If you like anime you may have already heard some of the music of this band J-Rock. Asian Kung-fu generation appeared in 1996, in a club of college music in Yokohama. The band members are Kensuke Kita (guitar and vocals), Masafumi Gotō (guitar and vocals), Takahiro Yamada (bass and vocal) and Kiyoshi Ijichi (drummer).
In principle, they only composed and sang in English and played in schools and places in the region. In 2000, they released their first album entirely in English, which did not give much income to them.
Then in need of money they started to write and sing in Japanese. They started recording tapes and sending them to independent radio stations in the neighborhood. That was when in 2001, the music "Konayuki" began to be successful in many radio stations, treading the path to stardom. In the same year they released another indie album, this time all in Japanese.
In 2002, they released a mini album called Houkai Amplifer, which became an immediate success, breaking sales records. It even led the band to sign a contract with the Japanese label Sony Music.
The album took first place on the weekly Highline Records chart and even reached 35th on the Oricon indie chart. One of the songs on this album is "Haruka Kanata", nothing more nothing less than the second official opening of the anime Naruto. In 2003 they released two singles, Kimi to iu Hana and Mirai no Kakera, and the first complete album, called Kimi Tsunagi Five M.
Asian Kung-Fu Generation in Anime
Thereafter, the Asian kung-fu generation band or also known for Ajikan achieved worldwide success. In 2004 they won the award for best music video with the music video "Kimi to iu Hana". That same year they released three more new singles. And one of them was "Rewrite”, Which became the music of the fourth opening of the anime "Full Metal Alchemist". That year they also performed at many music festivals and recorded the album Sol-Fa, which sold more than 500,000 copies.
Recently, Re: Re:, another song on this album became an anime theme Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi or Erased. In 2007, with more than 10 years of career, they released the third live DVD, and at the end of the year they did not release the song “After Dark“, Which became the seventh opening of the anime Bleach. In 2010 they also released “Maigoinu to Ame no Beat”, the opening theme of the anime The Tatami Galaxy. And in 2016, the music Blood Circulator became the 19th opening of the Naruto Shippuden anime.
To this day the band is still active, playing many shows, both in Japan and worldwide. And did you already know the band? Do you know the openings of anime? Tell us in the comments and share with friends.