Origin: Kanagawa, Japan
Genre: Alternative, Indie-Rock, J-Rock
Years active: 1996–present
Labels: Ki/oon, Tofu
Website : asiankung-fu.com
Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan (1996 – present)
■ ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is a popular Japanese rock group from Yokohama, Japan, formed in 1996. The group consists of Goto Masafumi (vocals, guitar), Kita Kensuke (guitar, vocals), Yamada Takahiro (bass, vocals), and Ijichi Kiyoshi (drums). They’re known for making “Haruka Kanata”, “After Dark”, and “Rewrite” which were used in the anime Naruto, Bleach, and Fullmetal Alchemist
■ Asian Kung-Fu Generation (アジアン・カンフー・ジェネレーション, Ajian Kanfū Jenerēshon?), typeset as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, also known as: Ajikan, AKG and AKFG. The band's musical style is influenced by seminal Western punk and alternative rock acts in conjunction with their own local Japanese indie rock background. As a result, their songs maintain a balance of various aspects of the genres, most typically expressing fast-paced tempos and prominent, hard-edged guitar riffs as well as rhythmic flow and emotional lyrics. Despite the indie nature of their music, the band has enjoyed worldwide commercial success in addition to critical acclaim
■ 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.
* [2003.08.06] Mirai no Kakera
* [2003.10.16] Kimi to iu Hana
* [2004.04.14] Siren
* [2004.05.19] Loop & Loop
* [2004.08.04] Rewrite
* [2004.09.23] Kimi no Machi Made
* [2005.11.30] Blue Train
* [2006.02.15] World Apart
* [2006.11.29] Aru no Machi Gunjou
* [2007.11.07] After Dark
* [2008.02.06] Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu
* [2008.10.10] Fujisawa Loser
* [2009.12.02] Shinseiki no Love Song
* [2010.03.31] Solanin
* 2003: Kimi Tsunagi Five M
* 2004: Sol-fa
* 2006: Fanclub
* 2006: Feedback File
* 2008: World World World
* 2008: Surf Bungaku Kamakura
* 2010: Magic Disk
* 2000: Caramelman and Asian Kung-Fu Generation
* 2000: The Time Past And I Could Not See You Again
* 2001: I'm Standing Here
* 2003: Hōkai Amplifier
* 2008: Mada Minu Ashita ni