I’m not as much of a music person as the next, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t themes that catch my attention from time to time. Because of that, I tend to make a note of what themes delight my ears and for the Summer 2013 anime season, I can honestly say there were definitely a few. In fact, one of them is now my alert tone for phone calls and notifications on my phone (and I dance to it, too)!
Please bear in mind that this list reflects my own personal opinions, and not those of my fellow bloggers.
“Jiyuu no Tsubasa” by Linked Horizon – Shingeki no Kyojin OP 2
While the first opening for Shingeki no Kyojin will always hold a special place in my heart, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the second opening as well. Sure, it doesn’t hold a candle to “Guren no Yumiya,” but it has its own perks. For some reason, it reminds me of the preparation for the final bossfight – which is fitting, given the whole titan-killing thing, right? (For the record, I’m not a Shingeki no Kyojin fangirl, but I do harbor an affinity for the series – after all, there’s plenty of gore to be had!)
“Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!” by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba – WataMote OP
I haven’t had the chance to watch Watamote yet, but I can definitely say I dig its opening theme. When I was younger, I used to listen to a lot of heavy metal and I even dabbled in the scream-o genre for a bit before abandoning the latter. (I remember being head over heels in love with some song by Atreyu. Whatever song that was has been long forgotten.) Nonetheless, after all the grand things I’ve heard about it and, perhaps in part because of its opening, WataMote is definitely on my to-watch list.
“May I Help You?” by Ai Kayano, Mai Nakahara, and Aki Toyosaki – Servant x Service OP
For some reason, finding a video of the opening for Servant x Service was anything but easy. In fact, that might be part of why it took me so long to finally finish this list (I’m very picky about my lists). That aside, I have to admit that this opening is, by far, one of my most favorite themes ever. Regardless of how sour my mood may be, “May I Help You” has a way of making me smile.
“14 to 1″ by Asahina Bros. + Juli – Brothers Conflict ED
Yet another title on my to-watch that I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, Brothers Conflict‘s opening has also piqued my interest. Sure, it’s significantly slower paced than the other titles here, but the video itself makes up for it. After all, what’s better than a bunch of a pretty boys dancing before your eyes?
“Splash Free” by Style Five – Free! ED
Last, but most definitely not least, on my list is the ending for Free! If the fan-service isn’t enough, the music is sure to weasel its way into your heart. How much do I love this ending? Let me put it this way: it’s not only my ringtone, but it’s also my notification tone. That means that every time my phone goes off, I hear this – and I dance, if no one’s around. (God, those boys are just so…)
And there you have it: my pick of this season’s most catchy and lovable themes!