Aru Machi no Gunjō

"Aru Machi no Gunjō" (或る街の群青, A Town In Blue) is a song by Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. It was released as the lead single of their fifth studio album, World World World, on November 29, 2006. The song was conceived on tour when the director of the then-upcoming anime film, Tekkonkinkreet, approached the band and requested a theme song for his film.[1] AKFG proceeded to compose the track and released it as a single a month prior to the film's December 23 debut.[2] The single peaked at number four on the Oricon charts and sold over 50,000 copies in 2006 alone, becoming the 199th single of the year. The song was ranked 5th on fans request for band's 10th anniversary live setlist on September 14, 2013.[3]

"Aru Machi no Gunjō"
Single by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
from the album World World World
ReleasedNovember 29, 2006
FormatCD single
StudioOn Air Azabu Studio
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:16
LabelKi/oon Records
KSCL-1068
Songwriter(s)Masafumi Gotoh
Producer(s)Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Asian Kung-Fu Generation singles chronology
"World Apart"
(2006)
"Aru Machi no Gunjō"
(2006)
"After Dark"
(2007)

Music video

The music video for "Aru Machi no Gunjō" was directed by Hideaki Sunaga.[4] Beginning with a sunrise, the PV alternates from an outer view of a city, the band playing the song in a garage, a raven inside a birdcage, and a fishtank holding a jellyfish before finally concluding with a sunset. The video was nominated for Best Rock Video at MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2007.[5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Masafumi Gotoh.

No.TitleLength
1."Aru Machi no Gunjō" (或る街の群青 A Town In Blue)4:16
2."Kugenuma Surf" (鵠沼サーフ Kugenuma Sāfu)2:28
Total length:6:44

Personnel

Charts

Year Chart Peak
position
2006 Oricon 4

References

  1. "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION 映画「鉄コン筋クリート」主題歌を担当! !". Hot Express (in Japanese). Plantech, Co Ltd. 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  2. "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: "Aru Machi no Gunjō" (或る街の群青)". Sony Music. Ki/oon Records Inc. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. (in Japanese)
  3. "Song request". AKGLive. Retrieved 2016-11-07. (in Japanese)
  4. "SPACE SHOWER Music Video Search". SPACE SHOWER TV. SPACE SHOWER Networks Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-07. (in Japanese)
  5. "MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2007 Nominees". MTV Japan. MTV Networks. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-11-07. (in Japanese)
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