Bump of Chicken

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Background information
OriginSakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Years active1994–present
MembersMotoo Fujiwara (Vocals, Rhythm)
Hiroaki Masukawa (Guitar)
Yoshifumi Naoi (Bass)
Hideo Masu (Drums)

Bump of Chicken (バンプ・オブ・チキン, Banpu Obu Chikin, stylized in all caps as BUMP OF CHICKEN) is a Japanese alternative rock group from Sakura, Chiba, Japan. The band members are Motoo Fujiwara (vocals, rhythm), Hiroaki Masukawa (guitar), Yoshifumi Naoi (bass) and Hideo Masu (drums). Since their conception in 1994, they have released 23 singles and nine albums. They are a popular group in Japan; every release since their third single, "Tentai Kansoku". has charted in the top ten on the Oricon Weekly Charts. Their music has been used in various video games and as theme songs for movies, television shows and anime in Japan.


The members first met in kindergarten and were classmates throughout their primary and secondary education. Bump of Chicken's first performance was in 1994, during their ninth grade cultural festival,[1] playing a cover of The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout".[2] In 1996, their song "Danny" won an award on 96TFM.[3]

In 1999, Bump of Chicken released their first album, Flame Vein, on High Line Records. Later that year, they released their first single, "Lamp". In 2000, they released The Living Dead, their final release on High Line.[4] They also held their first live tour, "Tsuaa Pokiiru (ツアーポキール)", during March and April.[5]

Later in 2000, the group switched to Toy's Factory, releasing their first single on the label, "Diamond", in September.[4] Bump of Chicken's first big success occurred when their single, "Tentai Kansoku", appeared on the Oricon Weekly Charts in 2001.[6] They held two live tours, "Star Porking Tours (スターポーキングツアーズ, Sutaa Pookingu Tsuaazu) 2001" beginning in March and "Surf Porkin'" beginning in July.[5] In October, they released "Harujion".[4] They released their first album on Toy's Factory, Jupiter, in February 2002 and it was their first number one on the Oricon Weekly Charts. In the summer of 2002, their music was featured on the Japanese TV drama Tentai Kansoku, giving them more exposure.

At the end of 2002, the group released the single "Snow Smile". 2003 saw the release of their first double A-side single "Lost Man/Sailing day".[4] "Sailing Day" was used as the ending theme to the animated movie One Piece: Dead End Adventure.[1] The beginning of 2004 saw a slew of re-releases. "Arue", from their album Flame Vein, was released as a single in March. They re-released their first two albums in April. Flame Vein received an extra song and was re-released as Flame Vein +1. The Living Dead received no modifications. In July, the group released "Only Lonely Glory",[4] which became their first single to chart at number one on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[7] A month later, they released their fourth album, Yggdrasil, which was their second album to reach number one on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[6] Shortly after, they released "Sharin no Uta", from Yggdrasil, as a single.

In 2005, Bump of Chicken released two singles, "Planetarium" and second double A-side single "Supernova/Karma". Karma was used as the theme song for Namco's "Tales of the Abyss". The band's next single, "Namida no Furusato" was used in a commercial for Lotte Airs.[1] It became the group's second number one single. In 2007, they released the singles "Hana no Na" and "Mayday" on the same day. The two singles reached number one and two respectively on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[6] Bump of Chicken released their fifth studio album, Orbital Period, on December 19, 2007. They released their first compilation album present from you on June 18, 2008. This album contains b-sides from singles and other non-album tracks.

On November 25, 2009, Bump of Chicken released its third double A-side single "R.I.P./Merry Christmas", their first single in two years. On April 14, 2010, they released "Happy" and then in the following week, another single, "Mahō no Ryōri (Kimi kara Kimi e)". These two singles also reached number one consecutively for two weeks on the Oricon Weekly Charts, the first time a band achieved this since Orange Range's "Love Parade" and "Onegai! Señorita" in 2005. They released a fourth double A-side single "Uchūhikōshi e no Tegami/Motorcycle" on October 13, 2010, and they released a music video for the song on Toy's Factory's YouTube channel on September 14, 2010, which surpassed 200,000 views in two days. On December 15, 2010, they released their sixth studio album, Cosmonaut, but it did not feature the song "Merry Christmas".

In 2011, Bump of Chicken announced that they wrote the song "Tomodachi no Uta" as the theme song for the animated 3D movie Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops: ~Angel Wings~, and "Tomodachi no Uta" was released as the single on February 23, 2011. They also released two singles, "Smile" on May 11, 2011, and "Zero" on October 19, 2011. "Zero" was used as the theme song for video game by Square Enix, Final Fantasy Type-0. Also in 2012, they released two more singles "Good Luck" and "Firefly", in January and September 2012, respectively. "Good Luck" was featured as the end theme to the Japanese film Always Sanchōme no Yūhi '64.

