Every season brings us a massive new amount of anime theme songs. Here are 10 of the best from Q3 2015.
Anime: The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki)
Song: "One Light"
Why I Love It: The ethereal voices of these
two three singers and their use of counter-melodies makes this into a powerful pop ballad.
Anime: Durarara!! Song: "Day You Laugh" Artist: Toshiyuki Tononaga Why I Love It: There are two things I really like about this Durarara opening. The first is the powerful, emotion-filled male vocals. The second is how every opening has clips of past episodes that are relevant to the episode you are watching — something more than a little helpful when the number of main characters is now in the dozens.
Anime: Eagle Talon DO (Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume DO) Song: "WONDER ALONE" Artist: Glim Spanky Why I Love It: A decade here in Japan and I never knew there was such a thing as Japanese country music. I'm ok with this. (I'm also in love with the gravelly voice of the female singer.)
Anime: Fairy Tail Song: "NEVER-END TALE" Artist: Tatsuyuki Kobayashi and Konomi Suziki Why I Love It: I'm a sucker for pretty much any J-rock theme song that is a duet between male and female singers.
Anime: Gatchaman Crowds Song: "Insight" Artist: WHITE ASH Why I Love It: This is another strong J-rock track. But the coolest thing about this opening is the stop motion animation of the characters using life-size cardboard cut-outs in real world locations.
Anime: Gangsta. Song: "Renegade" Artist: STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION Why I Love It: One half J-rock with the male vocals, one part techno. What's not to like?
Anime: GATE Song: "GATE: Sore Wa Akatsuki No You Ni" Artist: Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets Why I Love It: This song's got a good, steady build-up to a strong chorus. And the way the visuals flash between the fantasy world and our real one is a nice touch.
Anime: God Eater Song: "Feed A" Artist: OLDCODEX Why I Love It: Here's the funny thing about this. I don't particularly like the verses but the chorus is so good I sometimes set this one to repeat for hours.
Anime: Overlord Song: "L.L.L." Artist: MYTH & ROID Why I Love It: This one not only has beautiful art and a good melody but also is a song plainly displaying the inner (yandere) feelings of Albedo. So the song is character building as much as anything else.
Anime: Shimoneta Song: "Inner Urge" Artist: Sumire Uesaka Why I Love It: Not gonna lie, I don't particularly like this song (though I don't really hate it either). However, no anime ending song has ever taught me how to make a sex toy before — not to mention doing so at Japan's most infamous pool. So for that alone, I figure it deserves to be on this list.