Ao Haru Ride OP

Sekai wa koi ni Ochiteiru

「世界は恋に落ちている」

The world has fallen in love

「光の矢胸をさす」

An arrow of light pierces my heart

「君をわかりたいんだよ」

I just want to understand you

「ねぇ 教えて」

So hey, tell me already

 

 

Title: Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru 「世界は恋に落ちている」
Artist: CHiCO with HoneyWorks

It was love at first note with this one, and combined with the visually stunning graphics of the OP sequence, the theme of the show and the gorgeous melody I knew I needed the full song.  Continue reading

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Noragami OP

Yato

「閉口して僕は待っていた」

I was waiting dumb-founded

「笑えるほどの悲しみを」

Sadness so big that I wanted to laugh at it

「閉口して僕は待っていた」

I was waiting dumb-founded

「涙するほどの幸福も」

Happiness so big that I wanted to cry

Title: Goya no Machiawase 「午夜の待ち合わせ」
Artist: Hello Sleepwalkers ☆

I knew from the first second of the epileptic opening sequence and the building, discordant guitar entrance that this would be one heck of a song and I was right. Goya no Machiawase has become one of my favourite OPs of all time and I have swiftly fallen in love with Hello Sleepwalkers and their albums.

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Hamatora ED

Hamatora ED - Hikari (anime)

Excerpts from the chorus:

「小さな光がここにある|それは行き先照らし出すキセキ

(There is a tiny ray of light here) | (It is the miracle that lights the path ahead)

「小さなキセキが紡ぎだす|それは未来を指し示す光

(The tiny miracle begins to unravel) | (That is the light that points to the future)

Title: Hikari
Artist: Hatano Wataru ☆ 羽多野渉

Hatano Wataru, voice of the ever-stoic Murasaki, brings us this pop rock ballad of an ED for Hamatora. I initially had my doubts, because ever so often, while seiyuus possess some of the most beautiful speaking voices, some just are not that good at serenading the listener with their singing voices. Fortunately, that was not the case with Hikari, as Hatano Wataru proved that there are seiyuus who can indeed sing~

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Kamigami no Asobi ED

Kamigami no Asobi ED「REASON FOR…」

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From the team that brought us Uta-Prince’s「MAJI LOVE 1000%」comes the first all-god boy band’s debut single 「REASON FOR…」(we didn’t hear the OP until the second episode so that’s technically their second single). Though not as much of a dance jpop track as Maji 1000%, Reason For… is just as catchy and surprisingly infectious.  Continue reading

Kyoukai no Kanata OP

knk op

[The newborn love has the tender sound of wings

I don’t want to hurt it but I can’t leave it be

So catch me again and again

We’re fated to meet, crossing through time in our dreams]

Title: Kyoukai no Kanata
Artist: Chihara Minori [茅原 実里]

I didn’t think I’d like this song as much as the incredible ED of this wonderful show but it turns out that this song did begin to grow on me a few more episodes in. The fact that the title shares the namesake of the show itself is a nice little tribute, which makes me think that they really took a lot of time and effort into ensuring that the music really fit with every single aspect of Kyoukai no Kanata which serves to enhance one’s experience with the series. It’s not my favourite OP of all time, but it is a really lovely one once you listen to it enough times and watch the opening sequence at the same time. Once you read the lyrics, however, that’s when you truly see the parallels between the song and the show and it just makes my heart beat a little faster. It really is lovely indeed~

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Kyoukai no Kanata ED

kyoukai no kanata ED daisy

I never say good bye 

Itsu datte sou sa [that’s how it always is]

Title: Daisy
Artist: Stereo Dive Foundation

As soon as I heard those first few notes to the song, I knew I was going to love it and fall in love with it. I truly think it’s one of the most beautiful EDs to have ever graced an anime show and for it to have been used for Kyoukai no Kanata only serves the purpose of making the show that much more lovely for me. Kyoukai no Kanata was by far my favourite show last season and the song, Daisy, just fit so seamlessly into this show like it was made for it.

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Free! ED

Free ED - Splash Free

「Make us free な Splash! 重ねた | (A splash that makes us free)

光のコントラスト浴びて | (The contrast of rays of light wash over)

Feel so free な今日飛び込む | (Dive into a today that feels so free)

オレたちの Brand new blue, yeah | (Our brand new blue, yeah)

 

Title: Splash Free
Artist: STYLE FIVE – Hirakawa Daisuke, Miyano Mamoru, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Yonaga Tsubasa

Possibly one of the hottest series of Summer 2013 was Free!. And with this song, the series and summer itself just got hotter. Every single episode of Free!, save for the last episode, ended with this incredibly catchy ED. And I have to admit, I would listen to it while watching the ending credits. Every single episode. Without fail. It was a guilty pleasure of mine ^^      Continue reading