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Top 10 Original Anime Ending Songs

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

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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

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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 KayanoMai 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)

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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 TomatsuM·A·O, and Erii Yamazaki respectively.

5. Nisekoi ED 2: Recover Decoration

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

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Top 10 Original Anime Opening Songs

I wanted to try to make this list a little different than other “Top 10 Anime Songs” lists, by being slightly more specific. So first of all, this list is ONLY the opening songs of a show. I will actually be making a list specifically for original ending songs next week. And what I mean by “original” in the title is that it is a song specifically commissioned for the anime, and sung by the voice actors of the characters in the show. So for example, while I absolutely love Durarara‘s season 1 second opening song “Complication” by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, it will not be included because the song was not specifically made for Durarara.

Also, let me note that these are in no particular order, since it is too difficult for me to decide which of these is the my favorite.

1. Toradora OP 1: Pre-Parade

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Toradora was one of the first anime I had ever watched, and definitely one of the first high school slice-of-life anime I have seen. So let me tell you, this song brings back fond memories of watching Toradora for the first time. I honestly didn’t like it at first, but now I can’t get enough of it, especially with just how well the lyrics fit with Taiga’s character. The song is performed by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie, who play Taiga, Ami, and Minori respectively.

2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OP 2: Super Driver

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This is the opening of the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which came out in 2009 when they re-released all of the episodes in chronological order. I have a soft spot for anime Ska themes, and that is exactly what this is. The animation that goes along with the song is also just so pretty. Performed by Haurhi’s voice actress Aya Hirano.

3. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanajou OP 1: Kimi ga Yume o Tsuretekita

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Also called The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, this is still to this day one of the only anime to ever make me cry. This anime just hits home very well, and so do its songs. This opening is one of my favorites for two reasons; the lyrics and the animation. The lyrics talk about chasing your dreams, which is what each of the characters living at Sakurasou try to do. And I mean just look how pretty that picture is. The animation for not only the opening and ending songs, but for the whole show are just fantastic. The song is performed by  Ai KayanoMariko Nakatsu, and Natsumi Takamori. They play Mashiro Shiina, Nanami Aoyama, and Misaki Kamiigusa, respectively.

4. Sword Art Online Season 2 OP 2: Courage

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Love Sword Art Online or hate it, you have got to admit it has some pretty great opening and ending songs. This song strikes me as a powerful, rock ballad type song whenever I hear it, and I just love it. The guitar just flows so seamlessly well with the vocals, making sure to be heard, but not overpowering. It is also sung by Asuna’s voice actress Haruka Tomatsu. She also does the first ending song in the first season of SAO, called “Yume Sekai.”

5. Bakemonogatari OP 4: Renai Circulation

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I think it is difficult to have a Top 10 anime songs list without considering any of the songs from the Monogatari series. Bakemonogatari is certainly no exception, especially having five different opening songs. I chose the fourth, “Renai Circulation” because not only is it sung by the lovely Kana Hanazawa, but it has also been remixed numerous times, making it a prominent meme in the anime community. I actually heard the Snoop Dogg “Weed Circulation” remix before ever hearing the actual song. Meme or not, this song is definitely deserving of a spot in this Top 10.

6. Working!! Season 2 OP: Coolish Walk

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You can’t think of Working!! without thinking of its cute and catchy openings. It was hard to choose which of the three other Working!! openings to use, but I think “Coolish Walk” stands out to me the most. This one has a good mix of an upbeat, excited chorus, mixed in with an almost relaxed, soothing verse right before the chorus. A sort of calm before the storm. I may have selected this as my favorite, but don’t let that stop you from listening to all of the openings and endings, because they are all fantastic! This song is performed by Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita and Eri Kitamura, who play Popura Taneshima, Mahiru Inami, and Yachiyo Todoroki respectively.

7. Deadman Wonderland OP: One Reason

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Deadman Wonderland is the show that got me back into watching anime about four years ago when a friend told me to watch it on the newly revived Toonami block. I was hooked right away to the show, and also the shows opening song “One Reason” by DWB (Deadman Wonder Band). It is just has such a catchy, hard rock hook that is impossible to not like. This is also a rare case where I prefer the cut 90 second version of the song, as opposed to the full version, because the 90 second version has subtle key changes that really show the songs power and potential.

This pick is sort of an exception to the rule that these songs have to be sung by the voice actors, since this song is not. However, the song was specifically made for the show, by a band created specifically for the show and it’s songs, so that is why I have decided to include it. I also find the song to be interesting, as it is entirely in English, even when though premiered in Japan. It isn’t often that shows do that, so it is definitely something worth noting.

8. B Gata H Kei OP: Oshiete A to Z

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Also called Yamada’s First Time, this anime has me in stitches everytime I watch it. The opening song is also just so hilariously perfect, everytime I listen to it with my friends we all sing “Kiss me baby” together. While I will admit the itself wouldn’t be that good as a standalone song, I think when paired with the anime and the animation, it is definitely one of my favorites. I thoroughly enjoy the random parts in the music video for it where Yamada plays the recorder, because it is never mentioned that she can play it at any point in the show, so it is just inserted in there for seemingly no reason. The song is performed by Yamada’s actress Yukari Tamura.

9. Golden Time OP 1: Golden Time 

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From the same creator of Toradora comes Golden Time, so it makes sense that I would enjoy the music from both of them as well. While I will say that the first ending is actually my favorite track from Golden Time, this opening is a close second. I feel that the opening song sets the tone for the episode, and this song does a good job of matching the first half of the show’s cheery atmosphere. Performed by the main character Kaga Koko’s voice actress Yui Horie (who you might remember from the Toradora song earlier).

10. Oreshura OP: Girlish Lover

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If you are into J-Pop girl groups like AKB48, this is a song for you. It is actually a song I used to listen to on my way to class in the mornings to wake me up, since it is a pretty up-beat song, and definitely effective at raising my mood when I heard it. I also dig the simple contrasting sounds between the really pop vocals in the verse, mixed with a guitar with pretty heavy distortion. While the guitar may be pretty quiet, it is the perfect addition to create a cute, catchy song. The song is performed by Yukari Tamura (you may have recognized her from B Gata H Kei earlier), Chinatsu AkasakiHisako Kanemoto and Ai Kayano. They play Masuzu Natsukawa, Chiwa Harusaki, Himeka Akishino, and Ai Fuyuumi respectively.
So that’s all! That was actually a lot harder than you might think, especially since there were a lot of songs that I thought fell into my “original” category, but actually didn’t. I also didn’t want to use two songs from the same anime, that way you could also discover some anime you may not have seen before. Each of the shows listed is also a show I highly recommend, so if you haven’t seen one, give a it a try!

Let me know what songs you would have put on this list in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow my blog, so you can find out what my Top 10 Original Endings next week!