Best Anime ED’s 2018

Taking a look back at the Best Anime ED’s of the whole year of 2018

So as you might be aware I’ve been listing my best and worse OP’s and ED’s of each season this year. But rather than just pick my 10 favourites from all the previous ‘top’ lists, I’ve decided to do something a little different for the final best of OP list of the year. I’ve decided to break it down into categories, almost like an awards show (albeit a bit less rigid than most). Also unlike the previous seasonal lists I’m taking into account the visuals as well as the music and whatever bias I have towards the show will be fully on display–where applicable. So with that out of the way let’s take a look at what I consider the Best Anime ED’s of 2018!

Coolest Anime ED

It’s not enough to just have a cool sounding song when we’re awarding something for being the ~coolest~ the visuals need to be cool. And I don’t know what it is about “HALF” by Ziyoou-vachi from ‘Tokyo Ghoul:re’ but it just screams effortlessly cool to me. I mean sure some people might think its ‘trying too hard’ or is dorky, but sometimes that’s cool too, right? 


Anime ED That Best Represents The Tone Of The Show

It’s just a bunch of half naked (and eventually fully naked) men doing a drunken karaoke rendition of an idol song. If “Konpeki no al Fine” by Izu no Kaze from ‘Grand Blue Dreaming’ doesn’t sum up that show perfectly I don’t know what does!


The ‘I’m nostalgic for it, before its even nostalgic’ Award

What does this award mean? Well for me it’s a song that even from the first listen felt “nostalgic” not that it reminds me of anything specifically (at least not that I’m aware or can pinpoint) but it just strikes that sweet spot of nostalgia in both the music and the visuals. And while there were a couple of ED’s that could have been eligible for this, none was more ~nostalgic~ then “Kedarmono Damono” by Kitsunetsuki from ‘Killing Bites’.


Sexiest Anime ED

This was always going to be a tough category for me, especially as seeing how generally speaking ED’s are a lot sexier than OP’s (for some reason–I guess show’s aren’t afraid of alienating potential viewers by upping the service for something that appears at the end). So while there were plenty of potential candidates, the one that sticks in my mind the most is “Motenai Kuse ni (`;ω;´)” by Tapimiru from ‘High School DxD Hero’, its full of sexy, summer time energy and the girls all look absolutely amazing.

Yep, the only way I could find this video online was a tweet.

The “I can’t speak Japanese but I’ll try and sing along anyway” Award

“Sonna no Boku Ja Nai” by Shino Shimoji from ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara Sou’. There’s something about the fractured, minimalist start of this ED song that just instantly wins me over and yes, I do sing along every time (or try to)!


Anime Is Art, ED Edition

This ED was actually in a different category (which I eventually nixed entirely) but it goes to show the quality of it if it was eligible for more than one of these awards! “Prayer X” by King Gnu from ‘BANANA FISH’ is generally speaking not the kind of song I’d listen to, but the start of the song contrasts yet perfectly compliments the rest of it that it is art, as are the haunting accompanying visuals.


Best ‘Work Out or Twerk Out’ Anime ED

Are you embarrassed? I just wrote the word ‘twerk’, I know I’m embarrassed, but I think its appropriate for this because this is exactly the kind of song you could work out to at the gym or just dance along to in your living room like a dork. It’s “Tokimeki☆Climax” by Misha Takanashi (Haruka Shiraishi) & Tsubame Kamoi (Manami Numakura) from ‘UzaMaid!’ and its a flawlessly infectious, high energy masterpiece of an ED!


The ‘It’s Got 20+ Naked Girls In The ED so of course I’m going to give it an Award’ award. A.k.a The Cactus Matt Special.

I think the title sums that up pretty well, yeah? What’s there more to say? 
“Junsei Erotic” by Mia REGINA from ‘Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master’. Also, unsurprisingly I can’t find the video online. But that’s probably for the best.


*headbanging intensifies* ED that rocks the most!

This ED could have easily been awarded ‘most surprising’ too, but I thought that almost mitigated just how legitimately excellent of a song this is. As a fan of heavy metal “Inkyainparusu” by Hina Kino, Rika Nagae, & Konomi Kohara from ‘Asobi Asobase’ is legit, like there’s no joke here, this isn’t some tongue-in-cheek ~pretending~ to be metal this is hardcore, authentic, head-banging awesomeness!


The “I didn’t watch this anime but the ED makes me want to” Award

This one was hard to think of because OP’s are the things that are suppose to ‘sell a show’ not ED’s. That said “Hiizuru Basho” by Omedetai Atama de Naniyori from ‘Hinomaru Sumo’ has pretty much sold me on watching this show someday, and no-mean feat either since I don’t even like boy-related sports anime, that’s how good of an ED this is!


The JoJo Award for Outstanding Picking of An Existing English Language Song for an ED

Jojo knows how to pick an ED and “Freek’n You” by Jodeci from ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 5: Golden Wind’ is one for the ages. I don’t watch the show, I didn’t know this song previous to it being made the ED but I’m so glad it exists in harmony together. 


~Honourable Mentions~

Like with the OP list I’ve limited my Honourable Mentions to 3 because otherwise we’d be here all day!

“Buntline Special” by VickeBlanka from ‘Double Decker! Doug & Kirill’
“Saiaku no Hi demo Anata ga Suki.” by Serizawa from ‘How Not To Summon A Demon Lord’
“LAST GAME” by Zwei from ‘Steins;Gate 0’

The Best Anime ED of 2018

From the first time I heard this ED I knew it’d be number 1 at the end of the year and it’ll likely be one of my favourite of all time for the rest of time. I’ve always thought this was a ~controversial pick~ but a lot of other people seem to have gravitated towards it too so maybe it is as amazing as I’ve always thought. The Best Anime ED of 2018 is “Wiseman no Theme” by Wiseman from Last Period – the journey to the end of the despair’. This ED is energy and joy incarnate, it is too good for us mortals, we do not deserve its brilliance and yet here it is.


And there we have it, my weird, award style list of the Best Anime ED’s of 2018! What did you think of my picks? Leave a comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading!



Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018
10 Best ED’s Summer 2018
10 Worst ED’s Summer 2018
10 Best OP’s Fall 2018
10 Worst OP’s Fall 2018
10 Best ED’s Fall 2018
5 Worst ED’s Fall 2018


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Best Anime OP’s 2018

Taking a look back at the Best Anime OP’s of the whole year of 2018

So as you might be aware I’ve been listing my best and worse OP’s and ED’s of each season this year. But rather than just pick my 10 favourites from all the previous ‘top’ lists, I’ve decided to do something a little different for the final best of OP list of the year. I’ve decided to break it down into categories, almost like an awards show (albeit a bit less rigid than most). Also unlike the previous seasonal lists I’m taking into account the visuals as well as the music and whatever bias I have towards the show will be fully on display–where applicable. So with that out of the way let’s take a look at what I consider the Best Anime OP’s of 2018!

Coolest Anime OP

What’s cool for one person may not always be cool for another, but as far as straight up stylish and flashy visuals mixing with a rocking song, nothing comes close to “Break In To Break Out” by Lynn from ‘Persona 5 The Animation’.


Anime OP That Best Represents The Tone Of The Show

Sometimes an OP can give a good visual representation of what a show is like, but fails to capture the quintessential essence of the series–the ~feeling~.  However, “Iwanai kedo ne.” by Yuiko Oohara from ‘Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san’ embodies not just the characters, the setting and the tone perfectly but also the youthful innocence and charm of youth and young love.


Best Vocals In An Anime OP

I know I shouldn’t be so surprised when are Voice Actor has a good singing voice, after all most if not all of them do in-fact sing anime OP’s and ED’s as a part of their jobs, however sometimes a vocalist will blow you away as was the case with “Touka no Manimani” by Nao Toyama from ‘Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits’. Not only are the vocals sublime but the song is terrifically beautiful and matches with the ethereal and mysterious vibe of the visuals too.



Sexiest Anime OP

Along with what’s “cool”, what’s “sexy” is subjective too. But this is my site so you all have to deal with my opinions! For me, obvious things are sexy, boobs are sexy, skimpy outfits are sexy, pin-up style still poses are sexy and apparently now I can add vaguely animal girls to that list too thanks to “killing bites” by fripSide from ‘Killing Bites’.


The “I can’t speak Japanese but I’ll try and sing along anyway” Award

It’s hard to sing along to a catchy song, even harder still when the lyrics aren’t provided on screen but sometimes a song is so damn catchy you just try your hardest, even if it’s just in your head! Few songs in 2018 were just as joyously infectious as “Mission! Ken Kou Dai Ichi” by Sekkekkyuu (Kana Hanazawa), Hakkekkyuu (Tomoaki Maeno), Killer T Saibou (Daisuke Ono), Macrophage (Kikuko Inoue) from ‘Cells At Work!’


Anime Is Art, OP Edition

We all know anime is art, but sometimes an OP can be its own little piece of art both with regard to visuals and audio. “Kimi ni Furete” by Riko Azuna from ‘Bloom Into You’ more than meets the criteria to be called art with its contemplative and evocative music and vocals accompanied by a simply stunning set of imagery–put this in a museum or something!

Sadly there’s no version of the OP on Youtube with the actual visuals so enjoy this still image.

Most ~Angsty~ Anime OP

Gotta love that teenage ~angst~ and you know what’s even better? When an OP can convey a series’ angst through the power of music and visuals alone (and maybe the lyrics, I don’t know, I didn’t get a chance to see the lyrics for this one, but we can only assume). “Azalea” by nano.RIPE from ‘Citrus’, is ripe (pun intended) with the gay teen angst and I love it!


The Anime OP that gives me the “feels”

“The Girls Are Alright” by saya from ‘A Place Further Than The Universe’. This is a great song, with great visuals but what makes it even better is just remembering how excellent this show was and how powerful so many of the emotional moments in this show were, even just listening to the song brings a tear to my eye.


The ‘Two Sides Of The Same Coin’ Award

I’m not even sure I’m using that term correctly, but basically this pick is for a show that has two OP’s (one for each cour) and they are ostensibly the same song, but I feel like each one has enough differences (both musically and visually) that they both deserve a mention. They are “KISS OF DEATH” by Mika Nakashima x Hyde from ‘Darling In The FranXX’. Listen to both below, if I had to pick a favourite I’d say it’s the second cour OP, while I enjoy the “sexiness” of the first, the second is too beautiful to ignore.

OP 1.
OP 2.

Rock Out With Your OP Out

Sometimes a song just rocks too hard for it to be ignored and “found & lost” by Survive Said The Prophet from ‘BANANA FISH’ definitely is one of them! Plus the visuals are just so polished and well-suited that I’d have been crazy not to mention it!


The “I didn’t watch this anime but the OP makes me want to” Award

There were a few top quality OP’s that made me intrigued enough to want to watch the show they were attached to. But none made quite the impact like “Voracity” by MYTH & ROID from ‘Overlord III’, because damn this song is quirky and irresistible and I mean just look at all those good-looking evil girls in the video… you make a tasty proposition Overlord, very very tasty.


The ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Award For Overall Excellence In An Anime OP

No, “Kimi no Sei” by the peggies from ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai‘ isn’t my pick for Best OP. Rather it’s OP is just so well polished from beginning to end and has a song that has the sort of crossover mainstream appeal that were we living in a just universe it’d be on the charts in the West that I decided to create an entire category just so I could mention this OP. It’s my site and I can do what I want!


~Honourable Mentions~

There were just so many top quality OP’s I felt I needed to mention 3 more that were just on the cusp of being included but missed out because, well, I didn’t want this list to get too long to be honest! They are:
“SHINY DAYS” by Asaka from ‘Laid Back Camp’
“Colors Power ni Omakasero!” by Colors☆Slash from ‘Mitsuboshi Colors’
“One Room Sugar Life” by Akari Nanawo from ‘Happy Sugar Life’
All of them worthy of mention to be sure!

The Best Anime OP of 2018

Regardless of this pick it’s probably going to disappoint someone such is the nature of this business of picking a best anything but here we go, my pick for the Best Anime OP of 2018 is “Flashback” by MIYAVI vs. KenKen from ‘Kokkoku’. It’s probably an anime few people remember, I think I enjoyed it more than most people (you can read my review of it here) but what stood out week-after-week was that OP. Does it fit the tone of the show? Not at all. Is it a genre of music I generally listen to? Not really. But is it the most mesmerising, toe-tapping, energetic and all round spectacular OP of the year? You bet it is!


