The History of Anime Opening/Closing Themes Panel


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Over the years the anime opening and closing theme songs have changed. When I heard some of the songs, I had a complete flashback to my childhood. Some series changed their lyrics completely and others used a translated version of the song.

I would really like to Thank Cosplay Joe for hosting this panel and allowing me to relive my childhood. Some of the videos did not correlate with the songs, but it was still fun to sing along. I felt inspired.  I made a list of top 5 favorite opening and ending theme songs that I like.  I got Lizzo and Drey to join in on the fun.

My Favorite Top 5 Opening Theme Songs: Alice

  1. Cowboy Bebop- ”Tank!” by Seatbelts
  2. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – “Inner Universe” by Origa
  3. Tokyo Ghoul – “unravel” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
  4. Elfen Lied – “Lilium” by Kumiko Noma
  5. Full Metal Alchemist – “Rewrite”  by Asian Kung Fu Generation

My favorite top 5 Closing Theme Songs: Alice

  1. Cowboy Bebop – “The Real Folk Blues” by Seatbelts feat. Mai Yamane
  2. Vampire Knight – “still doll” by Wakeshima Kanon
  3. Inuyuasha – “Come” by Namie Amuro
  4. Wolf’s Rain – “Gravity” by Maaya Sakamoto
  5. Naruto – “Wind” by Akeboshi

Lizzo’s Favorite Opening Themes (No Particular Order)
1. Cruel Angel Thesis – Yoko Takahashi  (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
2. Rewrite – Asian Kung Fu Generation  (Full Metal Alchemist)
3. Rose – Anna inspi (Nana)
4. Raion – Jinn (Blood +)
5. Jolly Jolly – Jill Decoy Association (Red Garden)

Lizzo’s Favorite Closing Themes (No Particular Order)
1. Cry No More – Mika Nakashima  (Blood +)
2. Come – Namie Amuro (Inuyasha)
3. Real Folks Blues – Seatbelts feat. Mai Yamane (Cowboy Bebop)
4. Rashiku Ikimasho – Miyuki Kajitani (Sailor Moon Super S)
5. Shinjitsu no Uta – Do As Infinity (Inuyasha) 

Drey’s Favorite Opening Theme Songs

  1. Lucky Star – Motteke! Sailor Fuku!” By Aya Hirano, Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara, Aya Endo
  2. Ouran High School – “Sakura Kiss” By Chieko Kawabe
  3. Samurai Champloo – “Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2
  4. Attack On Titans – “Shingeki no Kyojin” By Linked Horizon
  5. Dragon Ball Z – “Cha-La Head-Cha-La” By Hironobu Kageyama

Drey’s Favorite Opening Theme Songs

  1. Cowboy Bebop – “The Real Folk Blues” By Seatbelts Feat. Mai Yamane
  2. Death Note – “Alumina” By Nightmare
  3. Samurai Champloo – “Shiki no Uta (Song of Four Seasons)” By MINMI
  4. Ghost Hunt – “Ending Theme” By Masuda Toshio
  5. Durarara!! – “Trust Me” By Yuya Matsushita


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