My Favourite Anime Openings and Endings Part Two

Snow Tidings. ^^/

This is a continuation from my previous blog post. The last blog post I waffled briefly about Anime and my favourite Anime openings from this season. This blog is about my favourite Anime endings from this season.^^’

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My Favourite Ending Songs

5.Wanna be the Strongest in the World

Fan Fanfare!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MZJ3hOMn14

Kover Ani 3, 2013. Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritait ED PV. Available at:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MZJ3hOMn14&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by Sweet Diva which comsists of five Japanese voice actors, who also perform as certain characters in this Anime. =D

Why I like This:

It’s just fun to listen to. It’s very energetic. =D

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4.Ore no Nounai…OreNome. 😉

Taiyou to Tsuki no Cross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBAwLPVQwqo

Desukanki, 2013. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru ED [1080 HD]. Available at:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBAwLPVQwqo&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This video has three versions. The song was performed by TWO-Formula.

Why I like This:

For some reason I feel an air of something unfulfilled- like unrequited love. I’m judging that by the way the singer is singing and by the way that the guitars were strumming. XD In all three versions the girls looked quite sad, so yes, I have a feeling that this represents unrequited love. I don’t like sad things but I think this is very nice. It’s sad yet beautiful.

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3.Non Non Biyori

Non Non Biyori

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClC-qZ6G0_I

エルヴィンスミス, 2013. 【のんのんびよりED】 「のんのん日和」 FULL 歌詞付 高音質. Available at:

< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClC-qZ6G0_I&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

I couldn’t find the ending video so I’m going to share with you the full version of this song instead! =D This song was performed by the entire acting cast.

Why I like This:

It was executed brilliantly, in my opinion. 🙂 This song has a very good feel to it. It makes me feel very happy listening to it. It’s simple but very, very effective.

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2.Infinite Stratos 2

BEAUTIFUL SKY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo8dfs0l5ls

TheBlackReaper375, 2013. IS Infinite Stratos 2 ED (Lingyin Ver). Available at:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo8dfs0l5ls&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This video has different versions with different female characters posing in the background. This is the Lingyin version. This was performed by the Infinite Stratos 2 cast; Yoko Hikasa, Yukana, Asami Shimoda, Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue, Chiwa Saito and Suzuko Mimori.

Why I like This:

This song is just awesome. I love the combination/contrast of different singing voices with different singing styles mashed against each other. I also find it very fascinating how the characters are running in sync with each other. That’s without doubt my favourite part. I wondered if BEAUTIFUL SKY was going to be as good as the first season’s ending, SUPER STREAM, but in my opinion it’s just as good.^^

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1.Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

Maware! Setsugetsuka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jdWFcKeFRs

AxeVisionX, 2013. [Ending] Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai. Available at:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jdWFcKeFRs&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by the cast; Hitomi Harada, Ai Kayano and Yui Ogura. There are three ending versions of this song, I’ve shared the Hitomi Harada/Yaya version.^^

Why I like This:

Infinite Stratos do great songs but for me there was no ending theme that I was going to like more than this one. I find this song too irresistible, I constantly want to play it over and over again and never get tired of it. The video is quite quirky and surreal but it doesn’t matter since it’s just that great. =D

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Unfortunately this season’s Anime is pretty much finished since the autumn season is nearly over. At some point, after Christmas, I’m going to share with you what Anime I watched and tell you my thoughts. I hope you look forward to it.

It’s no secret that I created this blog to talk about how I handle social situations and how I cope with Autism. However,  I feel that it is necessary to talk about my thoughts and my keen interests, like Anime for example. 🙂

1 more sleep until Chrimbo, hoho. 😀

Happy Christmas everyone,

Ryan.

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My Favourite Anime Openings and Endings Part One

Snow Tidings! ^^/

All my Christmas cards are all sent and I bought all my presents for family and friends. I’m definitely done for Christmas …or so I thought. Here I was thinking to myself that I had nothing else to do when I suddenly remembered that I have yet to wrap any presents. XD! I’m not worried though, last year I wrapped all my presents on Christmas morning (whilst avoiding Father Christmas ;-)).

I mentioned in the first blog that one of my keen interests is Anime, and so, I’m going to talk about Anime in this very blog. =D

I’m going to be talking about my favourite Anime songs but before I do I’m going to give you a run down what Anime is in case you haven’t heard of it before. Whether my explanation makes sense or not remains to be seen.  ;-D

In short Anime (pronounced An-e-may) is a Japanese animated show- basically a cartoon. An Anime can be identified by the animated characters in the show. The face and eyes are not necessarily drawn to match the proportion of their body. A character’s eyes are especially drawn big to exemplify the cute and innocence of the character. Young female characters especially have big eyes to add to the attraction of their appearance.

