The 12 Best Anime Songs of 2021 | Music

Please don’t tell me that I’ve been the just one holed up in my room binge-watching shoujo rom-coms since COVID-19? More specifically, have you furthermore may been rolled up in a blanket or basking under your AC, crushing on 2D men, wondering why the ending song doesn’t slap as much because the opening and feeling bad about not feeling bad for canceling plans? Or have you ever been watching the “Top 100 anime songs of all time” videos on YouTube and sitting there wondering when A Cruel Angel’s Thesis goes to return up? 

Or are you just curious to provide anime songs a try? If any of that sounds familiar, no fear, you should not the one social reject looming on the net. Here’s a shoulder to cry on — oh, and in addition a listing of underrated banger songs handpicked by music author Takahiro Kanazawa that even the junkies on My Anime List could have missed.

This Season

Summer ‘21 opened with an amphitheater where Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S and HameFura X battled to their death for the highest spot for: “the perfect comfort anime sequel with a random alphabet at the tip.” Yet the battle has been outshined by the looks of a brand new sci-fi series, Sonny Boy which has enchanted the otaku community simply for the way confusing it’s. 

  1. GING NANG BOYZ “Shonen Shojo” (Sonny Boy 2021)

Story

36 students go on a psychedelic trip after they find themselves in a void of nothingness aside from their school and their fellow peers. Now think, “Lord of the Flies” but replace privileged white kids with depressed Japanese high schoolers with family problems and superpowers they can’t control. 

Song and Artist

Manga artist, Hisashi Eguchi, designed the characters from the anime and in addition happened to have designed the album jacket for GING NANG BOYZ’ acclaimed second album “Kimi to Boku no Dai-san-ji Sekai Taisen-teki Renai Kakumei.” Coincidence? I feel not. GING NANG BOYZ rocked up the toon “Shonen Shojo” meaning “girls and boys” for an anime about — you guessed it, girls and boys. While the punk-rock band was given the highlight for the anime’s theme song, an array of up-and-coming artists have also been featured within the soundtrack (Mitsume and Taiwanese synth-pop band, Sunset Rollercoaster to call a number of).

This 12 months

2021 is the yr of the ox and usually an excellent yr for shonen anime. Nonetheless, in case you are struggling to maintain up with the who’s gonna say it — underwhelming season of My Hero Academia, uninterested in face-palming every episode of Tokyo Revengers for the way useless Takemitchy is, or are currently writing a letter of criticism to the producers of Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan: The Final Season for leaving us hanging, please sit down. Have a break from TV shows that deceive you into sitting in front of a screen for six hours and, as a substitute, spare your poor eyes by watching a movie. 

 

  1. Hikaru Utada “One Last Kiss” (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time 2021)

Story 

If five movies weren’t enough to assist explain probably the most intellectually difficult series down anime avenue, here is the sixth and final film to the Evangelion franchise. 155 minutes is allocated to concluding the futures of psychologically terrorized teens after 26 years because the first release of this monumental mecha series. Be reminded for the last time that Christianity, Schopenhauerian philosophy and cyborgs DO cross paths. 

Song and Artist

While we aren’t basic enough to incorporate A Cruel Angel’s Thesis, we’re basic enough to bring Evangelion into the list. Hikaru Utada, Japan’s R&B and Pop icon makes an entry with this theme song for the movie. Her soft vocals are weaved into the film’s grand finale, adding a sentimental touch to the ending of the film, but in addition the franchise. What higher strategic marketing is there than to bring Japan’s two national treasures (Utada and Evangelion) together for a collab of a lifetime? After six attempts, this really is the tip of Evangelion. Let’s blow this cross-century masterpiece “One Last Kiss” goodbye.

  1. millennium parade × Belle (Kaho Nakamura) “U” (BELLE 2021) 

Story

Within the golden age of the web that we live in now, we’ve got two versions of ourselves: our existence in the true world and our online presence. Which is the true version? This complex idea of identity is explored in Hosoda’s 2021 film when an introverted highschool girl juggles her life in a rural town while concurrently being an online idol on a social media platform called “U.”

Song and Artist 

The theme song “U” features Kaho Nakamura, who voiced Belle within the movie as she collaborates with a gaggle of collective artists named millennium parade. What higher fit is there for a modern-themed film than a gaggle of creatives who take music production to the subsequent level? This musical group will not be simply a band but a collective of producers, filmmakers, designers and illustrators of the digital native generation. If there’s one method to describe the millennium parade, it might be “digitally stimulating.” Have a take a look at a number of of their music videos on YouTube; they’ll have your eyes and ears glued to the screen. 