And there we have it, my weird, award style list of the Best Anime OP’s of 2018! What did you think of this different approach to presenting a list? What did you think of my picks?! Leave a comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading!



Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018
10 Best ED’s Summer 2018
10 Worst ED’s Summer 2018
10 Best OP’s Fall 2018
10 Worst OP’s Fall 2018
10 Best ED’s Fall 2018
5 Worst ED’s Fall 2018


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10 Best Anime ED’s of Fall 2018

My 10 BestAnime ED’s (Ending Songs) of the Fall 2018 season!

First we ranked the OP’s now comes the time for ED’s (Endings). And as usual, yes I listened to every eligible ED for the 2018 Fall season! These are my opinions and not empirical, a song you love I might hate and vice versa. Secondly only the song itself is being judged, not the accompanying visuals or the series itself–even a terrible anime can have awesome OP’s and ED’s! Now with that said and done let’s count down my 10 Best Anime ED’s of Fall 2018!

~Number 10~
“Rakuen no Kimi” by osterreich from ‘Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season’

I love the sound and mood of this ending it reminds me a bit of early ‘Minus The Bear’ albums–albeit less math-rock. Now there’s a pretentious music reference for you!

~Number 9~
“Ao no Kanata” by Konomi Suzuki from ‘Between The Sky And The Sea’

It’s got an infectious beat, it’s high-spirited and energetic, it’s just a lot of fun to listen to!

~Number 8~
“Be Affected” by Takanori Nishikawa x Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas from ‘Gakuen Basara’

I’m not a fan of auto-tune, so thankfully it’s only the opening few lines that get this treatment as it quickly explodes into full blown metal growls accompanying a power lead singer and backing beat.

~Number 7~
“Junsei Erotic” by Mia REGINA from ‘Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master’

So, erm, you know that thing about not picking songs based on the opening visuals–well I must have watched this ED (with visuals) so many times that I can’t help but get the image of 20+ naked anime girls out of my head when I hear this song. So, I’m a little biased, so what?! The song’s still pretty good! Ahem…

~Number 6~
“Tokei-dai no Kane” by eastern youth from ‘Golden Kamuy 2nd Season’

The vocals are a bit rough around the edges but they work really well with the raw rock sound this song delivers.

~Number 5~
“Freek’n You” by Jodeci from ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 5: Golden Wind’

Oh, JoJo, you scamp of an anime you! It seems like with each JoJo ending things get more… self-aware? I don’t know, I don’t even watch the show I’d never heard of this slow and sexy RnB song before I did this list but all I know is this song will forever be linked to this silly anime in my mind.

~Number 4~
“RED” by Survive Said The Prophet from ‘BANANA FISH’

‘Survive Said The Prophet’ delivered my favourite OP of the previous (Summer) season and while this song isn’t quite as impactful as that particular banger, it’s still an emotionally charged and dramatic track that makes me want to download and listen to all of their songs–it’s that good!

~Number 3~
“Hiizuru Basho” by Omedetai Atama de Naniyori from ‘Hinomaru Sumo’

It starts off sounding like a song by ‘Rammstein’ and then morphs into its own unique beast, and one to be reckoned with. Pure, undiluted energy and it just plain rocks!

~Number 2~
“Tokimeki☆Climax” by Misha Takanashi (Haruka Shiraishi) & Tsubame Kamoi (Manami Numakura) from ‘UzaMaid!’

It starts off at such a high level of energy and somehow just keeps building and building and building before exploding in a joyous celebration of all things fun! If I exercised (like even at all) this would be my Number 1 work out song… speaking of Number 1 it just narrowly missed out on being my Number 1 ED song. But before we get to that, some honourable mentions…

~Honourable Mention(s)~
“Book-end, Happy-end” by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Hiroshi Takano from ‘Skull Face Bookseller Honda-San’

Both of the honourable mentions are here because they failed to meet one of the strict criteria I have for these lists, that being only 1 minute 30 second OP’s and ED’s are eligible. I love this adorable ED, it’s so quirky and sweet sounding but being just a minute long means it doesn’t qualify, but it deserves at least a mention! Also…

“Fukashigi no Carte” by Mai Sakurajima (Asami Seto) from ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’

If I was sad about not including the previous song, I’m absolutely devastated that this beautiful work of art is ineligible for the same reasons. That said, the one minute ED version–while lovely, is nothing on the full-length version which includes vocals from all of the female cast not just the titular Bunny Girl senpai, here just listen for yourself:

~Number 1~
“Buntline Special” by VickeBlanka from ‘Double Decker! Doug & Kirill’

So here’s the thing, I’ve always been fond of ‘punk’ music, while never ~actually~ listening to any of it beyond what became “popular” ‘The Clash’, ‘Green Day’, etc. So hearing something vaguely punk (or pop-punk, if you will) in this assortment of anime ED’s was an unexpected delight! Maybe it won’t hold up to repeated listens, maybe there’s better ending songs out there, but right now, this is the shit!

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And there’s my list of the Best Fall 2018 ED’s! Agree? Disagree? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and thank you all for reading!


Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018
10 Best ED’s Summer 2018
10 Worst ED’s Summer 2018
10 Best OP’s Fall 2018
10 Worst OP’s Fall 2018


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10 Best Anime OP’s of Fall 2018

My 10 Best Anime OP’s (Opening Songs) of the Fall 2018 season!

A new season of anime means a new season of anime OP’s (openings) and ED’s (endings), and because I love anime music so much I’ve listened to every OP for the Fall 2018 season and will list my Top 10 best and worst over the coming weeks. First though a few rules I put in place for these lists; obviously they are my opinion and not empirical, a song you love I might hate and vice versa. Secondly only the song itself is being judged, not the accompanying visuals or the series itself–even a terrible anime can have awesome OP’s and ED’s! With that out of the way let’s count down my 10 Best Anime OP’s of Fall 2018!

~Number 10~
“Naru” by Luck Life from ‘Tsurune’

It’s just a solid, well-polished song. Sports anime always get such quality OP’s don’t they?

