Top 5 Anime Theme Songs

Thursday, July 21 by Sheldon Reid

The top 5 anime theme songs have the power to attract an audience. In fact, you may find yourself humming these tunes long after the shows are over. If you find them too addicting, try hunting down MP3’s of the full versions.

  1. “Tank!” from “Cowboy Bebop” “Tank!” is a jazzy theme song that begins each episode of the slick anime “Cowboy Bebop.” The song is mostly instrumental, though some lyrics are at the beginning. Yoko Kanno wrote the song. The Seatbelts performed it.

  2. “Ready Steady Go” from “Fullmetal Alchemist” The Japanese rock group L’Arc-en-Ciel released “Ready Steady Go” in 2004. In addition to spending time on the Oricon Top 200 chart, the song became the second theme song to the anime “Fullmetal Alchemist.” When hunting down this song, keep in mind that the group recorded several alternate versions.

  3. “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from “Neon Genesis Evangelion” The cryptic name of this theme song matches the cryptic nature of the anime. Interestingly enough, the actual tune of “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” is rather upbeat, even worthy of a joyous dance. The anime also features two instrumentals of the piece, “The Heady Feeling of Freedom” and “Good, or Don’t Be.”

  4. “Super Shooter” from “Gantz” “Super Shooter” is the fast-paced theme song to “Gantz.” Rip Slyme, a Japanese hip-hop group, performs the bouncy series of raps. You may have a hard time sitting still when listening to this one.

  5. “Haruka Kanata” from “Naruto” “Haruka Kanata” is the second theme song to the popular ninja anime “Naruto.” Asian Kung-Fu Generation performs this memorable rock tune. The band is responsible for a number of anime theme songs, including “Re-Write,” a theme song for “Fullmetal Alchemist.”

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