I love anime music. Long before I even took my first Japanese class, I was rocking out to anime theme songs. And as we have 47 new anime this season, that means we also have 47 new openings and endings — and that's even without the new second half themes from last season's anime that are still on the air.
So below are some of my favourite opening and ending songs from the anime that are currently airing during the winter 2014 season in Japan.
Anime: Kill la Kill Song: ambiguous Artist: GARNiDELiA Why do I love it?:?: This music truly fits the animation and sets the mood for the absurd awesomeness that is Kill la Kill. In other words, it has an epic battle where the two rivals fight upon the bodies of hundreds of vanquished minions.
Anime: Witch Craft Works Song: Witch☆Activity Artist: KMM DAN Why do I love it?: There is just something hilarious about chibi evil witches singing an insanely cute and catchy song while being tortured in horrible ways.
Anime: Nobunagun Song: Respect for the Dead Man Artist: Pay money To my Pain Why do I love it?: The excellently stylised animation that introduces the cast is made all the better by music that gets you amped up for some serious giant monster slaying — and this is coming from a person who hates death growl singing.
Anime: Magical Warfare Song: Born to Be Artist: Nano Why do I love it?: This ending was clearly animated with the song in mind and has a chorus that I really enjoy. And what can I say? I have a thing for awesome altos.
Anime: Tonari No Seki-Kun Song: Set Them Free Artist: Akira Jimbo Why do I love it?: It's a big-band style song played on school supply percussion instruments — and watching Rumi start to rock out before catching herself makes this feel like a mini-episode of the show rather than just a song.
Anime: World Conquest Zvezda Plot Song: Be mine! Artist: Maaya Sakamoto Why do I love it?: Sometimes I just like some classic happy j-pop sung by one of anime music's greatest stars: Final Fantasy XIII's own Lightning, Maaya Sakamoto.
Anime: The Pilot's Love Song Song: azurite Artist: petit milady Why do I love it?: It's an adventurous song with a soaring melody perfect for an anime about flying and dog-fighting air battles.
Anime: Noragami Song: Goya no Machiawase Artist: Hello Sleepwalkers Why do I love It?: It's a good solid j-rock song with catchy vocals and a singer with a great sounding — but not overused — falsetto.
Anime: Wizard Barristers Song: JUSTITIA Artist: Lia Why do I Love It?: It's an exciting yet uplifting song set to some of the most beautiful animation this season.
Anime: Silver Spoon Song: Oto no Naru Ho e Artist: Goose house Why I love it?: It's a song you can't help but sing along with and its message matches the thematic arc of the series itself. Also, the beautiful water-colour art of the characters makes it an ending I love to watch every time.
So those are my favourite songs; but that begs one question: What are your favourite openings and endings for the anime currently airing this season?