~Number 9~
“Soranetarium” by MICHI from ‘The Girl In Twilight’

The pounding backing bass immediately draws your attention in for a powerful first 30 seconds, and while the rest of the song never ~quite~ lives up to the strong start it’s still a unique sounding track.

~Number 8~
“FREEDOM” by BLUE ENCOUNT from ‘BANANA FISH’

The second OP for Banana Fish is not quite as strong as Survive Said The Prophet’s stellar “found&lost” from the first half but this still a top notch song with angsty vocals (and some English lyrics too) that’s bound to find itself on regular play on my anime music playlist!

~Number 7~
“Jump Up↑ Yell!!” by Kaminoki Koukou Cheering-bu [Kohane Hatoya (Yuka Ozaki), Hizume Arima (Yuina Yamada), Uki Sawatari (Mikako Izawa), Kotetsu Tatejima (Tomori Kusunoki), Kana Ushiku (Haruka Shiraishi) from ‘Anima Yell!’

For a song that basically starts off with an all too common cheerleading chant akin to “we’ve got spirit, let’s hear it”, the rest of the song impresses by being adorably cute, endlessly catchy and musically dynamic by experimenting with so many different styles. It’s like there 4 songs in one, all of them the kind you want to clap your hands along to!

~Number 6~
“Kimi ni Furete” by Riko Azuna from ‘Bloom Into You’

Everything about this song is gorgeous, it might not be the most original sounding pick on the list but it’s got such a tangible heart and depth to it all that it almost doesn’t matter.

~Number 5~
“Reimei” by Sayuri x MY FIRST STORY from ‘Golden Kamuy 2nd Season’

This OP has two female singers and one of them has this really irresistible vocal quirk where she’s on the ~verge~ of unleashing a full metal-style growl but never quite does. I don’t know if her other songs are sung like that or are full metal, but I really couldn’t get over how cool it was that it kind of overtook everything else about this song (which is really good btw).

~Number 4~
“FIRE GROUND” by Official Higedan-dism from ‘Hinomaru Sumo’

Holy shit this is a lot of funky fun! Ordinarily this kind of male vocalist would be a turn-off and almost find it in the ‘worst’ list because of it, but the rest of the song which is just glorious funky bravura more than makes up for it!

~Number 3~
“Mob mentality” by Mili from ‘Goblin Slayer’

The first 45 seconds of this song set such a moody tone and then the tempo ~explodes~ but not without losing that sense of foreboding that came before–it’s hard not to associate this song with the anime itself because listening to it gives me such anxiety but in some ways that just goes to demonstrate how powerful a piece of music can be that evoke such strong emotions. Even without the link to the show though I still think this would be as high as it is on the list.

~Number 2~
“†Kyuutie Ladies†” by Sophie Twilight (Miyu Tomita), Akari Amano (Yuu Sasahara), Hinata Natsuki (Lynn), Erie (Azuki Waki) from ‘Miss vampire who lives in my neighborhood.’

“chu chu chu!” Sorry, I’m just a sucker for cute songs sometimes…

~Honourable Mention~
“Never Lose” by Tomohisa Yamashita from ‘Ace Attorney Season 2’

I’ve only been doing this whole ‘listening to every OP and ED’ ~thing~ for a year now but I don’t think I’ve ever heard an EDM anime OP and while I don’t have a particular fondness for the genre (I don’t hate it either) just for the sake of how damn different it sounds it deserves an honourable mention!

~Number 1~
“Kimi no Sei” by the peggies from ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’

I love anime music, but despite this it’s rare that an artist will have an impact enough on me just from a minute 30 long song to make me want to seek out ~more~ of their non-anime works. The only bands that have had this effect on me to date are: Monoral, moumoon, Nothing’s Carved In Stone, Thyme and now the peggies are added to that very short list. It’s indie pop-rock that just hits all my buttons, and while its probably not the catchiest song on the list, it is the best–in my opinion.

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And there you have it! Agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and thanks for reading!


Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018
10 Best ED’s Summer 2018
10 Worst ED’s Summer 2018


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10 Best Uniquely Japanese Things About Anime

A Listing Compulsive list of the 10 Best Uniquely Japanese Things About Japan

Japan—it’s the reason anime even exists, and undoubtedly there are things so inexorably linked to the Land of the Rising Sun that they can’t help but feature prominently in their abundant animated media. This is a list of the 10 Best Uniquely Japanese Things About Anime (in my opinion). These aren’t specifically anime clichés more that these are things intrinsically linked to Japan as a country, as a culture and its people that have seeped into anime. Also true about this list is that these things might not be 100% ‘Japanese-Only’ things, it’s just these are the kinds of things that feel unique to both Japan the place and the anime the art form, so don’t be surprised if you see some picks that might be applicable to your country too! With that out of the way let’s begin the countdown!

~Number 10~
Sakura

Seems like nearly every school based anime has the protagonist starting school as the pink blossoms of the Sakura tree fall around them. It might seem like an overworn cliche but there’s a reason for it—in Japan the new school year starts in late March/early April, exactly when the cherry blossom season starts. Still, there’s nothing quite like the flittering of discarded Sakura petals over a scene to make it feel ~distinctly~ Japanese.

~Number 9~
Catholicism/Christianity is either quaint or badass/evil

I wondered whether or not to include this lest I step on any toes, but it’s something I’ve seen far too many times not to at least mention it. Japan, a mostly Buddhist country has had an ~interesting~ relationship with the Western Christian faith. Excluding my personal opinions about Christianity and organised religion on the whole I’ve always found it funny when a character is either ~vaguely~ Christian, you know, wearing crosses and celebrating Christmas, or alternately when the main hero/villain of the piece is affiliated with some ass-kicking branch of the church that has seemingly little to do with anything actually religious and just wants to use the iconography for the fun of it. And why not I say!

~Number 8~
Rudeness, delinquency, littering, etc. is a BIG deal

Something that also falls into the “quaint” category is seeing things such as someone speaking back to an elder, or someone heedlessly discarding some trash to the sidewalk, or someone just being a general rebellious sort being treated as a big deal. By which I mean, “watch out, this guy/girl doesn’t care about the rules!” Sure this kind of thing happens in the West, but no one is going to mistake a loitering, litter-bug with a potty-mouth for the leader of a motorcycle gang like they might in Japan!

