I think it’s safe to say we’ve all seen an anime or two in our life. Even if you’re not a fan of them, chances are you can still name at least three. Take for instance some of the most popular from our childhood; Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon. Bam! Just like that we’re already on the same page here. Now if there’s one thing those three shows have in common it’s a theme song that grabs your attention and commits itself to memory whether you want it to or not. Well today we will take a look at 7 anime theme songs that have had that very same effect on me. As a quick heads up, all of the songs I mention are referring to the original Japanese versions. So make yourself comfortable and take a musical journey with me to discover or rediscover something beautiful.
7. Crimson Bow And Arrow by REVO from Attack ON Titan
Humanity is on it’s last leg struggling to survive within the walls that protect them from the Titans who roam the land. The only defense aside from the walls is the military, and more specifically the Survey Crops. From the second the theme song starts the viewer knows shit’s about to go down! It has a very dramatic, militaristic feel to it. As if it’s meant to ready the Survey Corps for battle right before a mission outside the walls. If I needed a battle cry and hype song to get me prepared for the fight of my life I couldn’t think of anything better to use.
6. Crossing Field by Lisa from Sword Art Online
In SAO the players are all too ready to try out the latest VR technology which stimulates all five senses via the brain and allows for the truest sense of immersion. However, returning to the real world proves to be quite the challenge. The show follows one players journey in his quest for freedom and love. The theme song for SAO does an amazing job of capturing the beauty of a fantasy world and longing to save a loved one as well as the intensity of a fight for freedom. I love this song. Maybe it’s the heavy bass guitar mixed with those soft piano keys or perhaps it’s the artist voice which starts so soft and feminine but then picks up into a gentle yell. I’m not really sure what it is but it works so well.
5. Monochrome No Kiss by Sid from Black Butler
Having a loyal servant at your side who is willing to protect and serve you until the bitter end has its perks. But it comes at a steep cost. Black Butler follows Ciel (a young boy whose family was murdered) and Sebastian (the boy’s Demon butler) as they solve crimes patiently waiting for the moment when Ciel can have his revenge. The theme song for this anime is an interesting mix of cultures musically. It starts out sounding like traditional Flamenco with the way the guitar is strum. As the artist starts to sing there becomes a subtle shift in the music and it turns into more of a soft rock vibe. I don’t know how to explain it but there is an elegance in the song that perfectly captures Sebastian’s character and relationship with his young master.
4. Shinjitsu No Uta by Do As Infinity from Inuyasha
Inuyasha has been one of my all time favorite anime for a long time. Nothing speaks to the tragic love triangle the main characters are locked into like the closing song from season 4. As soon as the song starts we’re met with the soft flowing voice of the lead singer. The whole song is light and soft then starts to slowly build into a magnificent climax. It reminds me of the act of falling in love itself. After watching Inuyasha struggle between his love for both Kikyo and Kagome while trying to fulfill his own desires for so long this song seems to fit the series perfectly.
3. Unravel by TK from Tokyo Ghoul
What could be worse than living in a world where flesh-eating monsters walk amongst us and have the ability to blend in with regular humans? One where you find yourself having to balance your life between both of those realities. Tokyo Ghoul follows one young man, Ken Kaneki, as he fights with himself to hold on to his humanity after fate has cruelly attempted to strip him of it. The shows theme song is literally the musical embodiment of Ken’s unwelcome struggles.
2. Take Off by 2pm from Blue Exorcist
If you had the power to kill Satan would you? Yeah probably….. But what if he was your father? What then Luke? Blue Exorcist presents this question to the character Rin. After the priest who raised him and his twin is murdered, Rin vows to kill Satan once and for all. While the underlying story is quite serious the show has a lot of light and humorous moments. Nothing highlights these better than the closing song from season 1. Its super light and fun and the animation is simply adorable. Plus it’s so damn catchy!
1. Flyers by Bradio from Death Parade
If you haven’t seen this one stop what you’re doing and make your way over to Crunchyroll asap. It’s one hell of a mind fuck and I don’t want to ruin it for you so this time we’ll skip the overview and head straight into the theme song. The song opens up with trumpets blazing in that song of the century kind of way. The tempo is upbeat and fun and the vocals are pitch perfect. It’s such a great party song I dare you to sit still when it plays. Even the characters can’t help but dance while it’s playing. I think one of the reasons I love this theme song aside from its musical appeal is the stark contrast it provides from the actual show.
Those are my favorite anime songs, did your favorites make the list? Let us know the songs you love in the comments or on our social media pages.