Discussing the ANiUTa Top 100 Most Played Anime Songs (Part 3 of 5)

If you haven’t read the previous two parts you can find part one here and part two here, please read them for context for this one, or don’t… whatever.

So turns out (some) of you really enjoy these posts of mine, well that’s a win-win for me because I enjoy making them! Let’s get on with my ‘commentary’ as we cover songs 60-41 of the ANiUTa Top 100 Most Played Anime songs of the first half of 2018!

#60 Absolute 5 by Walkure, Insert song of Macross Delta

So much Macross Delta on this list! Can’t deny I’m kinda, really intrigued about this show now. Song is pretty good too. Though ridiculously dramatic, who would have thought a song on this list would have an idol being shot mid song!

#59 Hello! My World!! by fhana, OP of Knight’s & Magic

I really don’t like the lead’s vocalist voice, so that pretty much informed my whole opinion of this song. No idea why it’s so high on the list…

#58 Tomorrow by Machico, OP of Konosuba! 2

This is an absolutely a case of the opening visuals absolutely making the song, not to say it’s not a good song in of itself but the visuals fit so perfectly it feels ridiculous to listen to this song without the accompanying imagery. Also, Konosuba is just the best you guys.

#57 OH MY Sugar Feeling!! by Ayana Taketatsu, OP of Dagashi Kashi 2

Dagashi Kashi is a super under appreciated series, in just every conceivable way. And there’s not really any better way to try and sell this show other than have them watch this high-energy super adorable song for the second season on loop until they crack! Also, Hotaru… nice oppai.

#56 Kimi ja Kakya Dame Mitai by Masayoshi Ooishi, OP of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

A lot of people (my irlwaifu included) absolutely love this show, I’ve not bothered to watch it but well heck and darn isn’t this song absolutely adorable. It’s ~different~ but in all the right ways!

#55 Walkure ga Tomaranai by Walkure, Theme song of Macross Delta

Yup, guess this show is being added to my watch list despite being exactly every genre of anime I give zero shits about. Such is the power of damn good music (and apparently this anime has an abundance of it)!

#54 Nesshoku Starmine by Roselia, ED of BanG Dream!: Asonjatta!

Oh hey look, it’s Roselia again, you remember them right? That band that’s better than pretty much every other idol band in existence! This list has made one thing abundantly clear to me, Roselia is a powerhouse group and are amazing and I want to marry them. Wonder if we’ll get some more Roselia songs on this list (spoiler alert: yes, lots because Japan has good taste).

#53 Miiro by AKINO with bless4, OP of Kantai Collection: KanColle

“WANKER!” Okay, I know they’re (probably) singing “wake up” in that opening line but I can only hear “wanker”… umm… sorry, stream of consciousness and all that. But wow, what a powerful and commanding song, it just grabs you by the, uh… okay my mind is officially stuck in the gutter.

#52 WONDERFUL STORIES by Aquors, insert song of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

I tried my hardest to give this song the benefit of the doubt, I really did. I mean for a second there I thought I almost liked it… but that was a brief and fleeting second, I really don’t see the appeal of Aquors (or this show) at all. Sorry Love Live! Sunshine!! fans, these girls are just creepy and uncomfortable to me… Oh and the song is pretty average too, sorry for a second there I thought we were just reviewing the girls…

#51 Seikan Hikou by Megumi Nakajima, character song of Macross Frontier

Finally! A song that’s not from Macross Delta! That show has way too many songs in this list! Oh… what’s this, this song is mediocre and drab… oh… can we have Walkure back please?!

#50 Here by JUNNA, OP1 of Mahoutsukai no Yome

Ah… The Ancient Magus Bride, a show I’ll (probably) never watch for ~reasons~, but I guess this song is okay? It’s got a distinct mediterranean/Latin American vibe which is fun(?) but I’m still not particularly inspired to watch this show from it… you tried song, you tried…

#49 Tokimeki Experience! by Poppin’ Party, OP of BanG Dream!

