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dirby
Sep 21, 2004


This is a thread where people can share anime songs they like, discuss artists who make music for anime, link covers of anime songs, etc. I'll keep this OP mostly reserved for general resources.
And remember, an anime doesn't have to be good to have good music.

Past/Related threads:

The Doujin Music Thread is still open.

Closed threads like this one include:

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dirby
Sep 21, 2004


To kick this thread off, I want to talk about Lia. She is a singer who has been doing work for 20 years, and her voice was sampled to make the vocaloid "IA". In the world of anime, she's most famous for her work on projects by the visual novel studio Key, and I think her songs fit the bittersweet mood Key projects tend to have.

鳥の詩 / Tori no Uta / "Bird's Poem" was the opening to the 2000 Key game and 2005 anime "Air":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtJnix-9niI

"Tori no Uta [the speed freak's noise rave remix]" by DJ Sharpnel is a song sampling Tori no Uta which got popular in its own right:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anAH4CjJu8I

"My Soul, Your Beats!" was the opening to the 2010 Key anime "Angel Beats!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIFV8UUs1-c

"days" is the ending to 2014 anime Mekakucity Actors (which started as a series of vocaloid songs using IA):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sPDPr3S7Zg

"Bravely You" was the opening to 2015 Key anime "Charlotte"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhRsyIGN-cA

dirby fucked around with this message at 13:11 on Jun 13, 2021

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007

I think I died and woke up in L.A.,
I don't know how I wound up in this place...



First anime game soundtrack I ever bought. The game was kind of a letdown, but I never get tired of 90s/early 2000s vocal openings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bHgx8qIQ6s

And probably my favorite opening of any show; it really gets you in that D&D fantasy mood for kicking rear end and throwing fireballs, and that jump into the chorus just makes me go, "gently caress yeah!" every time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZKXtk3C3-4

Mister Facetious fucked around with this message at 02:35 on Jun 13, 2021

FilthyImp
Sep 30, 2002

Nope



Open Your Heart is pro-tier.

I'm fond of Cyberteam in Akihabara because there's something just so weird about it sounding like a perfect 80s-90s OVA thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZoyVob2ayA

RahXephon was ambitious and a mess but drat if the music wasn't banging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t1_35xiub4

Saber Marionette was graced by Hayashibara
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrLy3-6OleY

Dumbells anime had a loving banging op that belongs in any workout set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04HIJVUoU5E


But we all know the best of all the drat OPs, the undisputed winner is UTENA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyPv7QyuZl0

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007

I think I died and woke up in L.A.,
I don't know how I wound up in this place...



Onegai Muscle is good. Been liking a lot of tracks from slice of life stuff lately.

UTENA

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJpHU--A--8

Julias
Jun 24, 2012



My favorite anime OST goes to Welcome to the NHK Pearl Kyoudai really knocked it out of the park, making something that really captures both the feeling of melancholy that comes with depression and isolation, as well as nostalgia for time long past. Not to mention it's bolstered by the great OP "Puzzle" by Round Table ft. Nino, and Makino Yui.

Some of the standout songs for me are:

"Puzzle"
"Gosui ni Tarasu Tsuri Ito"
"Kagerou Ressha"
"Hiyori no Tame no Lullaby"
"Tensei wa Namida to Tsubasa wo Otosu"
"Atashi Datte Onaji Koto Omotteru yo"
"Modokashii Sekai no Ue de"
"Kyou wa Yuuhi Yarou"
"Natsu no Nichi ni Youkoso"
"Ashita wa Tabun Daijoubu"
"Odoru Akachan Ningen"
"Youkoso! Hitori Bocchi"

Wark Say
Feb 22, 2013

Zofia Today
Alm: Human Disaster


These are some of the OP/ED's/inserts I'm most fond of.

