Who doesn’t love rocking out to their favorite anime openings? I love to memorize (and translate) the lyrics so I can sing along. It’s a great way to learn Japanese.
What are some of my favorites themes? Here are some on my “upbeat” playlist, in no particular order.
1. “On My MiND” — Nana Maru San Batsu (a.k.a. Fastest Finger First)
Who would have thought a show about trivia would have a high-energy opening you’d hear in an action series? Quizzes are intense, okay?
2. “Pop Team Epic” — Pop Team Epic
Someone on YouTube called this song the first joke in Pop Team Epic. Why? Because it’s too good for this show. This show doesn’t even deserve a two-year-old banging on a toy xylophone for 90 seconds.
Instead, it got a catchy beat and deep-sounding lyrics about Big Brother watching you, the cycle of creation and destruction, and remaking the world. All attached to a show about two teenage girls with cat mouths who like to flip people off. Yep, the first joke.
3. “Kimi Ja Nakya Dame Mitai” (trans. “I Guess It Has To Be You”) — Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
I’ve gotta watch this show again. (Poor Chiyo.) Anyway, this was my favorite anime opening for a while, but “Pop Team Epic” beat it. Still love it, though.
4. “Uragiri No Yuuyake” (trans. “A Treacherous Sunset”) — Durarara!!
This is still my favorite Durarara!! opening. The later themes are good — especially “Day You Laugh” — but I love how this song makes you feel uneasy. That’s how you feel when you’re watching the show: on edge, uncomfortable, waiting for something to happen or watching everything erupt into chaos. If the first theme is supposed to set the tone for the show, this song did its job.
5. “Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” (trans. “Mission! Health First”) — Cells At Work
The other songs on this list are bold and have pounding beats. This one is…perky. Does it still pump me up? Yep! Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell are working hard to keep me healthy! (So are the Platelets. Yes, they’re cute.)
6. “DiVE!!” — Digimon Universe: Applimonsters
This is my new favorite Digimon opening theme. The season itself? Not my favorite, but I still liked it. Fingers crossed that it gets dubbed!
7. “Database” — Log Horizon
This song was so good, they kept it for season two. Good call. 85 percent is in English, so it’s the easiest opening on the list to sing along to.
That’s my list. Next time: anime openings that help me relax.