We’re giving an award to an anime song. I’m not talking about just any anime song. I’m talking about the best anime song. Maybe the award goes to an intro? Will it go to an outro? Perhaps the most deserving song is the one in the middle of an episode where the hero and the villain/brother are fighting one another? And the award goes to...!
Before all that, we’ve got to get a few nominations out of the way. The first song nominated is ‘Melissa’ by: Porno Graffiti.
Put on a pair of headphones and listen to that bass-line! The clapping in the background is-chefs kiss-! The lyrics are your standard anime fair- ‘forget about the past... love and friendship... we can do it, together!’. Like I said, standard... but the arrangement with the backup singer, bass-line, and that clapping. The competition is fierce and Porno Graffiti is really bringing a strong contender.
Second nomination goes to-Drum Roll- ‘HT’ The opening theme of TRIGUN!
Do you like Blues-Rock? Do you appreciate Jazz-fusion? Well, let me introduce you to the genius of Tsuneo Imahori. This is a song that I could build a house out of, because it is a wall of sound. That Fuzzy electric guitar riff lays the foundation and the drums finish it! A perfect accompaniment for the awesome action in the opening video.
Teenage angst is part of most anime opening songs. This is no more apparent than in this next song: ‘No Boy, No Cry’ by: Stance Punks.
Normally the angst-y lyrics of an anime opening are like rubbing my brain on a cheese grater. Even though this song’s title says everything about its lyrical content, there is nothing here to cringe about. There is only a Kick-Ass punk song to listen to. Make it your ring tone for when work calls you. You’ll pray that your boss calls you in on a Saturday, just so you can jam to this tune.
This next nominee has something in common with the Trigun opening song. It was performed by ‘The Seatbelts’, whose members included Tsuneo Imahori. Without further ado- ‘Tank!’ The intro to the spectacular, Cowboy Bebop!
I feel like this song needs as little explanation as it has lyrics. Tank! (the exclamation point is part of the title) just kicks you in the head then keeps going, without letting you go. 3,2,1, Let’s jam!
These are our four nominees. Which one did you vote for? Hope they win!
...Okay... I’ve tally’d up the votes... It was a close call... Please hold your breath-
AND THE WINNER IS...
‘Let’s Fighting Love!’- The opening to the anime fight in South Park, Episode 112-”Good Times With Weapons”!
This song is the obvious choice for the ‘Best Anime Song’ award. It has everything a great anime song needs; Japanese lyrics with a dash of English, talk about Love, and of course, it’s all about fighting for friendship!
So, what did you think of the nominees? Did you guess who would win? Was your personal favorite on this short list? Let’s talk about it.