Aqua Timez

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Aqua Timez
Origin Japan
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Epic Records Japan
Website aquatimez.com
Members

Futoshi (太志?) (Vocals)
OKP-Star (Bass)
Daisuke (大介?) (Guitar)
Mayuko (Keyboard)

Tasshi (Drums)

Aqua Timez (アクア タイムズ Akua Taimuzu?) is a Japanese pop rock/alternative rock band signed to Epic Records Japan.[1]

Overview[edit]

Futoshi and OKP-Star met on with9.com in 2000 and attempted to start a band together.[2] Unable to agree on the band's future, the two disbanded.[2] In 2003, the current band members gathered and formed Aqua Timez. Their first independent music mini album, Sora Ippai ni Kanaderu Inori, was released on August 2005.[3] In 2006, the group were signed to Epic Records Japan and released their second mini album, Nanairo no Rakugaki. In the same year they released two singles, "Ketsui no Asa ni" and "Sen no Yoru o Koete", which were used as the theme music in the animated films Brave Story and Bleach: Memories of Nobody respectively. Their music in the films help garnered attention and later they recorded their first full-length studio album Kaze o Atsumete.[3]

As of September 2012, they have published a total of 2 mini albums, 15 singles, 5 albums, and a single compilation album.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Charts Ref.
Peak Weeks
2006 "Ketsui no Asa ni" (決意の朝に?, lit. "On the Morning of Determination")
  • Released: July 5, 2006
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-2844
  • "Ketsui no Asa ni" was used as the theme music for the animated film of Brave Story.[3]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Ketsui no Asa ni"    
2. "Ayumi" (歩み, lit "Walking")  
3. "Sabishiki Warera" (淋しき我ら, lit. "Our Loneliness")  
4. "Ketsui no Asa ni" (Instrumental Mix)  
4 35 [4][5]
Sen no Yoru o Koete (千の夜をこえて?, lit. "Beyond a Thousand Nights")
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Sen no Yoru o Koete"    
2. "Sen no Yoru o Koete" (Instrumental Mix)  
5 22 [9][10]
2007 "Shiori" (しおり lit. "Bookmark"?)
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Shiori"    
2. "Yume Fūsen" (夢風船, lit. "Dream Balloon")  
5 14 [11]
"Alones" (ALONES)
  • Released: August 1, 2007
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-2981
  • "Alones" was used as the opening to episodes 121–143 of the anime series Bleach.[12]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Alones"    
2. "Akatsuki" (, lit. "Daybreak")  
3. "Mr. Roadrunner" (DJ Mass'Skate Sonic* Remix)  
4. "Alones (Instrumental Mix)"    
3 15 [13]
"Chiisana Tenohira" (小さな掌?, lit. "Little Palm")
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Chiisana Tenohira"    
2. "Chiisana Tenohira" (Instrumental Mix)  
4 10 [14]
2008 "Niji" (?, lit. "Rainbow")
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Niji"    
2. "Yasashii Kioku (Evalasting II)" (優しい記憶~evalastingⅡ~, lit. "Kind Memory (Everlasting II)")  
3. "Honto wa ne" (ほんとはね, lit. "The Real Truth")  
4. "No Live, No Life" (No live,No life)  
5. "Niji" (Instrumental Mix)  
2 31 [16]
"Natsu no Kakera" (夏のかけら?, lit. "Fragments of Summer")
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Natsu no Kakera"    
2. "Aki ni Naru no ni" (秋になるのに, lit. "Although It's Becoming Fall")  
3. "on the run"    
4. "Natsu no Kakera" (Instrumental)  
8 5 [17]
2009 "Velonica"
  • Released: January 14, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3147
  • "Velonica" was the opening theme music used for episodes 190–214 of the anime Bleach.[18]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Velonica"    
2. "Kanade Ai" (奏であい, lit. "Playing Together")  
3. "Kaori" (, lit. "Fragrance")  
4. "Velonica" (Instrumental)  
2 10 [19]
"Stay Gold" (STAY GOLD)
  • Released: March 4, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3165–3166
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Stay Gold"    
2. "Stay Gold" (Instrumental)  
11 3 [20]
"Plumeria (Hana Uta)" (プルメリア ~花唄~ Purumeria ~Hana Uta~?, lit. "Plumeria (Flower Song)")
  • Released: July 29, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3423
  • Plumeria (Hana Uta) was the theme music used for the Gokusen film.[21]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Plumeria (Hana Uta)"    
2. "Nagasugita Yoru ni" (長すぎた夜に, lit. "In the Overly Long Night")  
3. "Perfect World" (Blue Forest Ver.)  
4. "Plumeria (Hana Uta)" (Instrumental)  
7 9 [22]
2010 "Ehagaki no Haru" (絵はがきの春?, lit. "Springtime Postcard")
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Ehagaki no Haru"    
2. "Ryūsei no Uta" (流星のうた, lit. "Song of the Falling Star")  
3. "Sora ni Chikai Machi" (空に近い街, lit. "A City Close to the Sky")  
4. "Ehagaki no Haru" (Instrumental)  
8 5 [23]
"Gravity 0" (GRAVITY Ø)
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Gravity 0"    
2. ""Tsuki no Curtain"" (月のカーテン Tsuki no Kāten, lit. "Moon Curtain")  
3. ""Pocket no Naka no Uchū"" (ポケットの中の宇宙 Poketto no Naka no Uchū, lit. "A Universe in a Pocket")  
4. "Gravity 0" (Instrumental)  
5 6 [25]
2011 "Mayonaka no Orchestra" (真夜中のオーケストラ Mayonaka no Ōkesutora?, lit. "Midnight Orchestra")
  • Released: January 27, 2011
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3635
  • Mayonaka no Orchestra was the ending theme for episodes 193-205 of the anime Naruto Shippuden.
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Mayonaka no Orchestra"    
2. "Kaze ni Fukarete" (風に吹かれて, lit. "Blowing in the Wind")  
3. "Full a Gain"    
4. "Mayonaka no Orchestra" (Instrumental)  
12 4 [26]
2012 "Mask" (MASK)
  • Released: February 22, 2012
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3851
  • "MASK" was the last ending theme from episodes 355 to 366 of the anime Bleach.[27]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Mask"    
2. "Sora ni Tsuzuku Michi" (空につづく道, lit. "The Path Leading to the Sky")  
3. "1980"    
4. "Mask" (Instrumental)  
10 3 [28]
"Tsubomi" (つぼみ?, lit. "Flower Bud")
  • Released: August 22, 2012
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3958
  • "Tsubomi" is used as the theme song for the NTV drama Ghost Mama Criminal Investigation.
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Tsubomi"    
2. "Heikō Sekai" (平行世界, lit. "Parallel Worlds")  
3. "Isshun no Chiri" (Kawasaki Electro Academy Mix) (Remixed by Takeshi Ueda (AA=)+Kei Kusama)  
4. "Tsubomi" (Instrumental)  
14 5 [29]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Albums[edit]

