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BUMP OF CHICKEN
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Background information
Origin Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Genres
Years active 1994–present
Labels
Website http://www.bumpofchicken.com/
Members Fujiwara Motoo (Vocals, Rhythm)
Masukawa Hiroaki (Guitar)
Naoi Yoshifumi (Bass)
Masu Hideo (Drums)

Bump of Chicken (バンプ・オブ・チキン, Banpu Obu Chikin, stylized 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 inception in 1994, they have released twenty-three singles and eight 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 band's name means counterattack from the weak man (弱者の反撃, jakusha no hangeki).[1]

History[edit]

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,[2] playing a cover of The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout".[3] In 1996, their song, Danny, won an award on 96TFM.[4]

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.[5] They also held their first live tour, "Tsuaa Pokiiru (ツアーポキール)", during March and April.[6]

Later in 2000, the group switched to Toy's Factory, releasing their first single on the label, "Diamond", in September.[5] Bump of Chicken's first big success occurred when their single, "Tentai Kansoku", appeared on the Oricon Weekly Charts in 2001.[7] 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.[6] In October, they released "Harujion".[5] They released their first album on Toy's Factory, Jupiter, in February 2002 and 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 the first double A-side single "Lost Man/sailing day".[5] "Sailing Day" was used as the ending theme to the animated movie, One Piece: Dead End Adventure.[2] 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",[5] which became their first single to chart at number one on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[8] A month later, they released their fourth album, Yggdrasil, which was their second album to reach number one on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[7] 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.[2] 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.[7] 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)". 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 fourth double A-side single "Uchūhikōshi e no Tegami/Motorcycle" on October 13, 2010, and they released music video for the song on Toy's Factory's YouTube channel on September 14, 2010, then it surpassed 200,000 viewers for two days. On December 15, 2010, they released sixth studio album, Cosmonaut, but the song "Merry Christmas" is not included in the album.

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.

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. He enjoys doing laundry, cannot eat spicy foods, has poor eyesight, and enjoys playing the harmonica, which he bought for 300 yen. He also wants to be an unworldly man. 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. Uses Gibson 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway, Sonic fender, Gibson J-45.[citation needed]

  • Birth date: (1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 38)
  • Birthplace: Akita, Akita 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. He is referred to as the shy member of the group, and calls himself pessimistic. His hobbies are largely anime and games. His nicknames within the band are "Hiro", "Hose", (means "very thin"), and "Nikke". Uses 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 jokes that he "falls ill exactly four times a year." He also calls himself an anime and game otaku, and a "rare genius". His hobbies are photography and drawing; he has released an artbook containing his works, and helped with some of the album artwork. His nickname within the band is "Chama," a play on the Japanese phrase "Obotchama" referring to a rich family's son. Uses Sonic Bass, Fender Jazz Bass 65.

  • Birth date: (1979-10-09) October 9, 1979 (age 38)
  • Birthplace: Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
  • Position: Bassist

Hideo Masu[edit]

Hideo Masu (升秀夫) is the drummer for the band. He describes himself as an introvert. He also mentions that he has good eyesight, cannot write kanji well, likes to go outdoors, and often gets headaches. Uses Canopus Maple Shell.[citation needed]

  • Birth date: (1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 38)
  • 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 anime movie One Piece: Dead End Adventure. 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.

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.[9]

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 2016 anime, March Comes in like a Lion (3月のライオン). The opening is "Answer", while the closing is "Fighter". They and the manga's author, Chika Umino, expanded "Fighter" into a stand-alone story and video promoting the original manga, called March Comes in like a Lion meets BUMP OF CHICKEN.[10] In early April 2017 they posted a long form music video for Answer to YouTube.[11]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Catalog Oricon Charts[7] Sales[7]
Weekly Top 100 First week Total Sales
1999 Flame Vein
  • Released: March 18, 1999
HLR-008 77 3,280 34,331
2000 The Living Dead
  • Released: March 25, 2000
HLR-011 51 4,200 87,696
2002 Jupiter
  • Released: February 20, 2002
TFCC-86101 1 45 250,210 680,763
2004 Flame Vein +1
  • Released: April 28, 2004
TFCC-86163 16 16,670 174,693
The Living Dead
  • Released: April 28, 2004
TFCC-86164 19 13,583 165,932
Yggdrasil
  • Released: August 25, 2004
TFCC-86171 1 19 315,065 683,211
2007 Orbital Period
  • Released: December 19, 2007
TFCC-86254 2 12 381,446 680,270
2008 Present from You
  • Released: June 18, 2008
TFCC-86257 2 45 148,473 234,952
2010 Cosmonaut
  • Released: December 15, 2010
TFCC-86347 1 17 207,160 342,041
2013 BUMP OF CHICKEN I <1999-2004>
  • Released: July 3, 2013
TFCC-86455 1 21 172,712 247,506
BUMP OF CHICKEN II <2005-2010>
  • Released: July 3, 2013
TFCC-86466 2 22 168,262 235,772
2014 Ray
  • Released: March 12, 2014
TFCC-86457/
86456(CD+DVD)
1 182,003 273,351
2016 Butterflies
  • Released: February 10, 2016
1 197,160
Other albums
Year Album Details Catalog Oricon Charts[7]
Weekly Top 100
2006 Song for Tales of the Abyss
  • 1st Fujiwara Motoo solo soundtrack album
  • Released: March 22, 2006
TFCC-86193 6

