Rewrite (song)

Summary

"Rewrite" (リライト, Riraito) is a song by Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. It was released as the third single of their second full-length studio album, Sol-fa, on August 4, 2004.[1] In 2016, they re-recorded Rewrite along with all songs from Sol-fa and released on November 30, 2016.

"Rewrite"
Rewrite.jpg
Single by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
from the album Sol-fa
ReleasedAugust 4, 2004
StudioAobadai Studio
Folio Sound
Landmark Studio
GenreAlternative rock
Length3:47
LabelKi/oon
KSCL-925
Songwriter(s)Masafumi Gotoh
Producer(s)Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Asian Kung-Fu Generation singles chronology
"Loop & Loop"
(2004)
"Rewrite"
(2004)
"Kimi no Machi Made"
(2004)

ReceptionEdit

The song experienced immense domestic and international popularity after it was chosen as the fourth and final opening theme of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist.[1] Peaking at number four on the Oricon charts, the single sold nearly 150,000 units by the end of the year it was released, making it the 63rd single of the year. It later went on to win Best Anime Theme Song at the 2007 American Anime Awards.[2][3]

The song is listed on the appendix of Robert Dimery's book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die (And 10001 You Must Download).

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Rewrite" was directed by Kazuyoshi Oku.[4] The video primarily features the band playing in front of enormous speakers. During the song's breakdown, they temporarily levitate in the air. In 2016, they released new music video of Rewrite to promote Sol-fa 2016. The video primarily features the band playing in front of fans and speakers. During the song's breakdown, they drowned in a sea.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Masafumi Gotoh.

No.TitleLength
1."Rewrite" (リライト Riraito)3:47
2."Yūgure no Aka" (夕暮れの紅 Crimson Dusk)4:16
Total length:8:03

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Peak
position
2004 Japanese Singles (Oricon) 4
2016 Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[5] 49

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[6]
CD
Gold 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[7]
Digital
Platinum 250,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[8]
Streaming
Silver 30,000,000 

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: "Rewrite"". Sony Music. Ki/oon Records Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  2. ^ American Anime Awards official website Archived 2007-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Pegasus News Wire (2007-03-06). "FUNimation's FullMetal Alchemist Wins Five Awards At the Inaugural American Anime Awards". Pegasus News. PanLocal Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  4. ^ "SPACE SHOWER Music Video Search". SPACE SHOWER TV. SPACE SHOWER Networks Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-07. (in Japanese)
  5. ^ BILLBOARD JAPAN HOT 100
  6. ^ "Japanese single certifications – ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – リライト" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 31, 2021. Select 2004年8月 on the drop-down menu
  7. ^ "Japanese single digital certifications – ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – リライト" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 31, 2021. Select 2014年1月 on the drop-down menu
  8. ^ "Japanese single streaming certifications – ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – リライト" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved September 30, 2021. Select 2021年9月 on the drop-down menu