Year Title Charts Ref.
Peak Weeks
2005 Sora Ippai ni Kanaderu Inori (空いっぱいに奏でる祈り?, lit. "Prayers Playing Across the Whole Sky")
  • Released: August 24, 2005
  • Label: MegaForce Corporation SHCC-0002
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Kibō no Saku Oka kara" (希望の咲く丘から, lit. "From the Hill of Blooming Hopes")  
2. "Himawari" (向日葵, lit. "Sunflower")  
3. "Tōshindai no Love Song" (等身大のラブソング Tōshindai no Rabu Songu, lit. "Life-Sized Love Song")  
4. "Hitorigoto" (独り言, lit. "Soliloquy")  
5. "Jōshōkiryū" (上昇気流, lit. "Updraft")  
6. "Isshō Seishun" (一生青春, lit. "Forever Young")  
7. "Hajimari no Heya" (始まりの部屋, lit. "The Beginning Room")  
8. "Blues on the Run" (Blues on the run)  
9. "Aoi Sora" (青い空, lit. "Blue Sky")  
1 73 [30]
2006 Nanairo no Rakugaki (七色の落書き?, lit. "Seven-Colored Graffiti")
  • Released: April 6, 2006
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-2806
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Sabão-Dama Days" (シャボン玉Days Shabon-Dama Days, lit. "Soap Bubble Days")  
2. "Jitensha" (自転車, lit. "Bicycle")  
3. "Miseinen" (未成年, lit. "Minor")  
4. "Hitotsu Dake" (ひとつだけ, lit. "Only One")  
5. "Mr. Roadrunner" (Mr.ロードランナー Misutā Rōdorannā)  
6. "Yoru no Hate" (夜の果て, lit. "End of the Night")  
7. "Words of Silence" (words of silence)  
8. "Shizuka na Koi no Monogatari" (静かな恋の物語, lit. "A Silent Love Story")  
5 28 [31]
Kaze o Atsumete (風をあつめて?, lit. "Gather the Wind")
  • Released: December 6, 2006
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-2908, ESCL-2906–2907 (Limited Edition)
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "1mm"    
2. "Hoshi no Mienai Yoru" (星の見えない夜, lit. "Starless Night")  
3. "No Rain, No Rainbow" (No rain,No rainbow )  
4. "Ketsui no Asa ni"    
5. "Hachimitsu (Daddy,Daddy)" (ハチミツ~Daddy,Daddy~, lit. "Honey (Daddy, Daddy)")  
6. "Sen no Yoru o Koete"    
7. "Green-Bird" (green-bird)  
8. "Ayumi"    
9. "Mastermind" (マスターマインド Masutāmaindo)  
10. "White Hall" (ホワイトホール Howaito Hōru)  
11. "Present" (プレゼント Purezento)  
12. "Perfect World"    
13. "Itsumo Issho" (いつもいっしょ, lit. "Always Together")  
14. "Shiroi Mori" (白い森, lit. "White Forest")  
6 50 [32]
2007 Dareka no Chijōe (ダレカの地上絵?, lit. "Somebody's Geoglyph")
  • Released: November 21, 2007
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3011
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Isshun no Chiri" (一瞬の塵, lit. "A Moment's Dust")  
2. "Sekai de Ichiban Chiisana Umi yo" (世界で一番小さな海よ, lit. "The Smallest Sea in the World")  
3. "Shiori"    
4. "Chiisana Tenohira"    
5. "B with U"    
6. "Pivot" (ピボット Pibotto)  
7. "Hakuchūmu (Interlude)" (白昼夢 (Interlude), lit. "Daydream")  
8. "Aki no Shita de" (秋の下で, lit. "Beneath Autumn")  
9. "Alones"    
10. "Rankiryū" (乱気流, lit. "Turbulence")  
11. "Garnet" (ガーネット Gānetto)  
12. "Boku no Basho (evergreen)" (僕の場所~evergreen~, lit. "My Place (Evergreen)")  
13. "Yume Fūsen (Yurikago Version)" (夢風船(yurikago version), lit. "Dream Balloon (Cradle Version)")  
2 16 [33]
2009 Utai Sarishi Hana (うたい去りし花?, lit. "Muted Singing Flower")
  • Released: March 11, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3159, ESCL-3158 (Limited Edition)[34]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Birth" (BIRTH)  
2. "Velonica"    
3. "Wakare no Uta (Still Connected)" (別れの詩 -still connected-, lit. "Song of Parting (Still Connected)")  
4. "Niji"    
5. "Stay Gold"    
6. "Natsu no Kakera"    
7. "Honto wa ne"    
8. "Massigura" (lit. "At Full Speed")  
9. "Tsuki, Noboru" (月、昇る, lit. "The Moon, Rises")  
10. "Kono Hoshi ni" (この星に, lit. "To This Star")  
11. "Kirakira (Original Ver.)" (きらきら ~Original Ver.~, lit. "Sparkle (Original Ver.))  
12. "One"    
13. "Utai Sarishi Hana"    
14. "Re:Birth" (Re:BIRTH)  
15. "Niji" (Album Ver.)  
4 17 [35]
2011 Carpe Diem (カルペ・ディエム Karupe Diemu?)
  • Released: February 16, 2011
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3647, ESCL-3645–3646 (Limited Edition)[36]
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Hyakunen no Ki" (百年の樹, lit."Centennial Tree") 4:08
2. "Saigo Made" (最後まで, lit. "Till the End") 4:34
3. "Plumeria (Hana Uta)"   4:56
4. "Mayonaka no Orchestra"   5:54
5. "Carpe Diem" (カルペ・ディエム Karupe Diemu) 6:25
6. "Koku (Interlude)" (刻 ~Interlude~) 1:27
7. "Memento Mori" (メメント・モリ) 5:49
8. "Kaze ni Fukarete"   5:27
9. "Milky Blues"   3:57
10. "Let Loose"   3:37
11. "Gravity 0"   5:05
12. "Ehagaki no Haru"   4:56
13. "Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru" (銀河鉄道の夜, lit. "Night on the Galactic Railroad") 6:39
Total length:
62:53
3 9 [37]
2012 Because You Are You (because you are you)
  • Released: September 5, 2012
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3962, ESCL-3960-3961 (Limited Edition)
Track Listing
No. Title Length
1. "Onsoku no Fūkei" (音速の風景, lit. "Sonic Speed Landscape")  
2. "Aurora no Furu Yoru" (オーロラの降る夜 Ōrora no Furu Yoru, lit. "The Nightfall Aurora")  
3. "Because You Are You" (because you are you)  
4. "Tsubomi"    
5. "Wa ni Natte" (輪になって, lit. "In a Ring")  
6. "Lost Parade" (LOST PARADE)  
7. "Mask"    
8. "Nemari-iro no Fiction" (鉛色のフィクション Nemari-iro no Fikushon, lit. "Lead Grey Fiction")  
9. "Good Sleep" (good sleep)  
10. "Kimi to Nara feat. LG Monkeys, Sachiko Ishibashi" (君となら feat. LGMonkees、いしばしさちこ, lit. "If Only You")  
11. "Usagi no Shippo" (兎のしっぽ, lit. "Rabbit's Tail")  
12. "Home" (HOME)  
[38]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation album[edit]

