Rewrite (song)

"Rewrite" (リライト, Riraito) is a song by Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. It was released as the third single of their second full-length studio album, Sol-fa, on August 4, 2004.[1] In 2016, they re-recorded Rewrite along with all songs from Sol-fa and released on November 30, 2016.

Single by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
from the album Sol-fa
ReleasedAugust 4, 2004
FormatCD single, Maxi-single
StudioAobadai Studio
Folio Sound
Landmark Studio
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Masafumi Gotoh
Producer(s)Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Asian Kung-Fu Generation singles chronology
"Loop & Loop"
"Kimi no Machi Made"


The song experienced immense domestic and international popularity after it was chosen as the fourth and final opening theme of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist.[1] Peaking at number four on the Oricon charts, the single sold nearly 150,000 units by the end of the year it was released, making it the 63rd single of the year. It later went on to win Best Anime Theme Song at the 2007 American Anime Awards.[2][3]

The song is listed on the appendix of Robert Dimery's book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die (And 10001 You Must Download).

Music video

The music video for "Rewrite" was directed by Kazuyoshi Oku.[4] The video primarily features the band playing in front of enormous speakers. During the song's breakdown, they temporarily levitate in the air. In 2016, they released new music video of Rewrite to promote Sol-fa 2016. The video primarily features the band playing in front of fans and speakers. During the song's breakdown, they drowned in a sea.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Masafumi Gotoh.

1."Rewrite" (リライト Riraito)3:47
2."Yūgure no Aka" (夕暮れの紅 Crimson Dusk)4:16
Total length:8:03



Year Chart Peak
2004 Oricon 4
2012 Japan Hot 100 49


  1. "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: "Rewrite"". Sony Music. Ki/oon Records Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  2. American Anime Awards official website Archived 2007-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Pegasus News Wire (2007-03-06). "FUNimation's FullMetal Alchemist Wins Five Awards At the Inaugural American Anime Awards". Pegasus News. PanLocal Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  4. "SPACE SHOWER Music Video Search". SPACE SHOWER TV. SPACE SHOWER Networks Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-07. (in Japanese)
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