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" Artist: fhána Why I Love It: Upbeat songs with a mixture of male and female vocals are the best.
Anime: Dimension W Song: "Genesis" 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 Song: "Hane" 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" Artist: FLOW 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.
Anime: Erased Song: "Re:Re" 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 Song: "ANGER/ANGER" Artist: MYTH & ROID Why I Love It: Good use of female vocals, a hard guitar and autotune.
Anime: Ajin 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.