I love Anime Songs- I have a playlist I use exclusively for when I am sitting in my office at work; going through the daily grind. Sure, I get some funny looks but stuff them; they don’t know what they are missing out on. This season had some damn good music- the openings in particular and here are my top 10. Music taste is highly subjective so you may completely disagree with me but read, watch and enjoy! Please note that due to copyright and the like I am obliged to mention that I do not own any of the videos below.
Honorable Mention Infini-T Force
While the show isn’t that great, the OP is and would have been in my top 10 if I could find a clip on Youtube. Which I cannot. If you can find it though, I would implore you to listen as it is the perfect upbeat tune for a hero show.
10. Himouto Umaru Chan Season 2
Upbeat song with all the randomness of the show and more. The OP animation captures all the fun of the show and mashed together with a hyper-fast song is a match made in heaven.
9. Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau
Yes, the show itself has not aired in the UK yet and we’ll have to wait until Netflix pulls its finger out to do that but due to the wonders of the internet you can listen to the OP (I can’t for the life of me find a TV version so you will have to make do with the full version). The song oozes sadness and if the impressions I have read online are anything to go by, the SukaSuka vibes this show emits are not going to be exactly up my alley but the OP is seemingly fitting nonetheless. The song is superb though- taking you on a journey and the chorus kicks things up another level. Have listened to this a lot and will keep doing so until I can watch the damn show at least.
8. 3-Gatsu No Lion Season 2 (OP 1)
Just like Season 1 before it, the second season of this shogi tale has a wonderful opening number- that almost tells a story of its own along with the opening animation. While the high pitched voice of the singer may grate on some, I think it is the perfect fit for the song and for the tone of the show- I mean, I like Nickelback but I wouldn’t want them singing this. The song is superb, fits the tone and will be on I listen to for a long time to come.
7. Anime Gataris
An upbeat opening song with a kick-ass chorus but more importantly- a DJ Cat make this enjoyable to see.
6. Two Car
A show about sidecar racing needs an opening song that gets you in that racing mood and this song fits the bill. The vocals are crisp and the drum and bass style accompaniment keeps the tension high. A great song for a show that never really shone.
5. Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10cm Datta
A show that started late in the season- this Honeyworks (weird to say adaption but…) adaption is really great to watch and a show that quite literally comes from music should have an excellent selection of music and the OP delivers in spades. Fits the tone and is damn catchy.
4. Love Live Sunshine Season 2
Whilst Sunshine still cannot match the original series for me in terms of story, even I can’t deny that Aquours music is far more catchy than Muse’s on the whole. This OP is typical idol fare and every second is enjoyable. A wonderful song for a splendid show.
3. Boruto ( Opening 2)
The fact that my favourite Japanese band sang this opening may be colouring my opinion, but this opening song is downright superb. I mean, I know all the words. The song is catchy and I find myself singing it almost everyday- in most other seasons, this would be number 1.
2. Monster Hunter Ride On
Yes, this is a kids show based on the popular Monster Hunter franchise and the show itself is nothing to write home about. But the OP. Ahhh… the OP. It is such a good song. It is a shame that Crunchyroll hasn’t renewed this past the initial 48 episode run so it may be sometimes before anyone sees the show. But listen to the OP if you can find it and you won’t be disappointed.
*OP deleted from Youtube and unable to find proper replacement*
1. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
The greatest thing I have seen in a long time. Best Opening of the season- because it has the full package- a catchy song that fits the shows tone with a OP animation that makes me smile There’s even a dab for god sake.
This rounds up a top quality list- with every Opening song on the list scoring 8 or higher in my book. The top 3 songs were tied on 10 but Shoujo nicked it due to the excellent animation to go along with the song- the full package so to speak. As I am by no means a music expert ( you should see me try and do chopsticks on the piano…)- tell me why I am wrong and what you would choose.