The best examples of Anime (the plural of Anime is Anime) I can think of from the top of my head…Pokémon, Spirited Away, My Neighbour is Totoro, Dragon Ball, Death Note, One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Yu-Gi-Oh and Hello Kitty. The latter is probably more popular as a merchandise rather than as a TV series. ^^’

I’m going to go into depth about Anime some other time but for now I’m going straight to the point.^^

Japanese Animated shows are aired in four seasons:

  • Winter Season (January – March)
  • Spring Season (April-June)
  • Summer Season (July-September)
  • Autumn Season (October-December) <- This is the current Anime season

There are usually 12 or 13  Anime episodes per season. Some Anime are continuously aired and will not stop unless it’s either cancelled or the story is finished. Sazae-San, for example, has been airing on Japanese television since 1969. Last September the Guinness Book of Records recognised Sazae-San as the longest running animated show in the history of television. *clap, clap, clap*

Each Anime programme contains an opening song and an ending song. I’m going to share with you my personal top five favourite opening and ending songs from this season. However, I’m going to share them through the magic of YouTube. 😉

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My Favourite Opening Songs


5. Monogatari Second Season

Happy Bite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Y1Q11hNY4

JOS pk, 2013. Monogatari Series Second Season Opening 2 [720p].

Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Y1Q11hNY4&gt;

[Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song is performed by Emiri Katou who portrays one of the key characters in this Anime- Mayoi. The character Mayoi is the girl you see in this video. She is very funny and very cheeky! Believe it or not Emiri is actually singing in character- singing as how her character would sing. To me, that takes one heck of a lot of talent. =D Singing is one thing but singing as your character is a whole lot different.

This was Monogatari Second Season’s second opening.

Why I like This:

I have no strong reason to like this except that I enjoyed watching the creativity behind this video and I listening to the song. The Monogatari opening themes and music videos are very significant and relate directly to the story and plot of Monogatari. Because of this I feel that I must watch what I say as I will probably give the story away…it wouldn’t be the first time that I did something like this! XD

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4. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga… let’s just call it “OreNome” for now, it’s far more simple to type and read. ^^/

S ° M ° L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPat-MzfUTU

meido tyan, 2013. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Opening.

Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPat-MzfUTU> %5BAccessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by the enthusiastic JPop group Afilia Saga.

Why I like This:

I just find this song very catchy. I especially like female characters that are eccentric, quirky and cute and you can see in this video that they’re a lot of those kinds of girls in this Anime! Hoho. =D

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3. Monogatari Series Second Season

MousouExpress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1_3F2ZRit4

TeamATDE, 2013. [HD + Lyrics] Otori Monogatari OP 2 ‘DelusionExpress’ もうそうえくすぷれす.

Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1_3F2ZRit4&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by Kana Hanazawa. Like Emiri Katou with Happy Bite, Kana Hanazawa sings as her character in this opening song. She performs as the character Nadeko Sengoku.

I think it’s a great opening.  Unless you’re a fan of the Monogatari series you probably won’t appreciate the charm and significance behind this video.

Why I like This:

I think this is a fantastic video and song and in my opinion a lot of deep psychological meaning behind this song. This opening song of Monogatari series is related to the fourth opening of Bakemonogatari titled Ren’ai Circulation.

Check it out here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQQ0GyfdNg

Yorusora Yukimura, 2010. [Special] Renai Circulation –Vietsub.

Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQQ0GyfdNg&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

If you look carefully and compare the two videos you will see that both videos had similar scenes…with a big significance. In the Ren’ai Circulation song you will see the girl being all happy and feeling positive because of her love for the boy in the video. In the second video, Mousou Express, those exact same scenes are there but going backwards.

To me it’s like she was taking a step forward to get closer to the boy [Araragi] in the video. But in the second video, with everything going backwards, I see that she’s drifting away from him. Like, all the hard work she did went completely undone. Either that or she decided to give up on him. She wants him to love her but no matter what happens he will always be out of reach. The way she walks away from him by his side illustrates this point. The music is certainly a lot different and not as vibrant, energetic or happy-go-lucky as the first one.

I’ll tell you my thoughts on Monogatari on a later date but for now this is my personal assessment of the Monogatari’s third opening.:-)

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2.Non Non Biyori

Nanairo Biyori

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5nqWkr_N_4

halil bulaklı, 2013. Non Non Biyori OP.

Available at:<http://www.youtube.com/user/drogbacrash?feature=watch&gt;

[Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by nano.RIPE

Why I like This:

Everything about the music and video I find calm and peaceful. Listening to this always makes me happy and engaged with a relaxed mind. The show is amazing as well.

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1.Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

Anicca

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcfJgHoah3Y

Vanishing drago, 2013. Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai – Opening.

Available at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcfJgHoah3Y&gt; [Accessed 21/12/2013]

Comment:

This song was performed by Hitomi Harada who portrays the main heroine character in this Anime- Yaya. She is extremely cute! =D

Why I like this:

This Anime is based in London, England. =D Ahem- I mainly like this because it feels like there’s a superior motive behind this song. I find it exciting. I’m not a Musicologist but it feels like the singer, Hitomi Hadara, is travelling on an epic adventure- like she’s going into her own kind of battle! Whatever battle she faces she is very determined and passionate… I can speak minimal Japanese but I can feel her passion through her voice. =D Well, that’s how I feel when I listen to this! 🙂

I must say though, the ending is far more catchy and up-lifting then the opening. =D

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That’s my top five Anime openings, hope you enjoyed reading this evening’s blog. See you more in part two, just four more sleeps to go. ^^/

Ryan