On March 6, 2013, Bump of Chicken released their first live video and album Bump of Chicken Gold Glider Tour 2012, recorded live at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, on July 3, 2012.

On September 29, 2020, Bump of Chicken released the single "Acacia", which was featured in a music video named "GOTCHA!" uploaded on the Pokémon YouTube channel to celebrate the release of the Crown Tundra DLC in Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch.[8]

Band members[edit]

Motoo Fujiwara[edit]

Motoo Fujiwara (藤原基央) is the composer, lyricist, rhythm guitarist, and main vocalist of the group. He has written most of the music, and has also drawn the artwork for their albums The Living Dead and Yggdrasil. In March 2006, he released a solo album entitled Song for Tales of the Abyss, which included "Karma" and instrumental versions of songs from the game Tales of the Abyss. He uses a Gibson 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway, Sonic fender, Gibson J-45.[citation needed] In August 2020, Fujiwara married former Morning Musume member Kamei Eri.[9]

  • Birth date: (1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 43)
  • Birthplace: Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
  • Position: composer/lyricist/vocalist/rhythm guitarist

Hiroaki Masukawa[edit]

Hiroaki Masukawa (増川弘明) is the guitarist of the group, and also writes most of the hidden joke tracks for albums. His nicknames within the band are "Hiro", "Hose", (meaning "very thin"), and "Nikke". He uses a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Stratocaster.[citation needed]

Yoshifumi Naoi[edit]

Yoshifumi Naoi (直井由文) is the bassist of the group, and is referred to as the "crowd pleaser". He has released an artbook containing his works, and helped with some album artwork. His nickname within the band is "Chama", a play on the Japanese phrase "Obotchama" referring to a rich family's son. He uses a Sonic Bass, Fender Jazz Bass 65.

On September 18, 2020, an article was published detailing an affair he had in 2016 and 2017 while hiding the fact that he was married and a father.[10] Later the same day, he published an apology for his behavior, and announced that he would be taking a break from music.[11] On June 6, 2021, he published yet another, longer apology for the same incident, at the same time announcing his return to the band.[12]

  • Birth date: (1979-10-09) October 9, 1979 (age 42)
  • Birthplace: Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
  • Position: bassist

Hideo Masu[edit]

Hideo Masu (升秀夫) is the drummer for the band. He uses a Canopus Maple Shell.[citation needed]

  • Birth date: (1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 42)
  • Birthplace: Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
  • Position: drummer

Songs in popular culture[edit]

Their single "Arue" is a song dedicated to the fictional character Rei Ayanami, from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The song is listed as R.A., the initials of the aforementioned character.

Their song "Sailing Day" is used at the end credits of the animated film One Piece The Movie: Dead End no Bōken. The same song is also featured in the Guitar Freaks and Drummania series of arcade games.

The songs "Tentai Kansoku", "K", "Sailing Day", "Karma" and "Mayday" were later used in the musical arcade game by Bemani in GuitarFreaks, DrumMania, Jubeat, Reflec Beat Limelight and Pop'n Music. "Tentai Kansoku" was also featured in Metcha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Nanatsu no Shima no Daibouken. "Tentai Kansoku" and "Karma" were also featured as covers by the band Afterglow in the mobile game for BanG Dream!.

The song "Karma" from their "Supernova / Karma" single is the main theme for Namco's Tales of the Abyss video game. It also is used on the anime adaptation of the game as the opening theme.

The movie Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels released on March 5, 2011, uses BUMP OF CHICKEN's song “Tomodachi no Uta” as its ending song. All 4 members have loved Doraemon for its unique and loving characters and story and have said that it is an honor to be chosen to sing for the new Doraemon movie.[13]

The song "Hello, World!" from their "Hello World! / Colony" single is used as the opening song of the TV anime adaptation of the manga Blood Blockade Battlefront.

Their song "Zero" was also featured as the opening song for Final Fantasy Type-0.

Their songs are used as the opening and closing themes for episodes 1-11 of the anime, March Comes in like a Lion (3月のライオン). The opening is "Answer", while the closing is "Fighter". Around 2014, before the manga was adapted into an anime, they and the manga's author, Chika Umino, collaborated to make a CGI music video set to their single, "Fighter". The video was made into a stand-alone story promoting the original manga, called March Comes in like a Lion meets BUMP OF CHICKEN.[14] In early April 2017 they posted a long form music video for Answer to YouTube.[15]

Their song "GO" was featured as the opening song for the 2017 anime adaptation of the Japanese mobile game, Granblue Fantasy.

