BACK-ON at FanimeCon 2015
|Origin||Adachi, Tokyo, Japan|
|Genres||Alternative rock, hard rock, synthpop, rap rock|
Back-On (stylized as BACK-ON) is a Japanese rock band from Tokyo, Japan. They are recognized for creating anime and game opening themes such as the Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 opening theme, "fly away"; Air Gear opening theme, "Chain"; Murder Princess opening theme "Hikari Sasuhou (fk Metal ver.)" and Eyeshield 21s "Blaze Line". etc., although they have also written ending themes for both anime and TV shows. These include "flower" and "a day dreaming..." for Eyeshield 21, and "Butterfly" for the late-night TV drama Shinjuku Swan, and most recently "Sands of Time" for the mobile robot TV drama Keitai Sousakan 7 and "Strike Back" for the continued run of the shounen anime series "Fairy Tail".
They formed a new band called BAReeeeeeeeeeN (バリーン Barīn?) with the 4-man band GReeeeN, produced by Jin (so 10 people = 10 e's) and their debut single "Ashiato" came out on October 1, 2008. The song reached No. 1 in the USEN and chaka-uta digital download charts.
The band's singles "Flyaway" and "Where Is the Future?" were created as the theme music for the PSP game Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, which was released exclusively in Japan on January 28, 2009.
Their single One Step!/Tomorrow Never Knows was released on January 27, 2010; "Tomorrow never knows" was used as the background theme music for the DyDo coffee commercial featuring Teppei Tajima, the Japanese surfer.
In 2013/14, the band composed and performed two opening themes for the anime, Gundam Build Fighters, called "Nibun no Ichi" (ニブンノイチ?, "One Half") and wimp ft. Lil' Fang (from FAKY); the latter features vocals by Lil' Fang from the band FAKY and aired from episode 14 onwards. Both singles were released as three versions: CD-only, CD+DVD (with videos) and CD+gunpla plastic model.
Kenji03 and Gori have been friends since childhood, having attended the same school in Tokyo's Adachi Ward. In their sixth year in school, they realized that they wanted to start a band, though in the beginning they did it all separately. While in high school, Kenji03 met Teeda while Gori met Shu. They each started out in separate bands, but eventually ended up uniting with each other to form their own band. Shortly after their formulation, Kenji03 met his brother's friend Macchin, who joined the band as its drummer and rounded out the quintet.
Back-On made their first international appearance at Anime Matsuri on April 28, 2007 in Houston, Texas and were invited back for Anime Matsuri 2010. Since then they've also appeared in Vancouver, Canada for Anime Evolution in August 2007, and Anime USA in Arlington, Virginia in November 2007. They were also the guest judges for Anime Idol 2007 at Anime Evolution.
Back-On performed at Connichi 2009 in Kassel, Germany earlier in 2009, and revisited Taiwan for 2 live performances on December 26 & 27 2009.
Back-On also performed as a headliner at Otakon Matsuri in 2015. They gave an encore performance after the set.
- Kenji03 - Lead vocals, mc, Rhythm guitar (2002–present)
- Teeda - mc, Rap vocals (2002–present)
- Gori - Bass (2002–present)
- Shu - Lead guitar (2002–present)
- Macchin - Drums (2002–2006)
- Icchan - Drums (2006–2011)
||June 7, 2006|
|2nd||"Blaze Line/A Day Dreaming..."||
||June 6, 2007|
||September 19, 2007|
||September 19, 2007|
|5th||"Sands of Time"||
||May 21, 2008|
||January 28, 2009|
|7th||"One Step! feat. Mini/Tomorrow Never Knows"||
||January 27, 2010|
||January 19, 2011|
|9th||"With You Feat. Me"||February 9, 2011|
|10th||"Connectus and selfish"||
||August 17, 2011|
||May 9, 2012|
|12th||"ニブンノイチ / INFINITY"||
||November 6, 2013|
|13th||"wimp ft. Lil' Fang (from FAKY)"||
||March 12, 2014|
|14th||"Departure / STRIKEBACK"||
||July 30, 2014|
|15th||"セルリアン / Silent Trigger"||
||December 17, 2014|
||November 12, 2008|
||February 16, 2011|
|3rd||Good Job!!||May 30, 2012|
||October 1, 2014|
Songs used in media
- Air Gear Opening Theme: "Chain"
- Murder Princess Opening Theme: "Hikari Sasuhou (FK Metal ver.)" (ヒカリサスホウ (FK Metal ver.)?)
- Eyeshield 21 4th Opening Theme: "Blaze Line"
- Eyeshield 21 5th Closing Theme: "A Day Dreaming..."
- Eyeshield 21 6th Closing Theme: "Flower"
- Tokyo Mayokara 1st Theme: "Kodou" (鼓動?, "Pulse")
- Tokyo Mayokara 2nd Theme: "Colors"
- Shinjuku Swan Ending Theme: "Butterfly"
- K-tai Investigator 7 Ending Theme: "Sands of Time"
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 Opening Theme: "Flyaway"
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 Ending Theme: "Where Is the Future?"
- IAMS Japan's 2009 animal shelter series Theme: "We Are..."
- DyDo coffee TV CM Theme: "Tomorrow Never Knows"
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Opening Theme: "With You feat. Me (Misono Koda)"
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Ending Theme:"Nagareboshi" (流れ星?, "Shooting Star")
- Gundam Breaker Opening Theme: "Infinity"
- Gundam Build Fighters Opening Theme: "ニブンノイチ -One Half-"
- Gundam Build Fighters Opening Theme: "wimp ft. Lil' Fang (from FAKY)"
- Fairy Tail 16th Opening Theme: "Strike Back"
- Gundam Build Fighters Try Opening Theme: "Cerulean"
- Gundam Breaker 2 Opening Theme: "Silent Trigger"
- "Initial D Legends 2" Trailer Music: "Resurrection"
- Flydom (Hero)
- Nuts Tribe (Hero)
- Gaku-Ten (Baby Rock)
- Kodou (鼓動?, "Pulse") (Chain)
- Chain (Chain)
- New World (New World)
- A Day Dreaming... (Blaze Line/A Day Dreaming...)
- Blaze Line (Blaze Line/A Day Dreaming...)
- Flower (Flower)
- Butterfly (Butterfly)
- Sands of Time (YES!!!)
- Flyaway (YES!!!)
- One Step! (Hello World)
- Tell Me (Hello World)
- With You (Hello World)
- Ice cream (Good Job!!)
- ニブンノイチ (ニブンノイチ / INFINITY)
- wimp ft. Lil' Fang (from FAKY) (wimp ft. Lil' Fang (from FAKY))
- BACK-ON official website
- BACK-ON official Facebook
- BACK-ON official Twitter
- BACK-ON official Blog
- BACK-ON official Myspace
- Sound-Ex: BACK-ON (official) Street Team Myspace
- Back-On Online - BACK-ON Fansite