Year Title Charts Ref.
Peak Weeks
2009 The Best of Aqua Timez
  • Released: October 14, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records ESCL-3303/4, ESCL-3300/2 (Limited Edition)[39]
Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Sen no Yoru o Koete"    
2. "Niji"    
3. "Hachimitsu (Daddy,Daddy)"    
4. "Stay Gold"    
5. "Chiisana Tenohira"    
6. "Alones"    
7. "Velonica"    
8. "Ayumi"    
9. "Hitotsu Dake"    
10. "Honto wa ne"    
11. "Aki no Shita de"    
12. "Aoi Sora"    
13. "Saigo Made"    
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Tōshindai no Love Song"    
2. "Sabão-Dama Days"    
3. "Sekai de Ichiban Chiisana Umi yo"    
4. "Ketsui no Asa ni"    
5. "Shiori"    
6. "Kibō no Saku Oka kara"    
7. "Isshun no Chiri"    
8. "Natsu no Kakera"    
9. "Itsumo Issho"    
10. "Hoshi no Mienai Yoru"    
11. "Plumeria (Hana Uta)"    
12. "Himawari"    
13. "Shiroi Mori"    
Limited Edition DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Chiisana Tenohira"    
2. "Tōshindai no Love Song"    
3. "Ketsui no Asa ni"    
4. "Sen no Yoru o Koete"    
5. "Shiori"    
6. "Alones"    
7. "Niji"    
8. "Natsu no Kakera"    
9. "Velonica"    
10. "Stay Gold"    
11. "Plumeria (Hana Uta)"    
12. "Saigo Made"    
13. "Yasashii Kioku (Evalasting II)"    
14. "Honto wa ne"    
15. "on the run"    
16. "B with U"    
17. "Itsumo Issho"    
18. "Ayumi"    
19. "Hitotsu Dake"    
20. "Sabão-Dama Days"    
21. "Kibō no Saku Oka kara"    
1 22 [40]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Aqua Timez section on Sony Music Entertainment Japan" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kenichi Kojima (January 18, 2009). "With9 interview Page 3" (in Japanese). With9.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Aqua Timez Profile" (in Japanese). Epic Records Japan. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 

