Hey all. For the holiday, I am going go through a quick break down of the songs in anime that are just very awesome, but don’t get the love that maybe they should. These are some anime opening themes that are just so awesome that it is criminal they aren’t get the love they should … until now.
#5: Senkou Strings – 4th Opening to Saint Seiya Omega
We kick off this countdown with a fast paced, action packed opening. Senkou Strings starts off right away with the heavy guitar rifts and some beautiful animation of our two goddesses, Athena & Pallas, about to head into war … themselves. After that, we get more of the characters on both sides, featuring not only the main characters of the series, but the newer Gold Saints introduced here and the main characters of the ORIGINAL Saint Seiya series. It is a Saint Seiya fan’s & a shonen fan’s fondest dream with the high octane opening rising and rising and rising till the end and it ends on a hard note, featuring Athena with her saints. Pretty awesome by Cyntia. This show had not hit America, but this song definitely should.
4: Yowamushi no Honoo by Dirty Old Men (2nd Opening Theme to Yowamushi Pedal
Another song that pretty much gets you pumped, Dirty Old Men’s (I chuckle at the name of the band) Yowamushi na Honoo is full of energy that rises and rises throughout the opening. The beautiful bicycle themed anime brings out some wonderful animation that makes you want to take a bike on a journey.
With the raw energy from the guitar to the sound of drums, this theme will make you very excited to see the show. Yet, this is another show not to hit state side for a dub. It is available on Crunchyroll. And surprising to me, it is a sports anime. I am not usually into sports animes but this definitely fit among some of the best themes that just don’t get enough love. And while the show is now on its second season and fourth theme, this stands out to be the best of the show … thus far.
3: Give Me A Reason by Megumi Habayashi (Opening to Slayers Next)
So, let’s go on an adventure. Slayers has always been one of those titles that many fans know about but never reached the heights of popularity of other animes … like Bleach, Gundam or Dragonball Z. Yet, Give Me A Reason is by far, in my opinion, the best Slayers opening. It was so well liked, that it was used again during Slayers Evolution -R during the final battle.
This song captures not only the spirit of the characters and the season, it captures the theme of Slayers in general. It’s got a great beat. It starts off with an epic guitar. There is a nice fusion of pop with small touches of 80s keyboard. It’s rising beat with the drum throughout the song really gets you excited as the animation not only hints on the main story of the show but gives you a great display of Lina and the gang being who they are.
As much as the series gave this song love and we got a Funimation release of this franchise, the song didn’t get as much love from fans. Now is the time to change that! DRAGON SLAVE!!!
2: Tenshi no Yubikiri by Fukuda Mai (Opening to Kare Kano)
I am sure some of you are looking at this countdown and going what the frell while others are actually squealing with unbridled glee.This song is just amazing. Slice of life and romantic anime have never been something I watched before I saw the opening to Kare Kano … with this song playing.
The use of manga and just simple camera tricks along with good animation made the opening and interesting. The over all song itself is wonderful. The drums, tamberine, guitar and piano work in this poppy tune. Just the opening will definitely grab you musically. Then the use of multiple camera angles and the unfinished work actually adds mystique to the opening. As things change animation wise, the song just goes in. It is also weird by Fukuda Mai sounds a bit like Susan Hoffs from the Bangles. Together, they bring one heck of a great song together. And … it gets little to no love. I mean, serious. The show was dubbed but this opening … doesn’t get the love that the show does. And it should. It is just as good.
Yes … I watched Kare Kano.
1: Yotaka No Yume by Do As Infinity (Opening to Zoids Genesis)
I surprised you, right? I bet 95 percent of you reading this was not even thinking anything as close to this song. Or this anime, right? The other 5 person might have thought of something with this particular group, but certainly not this song.
Yotaka No Yume, which translates into Nighthawk’s Dream, was one of the last songs used by Do As Infinity in anime. Zoids Genesis was among the least popular of the franchise. It is actually a prelude to the original Zoids: Chaotic Century anime which was dubbed … but not Genesis. By the time Genesis hit Japan, Zoids was no longer a thing here in the United States.
This opening has some really stunning animation, solid CG work on the Zoids. It hints at the story and the cast. Yet, alongside that, you have Do As Infinity. This song, from the moment it came out to this very day, still makes me tear up towards the end of it. The songs starts off slow with a nice beat but then it gets rocking as it gets further in. As we get presented with the cast with their personal Zoid behind them, DAI’s lead vocalist, Tomiko Van, really signs her heart out in that portion of the song … and then the metal guitar hits to show the main antagonist and it is just pure heaven musically at that point.
This gem is definitely the most underrated opening because of the power of the song and so few who have watched Zoids Genesis. This is one of Do As Infinity’s best songs, in my opinion. The fact that I start tearing up when I see all the Zoid pilots with their Zords just because of the song in the opening … that speaks volumes. Take a good listen to the entire song and you will find that it should be right up their with their other works from Inuyasha.
And that is the countdown. Obviously, these were more my picks but I am sure you have your own. Feel free to comment on these songs and other under appreciated anime music below. Happy Holidays all.