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  1. スカート&PUNPEE “ODDTAXI” (Odd Taxi 2021)

Story

What’s weirder than an antisocial taxi driver who’s a walrus? Let me inform you; the anti-social walrus taxi driver’s conversations together with his passengers. Be able to see an alpaca nurse, a wannabe-famous hippo and a boar-horse comedian duo who go by the stage name “homosapiens.” What looks as if a series of humorous conversations between animals adds up to unravel the mystery of a missing highschool girl. It’s indeed odd, to say the least.

Song and Artist

J-Pop artist Skirt and rapper PUNPEE chill within the backseat of a taxi as they bob their head to their very own song playing on the radio. Skirt’s smooth vocals and PUNPEE’s bars melange right into a vibey tune that I’d totally play on an evening drive in town. Aside from the honour of opening for Odd Taxi, PUNPEE has established himself by featuring on “Sarashi-mono,” a track by Gen Hoshino, one probably the most recognized names within the industry.  

 

All-Time Best

Now, let’s have a take a look at a number of timeless bangers that you’ll have shamefully looked past. Keep your Spotify open as you scroll, because I’ll bet my dignity on this — it would be best to add a number of of those songs to your playlist. (We actually already made it for you here). 

 

  1. eastern youth “時計台の鐘” (Golden Kamuy 2018)

Story

Now it’s time to placed on The History Channel for a second and make a journey down memory lane to the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese war. I’m unfortunately too young to inform you what went down in history from my very own recollection, but Golden Kamuy does a reasonably good job at shedding light upon the Ainu within the early 1900s. Attempting to find gold with snow as much as my thighs will not be something that sparks much joy for me, but ex-soldier Saichi Sugimoto seems to have a distinct perception of joy. When you like adventure, history or need a break from the twenty first century, this anime could also be for you. 

Song and Artist

When you saw two middle-aged men, one with a mohawk and the opposite with a flat cap walking downtown with a girl, what would you do? I’d call the police, that appears suspicious. But before dialing 110, be sure to ascertain that it isn’t the punk-rock trio, eastern youth going out for a drink. Vocalist Yoshino looks like several average uncle at first glance but give him a mic and a guitar and he’ll scream at the highest of his lungs that you just would second guess his age. Age has nothing on punk rock. Eastern youth made that clear.  

 

  1. Shinsei Kamattechan “My War” (Attack on Titan: The Final Season 2020)

Story

When you consider yourself an otaku and haven’t watched AOT, I feel it’s best to stop reading without delay and go educate yourself before coming back. Funny thing about this final season is that the protagonist gets virtually no screen time. But that might be the one thing funny about this mega-dark series. While the past seasons have focused on the dynamics between humans v.s. titans, the ultimate season touches upon the themes of human cruelty as Isayama closes his renown series by unveiling the war between humans. 

Song and Artist

La-la-la-la-la ri-ras-ra-ra-ti-ti-ti-tas. For those of you who haven’t watched AOT this may increasingly sound like pure gibberish to you. If you could have watched AOT, this continues to be gibberish but I do know you sang that in your head anyway. Given the show’s S-tier openings from the past seasons like “Guren no Yumiya” or “Shinzou wo Sasageyo,” the bar was set high. Chiba’s rock trio Shinsei Kamattechan took the challenge and nailed it with “My War.” The song has hardly any audible lyrics but still manages to embrace violence and eeriness at the identical time, which inserts right into the final mood of the series. 

 

  1. Tokyo Incidents “永遠の不在証明” (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet 2021)

Story

Just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, our favourite seventeen-year-old detective stuck contained in the body of a seven-year-old journeyed to unravel the mystery kidnappings on the World Sports Games. The film’s release date was delayed as a result of the pandemic. Coincidentally, so were the Olympic Games…Is that this by pure likelihood or is an underground crime group also behind this as well? I’ll leave it to Conan to analyze.

Song and Artist

After their dissolution in 2012, Tokyo Incidents made a comeback in 2020 with a reunion EP News. That perhaps set the engine running because they’ve been dropping song after song to the delight of fans since. Their recovery into the rock scene of Japan caught the eye of the Conan film producers, who gave them the spot for the theme song “Eien no Fuzai-shoumei” which translates as “Everlasting Alibi.” 

 

  1. CHAI “Tenkorin no Theme” (Oshiete Hokusai – THE ANIMATION 2021)

Story

That is just your usual lazy girl who desires to turn into a painter, so decides to wish to the thunder god who then invites an array of historic Japanese artists to show the girl the way to sculpt her inner artist, form of anime.  

