Discussing the ANiUTa Top 100 Most Played Anime Songs (Part 4 of 5)

If you haven’t read parts one, two and three then maybe you oughta do so.. you know for context or whatever! Or not, either way is fine…

Here we are with Part 4 of ANiUTa’s Top 100 Most Played Anime Songs of the first half of 2018 and my super redundant but nonetheless entertaining “commentary” of it!

#40 LOVE MEN HOLIC by Shiena Nishizawa, ED of Ramen Daisuki Koizimi-san

Yes… YES! Justice for Koizumi! Here we have one of the most criminally shat upon series of Winter 2018… like seriously how is this show ranked so low, it’s not a masterpiece by any means but it’s just so consistently good and entertaining I can’t understand the negativity around it! Oh I’m supposed to be talking about the song? Yeah it’s pretty damn good. In fact it’s better as a ‘song’ than it is an ED, so yeah completely understand how it got this high on the list!

#39 Wagamama MIRROR HEART by Ayaka Ohashi, OP of Masaumune-kun no Revenge

Listening to this I was instantly transported back to Akihabara, there’s something very ~anime~ about this song and I haven’t even seen the show it’s from it’s just every bit of the composition and production just exudes “I am an anime song” and there’s something commendable and even endearing about that, at least for this shameless weeb…

#38 Kimagure Romantic by Rie Takahashi, ED of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

The start of the song is way too bombastic for what is ultimately just a sweet sounding song, little else to say about this other than I’m slowly falling in love with Rie Takahashi’s voice. “My sweet sweet darling”

#37 MY Mai☆TONIGHT by Aquors, insert song of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

I’m not going to spend this whole blog series shitting on Love Live! Sunshine!! Where’s the fun in that? This song is pretty good, that’s about all I have to say about it though…

#36 Yuuki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni! by Aquors, ED of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

Two songs in a row? Mate, you’re pushing your luck here… Again, resisting my urge to upchuck at their mere mention this song is fine… “fine”…

#35 Change!!!!! by Walkure, insert song of Macross Delta Movie: Gekihou No Walkure

Sad to say I’ve been defeated, I couldn’t find this song online! I’m sure it exists, just my searching skills are evidently not up to scratch!

#34 SAKURA SKIP by fourfolium, OP of NEW GAME!

One of my commenters said I was ‘incorrect’ by saying the second season NEW GAME!! OP was better and while I say it is indeed a close race, I personally think the song is weaker BUT the visual tie-in is much stronger. So as a whole OP (visuals and music) this one is better, but minus the visuals it’s not ~quite~ as good. Still an excellent song though!

#33 Awaken the power by Saint Aquors Snow, insert song of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

Here’s another song I couldn’t find an official online version of. Oh well! If you find one (and it’s accurate) link me to it, yeah?

#32 Watashi no Tame no Monogatari ~My Uncompleted Story~ by fhana, OP of Marchen Madchen

I used to think this song was pretty good, now it just gives me PTSD thinking about how badly f**ked the animation was in Episode 9, so bad that not only did I (and many others) give up on the show but it was pulled from airing til December 2018 (remember this was a 2017 anime!) I don’t know what to think anymore…

#31 ONENESS by Roselia, from the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game

Oh hi again Roselia, still rocking? Yup. Well keep up the great work!

#30 Lion by May’n and Megumi Nakajima, OP3 of Macross Frontier

Macross series anime songs delivering the goods again, like seriously how can one franchise have such a monopoly on quality songs?! I sense a conspiracy…

#29 God Knows… by Aya Hirano, insert song of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I mean… what do you want me to say? This is iconic in every sense of the word… this youtube video has 76 MILLION views! That speaks for itself doesn’t it?!

#28 Colors Power ni Omakasero! by Colors☆Slash, OP of Mitsuboshi Colors

My kawaii daughters! Mitsuboshi Colors just fills me with utter joy at the mere mention of its title, let alone this adorable, genki opening song! Musically it’s just sublime but being familiar with the characters and hearing each of the girls’ personalities in their vocals certainly adds a lot to the experience. Just go watch Mitsuboshi Colors already!

