This is the tenth volume of BentoByte’s Sunday Sounds. I can’t believe that we’ve been here for ten weeks, listening to some music. For today’s volume, I’ve got some of my favorite anime openings and endings for you. So let’s get this show on the road!
AKINO from bless4
Now, if you all haven’t been keeping up with Kantai Collection, that’s okay; when the show wraps up, I’ll be doing a season review of it for the readers (hint: it’s a good show). The show is good on two fronts: one, it’s a definite sleeper hit in that people who simply glance at it are going to miss out on some excellent content. Secondly, it’s one of those rare shows that have a good opening and a good ending song. Usually, an anime will have one or the other. The opening for this song is very powerful, almost as if it were a call to action: very fitting for a show about battleships.
No pain, No gain
nano has long been a favorite artist of mine. I have all of her music downloaded and she’s always my go-to artist when I’m in the mood for music. When I watched BTOOOM! about a year or so ago, that was my first exposure to her voice. Instantly, I was drawn in by her powerful delivery. I honestly had mistaken her for a male singer, but that’s her entire deal; she’s able to sing in a male and a female register, elevating her to an entirely new performance level. BTOOOM! was an alright anime, but it definitely needed more than twelve episodes to flesh its premise out.
The Irregular at Magic High School is one anime that I will never forget. Technology that was akin to magic is a concept that’s not greatly explored in media, but that show did it justice. LiSA’s vocals on its opening distract you from the show in a good way; you’d expect it to feel like the opening, but it’s not. Additionally, you’d expect the show to have a more…futuristic opening, but it feels very modern. Everything about this song is just right. It’s active, it’s strong, it just wants you to go out and take what’s yours.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was…peculiar. The plot was very loose–which is a vital part of a show that I criticize often–but everything else was so wild and over the top that I honestly forgot what I was watching the show for. With so much happening so fast, it was nice to hear an ending that was more…calm. Chill, even. Aimee Blackschleger’s voice is one I’m finding comes up a lot more than I anticipated, but I’m totally okay with this because it just works. “Fallen Angel” is one of those songs that I can play when I need to mellow out after a long day. It sounds groovy, yet feels like it can easily help you unwind.
A favorite here among the staff at BentoByte, as said multiple times, is Psycho-Pass. There’s nothing about it that I don’t like other than the fact that there isn’t more of it. The entire premise of the show has a lot of possibility for growth and expanding. The ending for Psycho-Pass 2 uses the talents of EGOIST to give an ending that can’t be forgotten. In the first Psycho-Pass, the songs felt like they were about Kogami. However, the songs for Psycho-Pass 2 felt like they revolved more around Akane, and rightfully so: she was the central character of the second season, after all.
Honestly, if you haven’t heard this song, you’ve been living under a rock. Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a hallmark anime. It still is. It took the magical girl genre, flipped it on its head, and then made you wish it was a regular magical girl anime. With all the torment and pain and frustration of watching this show, I can honestly say that it was worth every single second. When I first heard “Magia”, right off the bat from the first episode, I got a chill up my spine. What is such a dark, haunting song doing in such a cute show? Little did I know that this gothic tune would be the precursor to a wild ride of a show. From the chorus of voices these ladies put out to the haunting overtone of the song as a whole, there’s no doubt that this song is one of my favorite anime endings of all time.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Sunday Sounds. Be sure to come back next week for more music straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- miiro – AKINO from bless4
- No pain, No gain – nano
- Rising Hope – LiSA
- Fallen Angel – Aimee Blackschleger
- Fallen – Egoist
- Magia – Kalafina