So I saw an interesting list come up on twitter and you should all know by now how much I love lists, and what’s more it was about Anime Music and I do love anime music too! Basically it’s a list of the top 100 most played anime songs for the first half of 2018 from a Japanese music streaming service called ‘ANiUTa’–I’m sure that probably stands for something obvious, I just don’t see it. And it’s a pretty interesting list, sure a lot of it is made up from songs from the Winter and Spring 2018 anime seasons but there’s also a few classic tunes in there as well as songs I’ve not heard of before (mostly because they’re from shows I don’t watch). Either way, I felt like talking about each of the songs on the list, not sure if this will make for ~interesting~ content but I wanted to talk about them and it was blog relevant so here we are! For those who are interested in the list but don’t care about my “commentary” the link to the list can be found by clicking here.
#100 Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu☆blooming by A3ders from A3! game
I remember seeing an A3! collaboration cafe for this mobile game when I was in Akihabara last October/November. This song is pretty adorable even though I’m usually not into cutesy Japanese boy bands, which this is heavily.
#99 Kyoukai no Kanata by Minori Chihara, OP of Kyoukai no Kanata
So this is from a Fall 2013 anime I’d never even heard of, damn good opening and just by looking at the visuals I’ve added this to my watch list. Don’t know if the show is any good but such is the power of a good OP!
#98 Kowareyasuki by Guilty Kiss from Love Live! Sunshine!!
I mean, I know this song probably doesn’t appear in the show? (Remember Love Live! Sunshine!! is on my list of Show’s I’ll Never Watch so my knowledge of this show is limited) But damn if this isn’t a cool and rockin’ song! But that’s usually the case with the rival bands, they always have more interesting songs–especially if they’re not the ‘main’ band but are a “darker” band like…
#97 Re:birth day by Roselia from the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game
Now this is more like it! I really enjoy the BanG Dream mobile game and Roselia is my favourite band of the 5 in the game. It’s got an Evanescence sound–which I guess is a compliment? (lol) But seriously, it’s just a cool sounding song!
#96 GALAXY HidE and SeeK by AZALEA from Love Live! Sunshine!!
I knew there’d be a lot of Love Live! music (and Idol music in general) going into this list but here we are 3 in a row! (Don’t worry I’ve looked ahead and there’s not as much as you might think). This song is okay, but nothing special. Good driving beat but a little generic.
#95 Koi wa Chaos no Shimobenari by Ushiro kara Haiyori-tai G, OP of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
Here’s another anime from a few years ago that I hadn’t heard of but I guess there’s a song that’s stuck in people’s heads! I mean it’s pretty catchy, but I don’t think I’d rank it so highly that I’d be listening to it enough to rank in a Top 100 all these years later. I linked to the OP length song because I’ve already realised this is going to be a ridiculously long undertaking to listen to 100 songs! Also it gets a sense of the show it’s from which is almost as interesting too!
#94 Be The One by PANDORA feat. Beverly, Theme Song of Kamen Rider Build
This song sounds like it could be an actual pop hit on the charts (or maybe a Eurovision song–hardly much difference). I kind of dislike this song a lot but I can see why it’s popular. Also this looks like it’s from a Live Action series (albeit probably based on anime) so isn’t that cheating? Oh well…
#93 Even… if by Tamaru Yamada, OP of Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
If I recall this song narrowly missed out on being in my Top 10 OP’s of Spring 2018 list, I don’t regret that decision–it’s good, very good. But nothing special.
#92 Ai Uta by Rie Takahashi, ED6 of Karaki Jouzu no Takagi-san
Takagi-san had a lot of interesting ED songs, most from long before either of the characters in the show were even born (there were some ED songs from the early 90’s) but it’s hard to deny the charms of a song sung by Takagi-san herself! It’s so cute, but more than that it’s actually got a damn good sounding chorus–ironically enough bit of a 90’s indie-pop vibe to it!
