Buckeye's Top 10 in 2010: 10 More Opening Theme Song Favorites
Posted 09-24-2010 at 12:09 AM by Buckeye
As I had indicated in my previous Top 10 with the ending theme songs, I said I would do a follow-up Top 10 with more of my favorite opening and ending theme songs. As a recap from the opening theme song blog in January, here is my top 10:
1. Resubmlimity by KOTOKO, opening to Kannazuki no Miko
2. Tori no Uta by Lia, opening to Air
3. Doubt and Trust by Access, opening 3 to D. Gray-Man
4. Eternal Blaze by Nana Mizuki, opening to Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
5. Red Fraction by MELL, opening to Black Lagoon
6. Pray by Tommy Heavenly6, opening 1 to Gintama
7. Give a Reason by Megumi Hayashibara, opening to Slayers Next
8. Get Over by Dream, opening 1 to Hikaru no Go
9. Hemisphere by Maaya Sakamoto, opening to RahXephon
10. Hit in the USA by Beat Crusaders, opening to BECK
There is just so much great anime music that limiting to just 10 is a great injustice. So I pick 10 more, and it includes some songs from opening theme songs for anime released since I wrote the initial blog. Once again, same rules apply where there are no repeats by the same artist or series (including the ones from the original top 10) in order to get a wide diversity of great music. They are in no particular order since this is an informal top 10.
Resonance by T.M. Revolution, opening 1 to Soul Eater
T.M. Revolution is such a great singer, and this is my favorite song from him. It is very upbeat and fits the image Soul Eater is supposed to evoke.
Uragiri no Yuyake by Theater Brooks, opening 1 to Durarara!!
Feels like that Duran Duran song that could not make it over to the R1 release of Speed Grapher. High energy and awesome, fitting in perfectly with the series.
Tank by Yoko Kanno, opening to Cowboy Bebop
Jazz at its finest, and this masterpiece is still one of the best songs to listen to in anime. Jazz songs are rare in anime, but this song is just one of the many things that make Yoko Kanno so great, and the Cowboy Bebop anime an epic anime title.
Period by Chemistry, opening 4 to Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
FMA has great theme songs all-around. Out of them, Period is by far my favorite. It's all about the adventure and that song adds a very nice touch to the series.
PSI-Missing by Mami Kawada, opening 1 to To Aru Majutsu no Index
Another one of I've Sound's artists that produces the best in trance music, Kawada has another great hit with this song. Begins with mystery, then follows through with exactly the type of material to expect in the anime.
Ichirin no Hana by High and Mighty Color, opening 3 to Bleach
Bleach has great music considering that I find that theme music for most long series have only a few good songs that I like with the rest being rather dull. But Bleach has far more great songs than the usual long series. And so, out of them, I like this the best, and it is very appropriate for the situation the story is in when this song is played.
Blazin' Beat by m.o.v.e., opening to Initial D: Second Stage
The DDR-style trance songs by m.o.v.e. are among my favorites and out of those composed for Initial D, this is my favorite opening of them all. It has the best of the upbeat style of song that I love.
Hikari no Yukue by Savage Genius, opening to El Cazador de la Bruja
Here is another song I really like because it is such a spitting image of the series it is the opening for. A song that is full of mysterious vibes is why I love this song.
Renai Circulation by Kana Hanazawa, opening 4 to Bakemonogatari
This song is quite famous for the dance associated with it, and the cute opening sequence to go with it of Nadeko. I first heard about this song when someone was performing the dance at an anime convention, and that is how I came to know about Nadeko. Out of all those openings with a lighthearted mood, I like this one the best.
Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis by Yoko Takashi, opening to Evangelion
To finish off this segment, I think of one of the first great anime pieces of work that I got to hear. This song is catchy and goes great with the animation.