After Dark (Asian Kung-Fu Generation song)

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"After Dark"
After DarkCover.jpg
from the album World World World
Released November 7, 2007
Format CD single
Genre Indie Rock
Length 3:12
Label Ki/oon Records
Writer(s) Masafumi Gotō & Takahiro Yamada
Producer(s) Asian Kung-Fu Generation
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION singles chronology
"Aru Machi no Gunjō"
"After Dark"
"Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu"

"After Dark" (アフターダーク Afutā Dāku?) is a song by Japanese Indie rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. It was released as the second single of their fifth studio album, World World World, on November 7, 2007, nearly a whole year after the release of the album's lead single. The single debuted in the top ten on the Oricon charts and was selected to be used as the seventh opening theme of the anime series Bleach.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "After Dark" was directed by Tadashi Tsukagoshi.[2] The narrative video tells the surrealistic story of an ordinary young salaryman who wakes up one day to find wings sprouting out his back. At first, the man tries to hide them and continue going about his everyday life. However, as time goes on, the wings gradually grow larger and become increasingly harder to hide from his friends and co-workers. All the while, the scenes are intercut with a visual of AKG, expressing similar wings, playing the song in a giant birdcage.

While walking home one day, the man bears witness of a helpless window cleaner about to fall from a high-story building. The young man wishes to act, but hesitates due to the large crowd that has gathered around the scene. But when the cleaner begins to lose his grip, the young man throws off all hesitation, makes a dash towards him, spreads his wings, and soars to the rescue. At the same moment, the giant birdcage that had been holding AKG shatters to pieces.[3] The video went on to win Best Rock Video at SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards 08.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "After Dark" (アフターダーク Afutā Dāku?)
  2. "Yuigahama Kite" (由比ヶ浜カイト Yuigahama Kaito?)



Year Chart Peak
2007 Oricon 5


  1. ^ "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: "After Dark" (アフターダーク)". ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Official Website. Ki/oon Records Inc. 2007. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  (Japanese)
  2. ^ "SPACE SHOWER Music Video Search". SPACE SHOWER TV. SPACE SHOWER Networks Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  (Japanese)
  3. ^ PV Asian Kung-Fu Generation – After Dark (Bleach OP 7). Retrieved on 2008-10-25. (English)
  4. ^ "SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards 08: Rock Video". MVA08. SPACE SHOWER Networks Inc. 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 

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