#1 Edited by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

Tireyo's Personal Appeal

Anime is actually still a genre that is very unfamiliar territory to me. However, last year when I started to really watch some anime, good and bad, I've realized that there is some great music hidden within all these shows and movies that go unrecognized by many folks. To recognize their hard work, AgentJ, CloudEnvy and I have picked out songs we like from different anime shows or movies!

I must say that doing this was very tough for me to do as I went through song after song searching for something I like and want to share with everyone. Even though I've came across some ear bleeding music that made me want to stop and turn completely away at times from making and starting this, it was completely worth it! Out of all the things I've listened to, I have never come across such a great music selection from a genre that I don’t necessarily watch a lot of. There are a lot of beautiful classical style, orchestrated, rock and many other genres that come from this unlikely source that is anime.

There are a few songs that I think need special attention on my part. “Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig – Living inside the Shell” makes me think of a singer that I like very much, which is Seal. I think if Seal was to sing this song, it would turn out rather nice as I think it would be something that he would sing! I like the song as it is though, and it is well worth listening to. Last year I watched Mushi-shi and very much loved it. Another thing I loved about this anime was the music. The whole soundtrack to me is amazing, but no song has stood out to me quite like the song that plays at the beginning, The Sore Feet Song. Just like Mushi-shi, I’ve came to really enjoy Cowboy Bebop’s entire soundtrack as well, but I believe that “Tank” is one of the best songs that was ever made for the beginning of a show. Also, there is one song that I couldn't stop laughing at once I heard it, and that would be Super Hero from Lupin the Third. It’s retro charm, quirkiness, and beat is hard to ignore!

Again, even though anime is unfamiliar territory for me, it doesn't mean that I didn't grow up watching some sort of anime! The few anime that I have watched would be Tenchi Muyo, Pokemon, and the one and only Dragonball Z. It would be very wrong of me not to even mention anime that I’ve grew up with and liked! Out of those three, Pokemon was the most memorable, which makes Dragonball Z being second, and Tenchi Muyo last. In my opinion, the one that had the best opening theme is Tenchi Muyo, but the one with the best soundtrack is Pokemon. So take a listen to the songs I've picked from my childhood anime favorites!

Special Thanks

I want to give special thanks to AgentJ and CloudEnvy for working on this Anime Jukebox with me. Be sure to read what they have said in their appeals and listen to their amazing song selections as well. I also give special thanks to ZombiePie for recommending and introducing me to the anime Metropolis, as it has an outstanding soundtrack. Also, my thanks goes to Giant Bomb's very own SexyToad for making AgentJ's, CloudEnvy's, and my song selections into YouTube playlists for your convenience!

Ending Comments

All songs are worth checking out, so I do hope you all will take a listen. Please feel free to leave your comments, recommendations or contributions to the jukebox (as it’s not complete without your help!), rants, or praise. Also, please link your songs rather than embedding them. Be kind, because we want everyone to be able to view and contribute to this jukebox without any issues with loading times or crashing. Enjoy! =-)

Tireyo's Song List

Here's my YouTube playlist!

  1. Akira - Kaneda's Theme
  2. Angel Beats – Unjust Life
  3. Baccano! – Guns and Roses
  4. Berserk – Tell Me Why
  5. Bleach - Invasion
  6. Chobits – Fast Forward (Pantsu theme)
  7. Clannad – Town, Flow of Time, People (Also A New Life Reborn)
  8. Code Geass - Innocent Days
  9. Cowboy Bebop - Tank (Also Piano Black)
  10. Darker Than Black - Ignition
  11. Death Note – L’s Theme
  12. Dragonball Z – The Dragon Theme (Also Perfect Cell)
  13. Durarara!! – He’s Such a Coward that He Can Laugh
  14. Eden of the East – Falling Down
  15. Elfin Lied – Ametsuyu
  16. Eureka Seven - I've Got It
  17. Fairy Tail - Main Theme
  18. Fruits Basket – Jokyoku Overture
  19. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood – Lullaby of Resembool
  20. Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid – Shissou
  21. Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig - Living Inside the Shell
  22. Grave of the Fireflies – Ending Theme
  23. Gurren Lagann – Ten wo Tsuke
  24. Honey and Clover - Yamanai Ame
  25. Howl’s Moving Castle – Main Theme
  26. InuYasha - Fate and Love
  27. Kanon - Fuyu no Hanabi
  28. Last Exile – Beautiful Fields
  29. Lupin the Third – Super Hero
  30. Metropolis - There'll Never Be Goodbye (Also I Can't Stop Loving You) / (Recommendations made by ZombiePie)
  31. Mushi-shi – Sore Feet Song (Also Tabi Wo Suru Numa)
  32. My Neighbor Totoro - The Path of Wind
  33. Naruto – Hinata’s Theme
  34. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Requiem
  35. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Decisive Battle
  36. Nurarihyon no Mago - Youen naru
  37. One Piece – The Very Very Very Strongest
  38. Persona 4: The Animation - Beauty of Destiny (Special Mix)
  39. Pokemon - Battle (VS Trainer) (2)
  40. Princess Mononoke – The Journey to the West (Also Ashitaka's Theme)
  41. Sailor Moon - Listen To Your Heart
  42. Samurai Champloo – Sincerely
  43. Sazae San - Opening Theme (Vintage 1960s Anime)
  44. Soul Eater - Konfrontation (Also So Scandalous)
  45. Speed Racer - The Original TV Theme Song
  46. Spirited Away – Dragon Boy (Also One Summer's Day)
  47. Summer Wars - King Kazma Theme
  48. Tenchi Muyo - Intro Theme
  49. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Kawaranai Mono (Strings Version)
  50. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Kouchou Kouchou
  51. The Secret World of Arrietty – Arrietty’s Theme (Also The Neglected Garden)
  52. Trigun - Big Bluff
  53. Whisper of the Heart - Country Roads
  54. Wolf’s Rain – Go To Rakuen
  55. Yu-Gi-Oh - Yusei Theme