#91 Bokura no Senjou by Walkure, insert song of Macross Delta
It was hard to find out if this was the right song, there’s a lot of different versions, plus most if not all have voices and sound effects from the episode–which I guess happens when dealing with insert songs. Either way, it’s pretty good–still a bit annoying with all the other voices and sound effects competing for attention.
#90 Changing point by I☆ris, OP of Mahou Shoujo Site
Despite whatever my opinion on this show is *ahem*, it’s still a damn good song. Enough for it to rank in my Top 10 OP’s of Spring 2018! A great song is just a great song, regardless of where it comes from!
#89 Fubuki by Shiena Nishizawa, ED2 of Kantai Collection: KanColle
Here’s a show I see absolutely everywhere when searching Mandarake for anime merchandise, despite this I’ve never bothered to even seek out what the show’s about let alone watch it. Pretty good song, very bombastic and grand, doesn’t change the fact I’ll probably never get around to watching the show though…
#88 Caste Room by ZAQ, OP of Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (TV)
I’m surprised this song is still ranking as high as it is, I heard it twelve times while watching all 12 episodes of Classroom of the Elite and that was enough for me for a life time. It’s not a bad song at all it just kind of exists, the chorus is fun and funky but I don’t know, just nothing really remarkable about it (sorry!).
#87 Ugoku, Ugoku by Inori Minase and Yukira Kubo, OP of Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
It’s been said that some anime OP’s are only good to listen to while watching it with the episode, I’d make the argument that this is one of those. It’s still a fun song but without the context of the show and to some extent the OP visuals it doesn’t have the same impact. FYI Girl’s Last Tour is a great show.
#86 Cagayake! GIRLS by Sakurakou Keion-bu OP of K-On!
K-On! will always be the king of the music anime genre. And that’s not even nostalgia talking, I came late to the K-On! party heck, I watched it after I watched Love Live! So how is it so good? It’s just science… there’s simply no disputing the power of K-On! Like holy heck this is such a good song, here’s the full version for your listening pleasure… no 90 second version here, no sir!
#85 Hametsu no Junjou by Walkure, ED5 of Macross Delta
Why is it so hard to find ‘clean’ (aka without voice acting and sound effect) versions of these songs? I can’t even tell if this is a good song, there’s way too much going on. Let’s just go with ~maybe~ and leave it at that…
#84 Suki no Skill by Wake Up, Girls! ED of Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
Here’s a show I probably should have watched when it aired, it’s all about my ~aesthetic~ whatever that means. Also for those keeping track this song ranked as my #1 best ED of Winter 2018, so that’s got to count for something yeah?
#83 Dancing by YouthK Saeki, OP2 of Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line
Trust anime to make a sport as dull as cycling look not only cool but sexy. And I’m not even into sweaty sport boys. Great song too, I’m all hyped up to go cycling now and I don’t even own a bike!
#82 Make Debut! by Special Week (Azumi Waki), Silence Suzuka (Marika Kouno), Toukai Teio (Machico), Vodka (Ayaka Ohashi), Daiwa Scarlet (Chise Kimura), Sold Ship (Hitomi Ueda), Mejiro McQueen (Saori Oonishi) from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby!
No one can deny the power of these horse girls, nobody! But seriously this song is so damn catchy, I’m glad the people of Japan (and whoever else is responsible for this last have such great taste). P.S. only video I could find for the OP has the Ending Song attached too, so enjoy that!
#81 Don’t say ‘lazy’ by Sakurakou Keion-bu, ED of K-On!
What did I say about the power of K-On!? Don’t underestimate it! At first I was like, “this is one of their best songs, this should be in the Top 20” but then I realised, K-On! is a 9 year old anime! (That’s 2009 for people reading this who aren’t in the year 2018) That’s a damn impressive feat for so many people to be listening to this after all these years! Also Mio is a better lead singer than Yui–just deal with it!
Well this is going to take a lot longer than I initially thought, guess I’ll split it up into parts. If you liked this, please let me know as it was a lot of work and I’d like to hear your feedback! You can find part two here!
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