~Number 7~
“It’s Dangerous To Go Out At Night” except it’s not because Japan has the world’s lowest crime rate…

I can’t speak for what it’s like traversing the streets at night in Japan as a woman but there is a certain over-reliance on the trope that ‘women and children shouldn’t go out past dark because it’s dangerous’ despite the fact that Japan has the world’s lowest crime rate. Maybe this is my male privilege speaking but seems like it’s more dangerous to try and run from the shower to the bedroom in the nude without anyone seeing you than it is to roam the streets of Japan after dark. Somehow I think this is more about the Japanese paranoia that everyone has a dark-side just waiting to come out than based on any statistical crime-rate based fact. And these comments always seem to appear in slice of life anime where nothing bad ever happens which makes the comments especially out of place.

~Number 6~
Obsession With Food

Every country has a rich food culture but for some reason anime and food seem to go together like Rem and Ram. The sheer quality of the food in Japan is something to behold and its availability in the cities especially is unlike any other. There’s a reason Japan has more Michelin stars than any other country on Earth and Tokyo more than any other city, it’s because they care about food as if it were their children. If you don’t believe me (or haven’t experienced Japan’s passion for food) just listen to the difference between the Japanese original and the English dub of Food Wars to see how passionate they are about something we all probably take for granted! Also falling under this category is school and work bento’s being things of amazingly high quality—especially compared to what amounts to a school lunch in the West.

~Number 5~
All Men Are Perverts!

I’m sure there’s some angry sort who’s sitting at home with their hands above the keyboard ready to type “NOT ALL MEN” into my comments page in relation to this pick and sure while I can’t pretend to speak for “all men” I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that a lot of men have a one-track mind when it comes to sex, the pursuit of it and the procure of it. And nowhere is that fact more apparent and more frequently highlighted than Japan and anime, where seemingly every male has his eyes on the prize and that prize being anything feminine with a pulse. And not just the intent and the obsession but the way they go about attaining as much as a glimpse of anything arousing certainly speaks to some ~interesting~ notions about pornography and reality in Japan that I have no intention of getting into right now…

~Number 4~
References to Otaku culture

It wouldn’t be an episode of a slice of life anime without some mention of anime or Akihabara or video games or anything vaguely related to Otaku culture in Japan! While this particular type of reference is perhaps not as prevalent as others on the list it makes up for it in sheer… obnoxiousness, yes I love it when an anime I watch starts referencing other anime or pays a visit to the otaku Mecca known as Akiba but it’s always a ~little~ bit obvious who they’re pandering to… and I don’t care because it gets me every time! Notice me sempai!

~Number 3~
Hard to Translate Puns/Wordplay

Nothing quite says an adaptation of a super-smart cloyingly pretentious anime like the subtitles attempting to translate a pun that’s derived from the composition of characters and how they ‘look’ like other characters hastily explained by a bracketed sentence midst a fast-flowing conversation. And what’s even worse is when there’s multiple of these so you’re either left to pause the show and read every explanation or just let it wash over you and home to gleam a semblance of sense from it all. Truth be told I don’t know why I ranked this so high, maybe because the Japanese language is so unique (and difficult) plus I guess I’m just a sucker for that pretentious wordplay, no matter the language!

~Number 2~
Incest

I mean incest isn’t anything exclusive to Japan, as long as there’s been sister’s there’s been brother’s wanting to f**k them and vice versa (not to mention love between same-sex siblings too). But it seems like Japan’s always been ahead of the curve at least in the sibling seduction department which… I don’t know… is this a good thing or a bad thing…? I feel like I’m opening a can of worms inside a hornet’s nest and it’s probably best I shut my mouth lest I get stung somewhere sensitive… All I know is, when Game of Thrones was breaking mainstream taboos with Jamie and Cersei Lannister doing the deed in 2011, shocking the “normies” to their very core. Those deep into niche anime were sitting with copies of OreImo and Kiss x Sis wondering what the fuss was about. Does this pick make me an Incest Hipster? Is “Incest Hipster” the worst thing you’ve read all day?!

And before anyone asks, this choice isn’t me advocating real life incest. Nor is it at all meant to say that anime’s depiction of incest is without faults (like anything) it’s more something that I think is unique to anime.

~Number 1~
School Clubs are the Best!

Ah… something wholesome to wrap this list up with, what after all that talk of perverts and incestuous couplings! The school clubs as seen in anime have always been something of an enigma to me, as high-schooler growing up in Australia not only was I unaware of any extracurricular clubs that sated my interests but likewise I didn’t think they existed at all. But in anime (and presumably, by extension in Japan) after school clubs are practically half the reason to go to school more even if you have a disdain for classes! The idea of spending more time at school while simultaneously interacting with likeminded individuals seems like a strange dream and yet nearly every school-based anime has mention of an after-school club. I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did I’d want to reincarnate as a Japanese kid just so I could experience this world of after-school clubs for myself!

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And with that we’ve reached the end of the list, think I missed anything ~particularly~ Japanese about anime that should have been on the list? Leave me a comment below! Until next time, watch out for men… they’re all perverts remember!


Other Random Anime Related Lists:

10 Anime I Will Never Watch
10 Favourite Manga Cover Art
10 Biggest Boobs In Anime


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10 Best Anime ED’s of Summer 2018

My 10 Best Anime ED’s (Ending Songs) of the Summer 2018 season!

As with previous seasons the choices for ED (Ending) songs are always an embarrassment of riches, there’s just so much good anime music out there! Here is a list counting down the 10 Best Anime ED’s of Summer 2018 season!

~Number 10~
“Eternal Star” by Asaka from Island

Musically this song is pretty cliche, it could be any anime song from almost any other show but the vocals are just gorgeous and darn if I’m not a sucker for that random bit of ‘engrish’ thrown in throughout. “I’ll promise you eternity” indeed…

~Number 9~
“Sasameyuki” (Light Snowfall) by Wagakki Band from Holmes of Kyoto

Normally I don’t go in for that traditional Japanese sounding style of music but when it’s kicked up a notch with some rock stylings (much like Kakuriyo OP) I can’t help but love the contrast!

