BentoByte is here for the fourteenth volume of Sunday Sounds. With the winter anime season coming to a close, I want to take a moment to point out some fantastic openings and endings from anime shown during the season. Take a look!
If you’ve been keeping up with the site, you’d know that we covered Death Parade, an anime produced by Madhouse. It was an interesting show and definitely one that kept us on our toes. However, without a doubt, the best part of the entire series was the opening song that gave absolutely no hint about the context of the show. Mind you, this is a good thing: surprises can be nice. Such a groovy, funky song with uptempo brass and powerful guitar sections leave you wanting more. Every time this song played, I just wanted to get up and grab someone and start dancing; it’s that good.
Kantai Collection was yet another show that surprised us. I mean, battleships? Who could make an interesting show about battleships? Well, to our surprise it was a show that kept us going despite its short run time. Usually, an anime will have either a really good opening song or a really good ending song. Kantai Collection is one of those rare few anime where the opening and the ending songs are of equal caliber. While the opening is fitting as an opening, with more rising sounds, “Fubuki” is a song that serves its purpose as a closing song, filled with more downward tones as if it were a march of sorts.
Punky Funky Love
Admittedly, I only started watching Kuroko no Basuke at the behest of one of my friends. They had begged me about a year or so ago to get into it; I watched an episode and dropped it. Then, I picked it back up and gave it another shot; I’m glad that I did. Kuroko no Basuke is one of those shows that I, honestly, did not expect to get so invested in. For a sports anime, it has a lot of action and the music in the show does a pretty good job at keeping you hyped up. GRANRODEO performs a lot of songs for the show, but the opening for the third season that aired this winter has to be one of the best ones. If there’s one thing GRANRODEO does right, it’s perform openings for sports anime, and Kuroko no Basuke stands far and above the rest.
Yatterman Night is a show that is definite sleeper status. Not many people paid attention to it but, for those that rode it all the way through, they were treated to one good show. The opening song, performed by Screen Mode, is inspirational and can drive you. Whatever it is about string sequences mixed with guitar riffs just creates this scene of power, a journey, and success. Honestly, this song feels like it belongs in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann; it’s got that same “reach for the stars” kind of feel to it and I like it.
This song took some getting used to. Initially, I didn’t like it, but as the second season of Aldnoah.Zero went on, it just grew on me. Eir Aoi is one of my favorite artists (having done songs such as “Sirius” for Kill la Kill and “Memoria” for Fate/Zero) so it was honestly no surprise that I would come to like this song. It fits the overall theme of the second season, which is about creation and bringing to life something entirely new. Even the production style of the song fits with Hiroyuki Sawano’s unique style of music. Overall, it’s just a nice complement to the series as a whole.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Sunday Sounds! Sunday Sounds will return on April 12th for more music straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- Flyers – BRADIO
- Fubuki – Shiena Nishizawa
- Punky Funky Love – GRANRODEO
- Kyokugen Dreamer – Screen Mode
- Genesis – Eir Aoi