FINALE: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie - Gotta Knock A Little Harder

AgentJ's Personal Appeal

Hi, I'm AgentJ. You may not remember me, but back in the day I was a Giantbomb forum regular. Since then, life has largely eliminated my opportunity to participate in video game forums (there are some less nerd-tastic frights I frequent these days) but have come back into the gaming fold in recent months with a new 5GPM policy (as in, finish five games per month). I'm currently on the last vestiges of my PSP collection, having already finished The 3rd Birthday and now on Valkyria Chronicles 2 and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth.

Anime was another hobby that I stepped away from for a few years, before a couple of titles in 2009 and 2010 pulled me back in. My experience with the medium goes back to the 90's, with Gundam Wing and other Toonami regulars. Thanks to a certain site that shall remain nameless, my Ipod has been populated with my favorite tracks for many a year. Below are some of the top pieces I have retained, but before that a few awards:

Worst anime with best music: Guilty Crown

Best music-centric anime: BECK

Best overall soundtrack: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Best Openings (also found below): Hitomi no Tsubasa, Rise, Almateria, Chain

Best OSTs (also found below): Dante, Mezame, My Song, God Knows, Moon on the Water

Best Endings: Foss Fuzz, Fly me to the Moon, Ride on Shooting Star

AgentJ's Song List

Here's my YouTube playlist!

  1. Air Gear - Chain
  2. Angel Beats - My Song
  3. Appleseed - Good Luck
  4. Beck - Moon on the Water (also, "Face")
  5. Black God - Irodori no Nai Sekai
  6. Black Lagoon - Red Fraction
  7. Bleach - Ichirin no Hana
  8. Chrono Crusade - Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line
  9. Clannad - Megumeru
  10. Code Geass - Hitomi no Tsubasa (also "Continued Story")
  11. Deadman Wonderland - One Reason
  12. Deathnote - Light's Theme
  13. Durarara - Complication
  14. Ergo Proxy - Kiri
  15. E's Otherwise - Tonight/Midnight
  16. Eureka Seven - Days
  17. Eyeshield 21 - Blaze line
  18. Fate/Stay Night - Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi Ni
  19. FLCL - Ride on Shooting Star
  20. Fullmetal Alchemist - Dante
  21. Gankutsuou - We Were Lovers
  22. Get Backers - Barario no Sekai
  23. Ghost in the Shell - Cyber Bird (also "Rise")
  24. Great Teacher Onizuka - Driver's High
  25. Guilty Crown - My Dearest
  26. Gundam Seed Destiny - Pride (also "Fields of Hope")
  27. Gundam Wing - White Reflection
  28. Gurren Lagann - "Libera Me"
  29. .Hack/Sign - Obsession
  30. High School of the Dead - Fuss Fuzz
  31. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni - Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
  32. Jubei Chan - Main Theme
  33. Le Chevalier D'Eon - Born
  34. Magnitude 8.0 - Kimi no Uta
  35. Mai Hime - Mezame
  36. Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - God Knows
  37. Naruto - Seishun Kyoushoku
  38. Negima - 1000 Sparking
  39. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Fly me to the Moon
  40. Ore no Imouto - Irony
  41. Outlaw Star - Suzuka
  42. Paranoia Agent - Yome no Shima Shinen Kouen
  43. The Place Promised in our Early Days - Kimi no Koe
  44. Sailor Moon - Moonlight Densetsu
  45. Samurai Champloo - Battlecry
  46. Spice and Wolf - Tabi no Tochuu
  47. Tales of Symphonia The Animation - Almateria
  48. Trigun - H.T.
  49. Voices of a Distant Star - Through the Years and Far Away
  50. Yu Yu Hakusho - Hohemi no Bakudan

FINALE: 5cm Per Second - One More Time, One More Chance

CloudEnvy's Personal Appeal

Animation has always interested me as an art form so it was inevitable that I would one day get into anime. It's a flexible medium capable of taking great risks due to the very limited audience, airing time and budget, sadly it's also capable of shows being overly similar to each other. At times it's probably been a bigger part of my life than I like to admit and I have waded through more bad than good, that's for sure, but somehow it all becomes worth it when you get reminded just how much creativity this medium is capable of.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that people should really give it a shot. Ask people for recommendations or go hunt for titles on your own, I'd be surprised if there isn't something out there for everyone even if it's just a show or two.

