Skip to main content

TOP TEN ANIME THEME SONGS

You Won’t See Me Coming”

Jean Jacques Brunel (Gankutsuou:The Count of Monte Cristo)

A dark but energetic techno tune with sinister vocals by former Stranglers bassist Jean-Jacques Brunel that foreshadows the many machinations of the mysterious Count.


Hikari To Kage O Dakishimeta Mama”

--Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)

I’m not too into magical-girls shows, but I love this song. It’s like a lost 70’s bubblegum hit you can’t get out of your head.


Tandem”

--HALCALI (Mr. Stain on Junk Alley)

Another song that really sticks in your ear, this hip-pop song with a Latin/Ska beat makes me want to dance every time I hear it.


Ready Steady Go”

--L'Arc-en-Ciel (Fullmetal Alchemist)

This anthemic pop-punk song perfectly represents the innocent but determined spirit of the show’s Elric Brothers.


Tank!”

--The Seatbelts (Cowboy Bebop)

A jazzy 60’s –style instrumental is perfect for this retro-futurist series that is full of references to 60s and 70’s Japanese and American television.


Guardian Angel”

--Juno Reactor (Texhnolyze)

A dark techno-industrial tune sets the mood for this dystopian science fiction anime.


Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen”

--Susumu Hirasawa (Paranoia Agent)

Off-beat electronica with unidentifiable World-Beat influences (Tibetan? Finnish? Bulgarian?) sets the stage for a thought-provoking anime.


Cruel Angel’s Thesis”

--Yoko Takahashi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

A techno number so upbeat it starts to sound sinister as the anime gets darker and darker.


Yakusoku”

--Akino Arai (Windaria)

An oldie but goodie, this yearning ballad perfectly conveys the tragedy of the anime’s star-crossed lovers. Not recommended for people with low 80’s pop tolerance (I can’t get enough, myself).


Cautionary Warning”

--John Sykes (Black Heaven)

A show about a former Metal guitarist whose music saves a whole planet needs a kick-ass opening tune like this one from former Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes.



Bonus worst anime theme song: “Stray”–Steve Conte (Wolf’s Rain)

The Wolf’s Rain soundtrack is by anime soundtrack goddess Yoko Kanno, who also did Cowboy Bebop, but this opening theme song just annoys me. It’s so mellow and middle-of-the-road, more for a dentist’s office or a romantic TV-movie on the Hallmark Channel than a dark and thoughtful science-fictional adventure. The first time I heard it, I was already tired of it.





Comments

JethSeux said…
Some fine selections, but I still think you should have included "That's My Lady" from Glgo 13!
Anonymous said…
The opening theme to Gankutsuou should be honourably mentioned for the WORST. If it wasn't bad enough, the horrible song actually gets worked into the plot, adding insult to injury. Also, a tune from the later episodes of HunterxHunter contests for the worst in my book. I didn't realise people could actually be paid for singing that much out of tune (with the exception of Jeremy Hardy).

Popular posts from this blog

STILL HATING ON MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS

Jason had an insightful post on newspapers in the Internet Age on his blog wherein he suggested we donate to keep the watchdogs of the press going. In an aside, he mentioned subscriptions for music: To be honest, it's the same thing with music downloads. I've been screaming for monthly subscriptions for years now, and they're still not here. (At least not on the scale of an iTunes or Amazon.) Of course, I had to respond. Jason: I'm sorry to hear you've been screaming for years--you must be very hoarse. I believe the service you're looking for is called Rhapsody . I don't know what counts as "the same scale", but they have ads on TV. I don't know why anyone would pay $12.99/month to rent music, though. I want to own my music, I don't want some company to be able to take my access away or jack up the price at a whim. Rhapsody's main market must be people who don't own much music, have a lot of electronic devices but no interest

TOP TEN LIPSYNCH FOR YOUR LIFE SONGS FOR A DRAG KING EQUIVALENT OF RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE

 The Advocate has suggested that the greatest (i.e. only good) reality show ever, Rupaul's Drag Race , have a drag king contestant.  That's fine, but it would be much more entertaining to have a whole drag king competition. One of the best parts of Drag Race is seeing all the different types of queens compete: beauty queens, funny queens, conceptual queens, androgynous queens, scary queens, singing and dancing queens.  I want to see punk kings, gangsta rap kings, cock-rocking metal kings, panty-dropping R & B kings, country kings, baggy-pants burlesque comic kings, and of course, Elvis. I picked out some songs that make me think of different aspects of masculinity:  swaggering men, heartbroken men, lustful men, romantic men, philosophical men, and suicidally depressed men (interesting fact: I can think of dozens of songs by men about suicide, but only one female one: "Gloomy Sunday". What's up with that?) "That's Life" - Frank Sinatra

IS OUR LONG OBJECTIVIST NIGHTMARE FINALLY OVER?

Now that the most powerful and influential Randian of our time has somewhat repudiated his views , can we put Objectivism into the dustbin of history along with Communism? I mean, just because you thought that scene of a rebel architect ravishing a socialite on the top of a tall building was hot when you were 20, should you base your whole political belief system on it? Two Girls Fat and Thin was good, though.