As much as I want to give an excuse for my 3-week hiatus, it would only make things more complicated than it already is. So here’s something of a filler post about anime songs that I hope you people would find at least a bit interesting. Writer’s block FTW!
They say that what music you listen to reflects your personality. And I think this is a bit true now that I think about what sort of music I like. My taste in music carries over to what anime songs I like, too. I think you can get an idea of what I like in my music based on this top 10 list of anime songs that I never (and probably never will) remove from my playlist.
10. [True Tears] Reflectia – Eufonius (riya)
I have yet to finish True Tears, but I have to say that if there’s anything that this anime has managed to impress me with, it’s the OP, Reflectia. I’ve been a fan of Eufonius since I heard Clannad’s OP theme, Mag Mell. I like how they do their music. Their music feels so… magical (for the lack of a better word). Accompanied by the wonderful vocals of riya, Reflectia manages to get in my top 10, even though I don’t like the anime too much.
9. [Nichijou] Zzz (A Capella ver.) – Sayaka Sasaki
What I pay most attention to in a song is the vocals, more than anything else, so of course, A Capella songs almost always fall into my taste. A Capella anime songs are rare, and for this, Zzz is a winner in my book. Amazing singing accompanied by a great vocal melody in the background that adds to the dreamy atmosphere of the song. Isn’t Nichijou full of great stuff?
8. [Toaru Kagaku no Railgun] Only My Railgun – fripside
I find Only My Railgun as one of the most catchy anime songs for me. I still find myself humming to its tune every now and then. I find techno music a bit iffy, and Only My Railgun did give me that feeling when I first heard it, but heck, the song was catchy enough to get a place here.
7. [Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha] Innocent Starter – Nana Mizuki
This was really a hard choice for me to make; Innocent Starter had a very tough competition in my mind with another one of Nana Mizuki’s songs, Eternal Blaze. To be honest, I liked the vocals of Eternal Blaze better, but Innocent Starter was a lot better for me in terms of music composition, thus, getting its spot here in my top 10.
6. [Angel Beats!] My Soul, Your Beats! – Lia
My Soul, Your Beats! won me over as soon as I heard it in the trailer for the anime. Even though I was quite disappointed on how Angel Beats! turned out in the end, it did bring tears to my eyes, as well as impress me with some nice music. Lia’s vocals are really good in this song, and I simply love how they used the piano for the intro.
5. [Amagami SS] I Love – Azusa
I can’t really describe why I like this so much. Maybe it’s the slow melody and the relaxing atmosphere of the song.
4. [So-Ra-No-Wo-To] Hikari no Senritsu (The Melody of Lights) – Kalafina
Hikari no Senritsu is one of the best songs by Kalafina in my opinion. I just love how they combine a relaxing intro, followed by a really powerful chorus that Kalafina is known for, as well as Yuki Kajiura’s heavenly composition. I found myself singing along to this song as early as the third episode of So-Ra-No-Wo-To.
3. [CLANNAD After Story] Toki wo Kizamu Uta (A Song Engraved in Time) – Lia
This song is based on one of Key’s signature compositions for Clannad, Onaji Takami he (To the Same Heights), and is my favorite Clannad BGM. Toki wo Kizamu Uta surpassed the greatness of Onaji Takami he, and that’s saying something. This is also one of the songs to move me to tears especially after I realized how the song plays well into the events of Clannad After Story. It has this sad yet inspiring feel to it, and Lia’s singing is just… godly.
2. [Bakemonogatari] Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (The Story Unknown to You) – Supercell + Nagi
This is one of my favorite songs by Supercell. It’s not their best song in my opinion, but still, this song still manages to immerse me in its simple, albeit a little tragic, love story while the melody never fails to keep the energy up, making the song so much greater than it already is.
1. [K-On!, Evangelion 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Nichijou] Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Give Me Wings) – Original by Akai Tori
This song is a classic in every aspect. The original rendition of Tsubasa wo Kudasai was performed by Akai Tori back in 1971. The song became a classic piece which merited several English renditions. And of course, what K-On! fan would miss the Houkago Tea Time members’ band version? Or would any fan of hers forget Megumi Hayashibara’s song from that ominous Evangelion movie? Or how about the second Nichijou ending theme?
I was introduced to this marvelous piece of music by K-On!. I first heard the instrumental demo of the club to Yui. I was instantly in love with the melody even without the lyrics. Of course, when I heard the actual song, with its simple, inspiring lyrics, I knew that I was listening to a masterpiece.
I eventually found out the origins of the song and I was impressed even by the original performance by Akai Tori. This is perhaps one of my favorite songs of all time, Japanese or otherwise.
Those that didn’t make the Top 10 but are quite notable for me include: