T.M.Revolution or Nishikawa Takanori is a prolific Japanese pop-rock artist commonly known as T.M.Revolution (Takanori Makes Revolution or T.M.R.), his solo project. Though more recently he is also known for his other acts such as abingdon boys school. In addition to this, he is also known for his song contributions to the popular animes Rurouni Kenshin and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series. He is also known as being the first artist to be signed to Tofu Records in the United States. In 2012, he joined T.M.H.R..
- Stage Names: T.M.Revolution, Nishikawa Takanori
- Birth Name: Nishikawa Takanori (西川貴教)
- Nicknames: Turbo, Nishikawa-chan (西川ちゃん), Aniki (アニキ)
- Date of Birth: September 19, 1970
- Place of Birth: Yasu, Shiga, Japan
- Height: 161cm
- Blood Type: A
- Bands / Groups:
Debut - the Force
Prior to being T.M.Revolution, Nishikawa was a member of the visual-kei band Luis-Mary which disbanded in 1993. In 1995, Asakura Daisuke signed Nishikawa on the FunHouse label and released a first single "BLACK OR WHITE?" as Asakura Daisuke expd. Nishikawa Takanori.
Soon after this, the official announcement of the formation of the T.M. Revolution project was released on March 22, 1996. Nishikawa debuted as T.M.Revolution with his single "dokusai -monopolize-" on May 13. After the release of his second single "Hesoshukujo -Venus-", T.M.Revolution would release his debut album MAKES REVOLUTION which reached #20 on the Oricon charts and charted for 30 weeks.
"HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~" was released on November 11, 1996 and was used as the third ending theme for the highly popular anime Rurouni Kenshin. The single immediately became a fan favorite and reached #16 on the Oricon charts and charted for 45 weeks. His succeeding album restoration LEVEL→3 reached #5 on the charts.
It was not until his single "HIGH PRESSURE" that Nishikawa broke through the top ten. Soon after that, his single "WHITE BREATH" secured the top spot. Less than a month later, T.M.Revolution's third album triple joker was released and secured the #1 position, his first album to do so. Due to this, "Aoi Hekireki" was issued as a recut single.
In 1998, T.M.Revolution released "HOT LIMIT" which also secured the #1 spot on the Oricon charts. He then released "THUNDERBIRD", "Burnin' X'mas" and "WILD RUSH" before releasing The Force in March 1999.
It was at this point in time that Nishikawa announced that T.M.Revolution had finished and he and Asakura Daisuke formed the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution turbo type D (or TMR-e for short) which was meant to be an "evolution" of the original T.M.Revolution. As TMR-e, Nishikawa and Asakura released the singles "KAGEROH" and "GEKKOH". In addition, Asakura appeared in the PVs alongside Nishikawa. However, Nishikawa and Asakura became more and more distant from each other and Nishikawa reverted back to T.M.Revolution in April.
progress - vertical infinity
Additionally in April, T.M.Revolution released "BLACK OR WHITE? version 3". This was a self-cover of "BLACK OR WHITE?" and was used as a theme on NTV. He then released the singles "HEAT CAPACITY" and "Madan ~Der Freischutz~" which faired fairly well on the charts. T.M.Revolution also released DISCORdanza Try My Remix ~Single Collections, a remix album which featured remixes of songs from his earlier albums and singles. Soon to follow was progress, T.M.Revolution's fifth studio album.
T.M.Revolution only released one single in 2001, "BOARDING", which was used as the theme song of the drama Wakaresase Ya. It was not until 2002 that he released another single "Out Of Orbit ~Triple ZERO~" which would be his first self-produced release. He then released his first best album, B☆E☆S☆T.
It was around at this time that director Fukuda Mitsuo asked Nishikawa to perform the first opening theme for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED after listening to "THUNDERBIRD" and consequently getting inspired. This was the song "INVOKE" and it was released in September 2002. In addition to this, Nishikawa voiced Miguel Aiman in the series and narrated a recap episode of Gundam SEED.
From "INVOKE" came coordinate, T.M.Revolution's sixth studio album that was released March 2003 and reached #9 on the Oricon charts. "Meteor", a track from the album was used as an insert song in Gundam SEED and the album mix of "THUNDERBIRD" from The Force was also included in this album. coordinate was also the first album to be released under the U.S. based Tofu Records label which had the bonus track of "HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~". Nishikawa then made his debut appearance in North America at Otakon 2003, which was met with great success.