Their songs "Sirius" and "Spica" are the opening and closing theme songs respectively for Satelight's (Shoji Kawamori) anime Juushinki Pandora, released in 2018.

Their song "Gekkou" was used as the opening song for the 2018 TV anime adaptation of the manga Karakuri Circus.

Their song "Acacia" was used in a music video collaboration with the Pokémon franchise.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Oricon charts[6] Sales[6]
Weekly Yearly First week Total sales
1999 Flame Vein
  • Released: March 18, 1999
77 3,280 34,331
2000 The Living Dead
  • Released: March 25, 2000
51 4,200 87,696
2002 Jupiter
  • Released: February 20, 2002
1 45 250,210 680,763
2004 Flame Vein +1
  • Released: April 28, 2004
16 16,670 174,693
The Living Dead
  • Released: April 28, 2004
19 13,583 165,932
  • Released: August 25, 2004
1 19 315,065 683,211
2007 Orbital Period
  • Released: December 19, 2007
2 12 381,446 680,270
2010 Cosmonaut
  • Released: December 15, 2010
1 17 207,160 342,041
2014 Ray
  • Released: March 12, 2014
1 12 182,003 278,000
2016 Butterflies
  • Released: February 10, 2016
1 14 197,160 286,000
2019 Aurora Arc
  • Released: July 10, 2019
1 11 202,157[16]

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Details Catalog Oricon charts[6] Sales[6]
Weekly Yearly First week Total Sales
2008 Present from You
  • Released: June 18, 2008
TFCC-86257 2 45 148,473 235,000
2013 Bump of Chicken I <1999–2004>
  • Released: July 3, 2013
TFCC-86455 1 21 172,712 252,000
Bump of Chicken II <2005–2010>
  • Released: July 3, 2013
TFCC-86466 2 22 168,262 239,000

Other albums[edit]

Year Details Catalog Oricon charts[6]
Weekly Top 100
2006 Song for Tales of the Abyss
  • 1st Motoo Fujiwara solo soundtrack album
  • Released: March 22, 2006
TFCC-86193 6


Year Title Catalog Oricon charts[6] Sales Billboard
Japan Hot 100
Weekly Top 100 First week Total
1999 "Lamp"
  • Released: November 25, 1999
HLR-008 181 526 The Living Dead
2000 "Diamond"
  • Released: September 20, 2000
TFCC-87066 15 26,320 92,797 Jupiter
2001 "Tentai Kansoku"
  • Released: March 14, 2001
TFCC-87080 3 26 44,570 581,254 15
  • Released: October 17, 2001
TFCC-89001 5 ? 95,090 182,010
2002 "Snow Smile"
  • Released: December 18, 2002
TFCC-89049 3 61 85,569 153,966 65 Yggdrasil
2003 "Lost Man/Sailing Day"
  • Released: March 12, 2003
TFCC-89063 2 29 132,098 249,909
"Sailing Day/Lost Man"
  • Released: March 12, 2003
2004 "Arue"
  • Released: March 31, 2004
TFCC-89099 2 48 55,966 177,855 Flame Vein
"Only Lonely Glory"
  • Released: July 7, 2004
TFCC-89109 1 50 114,717 174,661 Yggdrasil
"Sharin no Uta"
  • Released: December 1, 2004
TFCC-89121 3 81 75,881 123,609
2005 "Planetarium"
  • Released: July 21, 2005
TFCC-89142 4 35 134,667 261,193 Orbital Period
  • Released: November 23, 2005
TFCC-89153 2 9 161,022 493,230
  • Released: December 14, 2005
2006 "Namida no Furusato"
  • Released: November 22, 2006
TFCC-89191 1 35 180,226 263,025
2007 "Hana no Na"
  • Released: October 24, 2007
TFCC-89227 1 16 176,744 260,756
  • Released: October 24, 2007
TFCC-89228 2 25 171,095 223,566
2009 "R.I.P./Merry Christmas"
  • Released: November 25, 2009
TFCC-89289 2 29 146,642 202,963 31 Cosmonaut
2010 "Happy"
  • Released: April 14, 2010
TFCC-89300 1 36 96,527 157,324 1
"Mahō no Ryōri
~Kimi Kara Kimi e~
  • Released: April 21, 2010
TFCC-89303 1 37 104,492 152,501 1
"Uchūhikōshi e no
  • Released: October 13, 2010
TFCC-89318 1 52 92,910 128,923 5
2011 "Tomodachi no Uta"
  • Released: February 23, 2011
TFCC-89333 2 16 82,043 121,102 51 Ray
  • Released: May 11, 2011
TFCC-89335 3 24 86,078 132,959 25
  • Released: October 19, 2011
2 24 163,381 257,006 1
2012 "Good Luck"
  • Released: January 18, 2012
1 148,753 195,714 1
  • Released: September 12, 2012
TFCC-89396 2 78,936 108,296
2015 "Hello, World!/Colony"
  • Released: April 22, 2015
2 150,417 218,521 1 Butterflies
2018 "Hanashi ga Shitai yo/Sirius/Spica"
  • Released: November 14, 2018
Aurora Arc
2020 "Acacia/Gravity"
  • Released: November 4, 2020
TFCC-89688(Acacia Edition)/
89689(Gravity Edition)
2021 "Nanairo"
  • Released: December 22, 2021
1 105,366[18]

