2016, they released live DVD and Blu-ray, Eizo Sakuhin Shu Vol.12 that contains their tour concert in Tokyo International Forum. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_155

In 2016, the band released three singles that used as theme song for movie and anime. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_156

"Right Now" for theme song 2016 film, Pink and Gray, while the re-recording of "Re:Re:" and "Blood Circulator" used as opening theme song for Erased and Naruto Shippuden respectively. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_157

To celebrate their 20th anniversary live, they re-recorded Sol-fa and held tour with setlist contain all songs from Sol-fa. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_158

In 2017, they released box-set AKG Box –20th Anniversary Edition– that contains their album from Hōkai Amplifier to Wonder Future and released live DVD and Blu-ray, Eizo Sakuhin Shu Vol.13. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_159

They also released single "Kōya o Aruke" and was used as the theme song for the 2017 anime film, Night Is Short, Walk On Girl. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_160

In July 2017, they held tour in USA and South America. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_161

In December 2017, they tour with Feeder and perform new song called "Sleep", written by Feeder. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_162

2018–present: Best Hit AKG 2 and Hometown Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_10

Main articles: Best Hit AKG 2 and Hometown (Asian Kung-Fu Generation album) Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_163

In March 2018, they released Best Hit AKG 2 alongside two bootleg album, HONE and IMO. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_164

They held tour called "BONES & YAMS" (based two bootleg album artwork), with Nick Moon as opening act. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_165

In September 2018, they released single "Boys & Girls". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_166

In December 2018, they released their tenth studio album Hometown with limited edition contains Can't Sleep EP. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_167

They decided to split album because they didn't want people to pay double the amount for separate CDs and listening album for one hour more is too long. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_168

Both album has collaboration with other musicians such as Rivers Cuomo, Butch Walker, Grant Nicholas, Ayaka Tatamino, Atsushi Horie, and The Charm Park. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_169

To promote the new album, the band have announced a nationwide tour in Japan set for March to July. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_170

They also released music videos for "Hometown", "Haikyo no Kioku", "Sleep", "UCLA", "Motor Pool", and "Rainbow Flag", with three latter were result from Creator Auditions hosted by koe Inc. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_171

In May 2019, they released double A-side single, "Dororo/Kaihōku". Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_172

"Dororo" was used as the second opening for 2019 remake anime, Dororo. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_173

In October 2019, they had tour called "Nano-Iro Electric Tour" with Straightener and Ellegarden in three venue, with each band acted as headliner. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_174

After the tour, they have announced two concerts in London and Paris alongside two additional concerts in London as opening act for Feeder in November 2019. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_175

In January 2020, they announced tour named "Tour 2020 Sui Cup 2 -The Song of Apple-" that would be performed in May-June. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_176

However, the tour was delayed to October 2020 before they cancelled it due to COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_177

In October 2020, they released new double A-side single, Dialogue/Furetai Tashikametai, with both song were recorded in RAK Studio. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_178

They also held special three days concert to replace the cancelled tour. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_179

Musical style Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_11

The musical style of Asian Kung-Fu Generation largely has been influenced by seminal 1990s alternative rock and indie-rock bands, particularly Weezer, Oasis, Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead, Supergrass, Manic Street Preachers, Smashing Pumpkins and Beck. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_180

This is in conjunction with a wide variety of other genres, ranging from pop, garage, new wave, hardcore punk, and heavy metal. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_181

Members of ASIAN KUNG-FUNG GENERATION have imparted to being fans of Western music groups including The Beatles, XTC, The Pet Shop Boys and King Bee as well as fellow Japanese acts such as Number Girl, Eastern Youth, and Hi-Standard. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_182

As a result, many of the band's songs maintain a distinct balance of various elements of the genres, most typically expressing fast tempos, strong melodies, clear vocals, loud and distorted guitars, power chord sequences, rhythmic groove, hook-filled refrains, transgressive lyrics, and emotional delivery. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_183

Over the course of their career, the members of Asian Kung-Fu Generation, like most Japanese rock musicians, prefer to slightly expand their core sonic style with every release rather than drastically reinvent themselves. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_184

