I think after 15+ years of watching dozens of different anime movies and television series I can now say with some confidence that I’m an anime fan. Sure, it hasn’t all been great and in some instances it’s been downright terrible, but on the whole I think I’ve got a lot more positive things to say about anime than I do negatives. One thing I think we can all agree on, experts and “casuals” alike, is that anime has some pretty friggin’ awesome music.
Anime TV series in particular feature a constant rotation of new songs in the form of openings and endings: one-and-a-half to two minute “bookends” near the start and end of each episode featuring music combined with unique and eye-catching animation. A lot of times these little animated music videos are the only part of the anime I’ve actually seen, and sometimes these little bookends are so enjoyable that they actually rise above the series itself. I’ve had these sorts of songs stuck in my head more times than I can count, and today I thought I’d shine a light on a few in particular that I love, specifically from anime openings.
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This past week was a bit of a rough patch for me, downtime-wise, on account of Work Reasons That I Don’t Want To Talk About, and as a result I’ve been feeling a bit sulky. Fortunately I am prepared for just such an occasion in the form of a whole playlist of terrible, wonderful music that for some reason gets me back in a good mood. As I was driving home from work the other day, cranking the music up and singing along (badly), I had a flash of, well, I guess you could call it inspiration for lack of a better word.
“You know what would be fun? Taking a couple songs from my terrible musical library and posting my thoughts online for a bunch of random strangers to make fun of! Also, maybe grab a Pepsi.”
Anyway, now that I’ve got my carbonated beverage of choice in hand and an hour or so to kill, how about another edition of One Hundred Words, where I focus on terribly cheesy music no grown man should ever sing along to, but that I absolutely do. If this doesn’t destroy whatever credibility I have left, I don’t know what will.
This is a good idea!
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