The Latin-American cover of Baad's "I want to scream "I love you!"" for Slam Dunk will always hold a special place in my heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaakVS4QNb8

Same goes for the Ending of Dragon Quest - Dai's Big Adventure aka Las Aventuras de Fly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1U_PdiMAko

And, of course, the first song I actually translated for my Japanese class back in 2002:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf9WsYemx6k

FilthyImp
Sep 30, 2002

Nope



Special shout-outs to god-tier musics:

Serial Experiments Lain is loving unreal in blu-ray quality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5kUmni5Dk


And Macross, somehow, blows it out of the water every now and then
Voices has amazing drums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPnWdR6Q_g0

Aimo is just ethereal nice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHpt2qikj1I



And just short of amazing is Smile Bomb from YuuYuu Hakusho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzTIoFvHDvA

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2CiX6ArmsQ

Yoko Kanno is cheating I guess:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9Ee6PJvek4

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007

I think I died and woke up in L.A.,
I don't know how I wound up in this place...



This show just really hits it out of the park for me on every level, and this track is so beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M19QFYE20Hk

Also good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKU4mJtecNc

Mister Facetious fucked around with this message at 21:23 on Jun 13, 2021

dirby
Sep 21, 2004


Mister Facetious posted:

And probably my favorite opening of any show; it really gets you in that D&D fantasy mood for kicking rear end and throwing fireballs, and that jump into the chorus just makes me go, "gently caress yeah!" every time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZKXtk3C3-4

They're close, but I think I like the opening to the original Slayers, "Get Along", a little more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7e3hjvcXWM

Both are sung (at least in part) by Megumi Hayashibara (林原 めぐみ), who was one of the most famous anime voice actresses especially around the 90s: She was Lina from Slayers, Rei from Evangelion, female Ranma, Faye from Cowboy Bebop, Lucy from Macross Plus, etc. She still voices characters today (e.g. Shuichi Saihara from Danganronpa V3)

For anime songs, she also sang the upbeat opening to Love Hina:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXoUJ65veq4

More recently, she sang the jazzy second opening for Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1xxtP88exA

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003
Probation
Can't post for 26 days!


FilthyImp posted:

Special shout-outs to god-tier musics:

Serial Experiments Lain is loving unreal in blu-ray quality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5kUmni5Dk
boa had such a great vibe. the entire albums from that period are great all the way through. can't believe they didn't find more commercial success.

Oxxidation
Jul 22, 2007


oddtaxi's been my fixation for the last couple of months

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBxX1tz1p4Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfaQiVEYQ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTVcYuxibYA

Eliza
Feb 20, 2011



I'm occasionally playing AMQ, which will feed off of the watch lists of your choice: https://animemusicquiz.com/
You get a short section of a random show's intro or outro song, and you have to guess which show it is off that. It's nice to remind you of their music, and they have a terrifyingly wide selection available, even reaching back into the 60s on occasion.

Some evergreens:

Recovery of an MMO Junkie OP - Saturday Night Question
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln6NpxYb73k


Bokurano OP - Uninstall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oX8Ih9r4oI

Also my swedish friends tell me that the outro for the first season of Konosuba is just straight up a swedish folk song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhiU4IAZtug

blossommirage
Nov 7, 2012



https://youtu.be/SxF35sqikJU

This anime was pretty boring, but this ED is absolute heaven with headphones. Never see anyone talk about it, though.

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007

I think I died and woke up in L.A.,
I don't know how I wound up in this place...



blossommirage posted:

https://youtu.be/SxF35sqikJU

This anime was pretty boring, but this ED is absolute heaven with headphones. Never see anyone talk about it, though.

I never bounced off an anime harder than I did with that show. I tried four times to watch it and I just couldn't give a poo poo.

That song rocks though.

sinky
Feb 22, 2011





Slippery Tilde

blossommirage posted:

https://youtu.be/SxF35sqikJU

This anime was pretty boring, but this ED is absolute heaven with headphones. Never see anyone talk about it, though.

