As the summer 2016 season comes to a close, let’s look at some of the best anime theme songs it had to offer.
Anime: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Song: “Usurashi Shinjuu”
Artist: Megumi Hayashibara
Why I Love It: This lounge singer-style jazz song is so unlike the vast majority of anime themes out there, I can’t help but love it.
Anime: Haruchika — Haruta & Chika
Song: “Niji wo Ametara”
Why I Love It: Upbeat songs with a mixture of male and female vocals are the best.
Anime: Dimension W
Artist: STEREO DRIVE FOUNDATION
Why I Love It: When even the main character of the anime can’t help but dance to this song, what chance do I have.
Anime: Fairy Tail (2014)
Song: “Ashita wo Narase”
Artist: Shishido Kavka
Why I Love It: Hard rock guitars and women singing in perfect harmony. ‘Nuff said.
Anime: Detective Conan
Artist: Inaba Koshi
Why I Love It: This song makes Detective Conan seem way more epic than the formulaic mystery it actually is.
Anime: Active Raid
Song: “Golden Life”
Artist: AKINO with bless4
Why I Love It: I’ve come to the realisation that I’m going to like every AKINO song I come across. Her belting soprano voice gets me every time.
Anime: Durarara!!x2 Ketsu
Song: “Steppin’ out”
Why I Love It: Not only is the song great, but the opening introduces all the important characters by name as well. Then it gives you a brief recap mid-song that reminds you of important moments from previous episodes that are vital to what you’re about to watch.
Artist: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Why I Love It: The tone of the song manages to capture both the everyday life nature of the show as well as the looming threat lying just beneath the surface.
Anime: Bubuki Buranki
Artist: MYTH & ROID
Why I Love It: Good use of female vocals, a hard guitar and autotune.
Song: “HOW CLOSE YOU ARE”
Artist: Miyano Mamoru
Why I Love It: This is a rather laid-back ballad offset with images of Ajin dying hauntingly in a beautiful art style.