Thursday 13 May 2010

My top 5 epic anime intros

5. Rock the Dragon - Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahehi (DRAGONBALL Z)

The first of 2 slightly unexpected intros in my top 5 is the only english dub opening that made it into my list. Dragonball Z was my first proper anime so this will always have a special place in my heart, but one can't deny the catchiness of this song, which also suits the tone and content of DBZ perfectly. The only thing I ever found a bit strange was how the intro footage was comprised almost entirely of scenes that never appear in the series.

4. Transformers Evo - JAM Project (TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED)

Okay okay TECHNICALLY it isn't an anime, but the intro for the recently released japanese dub of Transformers Animated deserves its place in this list. Performed by the band JAM Project (who are responsible for a huge range of hot blooded epic anime openings), the song may not fit the show's content perfectly and the opening footage is both inaccurate and spoilerific, but who the hell cares? This is epic robot on robot action music at it's finest!


I may have only watched this series recently, but I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it. The band ULTIMATE LAZY for MAZINGER is a collaboration between the bands Lazy and JAM Project, proving that the latter really do have a talent for writing epic robot anime intros. All together now...BURN IT UP! MAZIN GO!

2. Ready Steady Go - L'Arc-en-Ciel (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood may have surpassed it's predecessor in almost every way, but there's still one thing that the original stands triumphant over. Ready Steady Go is the perfectly blend of galloping guitars and funky basslines, resulting in one of the catchiest and most memorable anime openings my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

1. Lion - May'N & Megumi Nakajima (MACROSS FRONTIER)

Macross Frontier has a soundtrack which (in my humble opinion) puts most animes to shame. But if there was one song that could sum up the epicness of both the characters and action of the series, it would certainly be this one. Topping it off is that unlike the first opening Triangular, Lion is performed by in series characters Sheryl Nome (May'N) and Ranka Lee (Megumi Nakajima), making it arguably a canonical song for the series too. Hooray!

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