Oh, and some of the music is cool too.

CloudEnvy's Song List

Here's my YouTube playlist!

  1. Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai - Treats and Goblins
  2. Aria The Animation - AQUA
  3. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai - Last Train Home ~ Still Far
  4. Bakemonogatari - Ika, Kaisou (Also Kimino Shiranai Monogatari, and Hyouri)
  5. Birdy The Mighty - Main Theme -SIDE BIRDY-
  6. Black Rock Shooter - Black Rock Shooter 2M MIX
  7. Bounen no Xamdou - Shut Up and Explode
  8. Byousoku 5 Centimeter - END THEME
  9. Chihayafuru - Shouri e no Michi
  10. Dennou Coil - Hyouryuu
  11. Dog Days - M01
  12. Eve no Jikan - CODE:LIFE
  13. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - again
  14. Giant Robo - Rush! Issei & Yohshi
  15. Guilty Crown - Departure ~ Blessings
  16. Haibane Renmei - Free Bird
  17. Hanasaku Iroha - Koudousuru Shoujo Tachi
  18. Hyouka - Cello Suite No.1 in G Major
  19. Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku - Run Up
  20. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Bloody Stream (Also Roundabout)
  21. Jormungand - TIME TO ATTACK
  22. K - K's Theme
  23. Katanagatari - Bahasa Palus (Also hakushi kassai utaawase)
  24. Kiki's Delivery Service - On a Clear Day
  25. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - Innocent Starter
  26. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st - Don't be long
  27. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - Magia
  28. Mawaru Penguindrum - Boys Come Back to Me
  29. Medaka Box - Killing the Game and got it!!
  30. Medaka Box Abnormal - Watashi ha Bakemono de Il yo
  31. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Cruel Angel's Thesis
  32. Nichijou - Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C
  33. Nisemonogatari - Shide no Tori
  34. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki - Okaasan no Uta
  35. Psycho-Pass - Dominator
  36. Sakamichi no Apollon - Moanin'
  37. Samurai Champloo - Shiki no Uta
  38. Seirei no Moribito - Yakusou Shi ga Iku
  39. Shingeki no Kyojin - Guren no Yumiya
  40. Shinsekai Yori - Wareta Ringo
  41. Steins;Gate - Hacking to the Gate
  42. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu - Ready?
  43. Sword of the Stranger - Ihojin no Yaiba
  44. Tari Tari - Reflectia
  45. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Rap wa Kan no Tamashii da!
  46. The Idolm@ster - Yakusoku
  47. The Twelve Kingdoms - Fuushun
  48. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun -Doredake Kibou wo Motta noka
  49. Usagi Drop - Wakare 2
  50. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou - Furusato no Nioi

FINALE: Cardcaptor Sakura - Platinum

#2 Posted by SexyToad (2739 posts) -

Whoo, sure hope Inuyasha is in there somewhere, I don't remember seeing it while creating the playlists.

#3 Posted by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

@sexytoad: There is one! It's number 26 on my list.

#4 Edited by Ezakael (871 posts) -

Darker Than Black, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Ghost in the Shell, Full Metal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, .Hack//Sign. I approve these lists very much. Some very good choices. Since you mention contributions I certainly have a few songs that I love. Hopefully I'm not repeating any that have already been mentioned.

  1. Darker Than Black - Deadly Work
  2. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood - Hologram
  3. Serial Experiments Lain - Duvet
  4. D.Gray Man - Innocent Sorrow
  5. Kara No Kyoukai - Shiki's Theme

That's what I got for now. Those are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head that haven't already been said.

#5 Posted by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

@ezakael: Thanks! Those are good songs.

#7 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

Going to zone out to these playlists later. Thanks for sharing!

And Guilty Crown was okay as long as you disregard any part that wasn't the second quarter or so.

#8 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1681 posts) -
#9 Posted by Teoball (530 posts) -
#10 Edited by Hunter5024 (5174 posts) -

I added a bunch of these songs to my ipod. Good work guys!

#11 Edited by TobbRobb (4408 posts) -

@alexandersheen: Yes thank you. That Gintama song is exactly what I was missing.