Singles[edit]

Year Title Catalog Oricon Charts[7] Sales Billboard
Japan Hot 100
[12]
Album
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
"Harujion"
  • 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
TFCC-89064
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
"Supernova/Karma"
  • Released: November 23, 2005
TFCC-89153 2 9 161,022 493,230
"Karma/Supernova"
  • Released: December 14, 2005
TFCC-89154
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
"Mayday"
  • 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
Tegami/Motorcycle
"
  • 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
"Smile"
  • Released: May 11, 2011
TFCC-89335 3 24 86,078 132,959 25
"Zero"
  • Released: October 19, 2011
TFCC-89350/
89349(CD+DVD)
2 24 163,381 257,006 1
2012 "Good Luck"
  • Released: January 18, 2012
TFCC-89359/
89358(CD+DVD)
1 148,753 195,714 1
"Firefly"
  • Released: September 12, 2012
TFCC-89396 2 78,936 108,296
2015 "Hello, World!/Colony"
  • Released: April 22, 2015
TFCC-86540/
89538(CD+DVD)/
89539(CD+DVD)
2 150,417 218,521 1 Butterflies
Digital download only
Year Title Billboard
Japan Hot 100

[12]
Album
2013 "Niji o Matsu Hito"
  • Released: August 21, 2013
Ray
2014 "Ray" (feat. Hatsune Miku)
  • Released: March 12, 2014
2
"You Were Here"
  • Released: August 1, 2014
6 Butterflies
"Fighter"
  • Released: November 28, 2014
4
"Parade"
  • Released: November 29, 2014
8
2016 "Aria"
  • Released: August 17, 2016
9
"Answer"
  • Released: December 21, 2016
7
2017 "Ribbon"
  • Released: May 1, 2017
2
"Kinen Satsuei"
  • Released: July 5, 2017
3

Videos[edit]

  • Video Pokiiru (ビデオポキール) (February 25, 2000, re-released on April 28, 2004)
Contains music videos: "Glass no Blues", "Little Braver", "Lamp", "Glorious Revolution"
  • Jupiter (December 18, 2002)
Contains music videos: "Diamond", "Tentai Kansoku", "Harujion", "Melody Flag", "Stage of the Ground", "Bye Bye, Thank You"
  • Yggdrasil (ユグドラシル) (December 1, 2004)
Contains music videos: "Only Lonely Glory", Sharin no Uta", Sailing Day", "Arue", "Snow Smile", "Lost Man", "Sharin no Uta Another Version" (hidden video)
  • Puppet Show Guild (人形劇ギルド, Ningyougeki Guild) (September 20, 2006)
  • Orbital Period (May 14, 2008)
Contains music videos: "Mayday", "Hana no Na", "Planetarium", "Supernova", "Karma", "Namida no Furusato", "Guild"
  • Cosmonaut (October 19, 2011)
Contains music videos: "Mitsuboshi Quartet", "R.I.P.", "Motorcycle", "Mahō no Ryōri (Kimi Kara Kimi e)", "Happy", "Uchūhikōshi e no Tegami", "Beautiful Glider", "Makka na Sora wo Mita Darou ka", "Merry Christmas"

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
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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Bump of Chicken Member Factsheet - Fujiwara Motoo". chromatique.net. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Bump of Chicken - Profile & Biography". JaME USA. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Discography". Bump of Chicken official web site. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Tour History". Bump of Chicken official web site. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Oricon". wiki.theppn. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  8. ^ "singlesales". ---Rem--- Bump of Chicken unofficial website. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  9. ^ "BUMP OF CHICKEN to sing for Doraemon movie 2011". Tokyofever via livedoor. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "YouTube [Show More] text section of March Comes in like a Lion meets BUMP OF CHICKEN". Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "YouTube post to official site". Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Billboard. BUMP OF CHICKEN - Chart History

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