#27 adventure bleu by Maaya Uchida, OP of Takunomi.

Ehh~ it’s okay? But honestly kind of dull, actually it reminds me of a more low-key version of the Marchen Madchen OP… anyone else hear that?

#26 Aozora Jumping Heart by Aquors, OP of Love Live! Sunshine!!

I mean it’s the OP for an idol show, you’d hope it would be good and it is good, you’re just never going to find me raving about a Love Live! Sunshine!! song anytime soon… internal bias and all that… sorry!

#25 Furu Biyori by Eri Sasaki, ED of Yuru Camp

There’s a lot of recurring things I like to complain about when it comes to anime music, I often get annoyed at what I call ‘dull’ music–which this list already has a couple examples. That’s not to say I don’t like slow and peaceful music, like this absolutely gorgeous track, and I’d never heard the full version til now but I’m so glad I gave it a chance because it’s beautiful. It’s like the sweetest lullaby and I mean that in all the best ways.

#24 This Game by Konomi Suzuki, OP of No Game No Life

I always feel weird saying this but, this feels like a real song. That’s not an insult against other anime songs, it’s just there’s a certain level of polish and gravitas to the production that ~sometimes~ can be missing from other OP’s. I think this works better as a song than an OP because–also weird to say because I love No Game No Life, but this song doesn’t remind me of watching the show like listening to other OP’s after the fact do… Maybe it’s just been too long since I watched the show, perhaps time for a rewatch?

#23 Gimme! Revolution by Maaya Uchida, OP of Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu

I saw that this was Maaya Uchida again (whose #27 song I just proceeded to call “kind of dull”) and expected the worst. But wow, talk about unexpected energy! I mean it’s not like an amazing song or anything, it doesn’t do anything particularly special but it’s still a lot of fun!

#22 Otomodachi Film by Masayoshi Ooishi, OP of Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

I mean it’s at least ~different~ sounding, it’s pretty good just not really the kind of anime music I usually like to listen to recreationally, though the chorus is way better than the verses.

#31 WATER BLUE NEW WORLD by Aquors, insert song of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

It starts off sounding like a Disney song but then ends up being an Aquors song, imagine my disappointment. Sorry! I really have to stop picking on Love Live! Sunshine!!

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One comment

  1. I’m actually starting to wonder if there’s some sort of Lantis conspiracy that there are a lot of older songs, and a lot of Aquors and Sunshine! songs, but ZERO µ’s songs. Either they’re all in the top 10 or somehow they’re not on this list, which is a gigantic shame. But then when I was looking at the top J-pop songs from 2017, I was surprised from 100-15 there were no AKB48 songs in the list, lots of SKB48 and Nogizaka46 and other spinoff groups. Then the top 15 was like 2/3 AKB48…

    Sakura Skip is just so much cleaner and well organized, so it keeps that punch and verve. Step by Step UP is a typical “sequel” song where they say “we have to go bigger” and add more stuff on it and it gets just overwrought.

    My Mai Tonight is probably my favorite Aquors! song, and it has made me wonder what it might be about traditional Japanese instruments that makes it easy to play that associated 1-4-5 figure that always shows up.

    There’s something about Konomi Suzuki that kinda pushes me away, like her voice is TOO forthright and out there, she puts too much energy into her singing (and she does have a way of flailing about, er, “dancing” on stage that her fans love and I think is just, again, trying too hard).

    I like God Knows… I like Haruhi well enough. But man I dislike Haruhi fandom. It’s kind of died down in the last few years, but when I started watching anime, oh they were everywhere and insufferable about it.

    Lion is the second best song from Macross Frontier. Probably right about where it should be.

    Rie Takahashi really does have a nice singing voice, and she’s also very good at singing in character. The songs she sings as Megumin are really fun (the iso versions of the ED, and her character songs).

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