However, with their sixth studio album, the band uncharacteristically incorporated brass instruments, synthesizers, and string arrangements into their music. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_185

Ijichi is also a skilled pianist and can be heard playing an excerpt of "Claire de Lune" from French composer Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque on their third studio album Fanclub. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_186

Leader singer Masafumi Gotoh typically employs quiet-loud dynamics, as his vocal style often alternates between soft, melodic singing, and harder, harsher, yelling. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_187

Gotoh serves as the band's main songwriter and is responsible writing a majority of their lyrics alongside playing the rhythm guitar. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_188

However, Gotoh tends to share songwriting duties among his bandmates, particularly with bassist Takahiro Yamada, whom he sometimes harmonizes with on songs. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_189

Lead guitarist Kensuke Kita also serves as a backup singer, and has been known to sing lead vocals on occasion. Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_190

Band members Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_12

Discography Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_13

Main article: Asian Kung-Fu Generation discography Asian Kung-Fu Generation_sentence_191

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Awards and nominations Asian Kung-Fu Generation_section_14

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YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_1_0_3
2007Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_1_1_0 "Rewrite"

(from anime Fullmetal Alchemist)Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_1_1_1

Best Anime Theme SongAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_1_1_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_1_1_3

Asian Kung-Fu Generation_description_list_3

Asian Kung-Fu Generation_table_general_2

YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_2_0_3
2017Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_2_1_0 Sol-faAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_2_1_1 Revisited AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_2_1_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_2_1_3

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Asian Kung-Fu Generation_table_general_3

YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_3_0_3
2004Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_1_0 Asian Kung-Fu GenerationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_1_1 New Artist of the YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_1_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_1_3
2005Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_2_0 Sol-faAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_2_1 Rock & Pop Album of the YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_2_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_3_2_3

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YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_4_0_3
2005Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_1_0 "Kimi no Machi Made"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_1_1 Best Rock VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_1_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_1_3
Best Group VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_2_0 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_2_1
2006Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_3_0 "World Apart"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_3_1 Best Rock VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_3_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_3_3
2007Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_4_0 "Aru Machi no Gunjō"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_4_1 Best Rock VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_4_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_4_3
2011Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_5_0 "Solanin"

(from live-action film Solanin)Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_5_1

Best Video from a FilmAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_5_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_4_5_3

Asian Kung-Fu Generation_description_list_6

Asian Kung-Fu Generation_table_general_5

YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_5_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_5_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_5_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_5_0_3
2016Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_5_1_0 "Re:Re:"

(from anime Erased)Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_5_1_1

Best Theme SongAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_5_1_2 5th placeAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_5_1_3

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YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_6_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_6_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_6_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_6_0_3
2004Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_1_0 "Kimi to Iu Hana"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_1_1 Best New ArtistAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_1_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_1_3
2005Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_2_0 "Kimi no Machi Made"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_2_1 Best Concept VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_2_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_2_3
2006Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_3_0 "Blue Train"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_3_1 Best Group VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_3_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_3_3
2008Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_4_0 "After Dark"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_4_1 Best Rock VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_4_2 WonAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_4_3
2009Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_5_0 "Fujisawa Loser"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_5_1 Conceptual VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_5_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_5_3
2010Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_6_0 "Shinseiki no Love Song"Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_6_1 Best Rock VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_6_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_6_3
2015Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_7_0 "Rolling Stone"

(ローリングストーン Rōringu Sutōn)Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_7_1

Best VideoAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_7_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_6_7_3

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YearAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_7_0_0 Nominee / workAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_7_0_1 AwardAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_7_0_2 ResultAsian Kung-Fu Generation_header_cell_7_0_3
2016Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_1_0 Asian Kung-Fu GenerationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_1_1 Best Rock ArtistAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_1_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_1_3
2017Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_2_0 Asian Kung-Fu GenerationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_2_1 Best Rock ArtistAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_2_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_2_3
2019Asian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_3_0 Asian Kung-Fu GenerationAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_3_1 Best Group ArtistAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_3_2 NominatedAsian Kung-Fu Generation_cell_7_3_3

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