One of the best things about each new anime season is the vast amount of new anime music that comes with it. And with so many anime this season, there is a wealth of musical styles to enjoy.
So here are 10 of my favourite openings and endings — along with a few notes about why I enjoy each. Here's hoping you enjoy them as much as I do.
Anime: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Song: "Harumodoki" Artist: Nagi Yanagi Why I Love It This song has an addictive rhythm punctuated by an awesome piano line. I also love the still frames of the cast that are clearly pictures taken from within the universe of the show.
Anime: Gunslinger Stratos Song: "MIRAI" Artist: GARNiDELiA Why Do I Love It? This is a slow powerful ballad with an excellent soprano voice filled with emotion that takes the song to a higher level.
Anime: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Song: "Brave Shine" Artist: Aimer Why Do I Love It? Honestly, this opening could make it on a "must watch" list just for the amazing visuals alone. However, the music is just as good as — and serves to bolster — the animation with a constant vocal build to a musical climax.
Anime: Dragon Ball Z Kai Song: "Don't Let Me Down" Artist: Gacharic Spin Why Do I Love It? I don't think I should love this one. Nothing about it feels like it should be associated with Dragon Ball Z. However, when placed up against the still images of Goku's greatest Dragon Ball fights, it fits oddly well.
Anime: My Love Story Song: "Miraikei Answer" Artist: Trustrick Why Do I Love It? This is a song just oozing with cuteness — which makes it the absolutely perfect song for this, the cutest of romantic comedies.
Anime: Knights of Sidonia (Season 2) Song: "Kishi Shinkoukyoku" Artist: Angela Why Do I Love It? This is a strange song — but in a good way. On one hand, it has a techno-ish vibe. On the other, it has a militaristic chorus that feels ripped straight out of the classic space opera anime of the 70s and 80s.
Anime: Seraph of the End Song: "X.U." Artist: SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Gemie Why Do I Love It? What starts as little more than a bass line builds to a rocking chorus that proves to be my favourite of the season. As it was penned by the man behind the music of Kill La Kill, Attack on Titan, and Aldnoah.Zero, I am hardly surprised.
Anime: Blood Blockade Battlefront Song: "Hello, world!" Artist: Bump of Chicken Why Do I Love It? This is classic Bump of Chicken: It starts quietly with a speedy beat and works its way up to a massive crescendo with the singer's voice soaring with the melody.
Anime: Ninja Slayer: The Animation Song: "Back in Black" Artist: Boom Boom Satellites Why Do I Love It? This is just a good rock song — very different from the usual J-pop anime themes — and a welcome change. The animation and use of colours (specifically hot green) in the opening is likewise visually unique. It's too bad the anime itself doesn't live up to this opening.
Anime: Yamada-Kun and the 7 Witches Song: "Kuchizuka Diamond" Artist: Weaver Why Do I Love It? The orchestration of this song includes a drum set, a piano, and a strings section. The excellent male vocal line on the melody pulls it all together into quite a catchy tune. find him on Twitter @BiggestinJapan.