It's Momoiro Clover Z
I think I only watched the first few episodes



The anime about discount lunch has a great soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q_sgNbT4VQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGi9XZFX5i0

Brutal Garcon
Nov 2, 2014



Eliza posted:

I'm occasionally playing AMQ, which will feed off of the watch lists of your choice: https://animemusicquiz.com/
You get a short section of a random show's intro or outro song, and you have to guess which show it is off that. It's nice to remind you of their music, and they have a terrifyingly wide selection available, even reaching back into the 60s on occasion.

A good site for finding out that you don't remember EDs.

(Also it doesn't pause the countdown if the music has to buffer midway, which is a little unfair)

Nipponophile
Apr 8, 2009


For my money, one of the most criminally underrated original anime soundtracks is Heat Guy J.

You want to be a badass? Just have speakers blaring this everywhere you go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy4T9hNy0SU

Brutal Garcon
Nov 2, 2014



Something reminded me of the second Samurai Flamenco OP for some reason, so here you go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRqXdmPP54I

NikkolasKing
Apr 3, 2010





I would say this was one of my all time favorite anime OSTs, and it's for a pretty popular series, but you still don't hear much about it at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DkcSYfbUZ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM3tIbworcQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGt1cBtQU2U

This song in particular is really notable for how they used it as the "cliffhanger music" that they started playing a few seconds before the episode would end. Got me hyped for every upcoming episode.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97mrJKsghkE

I like a lot of anime music but just want to rep a forgotten classic.

NikkolasKing fucked around with this message at 03:37 on Jul 5, 2021

macabresca
Jan 26, 2019

I WANNA HUG


I'm watching Fushigi Yuugi now and yep, that ending intro is so rad

Linnaeus
Jan 2, 2013



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdBMpSweDD0

Ccs
Feb 25, 2011




I can’t think of Berserk without thinking of Susumu Hirasawa’s Forces.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI

The opening of the original Hellsing is incredibly cool. While the OVAs were a more faithful adaption, they dropped the ball on the music.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9KH-kpFKFU0&feature=youtu.be

The music in Fate UBW is one of the stronger aspects of the series.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5AfTGOdeDDg&feature=youtu.be

AlternateNu
May 5, 2005

"すやぁ~じゃなくて!"



The ultimate anime music fan-made content has always been the Niconico Douga Medley mixes. And while the Kumikyoku site shut down almost two years ago, the wiki is still up! And it has a torrent for all the NND medleys created (updated as of February this year). 300GB of Niconico goodness.

NikkolasKing
Apr 3, 2010





Ccs posted:

I can’t think of Berserk without thinking of Susumu Hirasawa’s Forces.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI

Same but also Guts' Theme
https://youtu.be/w1o4O2SfQ5g

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004

NANI?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C8u6KKv5BM

GorfZaplen
Jan 20, 2012



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2cYBxgr4qo

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003
Probation
Can't post for 26 days!


Ccs posted:

The opening of the original Hellsing is incredibly cool. While the OVAs were a more faithful adaption, they dropped the ball on the music.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9KH-kpFKFU0&feature=youtu.be
the entire Hellsing TV soundtrack rules all the way through. i have both discs in storage somewhere, long since ripped to flac. the OVAs should have used more of the TV soundtrack imho

in a total change of pace, Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee’s VA from Macross Frontier) put out a surprisingly good cover album for her 10th anniversary, and her rendition of Miki Imai’s “Rain-Kissed Bouquet” (op2 from Yarawa!) rocks.
i can’t find it on youtube but it’s on spotify.

the versions of Kimono Beat (insert song from “King of the Hill”) and Miki Matsubara’s Stay With Me (the song youtube autoplays after “Plastic Love”) also slap

bees x1000
Jun 11, 2020

OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN


Some HxH EDs not being on Spotify or anywhere convenient for purchasing is really annoying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKoD2CRr_KA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiMAAY3iOMk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDM3WwDThTA

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Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007

I think I died and woke up in L.A.,
I don't know how I wound up in this place...



I have no idea what they're saying, but I find this song to be catchy and energetic as Hell.

https://youtu.be/KVV5Hh2RHoA

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