Hey look, it’s a BanG Dream song that’s not from the mobile game and is distinctly from the series! It’s a pretty great song, that build to the chorus is gosh darn irresistible. Why don’t more people like the BanG Dream anime? *sad face*

#48 LOUDER by Roselia from the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game

I used to be a big Babymetal fan–used to be–that was until I saw the light and discovered Roselia. Seriously, every new song I hear from this further cements them as one of my favourite bands, not just anime bands, but favourite bands fullstop! Such power and conviction! But it’s not like they could possibly top this, right?!

#47 BLACK SHOUT by Roselia from the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game

Oops, they did it again! Not to sound like a broken record but Roselia, man. Roselia. I didn’t use the live version because, well… need them sweet anime girls in my life!

#46 Maware! Setsugetsuka by Hitomi Harada, Ai Kayano, Yui Ogura, ED2 of Unbreakable Machine Doll

Seemingly an eternity I reviewed a show I thought was pretty crappy, it was called Unbreakable Machine Doll and pretty much did everything wrong… except as I pointed out in the review it’s Ending Song was absolutely flawless and among the best and most purely “genki” anime songs out there! And here we are however many years later and it’s still ranking among the most listened to anime songs of all time… Seems like someone knows how to pick quality anime songs! /gloat

#45 WiSH VOYAGE by iDOLiSH7, OP of iDOLiSH 7

Don’t know if you notice but this list seems pretty highly populated with female voices… not that I’m complaining, I love my sweet anime girl voices–they give me life but sometimes a bit of ‘boy voice’ doesn’t go astray… good song is basically what I’m saying! Just don’t expect me to make a habit of it, tch!

#44 Paradisius-Paradoxum by MYTH & ROID, OP2 of Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World From Zero

I did say I was going to just play OP length songs when available, but sometimes a song just begs to be listened to in its full, uncut length. Like this sexy, gritty, angsty beast. I love Re:Zero and it’s hard to deny apart of the reason is because of the great musical selection, also Rem… because Rem is best girl and don’t you forget it!

#43 Azalea by nano.RIPE, OP of Citrus

Don’t mess with Citrus! I don’t know what it is about this song… it’s kind of grungy, kind of rock, bit rebellious, bit seductive, bit sexy… it’s basically the anime in song form! I dig it, I dig it a lot fam! (Sorry I’ll never say “fam” again…)

#42 Hey-day Capriccio by Afterglow, from the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game

Hey look it’s a BanG Dream band that ins’t Roselia! Get out, I’m not interested… but seriously, this song is fine it’s just nothing special, you know? Sorry, Afterglow!

#41 Hacking to the Gate by Kanako Itou, OP of Steins;Gate

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Didn’t expect to hear/see one of the single best OP’s of all time on this list, I thought this was all just new memes and whatnot but then again why should I be surprised, the power of Steins;Gate transcends time and space! What world line are we in again?!

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I’m glad you’re all (hopefully) still enjoying this… whatever this is. Music, it makes the world go round…. Part 4 coming soon!


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11 comments

  1. #55 is the wrong video. The one you linked is the first OP of the series (Ichido dake no koi nara), which is a good but not great song (and will probably show up higher on the list). The real song is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfQUjNay2rE And it’s probably my favorite Walkure song, with that terrific breakdown and bridge through the solo with backing vocals, and then the live version from their 2nd Live is just wonderful, as Minori Suzuki just “blasts off” (as someone else described it) in the coda (it’s the part right before the fadeout in that link).

    fhana’s another group that’s an acquired taste (it’s kinda funny you don’t complain about Kimiko’s vocals for nano.RIPE, but do complain about Minori Chihara and towana in fhana). Some of their songs are super, like the OP for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid which I hope is still to come on the list. Others are kinda forgettable, like Knight’s & Magic, which was pretty forgettable also.

