Ai o Torimodose!!

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"Ai o Torimodose!!"
Single by Crystal King
A-side "Ai o Torimodose!!"
B-side "Yuria... Towa ni"
Released October 1984
Format 7" EP
Genre Soundtrack
Label Pony Canyon
Certification Million (RIAJ)

"Ai o Torimodose!!" (愛をとりもどせ!!?) (commonly known as "You wa shock!" in English) is the first opening theme song of the anime Fist of the North Star. The song's title literally translates as "Take back the love!!" in English and is performed by the rock band Crystal King (クリスタルキング Kurisutaru Kingu?). The verses are sung by Monsieur Yoshisaki and the chorus by Masayuki Tanaka. The original B-side for the single was the first ending theme of Fist of the North Star titled "Yuria... Eien ni" (ユリア…永遠に?, "Yuria... Eternally"). The song is known for its lyrics "YOU wa SHOCK" (YOU は SHOCK yū wa shokku?, lit. "You're in shock").

"Ai o Torimodose!!" is featured as an extra "special BGM" in the PlayStation 2 version of the multiplatform Jissen PachiSlot Hisshohou! Hokuto no Ken video game and is also used as the opening for the 2005 Sega-Sammy arcade game.

Mixed Martial Artist Josh Barnett used the song as an entrance theme in PRIDE Fighting Championships.

The song has been covered by multiple artists, including Animetal on Animetal Marathon IV and Decade of Bravehearts. Most recently, Hiromi Konno as Akira Kogami and Minoru Shiraishi as himself covered "Ai o Torimodose!!" under the name Uchoten (有頂天 Uchōten?) for the theme song of the Lucky Star OVA.

In addition, both Yoshisaki (performing as Crystal King) and Tanaka have released self covers of "Ai o Torimodose!!". This began with Yoshisaki in 2004 on a single with the theme of Lupin III as the B-side and another single later in 2004 of remixes of "Ai o Torimodose!!" with "Yuria... Eien ni" as the B-side. He later released another version of the single in 2006 titled "Ai o Torimodose!! (Movie ver.)" (with a version of "Yuria... Eien ni" as the B-side) for the Legend of Raoh film. Tanaka's release of "Ai o Torimodose!! SPECIAL-EDITION" later in 2006 included "Yuria... Eien ni" as a B-side as well as the opening theme of Fist of the North Star 2 "TOUGH BOY" performed by TOM. A heavy metal arrangement of the song is featured on the Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage soundtrack.

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