In February 2004, "Albireo" was released. This was the only single before T.M.Revolution's next album SEVENTH HEAVEN, T.M.Revolution appropriately named seventh studio album. The song "ZIPS" from this album was used as an insert song for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Special Edition while "Wheel of fortune" was used on Fuji Television as the theme song for Formula Nippon.
T.M.Revolution's next release would be "Web of Night", the ending theme for the Japanese release of Spider-Man 2''. The release included an English version of the title track and the PV was filmed in both languages. His next succeeding single, "ignited" was used as the first opening for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY, this was the first single of T.M.Revolution to reach #1 on the Oricon charts since 1998. Nishikawa would also voice another character in the Gundam SEED DESTINY, Heine Westenfluss, who bore many resemblances to Nishikawa himself. A point of comparison would be their last names - both Westenfluss and Nishikawa mean 'west river.'
On January 26, 2005, vertical infinity was released. This is T.M.Revolution's eighth studio album and included "Web of Night", "ignited" and two English language tracks, "BRING IT ON" and "CHASE / THE THRILL". vertical infinity also heralded a change in sound as half the album was arranged by Asakura Daisuke while Nishikawa arranged or co-arranged the rest. vertical infinity reached #3 on the Oricon charts and charted for 8 weeks.
UNDER:COVER - 1000000000000
In April of 2005, Nishikawa began hosting the music show POP JAM with the comedy UN JASH. He hosted the show until March 2006. In 2005, he also released "vestige" which was used as an insert song in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY. The single reached #1, his second consecutive #1 on the charts.
Included in the "vestige" single was a unique password that could be used to vote online on T.M. Revolution's official website for songs that would appear on a self-cover album. This self-cover album named UNDER:COVER was released in January 2006 and it reached #1 on the Oricon Charts.
In May 2006, Nishikawa celebrated the tenth year anniversary of T.M.Revolution. He performed in Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on May 13 and it was announced that he would also perform on his 36th birthday on September 19 2006.
On June 7 2006, 1000000000000 (billion) was released. This is T.M.Revolution's second compilation album and contained all the title tracks of all 21 singles released to date. This also reached #1 on the Oricon charts.
abingdon boys school - 2008 Return
Aside from T.M.Revolution, Nishikawa also hosted a radio show called Nishikawa Takanori's All Night Nippon. This show ran for eight years and nine months from January 6, 1997 to September 26, 2005. Nishikawa started abingdon boys school in 2005 with members of T.M.Revolution's backup band. The band's first release was on the LOVE for NANA ~Only 1 Tribute~ called "stay away" and recorded a cover of "Dress" for a BUCK-TICK tribute album. The band officially debuted with "INNOCENT SORROW", the first opening theme of the D.Gray-man anime.
In June 11, 2008, after nearly three years, T.M.Revolution will come back with his 22nd single named "resonance", the title is used as the first opening theme for anime SOUL EATER. He first premiered this song live at the New York Comic Con on April 19, his first performance in the US in four years.
- [1996.08.12] MAKES REVOLUTION
- [1997.02.21] restoration LEVEL→3
- [1998.01.21] triple joker
- [1999.03.10] The Force
- [2000.02.02] Suite Season (the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution turbo type D)
- [2000.10.12] progress
- [2003.03.26] coordinate
- [2004.03.17] SEVENTH HEAVEN
- [2005.01.26] vertical infinity
- [2011.04.20] CLOUD NINE
- [2015.03.25] Ten (天)
- [2002.03.06] B☆E☆S☆T
- [2006.06.07] 1000000000000
- [2009.03.25] T.M.REVOLUTION SINGLES COLLECTION 96-99 -GENESIS- (Boxset Singles Collection)
- [2010.03.24] X42S-REVOLUTION (concept best-of album)
- [2011.11.16] UTAGE (宴 -UTAGE-) (concept best-of album)
- [2013.08.09] GEISHA BOY -ANIME SONG EXPERIENCE- (OTAKON Limited)
- [2013.10.09] GEISHA BOY -ANIME SONG EXPERIENCE-
- [2016.05.11] 2020 -T.M.Revolution ALL TIME BEST-
- [2000.06.28] DISCORdanza Try My Remix ~Single Collections
- [2012.09.12] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION 11-12 -CLOUD NINE-
- [2014.12.24] T.M.R. Live Revolution '14 -Ima Made 'Kotoshi wa Tandoku Live wa Yaranee!' Tekina Nuance no Hanashi wo Shiteta Kedo, Nanka Kyuuni FC Gentei Demo Yaritakunacchatte... Chigau! Chigau! Souja… Soujanai! 'Heijitsu no Yoru Demo, Douse Yobeba Kurundarou?' Mitaina, 'Tsugou no Ii Onna' Tekina Atsukai na Wake Janai yo! Tada, Konya wa Doushitemo Omae ga Dakitakunatta Dake… '14-
- [2016.08.03] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION'15 -Strikes Back XI- (Digital)
- [1995.05.25] BLACK OR WHITE? (Asakura Daisuke expd. Nishikawa Takanori)
- [1996.05.13] Dokusai -monopolize- (独裁; Dictatorship)
- [1996.07.15] Hesoshukujo -Venus- (臍淑女 -ヴィーナス-; Naked Lady -Venus-)
- [1996.11.11] HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~ (HEART OF SWORD ~夜明け前~; Before the Dawn)
- [1997.04.21] LEVEL 4
- [1997.07.01] HIGH PRESSURE
- [1997.10.22] WHITE BREATH
- [1998.02.25] Aoi Hekireki ~JOG Edit~ (蒼い霹靂 ~JOG Edit~; Blue Thunder)
- [1998.06.24] HOT LIMIT
- [1998.10.07] THUNDERBIRD
- [1998.10.28] Burnin' X'mas
- [1999.02.03] WILD RUSH
- [1999.06.23] KAGEROH (陽炎 -KAGEROH-; Heat Haze) (the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution turbo type D)
- [1999.09.22] GEKKOH (月虹 -GEKKOH-; Moon-Beam) (the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution turbo type D)
- [1999.11.17] Setsugen -winter dust- (雪幻 -winter dust-; Snow Vision) (the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution turbo type D)
- [2000.04.19] BLACK OR WHITE? version 3
- [2000.05.24] HEAT CAPACITY
- [2000.09.06] Madan ~Der Freischutz~ (魔弾 ~Der Freischutz~; Magic Bullets ~The Free Protection~)
- [2001.02.07] BOARDING
- [2002.02.20] Out Of Orbit ~Triple ZERO~
- [2002.10.30] INVOKE
- [2004.02.25] Albireo (アルビレオ; Beta Cygni)
- [2004.07.28] Web of Night
- [2004.11.03] ignited (イグナイテッド)
- [2005.08.07] vestige (ヴェスティージ)
- [2008.06.11] resonance
- [2010.08.11] Naked arms / SWORD SUMMIT
- [2010.12.01] Save The One, Save The All
- [2011.06.22] FLAGS
- [2014.08.06] Tsuki Yabureru - Time to SMASH! (突キ破レル-Time to SMASH !; Break On Through)
- [2014.09.03] Phantom Pain
- [2015.08.05] DOUBLE-DEAL
- [2016.04.06] Committed RED / Inherit the Force (-インヘリット・ザ・フォース-)
- [2016.08.31] RAIMEI
- [2010.03.03] Lakers
- [2012.11.07] Burnin' X'mas (UNDER:COVER 2)
- [2013.08.07] Summer Blizzard
- [2013.11.06] HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS ~Get the Power~
- [2014.02.05] Count ZERO
- [2015.12.16] Inherit the Force (Digital Game Edit) (Inherit the Force -インヘリット・ザ・フォース-)
- [2016.07.08] RAIMEI TV Ver.