    I haven’t ever heard a Myth & Roid song I’d want to hear again. Just a messy pile of audio garbage, dumped layer on layer until it’s unlistenable mud.

    Roselia’s not really my style. I like a cleaner, more 80s, less goth-y style of metal, like Band Maid. If you like Roselia, you might give Aldious a try if you haven’t already.

    I’m not a fan of Ayana Taketatsu’s singing, to be honest. There’s a reason that Azusa never sang a song for Houkago Tea Time, and that’s because Ayana Taketatsu is just not a good singer. Does she get the job done? Yeah, mostly, but it’s never going to be “Hey, let’s have her sing instead of Youko Hikasa” or even Aki Toyosaki, who brings a life to songs that makes up for her Yui voice (she dials the affectation down a lot in Sphere’s songs).

    The version of Seikan Hikou you have linked is another cover. That one might be really really tough to find. Meg Nakajima does a pretty darn good job with it.

    And yeah, the Unbreakable Machine Doll ED is the only not-really-bad part of that show. And even the novelty of the song wears off rather fast.

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  2. I’m a huuuuugggeee Macross fan, and I have done a lot of posts on it over on my blog. While Macross Delta is a fun series, I would recommend starting with Macross Frontier first. Two reasons: It is much, much better than Macross Delta, and Macross Frontier served as a great starting point for people who are not really familiar with the Macross franchise. I did a post that gave an overview of all the Macross series to date if you are interested.
    But music is a very important part in every Macross series, no matter which one you watch 😊😊

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    1. I dunno if I’d make the same recommendation to someone who’s not really interested in the type of story that Macross tends to be, especially if the main hook getting him interested is Walkure’s music, and the same person states (in the same post) that he finds one of the major songs in Macross Frontier “mediocre and drab”. Plus, I would argue that you go for the one that interests you first, then if you liked it you go for the one some people might think is better (I don’t know that I’d agree that Frontier is clearly better than Delta, tho).

      My point would be “If you’re interested in Delta because of Walkure, then watch Delta.” I don’t think you need to have much in the way of background for the Macross universe for either one, and it’s still going to be confusing as heck if you try thinking about it, even if you HAVE watched Frontier. I know that trying to figure that out was part of Delta I didn’t really care for, until I just realized it doesn’t really matter and watched what was there in front of me, instead of trying to figure out who did what historically in-universe.

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      1. Erm…really did not mean to force something on anyone here. I was just stating my opinion on Macross in general. Having seen both shows, I liked the story in Macross Frontier better, than the one in Macross Delta. (Mainly because of the fact that Delta introduced an incredible amount of characters in a very short timeframe and it was at times hard to figure out who was who). But that’s just my opinion on the series, of course everyone is free to decide which series they like better 😊Macross Frontier served as a reboot for the series, and a great starting point for new viewers. When it’s only the music part of the show : arguably Delta has got the better music. (Although I still love the Aimo song which is so incredibly beautiful). In the end though: it all comes down to what one likes to watch. Sorry if caused any offense, really not my intention 😀😊

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      2. Oh no, I wasn’t offended. It’s really more that I personally think we as fans need to be careful about gatekeeping when someone shows an interest in something we like, and giving the impression that there’s a “right” way to enjoy things, and that other ways are the “wrong” way can be something that turns people off. Especially when it’s “Hey, before you get to this thing you’re interested in, you should watch 12 hours of a show that you haven’t ever been interested in before.” 🙂

        And I understand that might seem a bit fine line / hypocritical coming three comments after I talk about things I don’t like in the songs from the post. 🙂

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      3. Eh, it didn’t come across, but what I was trying to say was less that I thought you were explicitly gatekeeping, and more that someone reading it would take it that way.

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      4. I appreciate the amount of thought both of you are putting into this! It’d be a while before I decided where to start with this series anyway, lots to watch in the meantime!

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