A collage of all most popular anime - image taken from: http://sites.psu.edu/aray17/
A collage of all most popular anime – image taken from: http://sites.psu.edu/aray17/

Since watching anime for about 2 and half to 3 years now, I have occasionally run into really great opening and ending anime tracks. At times, if the track is extremely great, I will download it and store it on my MP3 player πŸ™‚ . I have decided to compile a list of my favorite anime opening and ending tracks…all these are on my laptop and MP3 player…hope you will enjoy πŸ™‚

1. JAMIL – THE ROCK CITY BOY

All I can say about this track: EPIC to the power of n (“epic to the power of n” is just my expression to show when something is extremely good or bad). This track comes from Fairy Tail, and was introduced about midway into the anime (around the Edolas arc, if I remember correctly). I can NEVER get over this track, I know the lyrics to this one and I often sing along to this song! I can play this song on repeat, for hours, and it will still sound great!! The song has a Music video (PV VER)…I must say, it was great!! I enjoyed singing along to this.

Link to the song alone

2. NOBODYKNOWS – HERO’S COME BACK

If there is one thing I can say the anime did right, was to kick off Naruto Shippuuden with this kick-ass song!! I remember when I watched the first episode of Naruto Shippuuden, I was blown away with this song…in fact, I used to rewind episodes just to watch the opening video and song!! This track became my “Gateway Asian Music Track” – The first song that caught my attention, and got me trying out all sorts of Asian music (K-Pop, J-Pop, etc). I still need to try sing along to the song!! You can view the lyrics here.

3. MAY’N – ViViD

Another one of my favorites, this one just feels so energetic. This track is from Blood LadΒ – an anime which I enjoyed…wish the anime continued πŸ™ !! Hopefully the lyrics to this song will sink in my head, soon πŸ™‚ I watched the live performance of the video, I must say, it is amazing!! This track is just too awesome!! There is a short music video (which I wish was a full music video).

4. TOMMY HEAVENLY 6 – BLACK PAPER MOON

This one…pure amazing….an amazing track linked with an amazing anime – that being Soul Eater. There is the Japanese version out and the Russian version out..both sound amazing! Gonna be learning the lyrics to this one as soon as time avails itself to me πŸ™‚ Interestingly enough, there is a fan-made English version, which I have just listened to, and it is beautiful, does not lose the beauty of the original song. Black Paper Moon…definitely goes down in my books as one of the best songs I have listened to in my life!!

Apparently YouTube has taken down all the “great quality” versions of this song πŸ™ It’d be best to download and listen to the song πŸ™

5. NICO TOUCHES THE WALLS – NIWAKA AME NIMO MAKEZU

Great song! Great band!! When I heard this song, first time on Naruto Shippuuden, I fell in love with it! I downloaded the full mp3 track for this song, and it was even better!! I don’t know how to describe how perfect this song is, vocals..perfect, music…perfect, rythm…perfect, everything is just great!! I was shocked how a great song would come off Naruto Shippuuden (normally they don’t have such great opening songs, in my opinion…sorry, naruto fans). Lyrics have started sinking in, and I cannot wait for the day I perfect this song!!

Below is the live performance of the song πŸ™‚ Wish I could find a better quality πŸ™

6. MBLAQ – BABY U!

MBLAQ is a Korean Pop boy band, I have heard their other songs, really great. This epic song comes from Beelzebub. (an anime I wish continued, it was just so awesome!!). I think the “poppy”, fresh feel you get from the song, sort of attracted me to this one. Brilliant song, brilliant anime, just wish the anime continued!! Lyrics can be viewed here

7. LiSA – CROSSING FIELD

Just one thing that I need to mention, although a little off topic – I have gotten used to what other people refer to as “extremely high pitch singing”. This is another epic track, in fact, I think if one downloads the full track, you will appreciate it even more! This track was used in Sword Art Online, which is an epic anime, a must-watch anime if you ask me. Strangely enough, the lyrics for this one has started sinking in…not that I am complaining πŸ™‚

Below is the live performance of the song:

8. MILKY BUNNY – I WISH

Everybody Jump Up!! Everybody Hands Up!! Everybody Bump Up!! Goodness, I love this song…beautiful vocals, epic beat…all I could ask for from a song. This track was used in Fairy Tail, performed by Milky Bunny. The lyrics can be viewed here

9. SUKIMA SWITCH – GOLDEN TIME LOVER

This is one bad-ass song! Even the first time I heard this one, I enjoyed it because it gave me that “this is a bad-ass song” feeling πŸ™‚ The song was used in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood….an epic anime, very interesting anime if you ask me…things got interesting the moment more and more pieces of information were dropping. You can view the lyrics to the song here

10. NAMIE AMURO – FIGHT TOGETHER

What I really liked about this song was the perfect combination of the fresh, funky beat and lyrics. This track was used just at the right time, after the rather grim war….if you have not seen the war, go and watch it!! This track is among my One Piece favorites – We Are by Hiroshi Kitadani, Believe by Folder 5, Kaze Wo Sagashite by Yaguchi Mari and Straw Hats, and now, Wake Up by AAA.Β 

You can view the lyrics here

I thought I should add this one here, since it is a “One Piece Classic” πŸ™‚ Lyrics here