Toru Kitajima

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Toru Kitajima
Native name
北嶋 徹
Also known as
  • TK
  • TK from Ling tosite sigure
Born (1982-12-23) December 23, 1982 (age 35)
Saitama, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
Years active2002–present
2012–present (solo)
LabelsSony
Associated acts
Websitehttp://tkofficial.jp

Toru Kitajima (北嶋 徹, Kitajima Tōru, born December 23, 1982 in Saitama), better known as TK, is a singer, songwriter and the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Japanese rock band Ling tosite sigure. In 2011, he started to release solo material as TK from Ling tosite sigure,[1] and started to collaborate with Masayuki Nakano from the former electronic music band Boom Boom Satellites.[2]

Biography[edit]

Debuting with a limited DVD titled Film A Moment, which features a photobook, and movie shot on 8mm film which acts as a music video for the three tracks on disc which was released in 2011.[3]

TK's first album, Flowering, was released on June 27, 2012 and featured alternate versions of "Film A Moment" and "White Silence" (both being originally featured on the DVD release Film A Moment) along with seven new tracks and an additional hidden track titled "Sound_am326." The limited press version featured a live studio session (DVD) of selected tracks from the album directed by P.B. Anderson. Musicians such as BOBO from Miyavi Crew, and Hidekazu Hinata from Nothing's Carved in Stone featured on the album.[4]

Kitajima's second release was prefaced by the single "Unravel", which acted as the opening for the popular anime series Tokyo Ghoul and the mini-album Contrast. "Unravel" had three versions to note, one of them featuring artwork inspired by the series it fronted, the other featuring a DVD titled Killing You Softly (an acoustic live DVD) featuring the track "Jewel of Sin", which would be featured on TK's third album White Noise. And both TK and Ling Tosite Sigure tracks reworked as acoustic pieces. The other version pressed was the standard edition, which featured three tracks, one being featured as the BGM for the Flowering DVD.[5]

The mini-album Contrast was released the same year as "Unravel", being 2014 and featured a live DVD from the 2013 Rock in Japan Festival along with a bonus video filmed in Berlin for the song "Tokio" (limited pressing only). The album also featured a live reworking of the Ling tosite sigure song "Illusion is Mine". Both "Unravel" and "Contrast" contained additional B-sides.[6]

Fantastic Magic is TK's second album and features seven new tracks, one featuring vocalist Chara, a reworking of "Dramatic Slow Motion", and the other being "Contrast". The limited pressing contains music videos for songs featured on the album, along with "Haze", released on Flowering.[7]

Secret Sensation was released in early 2016, Kitajima's second mini-album. As before it featured a live track, this one being "White Silence" and a song that would be reworked on White Noise along with respective B-sides as before. The limited press contained two music videos, one for "Secret Sensation" and the other for "Like There is Tomorrow".

TK's second single, "Signal", was featured as an opening for the anime 91 Days. "Signal" had two versions, one being a digipak release with artwork inspired by 91 Days, the other a standard jewel case. Both versions contained a reworked version of "Shandy", a Ling tosite sigure track from the album "still a Sigure virgin?"; and the acoustic version of "Unravel".

White Noise, being released in November of 2016, featured six new tracks: a reworking of "Like There is Tomorrow", the singles "Signal" and "Secret Sensation", and a proper studio recording of "Jewel of Sin". The limited version featured a live DVD from the Secret Sensation Tour.[8]

On November 21, 2018, TK released a new single, containing the song "Katharsis" and its instrumental and TV edit versions, and a song titled "Memento". "Katharsis" was used as the opening theme for the second season of Tokyo Ghoul:re.[9] Its music video was released on November 20, 2018.[10]

Discography[edit]

As TK from Ling tosite sigure[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Rating
JPN
[11]
Flowering[12] 14 AllMusic: 4.5/5 stars[13]
Fantastic Magic[14]
  • Released: August 27, 2014
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
12
White Noise[15]
  • Released: September 28, 2016
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray, digital download
14

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details Peak positions
JPN
[11]
Contrast[16]
Secret Sensation[17]
  • Released: March 2, 2016
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
11

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Notes Sales Certifications Album
JPN
Oricon

[18]
JPN
Billboard

[19]
"Film A Moment"[20] 2011 N/A Flowering
"Unravel"[21] 2014 9 6[22] OP for the first season of the anime series Tokyo Ghoul.[23]
  • JPN: 10,112+ (CD)[24]
  • JPN: 250,000+ (DL)[25]
Fantastic Magic
"Contrast" 10 48
  • JPN: 6,789+ (CD)[26]
"Secret Sensation"[27] 2016 N/A White Noise
"Signal"[28] 18 28[29] OP for the anime 91 Days.[30] N/A
"Katharsis"[9] 2018 21 33[31] OP for the anime series Tokyo Ghoul: re Season 2.[9] TBA TBA

