The same as my last Top 10 post, the criteria for these songs is they all have to be “original” ending songs. “Original” here meaning the songs were specifically made for the anime, and performed by voice actors who play characters in the anime. So for example, I really love The Devil is a Part-Timer‘s ending “Gekka” by nano.RIPE. However it doesn’t meet the “original” specification for the song, therefore it will not be included. I do plan on making a list for the opposite of these in the future, so stay tuned.
Also as with before these aren’t in any particular order, but I will say which one is my absolute favorite, so be on the lookout!
1. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun ED: Uraomote Fortune
To start this list, I chose the ED from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Both songs of this cute romantic comedy are phenomenal, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to put this song on my list. The song is just as cute as the character singing it, and serves as a great poppy ending to each episode. Performed by Ari Ozawa who plays Sakura Chiho.
2. Golden Time ED 1: Sweet ＆ Sweet CHERRY
Golden Time strikes again in another list, this time with its ending. This is probably my favorite track of the whole series, with it being a very soft and easy song to listen to. I also heard it back when I was just starting to learn Japanese, and a lot of the words were very easy to understand. So this made it a go to song when I wanted to practice on the go. I highly recommend Golden Time and all of its songs. This one is by Yui Horie, who plays Kaga Kouko.
3. Servant x Service ED: Hachimitsu Doki
If you are a fan of Working!! and its soundtrack, then look no further than Servant x Service. It is not only a great show, but the op and ed songs are great. The ed is just too good for me to not acknowledge on this list. There are actually three different versions of this ending, with each being in a slightly different key. I think my favorite is Lucy Amagami’s ed. However they all sound good, and are even better when mixed together. Performed each by the three female leads: Ai Kayano, Mai Nakahara, and Aki Toyosaki. They play Lucy (Rest Omitted) Yamagami, Saya Miyoshi, and Megumi Chihaya respectively.
4. Samurai Flamenco ED 2: Flight 23時(ji)
Samurai Flamenco is a show that is certainly a ride from start to finish, but maybe not in a good way. Regardless, I was really hooked on its tracks when I was watching this show about two and a half years ago. Both of its OPs as well as both of its EDs were tracks that I really enjoyed, so it was a tough pick choosing from the EDs for this list. But I decided to go with the second, simply because this one resonates with me a little more than the other. But they are both great, and should not be overlooked. This song is performed by Mineral Miracle Muse, the fictional Jpop group in Samurai Flamenco. The group’s members are Mari Maya, Mizuki Misawa, and Moe Morita, who are played by Haruka Tomatsu, M·A·O, and Erii Yamazaki respectively.
5. Nisekoi ED 2: Recover Decoration
Nisekoi is probably my favorite show to cite good music from, since there has yet to be a song released from it I haven’t liked. This goes from both seasons OPs and EDs, to even the background OSTs. They are all just so good to me, which made picking just one song from Nisekoi so challenging. I decided to go with my original favorite “Recover Decoration” by Kana Hanazawa. This song is just so perfect to me. Its seamless blend of a wide variety of instruments, from piano, acoustic guitar, drums, and even a slide whistle! It is all just blended so well, and the perfect accompaniment to Kana Hanazawa’s timid voice. Not only does this song rank in this “Top 10” list, but I would probably put it in my “Top 10” songs of all time. As an added bonus, (and you should expect no less from Shaft) the animation that goes along with this song is so beautiful.
6. Shimoneta ED: Inner Urge
A ridiculous song for a ridiculous anime. Also called A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist, Shimoneta is a vulgar comedy that is a must-see for any lewd humor fans. The ending song that accompanies it only further adds to the ridiculousness of it all, with clever plays on words to repetitious chanting “SOX” (the name of their “organization”). This song is not sung by any of the members of the cast, making it a unique pick for this list. However, as one would gather from the lyrics, it was made for the anime. I felt that, while it may not have been performed by a voice actor/actress from the show, it was just too hilarious to pass up. It is performed by Sumire Uesaka.
7. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ED: Everyday World
Also called Oregairu (much shorter than its full Japanese name) this show is definitely on my list of best rom-coms. My favorite songs for both of this show’s seasons are the openings, but the endings are also definitely worth mentioning. It was a toss-up between the first and second seasons EDs, but I went with season two since it has sort of a cheerier vibe. Plus it is the more recent, and probably more recognizable of the two. It is performed by Saori Hayami and Nao Tōyama, who play Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama.
8. Sword Art Online ED 1: Yume Sekai
As with my last list, I decided to include a Sword Art Online. This one is from the first season this time. I recommend you give the full version a listen if you can, because the short minute and a half shown in the anime doesn’t do the song justice. Though it is very moving if watched after a dramatic episode. In the full length, there are even more powerful verses and choruses, as well as an awesome key change. A song definitely worth of this list. As with the SAO song from the previous list, this is performed by Haruka Tomatsu, who plays Asuna Yuuki
9. Toradora! ED 2: Orange
Toradora! makes another list, this time for its ending song. I Personally find this song to be the most moving, and even heart wrenching at times. By itself it is a great song, comparing oranges to love, stating that both are sweet and sour. But when the song is paired with dramatic moments in the show, or even the sequences at the end of the series itself, it is fantastic. I have yet to find a song/show combination that can move me to tears as quickly as this one. This song is performed by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie, who play Taiga, Ami, and Minori respectively.
10. The Comic Artist and his Assistants ED (Episode 12 only): Endless Panties
For the last song I would like to give acknowledgement to Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to‘s interesting choice of making a unique ending for its final episode. This ending caught me so off guard, and I was practically dying of laughter while hearing this song. “Endless Panties” sums up our MC Aito Yuuki’s pure-hearted love for panties. The lyrics are hilarious, but the singing is serious. This must have been quite the challenge, for I cannot keep a straight face when I sing this song. To make things even better, Aito’s voice actor is Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who is also famous for playing Kirito in Sword Art Online. So just imagining Kirito singing the song makes it even funnier.
So that concludes this list! I hoped you enjoyed it, and got a few new songs for your anime playlist, or maybe even learned of a new show or two! Let me know what you thought about my choices in the comments below, and what you would add to the list! I’ll be doing more “Top 10” lists in the future, so be sure to keep an eye out!