#12 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4671 posts) -

@tobbrobb: There is sooo much more great music like that in Gintama, but that is the one that I like the most.

You want some rippin' guitar action?

More serious toned battle songs?

You feel like you want to cry?

Or you just want to feel good about yourself for a change?

And this is just the tip of the ice berg. Say what you will about the anime, but its soundtrack is fantastic.

#13 Edited by gaminghooligan (1347 posts) -

I may be alone here but I love this one:

Lithium Flower- Ghost in the Shell

Also I just watched the Cowboy Bebop movie and Knock a Little Harder has been on repeat. Good finale!

#15 Edited by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

I made favorite openings and favorite end song lists when I was a semi-regular over on Anime Vice. No time for it these days. I have enough trouble keeping my MAL list up to date. I think I've said this in other posts, but when it comes to music, the only thing I listen to currently is jazz and jpop. I'm obsessed with Perfume these days. Anyway, like a few above me, I will refrain from listing songs that have already been mentioned. Links lead to anime OP/ED's on the left and as stated on the right.

  1. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko -- "Os-Uchujin" by Erio o Kamatte-chan [Asuka Ogame & Shinsei Kamatte-chan] [full version]
  2. Lucky Star -- "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" by Aya Hirano, Emiri Katou, Kaori Fukuhara & Aya Endo from Lucky Star [live version]
  3. K-On! -- "Fuwa Fuwa Time" by Aki Toyosaki, Yōko Hikasa, Satomi Sato, Minako Kotobuki, & Ayana Taketatsu [live version]
  4. Negima!--"Happy Material" sung by the voice cast of Negima! [live 31 girl version]
  5. InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale -- "Grip!" by Every Little Thing [PV]
  6. Gintama -- "Wo Ai Ni" by Hitomi Takahashi and BEAT CRUSADERS [PV]
  7. Naruto Shippuden -- "Nagare Boshi ~Shooting Star~" by HOME MADE Kazoku [PV]
  8. Nurarihyon no Mago -- "Sunshine" by Monkey Majik [full version]
  9. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 -- "M/elody" by Shion Tsuji [PV]
  10. Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge -- "Akai Coat" by Suneohair [PV]
  11. Nodame Cantabile -- "Allegro Cantabile" by SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH [PV]
  12. So Ra No Wo To -- "Hikari no Senritsu" by Kalafina [live version]
  13. Chobits -- "Let Me Be With You" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino [remix]
  14. Yakitate!! Japan -- "Merry Go Round" by Mai Hoshimura [PV]
  15. Fairy Tail -- "Gomen ne Watashi" by Shiho Nanba [PV]
  16. Beelzebub -- "Nanairo Namida" by Tomato n' Pin [PV]
  17. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru -- "Downtown" by Maaya Sakamoto [live version]
  18. Keroro Gunsou (Sgt. Frog) -- "AFRO Gunsou" by DANCE MAN [full version]
  19. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt -- "Fly Away" by Teddyloid [dubstep version]
  20. R.O.D -The TV -- "R.O.D. (Instrumental)" by YKZ [full version]
  21. Slayers Revolution --"Revolution" by Megumi Hayashibara [live version]
  22. Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden -- "Twinkle Twinkle" by Secret [PV]
  23. City Hunter -- "Earth" by Psy-S [full version]
  24. Full Metal Panic! -- "Tomorrow" by Mikuni Shimokawa [live version]
  25. Magic Knight Rayearth -- "Hikari to Kage wo Dakishimeta Mama" by Naomi Tamura [live cover by Kalafina]
  26. Fresh Pretty Cure! -- "You make me happy!" by Momoko Hayashi [English version]
  27. One Piece --"Kokoro no Chizu" by BOYSTYLE [PV]
  28. Bleach -- "Life is a Boat" by Rie Fu [live version]
  29. Outlaw Star -- "Hiru no Tsuki" by Arai Akino [full version]
  30. Macross; Do You Remember Love? -- "Ai Oboete imasuka" by Mari Iijima [live cover by Megumi Nakajima of Macross Frontier]

Finale: Eureka Seven -- "Himitsu Kichi (Secret Base)" by Kozue Takada [full version AMV]

These are the cream of the crop for me, although there are certainly more anime songs I've enjoyed. Enough is as good as a feast, as they say.

#16 Posted by Tireyo (6382 posts) -
#18 Edited by ArclightBorealis (1563 posts) -

Pleased to see Cloud Envy put Treats and Goblins from Abenobashi in his list. Such a catchy tune. Good show as well.

#19 Posted by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

There are many shows I haven't even watched, but I appreciate the music. Also, thanks!

#20 Edited by DocHaus (1286 posts) -
#21 Edited by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

@dochaus: Looking forward to it, and will listen to it later! Haven't been on lately because of my laptop is screwed up, so I've been drawing instead.