- [2013.04.26] Preserved Roses -Anime Version- (Preserved Roses -アニメバージョン-) (T.M.Revolution × Nana Mizuki) (Digital)
- [2013.05.15] Preserved Roses (T.M.Revolution × Nana Mizuki)
- [2013.10.01] Kakumei Dualism -Anime Version- (革命デュアリズム -アニメバージョン-) (Nana Mizuki × T.M.Revolution) (Digital)
- [2013.10.23] Kakumei Dualism (革命デュアリズム; Revolution Dualism) (Nana Mizuki × T.M.Revolution)
- [2014.02.12] Count ZERO / Runners high (T.M.Revolution / SCANDAL)
- [1996.12.01] LIVE REVOLUTION 1 "MAKES REVOLUTION"
- [1997.05.21] VIDEO restoration LEVEL→3
- [1997.08.01] LIVE REVOLUTION 1 "restoration LEVEL→3"
- [1998.03.01] VIDEO triple joker
- [2002.07.01] T.M.Revolution 0001
- [2002.07.01] T.M.Revolution DVD Series The Summary -summarize 1-
- [2002.07.01] T.M.Revolution DVD Series The Summary -summarize 2-
- [2002.07.01] T.M.Revolution DVD Series The Summary -summarize 3-
- [2002.07.01] T.M.Revolution DVD Series The Summary -summarize 4-
- [2002.12.04] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '02 B★E★S★T SPECIAL -SUMMER CRUSH 2002-
- [2003.11.19] SONIC WARP the Visual Fields
- [2005.03.24] T.M.Revolution SEVENTH HEAVEN T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '04
- [2006.06.21] 1000000000000
- [2007.04.18] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '06 -UNDER:COVER-
- [2012.09.19] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '12 -15th Anniversary FINAL-
- [2014.02.12] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '13 -UNDER:COVER 2-
- [2016.04.06] T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '15 -Strikes Back XI-
- [2017.05.16] 2020 -T.M.Revolution ALL TIME VISUAL COLLECTION-
Compilations / Other
- [1997.04.21] Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Original Soundtrack 3 (#13 HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~)
- [1998.03.03] Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan -THE BEST THEME COLLECTION- (#4 HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~)
- [1999.12.18] Rurouni Kenshin: Prenium Collection (Disc 1 #4 HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~)
- [2003.09.21] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK III (#29 INVOKE -TV opening version-)
- [2003.09.26] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED COMPLETE BEST (#1 INVOKE, #8 Meteor, #9 INVOKE <phase shift armoured version>)
- [2002.12.04] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK IV (#1 INVOKE -TV opening version-)
- [2005.07.27] a-nation '05 BEST HIT SUMMER (#14 Web of night -English version-)
- [2005.11.02] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY COMPLETE BEST (#1 ignited, #9 Meteor, #10 vestige)
- [2006.01.25] HIT STYLE (Disc 2 #9 ignited)
- [2006.02.15] Lif-E-Motions / TRF (Disc 2 #2 Silver and Gold dance -meets T.M.Revolution-)
- [2006.07.05] Summer (Disc 1 #9 HIGH PRESSURE)
- [2006.11.08] Fantastic Christmas (Disc 2 #6 Burnin' X'mas)
- [2007.01.24] Rock NIPPON Shouji Noriko Selection (#5 WHITE BREATH -MORE FREEZE MIX-)
- [2007.07.04] Hot Summer (Disc 1 #2 HOT LIMIT)
- [2007.12.05] Winter Song (Disc 1 #3 WHITE BREATH)
- [2008.03.26] 39 Anime×Music Collaboration '02-'07 (Disc 1: #1 INVOKE, #6 Meteor; Disc 2: #3 ignited, #9 vestige)
- [2008.03.26] J-Popper Densetsu -DJ Kazu in No.1 J-POP MIX- (#22 HIGH PRESSURE -J-POPPER MIX ver.-)
- [2008.07.09] Splash!! (#3 HOT LIMIT)
- [2009.02.18] J-Popper Densetsu 2 -DJ Kazu in WHAT's IN? 20th MIX- (#11 HOT LIMIT)
- [2009.02.25] J-POP DRIVING ~ NON-STOP MIX by DJ KEN-ICHIRO (#23 WHITE BREATH)
- [2009.04.22] THE BEST OF SOUL EATER (#1 resonance, #13 soul's crossing)
- [2009.07.01] BEST SUMMER (Disc 1 #2 HIGH PRESSURE)
- [2009.12.23] CDTV NO.1 HITS ~Age Uta~ (#4 WHITE BREATH)
- [2010.02.24] GUNDAM SONGS 145 (Disc 7 #1 INVOKE, #9 Meteor, #12 Zips; Disc 8 #1 ignited, #11 vestige)
- [2010.11.03] Sengoku BASARA GAME BEST (#1 crosswise, #8 Naked arms, #9 Naked arms English Ver.)
- [2010.11.03] Sengoku BASARA ANIME BEST (#6 SWORD SUMMIT)
- [2013.03.13] TRF TRIBUTE BEST ALBUM (#5 Silver & Gold dance)
- [2016.04.20] AOA - Ai wo Choudai feat. Nishikawa Takanori
- [2007.11.02] T.M.Revolution 2008 OFFICIAL CALENDAR
- [2008.11.08] T.M.Revolution 2009 OFFICIAL CALENDAR
- [2009.11.07] T.M.Revolution 2010 OFFICIAL CALENDAR
- [2011.11.05] T.M.Revolution 2012 OFFICIAL CALENDAR
- [2010.12.xx] MASSIVE 1 (Feature)
- [2011.02.xx] ARENA37 Degree March 2011 Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.03.xx] ARENA37 Degree April 2011 Issue (Feature)
- [2011.09.xx] ROCK STAR Vol.16 (Cover & Feature)
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