And here we (finally) are! After 80 songs before it we’re counting down the ANiUTa anime music streaming service’s top 20 Most Played songs of the first half of 2018! These are the serious business ones here! Let’s see how long it takes before Love Live! Sunshine!! appears and I start tearing my hair out in frustration!
#20 HAPPY PARTY TRAIN by Aquors, insert song of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season
The measure of how “big” a band has gotten–at least in the west can often be defined by how obnoxiously long their ‘official music video’ is, specifically the part before any music or singing takes place. It’s nearly 2 minutes before any music appears in this video… okay, maybe I shouldn’t be judging this song on stuff that isn’t even in the song but what else am I supposed to talk about?! It sounds like Aquors, and I’m absolutely not interested. HAPPY PARTY TRAIN? Please derail.
#19 Redo by Konomi Suzuki, OP1 of Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World From Zero
Yes! This is more like it! The beat is kind of obnoxiously repetitive but I just love the kind of raw energy this song has!
#18 Youkoso Japari Park e by Doubutsu Biscuits x PPP, OP of Kemono Friends
Memes, amirite? I’ve never had as much as an inkling to watch this (for some reason) strangely overhyped series and the stale visuals and kid show-esque song has done nothing to change my mind.
#17 Shikisai by Maaya Sakamoto, ED of Fate/Grand Order: First Order
I’ve still never delved in any way into the ‘Fate’ series, and not for any reason in particular mind you, just never really felt the need. This song doesn’t really do anything to change my mind, it’s okay but nothing special.
#16 Kimi ja Nakya Dame Mitai by Masayoshi Ooishi, OP of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
This song appeared at #56 earlier in this list, not sure why it’s showed up again… could be a mistake, could be a glitch or could be someone somewhere is trying desperately to make me watch Nozaki-kun… well it’s working!
#15 Walkure ga Tomaranai by Walkure, Theme Song of Macross Delta
I think this song appeared too… I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Hopefully the rest of the picks won’t be doubles.
#14 Fatima by Itou Kanako, OP of Steins;Gate 0
Compared to ‘Hacking to the Gate’ it’s not quite as much of an addictive earworm but what it is is a better song! It’s dark but it’s got this vague but tangible sense of hope highlighting it all. Also “There is no god, wonderful new world” is perhaps among my favourite ‘engrish’ lyrics in an OP!
#13 Ichido dake no Koi nara by Walkure, OP1 of Macross Delta
The Macross Delta songs continue to be a source of frustration because not only they are almost uniformly excellent but I don’t know whether I’ve already heard them before or what?! And also there’s no definitive playlist of all of them to easily find for the sake of this list. I swear I’ve already heard this song on this list before… (Patiently waits to be told of all the mistakes I’ve made).
#12 Sincerely by TRUE, OP of Violet Evergarden
This is the best thing that’s ever came out of the Violet Evergarden series #controversialopinion
#11 Ikenai Borderline by Walkure, ED1 of Macross Delta
The opening of this song is legitimately terrible, like someone’s put a Ricky Martin song through a child’s Casio keyboard. How is this song so high up the list, especially among the other stellar Walkure songs?! This is actually garbage! It’s the kind of song that’d come dead last in Eurovision were it not for the Eastern Bloc vote… what is that too specific a reference?
Turns out I had a shitty cover song, not the real thing so strike those comments from the record! Thankfully I have a Walkure/Macross expert in my comments helping me fix my (many) mistakes when it comes to this show as it is the single most troublesome series to find accurate YT versions of! This live version of the song is pretty damn kickin’, still not my favourite of their songs but I can understand now why it’s so high on the list!
#10 Iwanai kedo ne. by Yuiko Oohara, OP of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
This song immediately brings tears to my eyes, it’s just utterly gorgeous and fun and brimming with life and spirit! It’s not quite as good as it is with the accompanying OP visuals but it’s still a worthy entrant–even this high up in the numbers.
#9 FEELING AROUND by Minori Suzuki, OP of Miss Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
Imagine my surprise to see the OP from Miss Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles–the black sheep of the Winter 2018 anime season this high up the list! But my surprise is quickly vanquished as I remember how damn good this song is… never underestimate the power of noodles! Also, it’s worth mentioning that the rest of the song past the OP length 1:30 is just as consistently excellent as what came before, so you know, listen to the whole song, yeah?
#8 CLEAR by Maaya Sakamoto, OP1 of Cardcator Sakura: Clear Card
Cute. That’s all I have to say.
#7 Mirai no Bokura wa Shitteru yo by Aquors, OP1 of Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season
Much like I said about the first season OP, it’s perfectly serviceable… “good” even, but that’s what you’d expect from the OP of an idol show.
#6 Aozora no Rhaapsody by fhana, OP of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
I love this so damn much! But I think it’s because of my overwhelming love for the show that whatever actual opinion I may have had for the quality of the song in of itself has been obfuscated. But there’s no denying that chorus is utterly sublime. Even if I’ve talked negatively of this artist previously in this list (pretty sure I did) I’d never say a negative word against this groovy OP!
#5 NOISY LOVE POWER☆ by Ayaka Ohashi, OP of Magical Girl Ore
Huh… can’t say I expected to see this show’s OP song so high on this list… or on the list at all to be honest! Not that it’s not a tremendously fun song, it has ‘layers’ which I like–that is to say it changes up throughout–but I certainly wouldn’t have listened to it outside of the context of watching the show. Although I guess I can see the charm of it to have on at a party, or when exercising… neither of which I do, so yeah…
#4 Kokekara by Machico, OP of The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done!
Ohh~ I had mixed feelings about hearing this song again, on the one side it’s ab absolutely immaculate song and I love it… but this show… yikes! Really wish they hadn’t made the protagonist such an irredeemable dickbag (see my review for more on that)–but that’s not really what this list or this song is about is it? Fantastic song, and well deserving of being so high on the list!
#3 Walkure wa Uragiranai by Walkure, Theme & insert song of Macross Delta Movie: Gekijou no Walkure
It wouldn’t be a legitimate Top 5 of this list without another Walkure song appearing! And saved the best for last? Well not quite, but it’s damn near close! Everything about this song is just so good, musically, vocally… lyrically? I don’t speak Japanese so sure let’s just assume that too! But seriously, top quality stuff!
#2 SHINY DAYS by Asaka, OP of Yuru Camp
Even though the opening few bars of this song sound like a Jackson 5 song I still dig the lighthearted infectiousness of the beat. This song just makes me smile from ear-to-ear whenever I hear it!
#1 Backlight by Maaya Sakamoto, ED2 of Fate/Grand Order
So this took a bit of work finding… the original list had the song as being called “Gakkou” but I couldn’t find anything by that name belonging to either the artist or show/game in question. So I had to go back to the original Japanese post and copy/paste that into Youtube and I found this song which was apparently only uploaded 6 days ago… so I don’t even know if this is the right song?! Yay, what a totally confusing and anti-climatic way to end this absurdly long countdown list! Why anti-climatic? Well because if this is the most listened to song from the past few months all I have to say about it is, “eh, it’s okay”. Riveting content!
And there we have it! A short diversion that turned into nearly a week’s worth of content and many hours work! For those of you who’ve read all the way to the end, thank you and I hope you found some form of enjoyment out of these posts! And who knows, if they’re well enough received maybe I’ll do a continuing feature where I look at each week’s Top 10 songs on ANiUTa?! Thanks for reading!
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