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Favorite Anime Songs Part I: Openings and Endings

A great anime has a great opening and ending theme! The opening song fires you up about watching the episode, and a good end-theme makes you want to watch more. (Just one more episode tonight … please!!!) I am going to present a list of SOME of my favorite anime series opening themes and ending theses. This is not a list of my favorite all-time, and they are not ranked in order.  Some are the entire song.  They make great MP3s!  Also, for some of these I have included only the anime openings/endings as they are seen in the anime (some with credits, some without). I have also included “full versions” of some songs, especially when they are worthwhile. Thanks go to the original YouTubers for posting. Also, thanks to all their lawyers, the lawyers of the original artists, the YouTube lawyers, and any other lawyers who may become involved.

KINOS JOURNEY:  One of my all-time favorites. I never wanted it to end. The continuing story of a girl, her talking motorcycle, and not making any judgments. The opening is “All The Way” by Mikuni Shimokawa. The ending is “The Beautiful World” by Ai Maeda. I’ve included the full songs; both are hauntingly beautiful, just like the series.

CHOBITS: One of my favorite all-time series! “Let Me Be With You” was a great opening theme, and is on the great album “In April” by Round Table featuring Nino. There are actually two end themes. The first is the “Reason For Being”. What the hey, I am also including the Rie Tanaka music video “Ningyo Hime” for the second ending. Both end songs are great.

RUROUNI KENSHIN: Really takes me back. Is this the best anime series ever? The opening theme “Freckles” always fires me up. You can also find the English version on the YouTube links. The later seasons also had different openings and endings. The second ending was always my favorite. Enjoy the full song “Namida wa Shiite Iru” by Mayo Suzukaze.

STRAWBERRY PANIC: What can one say about this landmark series? Here is the full opening song “Shoujo Meiro De Tsukamaete” by Aki Misato. There were different end themes. It was a tough decision , so I went with the more colorful one. “Ichigo Tsumi Monogatan” by actresses Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: I’ve included this one for variety.  The anime was a great idea, but not fully pulled off.  It is very interesting to see that they were not afraid to use that ancient Buddhist symbol for this anime series. … and what was that cat drinking? I like the opening much better than the ending, but it is here for completeness sake.

BAMBOO BLADE: A very cute anime about a girl’s high school Kendo team. Often overlooked, it had great Jpop/disco opening and ending themes. (And I HATED disco!). I have included the “full versions” of “Bamboo Beat” and “Star Rise” here.

SAMURAI 7: I’ve saved the best for last. This is my answer when I am asked “What was your favorite anime?”. The opening and ending are both great. The opening is “Unlimited” by Aikawa Nanese. WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! It always energies me. The haunting end theme “Fuhen” is by Rin. So sad, but so beautiful.

NOW I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN!

It took varying lengths of time (four to sixteen years) for the starlight from this star cluster to reach my world.

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Comments on: "Favorite Anime Songs Part I: Openings and Endings" (6)

  1. Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai 7 are the two I’m immediately familiar with by song, but I recognize some of the other titles on there! Great post, nice to hear all that music again!

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  2. Well said! The chobits song sure brings back memories and Sobakasu (Freckles) is a karaoke classic! Do you know the Noir ending theme? It is one of my favourites. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbSpvzKD90U

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  3. I have to say, thank you for posting “All the Way”. As you know, I’m not one for J-pop, but the song just randomly started playing through my head last week. Sure, I listened to the song when this post came out and thought it was notable, but I didn’t think I’d make anything out of it (boy, doesn’t that sound familiar…).
    So much for that. I’ve been listening to the song all week.
    That is, until I decided to look up some of Shimokawa Mikuni’s other songs and found “Sore ga, Ai Deshou” / それが、愛でしょう, opening to the anime Full Metal Panic!. It’s an amazing song and I still haven’t gotten over it (partially because it makes Oku Hanako’s songs sound dull in comparison).

    shimokawa mikuni – sore ga ai deshou by photocopy1234567890 [YouTube]
    I hate the ending, though. It ruined my first few hearings of the song. Why would you end such a song like that?
    I’ve determined she’ll be another Laura Pausini for me: no more than 20 songs, if that.
    Oh, and if you were planning to post this song in a future post in the series, please excuse me.

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    • It is good. I was considering buying her whole album of anime related songs, then got off to other things.

      Who would end a song like that? Todd Rundgren … or he would use it as a transition to something cosmic.

      I did buy a copy of the “Kino’s Journey” series on DVD. You may like it, even if you do not watch much anime. It is a little different – and difficult. I have been thinking for weeks how to blog about the series if I could find the right words. The story of a girl, her talking motorcycle, and not making judgments. … and despite the Buddhist overtones, every once in a while the little lady has to solve things with a gun. I thought about buying the novel, even though I know it is in Japanese only.

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  4. Notice: Record Industry Weasels have removed the Samurai 7″ opening soundtrack song. Here is another link to the song. I bought the DVD, I should be able to do whatever I want.

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  5. Bamboo Blade and Samurai 7 are both quality shows with catchy OPs. I really need to make some time to rewatch them at some point in the future.

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