[[caption-width-right:290:L - R: Yamada, Gotoh, Kiyoshi, and Kita.]]

Asian Kung-Fu Generation is a Japanese band formed in [[LongRunnerLineUp 1996]] by Masafumi Gotoh (lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Kensuke Kita (lead guitarist and backing vocalist), Takahiro Yamada (bassist and backing vocalist), and Kiyoshi Ijichi (drummer). The band is critically acclaimed and commercially successful in Japan. Their popularity peaked around 2004-2007, but they are still doing well. Fans call them Ajikan, AKG, or AFKG for short.

They host the Nano-Mugen Festival each summer. Musicians and bands from Japan, America, and the UK come to perform; each act contributes one song to make up a compilation album released to advertise the festival. Some previous acts include Spitz, Chatmonchy, Beat Crusaders, Ellegarden, Music/ThirdEyeBlind, Unicorn, and Music/BenFolds.

Outside of Japan, they are best known for their songs "''Haruka Kanata''", "Rewrite", and "After Dark", which were used as opening songs for the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', and ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime respectively.

The band has released six studio albums and five [=EPs=].
* Independent period:
** ''Caramelman and Asian Kung-Fu Generation'' (2000)
** ''The Time Past And I Could Not See You Again'' (2000)
** ''I'm standing here.'' (2001)
* After getting signed by Ki/oon Records:
** ''Houkai Amplifier''[[note]]Decay Amplifier[[/note]] (2002)
** ''Kimi Tsunagi Five M''[[note]]Connection to You Five M[[/note]] (2003)
** ''Sol-fa'' (2004)
** ''Fanclub'' (2006)
** ''Feedback File'' (2006): A collection of B-sides and {{Cut Song}}s.
** ''World World World'' (2008)
** ''Mada Minu Ashita ni''[[note]]Toward an Unseen Tomorrow[[/note]] (2008)
** ''Surf Bungaku Kamakura''[[note]]Surf Literature Kamakura[[/note]] (2008)
** ''Magic Disk'' (2010)
** ''Landmark'' (2012)

!!Asian Kung-Fu Generation contains examples of:

* AnimatedMusicVideo: "''Atarashii Sekai''".
* AnimeThemeSong: One of the things that gained them renown.
** ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': "''Haruka Kanata''"[[note]]Distant Horizon[[/note]] from ''Houkai Amplifier''
** ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'': "Rewrite" from ''Sol-fa''
** ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'': "''Aru Machi no Gunjou''"[[note]]A Town in Ultramarine[[/note]] from ''World World World''
** ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': "After Dark" from ''World World World''
** ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'': "''Maigo Inu to Ame no'' Beat"[[note]]A Lost Puppy and the Beat of the Rain[[/note]] from ''Magic Disk''
** ''Manga/{{Erased}}'': "Re:Re" from ''Sol-fa''
* BigYes: Most famously at the beginning of "Understand", though there are many others.
* ConceptAlbum: ''World World World'' is supposed to tell a story; Gotoh says that you should listen to it at least once in order. Also, ''Surf Bungaku Kamakura'''s songs are each named after notable stops along the famous Enoshima Electric Railway in order starting from Fujisawa and ending with Kamakura.
* ConceptVideo: A few, especially "''Shinseiki no'' Love Song".
* CallBack / ContinuityNod: "All Right Part2" makes references to "Blue Train", "Tightrope", "''Mafuyu no'' Dance", and "''Maigo Inu To Ame no'' Beat". In addition, Yusuke Nakamura occasionally does this with their album art:
** The wire on the cover of ''Houkai Amplifier'' connects to the string on ''Kimi Tsunagi Five M''.
** The guy on the cover of ''Manga/{{Solanin}}'' is wearing a ''Fanclub'' T-shirt.
** There's a doll dressed up as the girl on ''Sol-fa'' on the cover of ''Maigo Inu To Ame no Beat''.
** There's a ''Houkai Amplifier'' CD on ''Magic Disk'''s album art. If you squint, you can tell that the boy on the cover has been replaced with Gotoh.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "''Uso to'' Wonderland", where Kita is the lead singer.
* EmoKid: Subverted. Many of the songs have emo-sounding lyrics, but they almost always have happy or hopeful endings.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "''Siren''", "''Siren 2''", and "''Gekkou''".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "''Tabidatsu Kimi e''" → "Neoteny" and "World World" → "''Aru Machi no Gunjou''".
* FakeBand: [[Music/BeastieBoys "Kiyostie Boys"]], which is really just them wearing sunglasses, with Gotoh playing the drums and Kiyoshi singing.
* FanDisservice: Kita crossdressing. He wore a pink frilly shirt, a short skirt, make-up, and hair clips.
** Or FanService, depending on the viewer.
* GainaxEnding: The "Fujisawa Loser" video starts out as a weird metaphor for the difficulties of either entering a company or being in a famous band...as obstacle courses. Pretty straightforward. Then [[spoiler:the big fancy house and the supermodel at the end of the course get up and elope in a yacht]].
* GratuitousEnglish: Most of their early independently released music. Gotoh is actually trying to change this into SurprisinglyGoodEnglish by taking weekly English lessons.
* {{Improv}}: "Road Movie" was originally an improvised song that changed depending on the location they were preforming. The "Whoaaaaa"s at the beginning of "Laika" were also improvised by Gotoh.
** Also, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Breakfast Minority"]].
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: Kiyoshi.
* LyricalDissonance: "Laika". It's so upbeat and happy sounding, you'd never guess that it's about a dog who's doomed to die alone in space.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 1 taken to the LogicalExtreme - 16 years and counting with only the one original line-up.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "''Kimi No Machi Made''" is about a guy who wants to fly over to his lover's town like a bird. The music video, on the other hand, is about a synchronized swimming duo persevering despite [[CrowningMomentOfFunny getting attacked by a giant lobster in the middle of a competition]].
* {{Megane}}: Gotoh is the first type.
* MetalScream: Gotoh screams certain words in some songs. However, this is becoming rare recently as his voice is changing.
* NonAppearingTitle: Many, such as "Solanin", "Blue Train", and "Re:Re:".
** Technically Mugen Glider, which contains the phrases "glider" and "mugen yuraida", but not "mugen glider".
** The lyrics of "Mustang" were inspired by the manga ''Manga/{{Solanin}}''. They later made the theme song for the movie.
* PowerBallad: "''Gekkou''" and "Tightrope".
* ProtestSong: "No.9", "''Wakusei''", and "N2".
* RockMeAmadeus: "''Gekkou''" opens with a snippet of "''[[PublicDomainSoundtrack Clair de lune]]''".
* ShrinkingViolet: Yamada.
* SmokingIsCool: In the music video for "Solanin", Kita is randomly shown smoking.
* StudioChatter: "''Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat''" starts with [[SpokenWordInMusic Gotoh's count-off ("Check, check, check...One, two, two")]]. Also, "''Yuigahama Kite''" ends with the members' laughter.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "''Atarashii Sekai''".
* TenderTears: Gotoh is a sensitive guy...He cried when watching ''This Is It'' despite not being a fan of Music/MichaelJackson.
** Gotoh and Kita both looked like they were on the verge of tears when Gotoh made a speech about the Akihabara massacre at Nano-Mugen Festival 2008.