Hello ACG lovers! Happy Friday, and welcome to the first post of the “Top 5” series. In the following weeks, I will write several posts about my top 5s in the field of ACG. This week, I would like to introduce to you the top 5 of my favorite “brain-washing” anime theme songs. I will include the YouTube link of each song, please enjoy!
No. 5 Guren no Yumiya (紅蓮の弓矢)
Attack on Titan created a blast in 2013, so did its theme song. That was my senior year in high school, and I can hear my anime-loving friends humming Guren no Yumiya at least one time per day. It has a easy-learning melody and a lot of German words, which are easier than Japanese to pronounce accurately.
The fight song has a very close connection to the plot. In the story, humans live in a country inside of three high walls, trying to eliminate the brutal titans from the world outside. The titans seem to be the predators, and the human are like the prey. However, the first line of the song is the call for the human to stand up and rise in revolt:
Seid ihr das Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jäger!
Are you the food? No, we are the hunters!
No. 4 A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ)
It is an old song, but it has been always unforgettable, easy to learn, and brain-washing. It is the theme song of the 1995 anime bangumi Neon Genesis Evangelion (EVA). In the lyrics, the writer used a lot of religious and philosophical terms to refer to the Bible and the image of mother, so that the song can resonate more with the plot of the show.
Ever since its first appearance, many voice actors and singers have made their own versions of this song. Last year, it even appeared on the 66th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen, which is the annual Japanese concert for New Year’s eve. From that we can see how much influence this song has.
No. 3 Only My Railgun
First appeared in 2009, this song is the theme song of A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲レールガン). Although Yoshino Nanjo, the singer, was a new member of the band fripSide, this song won the best anime theme song award in 2010 during the 15th Animation Kobe.
Now, this song has become one of the most popular songs in the ACG world. Its lyrics is full of energy, and the passionate music works with the lyrics to bring the listeners strength and hope.
When the song says “as long as my heart still calls me, I will never let anyone stop my steps to the future”, do you feel the strong hope toward your life tomorrow?
No. 2 Ikenai Borderline (いけないボーダーライン)
The name of this song means “tabooed borderline”. Sung by Walküre, a Japanese band, this song has been vigorously followed by a lot of anime viewers around the world. Although it is only an interlude of the anime bangumi Macross Delta, it has been widely spread out and “brain-washed” hundreds of people.
The most famous line of this song is certainly the beginning of the chorus. In China, anime fans use the line “girigiri ai” to make hundreds of gifs to show how much they love the song, and how much they are addicted to it. Here is one example.
Anyway…be prepared before clicking the following link to play the song. You might start dancing as the two kids above as well.
No. 1 aLIEz
This is the most brain-washing anime song at all times. It is originally written by Hiroyuki Sawano, and sung by the famous Japanese voice actor Nana Mizuki. As the second postlude of the anime Aldnoah Zero, its first appearance gave rise to a huge wave of support by fans of the anime.
The song has a highly enthusiastic tone, and the lyrics are calling for the listeners to fight for justice. The singer’s fantastic voice and the passionate melody make the song more attractive that you cannot stop but repeating it over and over. Many fans around the world give aLIEz the name “the song of nuclear explosion” to show their appreciation.
Here are my top 5 list of the most brain-washing anime songs, and I hope you have enjoyed listening to them. If you have any music recommendations, comments, or other topics that you would like me to talk about, please contact me in comments or through the “contact me” link.
At last, try not to let these songs stuck in your head, good luck!