    "Biography translation". Epic Records. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 

  4. ^ 決意の朝に [Morning of Determination] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ketsui no Asa ni" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ 千の夜をこえて【初回生産限定盤】 [Passing Over a Thousand Nights (Limited Edition)] (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ 千の夜をこえて【期間生産限定盤】 [Passing Over a Thousand Nights (Limited Time)] (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bleach Memories of Nobody information" (in Japanese). Bleach-movie.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ 決意の朝に [Morning of Determination] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Senno Yoruwo Koete" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ しおり [Bookmark] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ "BLEACH ~ブリーチ" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Archived from the original on May 10, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "ALONES" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ 小さな掌 [Little Palm] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Gokusen drama cast" (in Japanese). Nippon Television. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ [Rainbow] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ 夏のかけら [Fragments of Summer] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ Credits from TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Studio Pierrot (October 14, 2008). "ウェコムンド編、再会!". Bleach. TV Tokyo.
  19. ^ "Velonica" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Stay Gold" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Gokusen Movie official website" (in Japanese). Gokusen-Movie.jp. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  22. ^ プルメリア ~花唄~ [Plumeria (Flower Song)] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ 絵はがきの春 [Springtime Postcard] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Star Driver theme songs" (in Japanese). Bones. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Gravity Ø" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  26. ^ 真夜中のオーケストラ [Midnight Orchestra] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Mask as Bleach ending theme on January 10" [Mask] (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment. January 10, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Mask" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Tsubomi" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  30. ^ 空いっぱいに奏でる祈り [Secret Sky in Played Prayers] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  31. ^ 空いっぱいに奏でる祈り [Seven Colors of Graffiti] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  32. ^ 風をあつめて [Wind's Gathering] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  33. ^ ダレカの地上絵 [Somebody's Geoglyph] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  34. ^ うたい去りし花【初回生産スペシャルプライス盤】 [Muted Singing Flowing (Limited Edition)] (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  35. ^ うたい去りし花 [Muted Singing Flower] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  36. ^ カルペ・ディエム(初回生産限定盤) [Carpe Diem (Limited Edition)] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  37. ^ カルペ・ディエム [Carpe Diem] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  38. ^ "because you are you" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  39. ^ "The Best of Aqua Timez (Limited Edition)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  40. ^ "The Best of Aqua Timez" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 15, 2011.