Production[edit]

Title Role(s) Album Album Artist Year
"Mode Inversion" Guitarist Code Acid Android 2010
"Switch" (TK Remix) Remixer Alcove/#1 2011
"Nano" (TK Kaleidoscope Remix) Remixer, guitarist Since 2 Spangle Call Lilli Line[33] 2013
"Tenohira no Sekai"
(掌の世界)
Composer, lyricist, producer Joy!! SMAP
"Miruiro no Hoshi"
(みるいろの星)
Arranger, strings arranger Panorama Asaco Nasu[34] 2014
"Dramatic Starlight" Composer, lyricist, producer Mr. S SMAP
"Zephyr" (TK Remix) Remixer (arranger, guitarist) Immortalis Sukekiyo 2015
"Us" Composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, recording, mixer, programming, guitarist, additional vocals Daydream Aimer[35] 2016
"Kowairo"
(声色)
Composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, recording, mixer, mastering, guitarist
"Last Eye" Composer, producer Itadakimono Yuko Ando
"Draw (A) Drow" Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Draw (A) Drow Seiko Omori[36] 2017

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result
2015 Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song "Unravel"
(from anime Tokyo Ghoul)
9th place[37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Posted by nakano 2017.8.12". August 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "film A moment". tkofficial.jp. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
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  9. ^ a b c Sherman, Jennifer (2018-09-10). "Tokyo Ghoul:re Season 2's Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  10. ^ "TK from 凛として時雨、本日11/21リリースのTVアニメ"東京喰種:re"最終章OP曲「katharsis」MVフル公開" [TK from Ling Tosite Sigure releases the MV for TV anime "Tokyo Ghoul: re" final chapter OP song "Katharsis" publicly]. Skream! (in Japanese). Gekirock Entertainment. 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  11. ^ a b "北嶋徹のアルバム売上ランキング" [Toru Kitajima's albums ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  12. ^ "TK from 凛として時雨". TK from 凛として時雨. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  13. ^ Buchanan, John D. "Flowering - TK | Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
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  17. ^ "Secret Sensation / TK from 凛として時雨". Secret Sensation / TK from 凛として時雨 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  18. ^ "北嶋徹のシングル売上ランキング" [Toru Kitajima's singles ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  19. ^ "TK from Ling Tosite Sigure | Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  20. ^ "film A moment". tkofficial.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  21. ^ "TK from 凛として時雨". TK from 凛として時雨. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  22. ^ "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart". Billboard. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  23. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (June 1, 2014). "TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, People In The Box perform Tokyo Ghoul songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "週間 シングルランキング 2014年08月04日付(2014年07月21日~2014年07月27日)" [Weekly single ranking August 4, 2014 (July 21, 2014–July 27, 2014)] (in Japanese). Oricon. August 4, 2014. Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "有料音楽配信認定" [Paid Music Distribution Certification] (Select 2016年10月 on the drop-down menu) (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. October 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "週間 シングルランキング 2014年03月17日付(2014年03月03日~2014年03月09日)" [Weekly single ranking March 17, 2014 (March 3, 2014–March 9, 2014)] (in Japanese). Oricon. March 17, 2014. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  27. ^ Co.,LTD., Label Gate. "音楽ダウンロード・音楽配信サイト mora ~WALKMAN®公式ミュージックストア~". mora ~WALKMAN®公式ミュージックストア~ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-11-06.
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  29. ^ "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart". Billboard. 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  30. ^ Hallmark, Kyle (May 29, 2016). "TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, ELISA perform "91 Days" theme songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  31. ^ "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart". Billboard. 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  32. ^ "週間 シングルランキング 2018年12月03日付(2018年11月19日~2018年11月25日)" [Weekly single ranking December 3, 2018 (November 19–25, 2018)] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  33. ^ "Spangle call Lilli line "nano - TK kaleidoscope Remix" (Official Music Video)". youtube.com.
  34. ^ "Recording "みるいろの星" by 南壽あさ子 - MusicBrainz". beta.musicbrainz.org. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  35. ^ "Recording "us" by Aimer - MusicBrainz". beta.musicbrainz.org. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  36. ^ "大森靖子「draw (A) drow」(Music Video / 千葉雄大Ver.)". youtube.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  37. ^ "ニュータイプアニメアワード2015" [2015 Newtype Anime Awards]. Newtype (in Japanese). October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2018.

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