~Number 8~
“Prayer X” by King Gnu from Banana Fish

This song is just cool sounding and unique but also strangely reminiscent of a place and time I’ve never quite been in… Musically, this would not normally be my thing (make of that what you will), otherwise it’d probably place higher but there’s no denying it’s an extremely interesting track and one that probably benefits from listening to the full length version.

~Number 7~
“Sekaijū ga Koi wo Suru Yoru” by petit milady from The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

It’s freakin’ cute. Just too freakin’ cute! What else do you want me to say?!

~Number 6~
“Pray” by Haruka Chisuga from Angels of Death

The hardest thing about dropping Angels of Death this anime was season was missing out on this gorgeous song at the end of every episode. It’s simply beautiful while also retaining a mysterious mood about it that’s very hard to replicate.

~Number 5~
“Hoshie” (Star Drawing) by Sajou no Hana from Sirius the Jaeger

I always feel weird when I give an anime song this particular compliment, but… it sounds like an actual song I’d hear on the radio. And compared to some of the trash that passes for modern pop-music it’d be refreshing to hear something as good and interesting as this on the airwaves.

~Number 4~
“Sonna no Boku Ja Nai” by Shino Shimoji from Miss Caretaker of Sunohara Sou

It’s intimate and sensual but comforting and warm all the same. Plus the opening 30 seconds to this song are just so damn cool and pulsating and interesting I can’t help but love this song!

~Number 3~
“CheerS” by ClariS from Cells At Work!

I mean holy heck it’s ClariS, of course this song is amazing! And that’s not some kind of artist related bias, they just consistently perform top-notch music, and this is definitely no exception!

~Number 2~
“Saiaku no Hi demo Anata ga Suki.” by Serizawa from How Not To Summon A Demon Lord

Confession time. I don’t normally look up the lyrics for an anime song… sometimes we’re lucky and the person subtitling an anime bothers to translate the lyrics–which is always a bonus! But most of the time I’m judging these songs solely on the ~sound~ and what Japanese phrases I recognise (as well as the random ‘engrish’), not this one though. It’s a totally great song in of itself, but I just adore the lyrics for this song–so much so that were it not for them this song would have probably been number 7 or 8 on the list. Maybe they mean nothing to you but to me these lyrics are pretty special.

~Honourable Mention~
“Konpeki no al Fine” by Izu no Kaze from Grand Blue Dreaming

Like most of this show this ED is a joke, pure and simple. It’s a bunch of buff, drunk dudes singing (poorly) karaoke a song from a popular idol. It’s not a good song to listen by itself, hence why it can’t score a place on the ~actual~ list, but it’s just so much silly fun I couldn’t not mention it. Hence the ‘honourable mention’!

~Number 1~
“Inkyainparusu” by Hina Kino, Rika Nagae, & Konomi Kohara from Asobi Asobase

In my list of the Best OP’s of the season I lamented that it seemed like a lot of the ~really~ good metal songs seemed confined to anime for women (I hate using that phrase but you know what I mean), but here we are with Asobi Asobase to the rescue! And what’s even better is that isn’t some kind of joke metal song, perhaps in the context of the show the tongue is firmly planted in cheek but listening to the song removed from the show this is legitimate quality heavy metal that evokes the best of the likes of Cradle of Filth but with the vocals of the three female leads to accompany. I could legitimately listen to this song all day.

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And there we have it, my favourite of Summer 2018’s ED songs! What did you think? Agree, disagree? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for my list of the worst ED’s of this season coming soon!


Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018


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15 Best Anime OP’s of Summer 2018

My 15 Best Anime OP’s (Openings) of the Summer 2018 season!

Another season is upon us which means another massive assortment of OP (Opening) and ED (Ending) songs to listen to an arbitrarily rank! As always this list is purely subjective, though in an attempt to be as comprehensive as possible I have listened to every OP and ED of the season–even of shows I aren’t watching week-to-week in order to give an overview of what I personally think are the best and worst anime songs of Summer 2018. Remember I’m only judging the song not the show! Ordinarily I limit these lists to the top 10 (or even narrow then down to 5) but I don’t know what it is but this season just had an inordinate number of bangers! So let’s get things started with the 15 Best Anime OP’s of Summer 2018!

~Number 15~
“Eien no Hitotsu” by Yukari Tamura from Island

From the get-go this song just shouts (or rather calmly and beautifully sings) summertime feelings and good times! It’s just sweet and calm but not in a cloying or boring way!

~Number 14~
“Suripisu” by Hina Kino, Rika Nagae, & Konomi Kohara from Asobi Asobase

Here’s the thing about context, by itself this is a cute and light-hearted song with admittedly amateurish sounding vocals but a pretty cool and up-beat chorus. But in the context of the show this song is amazingly sarcastic… because the girls are nothing like they appear while singing this song and that kind of makes this more amazing… too bad I’m only judging the song and not the show…

~Number 13~
“Bitter Sweet Harmony” by Megumi Nakajima from Miss Caretaker of Sunohara Sou

I’m reminded (positively) of Laid Back Camp’s OP with this one, it’s just pure upbeat fun, kind of hard to fault other than the fact it doesn’t do anything particularly ‘new’ it just does what it does and does it well.

~Number 12~
“Sirius” by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets from Sirius the Jaeger

This song is just cool from beginning to end–not much else to say!

~Number 11~
“Ano Ko ni Dropkick” by Aina Suzuki, Nichika Omori, Miyu Kubota, Yurie Kozakai, Chiaki Omigawa, Rico Sasaki, & Riho Iida from Dropkick on My Devil!

I just love all the different levels to this song and yes, there is a somewhat gimmicky element of the song by having the characters talk to each other during the OP but it’s used in such a way that it doesn’t really interfere with how awesome sounding this song is–that driving drum beat that underlines the ‘heavier’ parts of the song is just so good. Plus I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the cutesy mid-song break which is just adorable.

~Number 10~
“One Room Sugar Life” by Akari Nanawo from Happy Sugar Life

A truly great OP can communicate the tone of the show it’s attached to, even without the visual accompaniment, and this is certainly a perfect example of this, it’s got the cute and upbeat vocals but with a kind of anxiety-driven and sinister musical accompaniment. Plus it’s just a great track!