Digital download only

Year Title Billboard
Japan Hot 100

2013 "Niji o Matsu Hito"
  • Released: August 21, 2013
2014 "Ray" (featuring Hatsune Miku)
  • Released: March 12, 2014
"You Were Here"
  • Released: August 1, 2014
6 Butterflies
  • Released: November 28, 2014
  • Released: November 29, 2014
2016 "Aria"
  • Released: August 17, 2016
9 Aurora Arc
  • Released: December 21, 2016
2017 "Ribbon"
  • Released: May 1, 2017
"Kinen Satsuei"
  • Released: July 5, 2017
2018 "Bōen no March"
  • Released: July 23, 2018
  • Released: September 24, 2018
2019 "Aurora"
  • Released: March 15, 2019
2021 "Flare"
  • Released: February 11, 2021
  • Released: May 18, 2021
2022 "Chronostasis" (クロノスタシス)
  • Released: April 11, 2022


Year Title Format Catalog
Video Pokiiru (ビデオポキール)
  • Released: February 25, 2000, re-released on April 28, 2004
2002 jupiter
  • Released: December 18, 2002
VHS TFVQ-68066
DVD TFBQ-18029
2004 Yggdrasil
  • Released: December 1, 2004
2006 Puppet Show Guild (人形劇ギルド Ningyougeki Guild)
  • Released: September 20, 2006
2008 orbital period
  • Released: May 14, 2008
  • Released: October 19, 2011
Blu-ray Disc TFXQ-78101
  • Released: March 6, 2013
DVD+CD TFBQ-18135 (Limited Edition)
DVD TFBQ-18136 (Regular Edition)
Blu-ray Disc+CD TFXQ-78108 (Limited Edition)
Blu-ray Disc TFXQ-78109 (Regular Edition)
  • Released: February 4, 2015
DVD+CD TFBQ-18163 (Limited Edition)
DVD TFBQ-18164 (Regular Edition)
Blu-ray Disc+CD TFXQ-78117 (Limited Edition)
Blu-ray Disc TFXQ-78118 (Regular Edition)
2016 BUMP OF CHICKEN 20th Anniversary Special Live "20"
  • Released: July 13, 2016
DVD+CD TFBQ-18188 (Limited Edition)
DVD TFBQ-18189 (Regular Edition)
Blu-ray Disc+CD TFXQ-78144 (Limited Edition)
Blu-ray Disc TFXQ-78145 (Regular Edition)
  • Released: December 21, 2016
DVD+CD TFBQ-18190 (Limited Edition)
DVD TFBQ-18191 (Regular Edition)
Blu-ray Disc+CD TFXQ-78147 (Limited Edition)
Blu-ray Disc TFXQ-78148 (Regular Edition)
  • Released: February 10, 2018
Blu-ray PPTF-7017
  • Released: August 8, 2018
DVD+CD TFBQ-18207 (Limited Edition)
DVD TFBQ-18209 (Regular Edition)
Blu-ray Disc+CD TFXQ-78165 (Limited Edition)
Blu-ray Disc TFBQ-18209 (Regular Edition)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Space Shower Music Video Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Lost Man Best Your Choice Won
2005 Sharin no Uta Best Your Choice Won
2008 Hana no Na Best Your Choice Won
Best Video of the Year Won
2014 Niji o Matsu Hito Best Your Choice Won
2015 Ray Best Your Choice Won
2016 Best Group Artist Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Nominated
2019 Nominated
2020 Aurora Best Video of the Year[19] Won

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Good Luck (from Always Sanchōme no Yūhi '64 film) Best Video from a Film Won
2014 Niji o Matsu Hito (from Gatchaman film) Best Video from a Film Nominated
2016 Butterflies Best Album of the Year Nominated
2019 Aurora Best Rock Video Won


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