Song and Artist

The opening of this net animation series is performed by CHAI, a Sub Pop Records-signed girl group. The bubbly song adds to the cutesy art type of the animation. Three of the 4 members were a part of the identical light-music club in highschool, which feels like an all-too-familiar plotline of our favourite girls from the K-On! anime series. While that is CHAI’s only anime contract, their up-beat, alternative rock music has enthralled the web. An exciting future lies ahead for the quartet Ho-kago Tea Ti— I mean CHAI. 

 

  1. SUPER BEAVER “突破口” (Haikyuu!!: TO THE TOP 2020)

Story

Haikyuu!! is the epitome of sports anime (Kuroko’s Basketball fans, catch me outside). 2020’s release of probably the most recent season follows our favourite setter-spiker duo to the court of nationals (surprise, surprise). Let’s ignore the primary half of the season, even I don’t remember what happened and I’m a hard-core Haikyuu stan. The second half of the season sets the scene for one more dramatic volleyball match between highschool boys featuring Mamoru Miyano’s attempt at kansai-ben (dialect of the kansai region). 

Song and Artist

SUPER BEAVER is not any stranger to the world of anime music. The rock band has even contributed a soundtrack for Naruto, the king of shonen anime. This time round, SUPER BEAVER has stepped onto the court of a sports anime. Music is the cherry on the highest for any sports anime because it sets the entire dramatic atmosphere. Without it, it’s only a clip of sweaty highschool boys playing ball. For the second opening to the series, SUPER BEAVER gives us a robust e-guitar presence, a quick beat and ultimately a shout towards youth and well, sweaty highschool boys playing ball.

 

  1. Asian Kung-fu Generation “Re:Re:” (ERASED 2016)

Story

What does a pizza delivery guy do when his mother gets stabbed to death? Return in time so it doesn’t occur again, in fact. Once sent back to the past, Satoru, the protagonist, figured it wouldn’t hurt to change up a number of minor details of history to forestall a kidnapping incident from happening while he’s at it. With a not-so-subtle reference to the butterfly effect, keep an eye fixed out for a recurring blue butterfly during critical moments of the plot. 

Song and Artist

We’d as well call this list “the perfect anime rock music” at this point. If that’s the case, Asian Kung-fu Generation has to make the cut. Energetic since 1996, these Yokohama boys— now fully grown men, have left absolute bangers within the anime industry. They’ve essentially played for the anime hall of fame including Naruto, Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist. Yet, “Re:Re” is an all-time-fan favorite amongst each the ERASED fans and Asian Kung-fu Generation fandom alike; simply for the way catchy it’s. 

 

  1. Galileo Galilei “Summer Sky” (Big Windup!: Summer Tournament Chapter 2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzrU5NVYMyY

Story

In case one sports anime was not enough to get your blood pumping, here is one other one. While it often gets thrown within the shadow of Ace of Diamond or Major by way of baseball anime, we decided to provide Big Windup! some screen time. So far as baseball anime go, it gives the audience what they’re in search of: the pitcher-catcher bromance, heated team rivalries and the cliché message that practice makes perfect.

Song and Artist

Galileo Galilei, a rock band that has nothing to do with the astronomer, heated up the boys for his or her summer tournament in 2010. The band apparently has a thing for sports anime as additionally they have a track record for doing an ending song for Haikyuu!!. While disbanded, they’ll all the time remain within the memories of Big Windup! fans.

 

  1. Nujabes feat. Shing02 “Battlecry” (Samurai Champloo 2005)

Story

Ukiyo-e painters, American baseball players declaring war and the samurai who smells of sunflowers, all within the context of the Edo-period. Champloo meaning “stirred” or “mixed” within the Okinawa dialect is an accurate description of this chaotic anime which follows a traveling trio who encounter famous historical events in Japan, with a twist. 

Song and Artist

One other champloo-ed aspect of Samurai Champloo is the blending of hip-hop music within the backdrop of a standard Japanese scenery. Enter Nujabes, producer, lo-fi hip hop pioneer and sample God to combine the perfect beat in anime history. The opening song, “Battlecry,” featuring Nujabes’ partner-in-crime rapper, Shing02, made it big outside of Japan and was popularized within the hip-hop community within the U.S. Who would have thought that samurai and hip-hop would make such an influence couple? This can be a tribute to you Nujabes, Rest in Peace. 

 

 

 

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