~Number 9~
“Danger in my Tsūgakuro” (Danger in My School Commute) by Naomi Ōzora, Chiaki Omigawa, & Kaede Hondo from Chio’s School Road

Now here’s a song that just rocks, there’s something very old school about it too which is fun–but of course the vocals are very distinctly Japanese (as expected as it’s sung by the main girls of the show) but there’s no denying it’s a damn cool track!

~Number 8~
“Utsushiyo no Yume” (A Dream of the Temporal World) by Nano from Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast For Spirits

The first OP for Kakuriyo was a sublime masterpiece, not just among the best OP’s of the Spring 2018 anime season but just a fantastic track–so imagine my horror at learning that another band would even dare replace such a flawless track! Obviously this song isn’t as good as the first OP but to my surprise it’s actually really really great in a whole bunch of different ways than the first one while not completely disregarding that ancient Japanese sound (but just updating it ever-so slightly).

~Number 7~
“Eien Shōnen” (Forever Boys) by Yui Ogura from Music Girls

I’d be lying if I didn’t say a lot of the reason I love this song is that it’s absolutely my aesthetic when it comes to anime OP’s… it could practically be the theme song for Cute Girls Doing Cute Things as a genre!

~Number 6~
“One Unit” by Minami from Planet With

An amazing high energy track–but what else would you expect from Minami?

~Number 5~
“Braver” by Straightener from Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Man this song has so much emotion to the vocals even though I have no idea what he’s saying (and that’s fine). It kind of reminds me of a lot of the early 2000’s Western alt rock I listen to and that’s absolutely a good thing. I mean I’m all about anime and everything Japanese but I still love my Western music… I can’t quite pinpoint who I think this sounds like but I know I love it.

~Number 4~
“Futari no Hane” by YURiKA from Hanebado!

I don’t even know why I love this song so much, but I do… actually I know exactly what it is it’s that fractured chorus. Man, I could listen to this song all day… but we’ve still got more songs that are better than this!

~Number 3~
“VORACITY” by MYTH & ROID from Overlord III

Any OP that has the balls to be this batshit wild from the get-go deserves all the praise. It’s like a gothic hybrid of the Inspector Gadget theme song and it just pushes all the right buttons for me. “Very very crazy” indeed!

~Number 2~
“Heading to Over” by OLDCODEX from Free! Dive to the Future

Why do all the shows I have absolutely zero interest in have such badass openings? I mean this song is actual ~metal~ and as an ex-metalhead (kind of) I just kind of wish a cute girl show would go full metal for once… (actually never mind, it happened in the ED list for this season and I was deliriously happy about it, you’ll see soon enough!) Back on topic, yeah, what else can I say other than this song makes me want to watch buff anime boys swimming in a pool…

~Honourable Mention~
“Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” (Mission! Health First) by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Daisuke Ono, & Kikuko Inoue from Cells At Work!

Gosh this song is cute! So why in the ‘Honourable Mention’s and not the list proper? Well, it kind of doesn’t really work as a song without the context of the show… it fits it perfect but it’s also very situational a great OP but not really a great song by itself. Makes it hard to rate objectively hence the ‘Honourable Mention’!

~Number 1~
“found & lost” by Survive Said The Prophet from Banana Fish

If you’ve been following along with these lists throughout the months you’ll know that I’ve gone through many musical phases throughout my life and while the different genres that I’ve listened to never truly leave my playlist the songs that seldom get the skip are the songs from my ’emo’ phase. And hearing this OP it was like I was 17 again and with all the angst and self-loathing and bad relationship decisions that came with it. I’m definitely getting an early Senses Fail vibe from this song and that’s absolutely a good thing. I never said these lists would be impartial–just comprehensive.

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And there we have the Top 15 OP’s of the Summer 2018 anime season! Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you thought of the OP’s from this season! And stay tuned for 3 more Summer 2018 anime lists coming soon, the Best ED’s, the Worst OP’s and the Worst ED’s!


Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018


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10 Best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018 – Listing Compulsive

My Top 10 Anime OP’s of the 2018 Spring Season.

Well now that all(?) of the Anime for Spring 2018 have at least aired an episode likewise all the Opening Songs have been released and I have listened to ALL of them in preparation for these lists. The first list is for my 10 best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018! Like with the group of lists I did previously regarding the Winter 2018 OP‘s and ED’s there’s a few stipulations about song eligibility. First of all only OP songs that are 1 minute 30 seconds long are eligible, so no songs from short anime (unless of course they have full length openings). Also these choices are based solely on the quality of the song, not the anime or the animation during or any other factors. So with that in mind, let’s count down my 10 Best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018!

Number 10: “Diver’s High” by SKY-HI from Gundam Build Divers.

It’s cool and fresh and hip and all those other kinds of words kids don’t use anymore. The fact it can go through so many different musical moments in such a short span of time and not feel disjointed is a testament to the song’s quality!

Number 9: “Make Debut!” by Special Week (Azumi Waki), Silence Suzuka (Marika Kouno), Toukai Teio (Machico), Vodka (Ayaka Ohashi), Daiwa Scarlet (Chise Kimura), Sold Ship (Hitomi Ueda) and Mejiro McQueen (Saori Oonishi) from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby!

If you’ve read my other lists you already know I’m a sucker for songs sung by the voice actors, and this is certainly no exception. It’s just fun from beginning to end!

Number 8: “Winding Road” by MAN WITH A MISSION from Golden Kamuy.

There’s something nostalgic about this song, even though I don’t know what for exactly! It’s just a great damn song!

Number 7: “Touka no Manimani” by Nao Toyama from Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits.

Musically this song is just gorgeous and the fact that the main voice actress is singing it and singing it so beautifully is just great too. It’s got such energy and emotion and I can’t get enough of it!

Number 6: “Paradigm Box” by Ritsu Shikishima (Chiharu Sawashiro), Shougo Satake (Shunsuke Takeuchi) from Caligula.

Another song sung by the anime’s voice actors, except this time it’s the two main guys. And I’m not usually one to say this about male singing voices but the second guy’s voice is sexy! Oh and it’s a great song too…

Number 5: “BREAK IN TO BREAK OUT” by Lyn from PERSONA 5 the Animation.

Having listened to all of the Persona 5 soundtrack from having played the video game there’s a lot of great songs on it by Lyn, and while I don’t think this is the best out of all the songs she’s sung for this series, (it starts a bit slow) it’s got a damn addictive chorus with an infectious beat!

Number 4: “Bite” by LEO Imai from Megalo Box.

The best OP’s can make you want to watch a show without even seeing a second of the show, or at least I’ve always thought so. As is the case with this track, it’s so damn 80’s and I love it! It also sounds so unique amidst all the other OP’s this season. Also, more cowbell.

Number 3: “Binary Star” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Uru from The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the band Starship ought to be blushing bright red if they ever heard this OP, either that or calling their lawyers. The chorus sounds so much like the 1987 song ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ by Starship that I have to believe it was a loving homage. Regardless of the possible copyright infringement it’s also a beautiful song.

Number 2: “Merigo” by Cypress Ueno to Robert Yoshino ft. SKY-HI from Gurazeni.

It’s just so funky if the Number 4 pick was pure 80’s then this is the 70’s! But not in a dorky or uncool way, it’s just plain fun and I love every minute of it!

Number 1: “Growth Arrow” by OLDCODEX from Butlers x Battlers.

As I mentioned in my review for the first episode, I was struck by how much the vocalist for this sounds like the lead singer of one of my favourite bands ‘Poets of the Fall’ (despite them being Finland). And that’s something I just can’t help but love, maybe it influenced my decision to place this song at number one, but I stand by the fact that this is a rocking track and I happily proclaim it to be the best anime OP of Spring 2018!

I hope you enjoyed this list, let me know in the comments what you’re favourite opening song of the Spring anime line-up is! Coming up next week will be the Worst OP’s of Spring 2018!

10 Best Anime ED’s Winter 2018 – Listing Compulsive

My 10 Best Anime ED’s of the 2018 Winter season.

Hello and welcome back to Listing Compulsive, this weekly countdown blog I’ve got going! Well I’ve already covered my 10 best and 10 worst opening (OP) songs for the Winter 2018 anime season, might as well get the ending (ED) songs one’s done before the Spring season starts and I do it all over again! Listening to the many ending songs one thing was abundantly clear; the ending songs from this season were far more consistently better than the openings, by a wide margin in fact! Which as you can imagine made compiling both lists a lot more difficult!

As per the previous lists, I listened to every available ED track from the current anime season, but refrained from looking at the visuals, as this is a list ranked on audio alone. Also, while it may seem unfair, I have excluded any show that has a different ending song for every episode (or more than 3 in the space of a short run). So without further ado here are what I consider to be the 10 best anime ED’s of Winter 2018!

Number 10: “DIRTY BULLET” by TRI4TH from Hakata Tonoktosu Ramens.

‘There’s something super funky, and effortlessly cool about this track, kind of like something from Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack.’

Number 9: “Harvest Moon Night” by Mikochi & Konju from Hakumei and Mikochi

‘While not anywhere near as moving and sublime as the opening proved to be (it ended up at number 1 of my OP list despite never having watched the show!) it’s still a sweet and charming tune.’

Number 8: “Furu Biyori” by Eri Sasaki from Yuru Camp

‘There’s a fine line between meditative and boring, but somehow no matter how many times I hear this track I’m never bored.’

Number 7: “HUG tto! Miarai*Dreamer) by Cure Yell, Cure Ange and Cure Etoile from Hug tto! Precure

‘Imagine my surprise when a show I’ve never even heard of delivers such a bangin’ tune! High energy, high fun, what’s not to love?!’

Number 6: “I AM STANDING” by RUANN from March Comes In Like A Lion 2nd Season

‘I don’t know, is it just me or does this singer sound a lot like Sporty Spice? Weird thought I know, but I do enjoy this song a great deal, it’s different enough for me to take notice but weirdly nostalgic in a lot of unexpected ways.’

Number 5: “Miracle Colors☆Honjitsu mo Ijou Nashi!” by Colors☆Slash from Mitsuboshi Colors

‘Remember in my best of list where I said I can’t resist anime songs that feature the voice cast? Well, ditto☆.’

Number 4: “Ref:rain” by Aimer from Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

‘It’s Aimer, what else did you expect but a beautifully sung piece of music?’

Number 3: “PRIMALove” by ClariS from Beatless.

‘Another popular and reliable name in anime music, aside from the top tier vocals the beat is infectious and there’s a great sense of progression to the song, captured in such a short period of time. Hard to fault, really.’

Number 2: “Kedarmono Damono” by Kitsunetsuki from Killing Bites

‘You ever listen to an ending song and wonder why it wasn’t made the opening instead? Yeah, well this 100%. Also, I don’t know why but for some reason the song reminds me of High School of the Dead’s opening and Daria(!?)’s ending song. Yeah I don’t know…’

Before we get to the number one pick, here is an honourable mention!

Honourable Mention: “The Perfect World” by Marty Friedman from B: The Beginning

‘This is a really great song, and maybe it should be number one! But you know what stops it from being number one and the reason is going to sound really dumb, but it’s because the lyrics are too good. Namely, I can understand them because they’re all in English… I know I know! That shouldn’t disqualify a song, but for me it almost felt unfair, like here were all these Japanese language tracks and then suddenly BOOM, English lyrics and good ones too! Talk about playing dirty, but I guess it makes sense since it’s from a Netflix anime…’

And now the number one anime ED of Winter 2018 is!

Number One: “Suki no Skill” by Wake Up, Girls! from Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

‘I’ve heard mixed to bad things about this show, but when ‘Wake Up, Girls’ are on form, it almost doesn’t matter! Okay that’s probably not true, I haven’t seen this show but I just really dig this song! It’s not even that unique of a track, it doesn’t do anything particularly groundbreaking, it just does everything right it’s probably what I would call the ‘perfect example’ of an ending song, and that’s why it’s number one. Also it just sounds as cute as all heck!’

And that’s my 10 best anime ED’s of Winter 2018, but stay tuned because soon comes a list that was almost impossible to forge, the 10 5 worst anime ED’s! Thanks for reading!