The Anime Critic
Top 11 Anime Theme Songs
We see DW64 dressed in a black t-shirt with a zombie hand logo on it, and blue jeans sitting in front of a desk and seemingly looking towards a video camera. He sat up straight on a cushioned chair with a calm smile on his face. "Hello I'm the Anime Critic, I remember it because I'm a freaking nerd." DW introduced himself.
"And welcome to my parody of the Nostalgia Critic. This isn't the first time someone has done a parody of the Nostalgia Critic though. The Fictor Brothers has done it in the Insane critic and Nukid has done it in the Nostalgia Kid." DW then puts on his glasses and a blue cap on his head. "Well it's time for me to do one as well! Get ready to go down suckers!"
From DW's left, his girlfriend Noel Vermillion came in with a questionable look on her face. "Hey DW, I see you are parodying the Nostalgia Critic."
"Yes I am." DW said to Noel.
"Well then, if you are parodying the Nostalgia Critic, why aren't you dressed like him?" Noel asked.
"Well, it's because I don't want to be a total ripoff of him. That's why I wear different clothing. Besides, this t-shirt looks great on me, doesn't it?" DW pulls the collar of his shirt. "See? It has a zombie hand on it! I got this shirt from Left 4 Dead 2! Cool, huh?" DW asked.
"Riiiiiiiight…" Noel said before leaving.
DW then calms down and smiles. "Well then, let's not waste anymore time. Let's start with my very first review. I love three things in this world. Video games, fan fictions and anime. I am a huge fan of anime. But there's one thing that makes you go hyped before the anime begins. Those are the theme songs."
Various Anime Opening Theme clips play as DW continues explaining, "Ah yes, the theme songs. They are fun, awesome, and catchy as hell. In fact, these theme songs kept inside our heads, just waiting to spring out our minds and ruin our concentration."
We see DW again. "That's why for my first review, I'm going to round up my personal list of the Top 11 Anime Theme Songs. Why top eleven? Because…" DW frowns. "Yeah, you know what I'm going to say if you are already a Nostalgia Critic fan. So let's begin."
(Caramelldansen music plays in the background while several anime characters pop up onscreen dancing to the music.)
Top 11 Anime Theme Songs
(The opening of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger plays as Ao Iconoclast plays in the background.)
Ao Iconoclast by Kotoko (From BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger)
"Yeah yeah, I know I kept talking about this song in the FAF forums, but it's just so darn good." DW explained. "Ao Iconoclast is one of the best anime/video game theme songs I ever heard and not to mention, it's sung by one of the greatest J-pop singers, Kotoko."
(Picture of Kotoko pops up)
"She has also sung theme songs for Hayate the Combat Butler and Shakugan no Shana. But I personally think her theme song for the recent fighting game BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is the best."
(Screen changes back to the opening of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger)
"And besides, what better way to start a video game with some kickass Japanese rock music?" DW exclaimed. "Ao Iconoclast is the catchiest video game theme song I ever heard and it's a really good song to start off this countdown."
"Ao Iconoclast. The Wheel of Music is turning."
(The opening of Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler plays as Monochrome no Kiss plays In the background.)
Monochrome no Kiss by SID (From Kuroshitsuji)
"For some reason, not a long of people outside Japan watched this anime. To me, I think it was an okay anime. It's about a 12 year old boy named Ciel Phantomhive who owns a toy company after his parents died in a fire." DW explained.
(Clips of Sebastian Michaelis showing his fighting skills play)
"But the main star of the show was his butler Sebastian Michaelis, who is probably the best butler ever. He is an acrobatic, hardworking, kickass, demonic, near indestructible, hell of a butler." DW said.
We cut to Sebastian smiling slyly.
"I am one hell of a butler." He said calmly.
"But whatever the reason, the opening theme song was great." DW explained. "A lot of fans say they kept humming to this song even as they watch the anime. Admittingly, so do I."
"The song itself really suits the anime. Matching it with the anime's dark and emotional theme. If you guys haven't seen the anime, I recommend watching it since the anime is quite popular here in Asia and you don't feel disappointed watching it."
"Monochrome no Kiss. It is one hell of a theme song."
(The opening of Afro Samurai plays as the Afro Theme plays in the background.)
Afro Theme by the RZA (From Afro Samurai)
"Hell yeah, this song is freaking sweet. Is there any other anime that has freaking rap songs for their soundtrackbesides Afro Samurai?"
"Afro Samurai may be an overrate anime with lots of mindless violence, blood and gore and some sex appeal, but you have to give credit to the anime's soundtrack. The music is freaking awesome. And I do kinda like the anime's mixture of Japanese and African American cultures."
"Although the theme song is only 40 seconds long and not really worth listening, and it's one of the best theme songs to a kickass show."
(The opening of Code Geass R2 plays as World End plays in the background.)
World End by FLOW (From Code Geass R2)
"I freaking love the Code Geass theme songs. And among all the five theme songs, World End by FLOW is the best to me."
"The first theme song, Colors, also by FLOW, isn't really good to me. It's kinda happy-going and doesn't suit the anime's theme well."
"I mean seriously, do you want to see the characters of Code Geass act like this?" DW sighed.
"Hi!" Lelouch in chibi form said, smiling to the viewers. "I'm Lelouch Lamperouge and I wish to change the world!"
"Halt!" Chibi Suzaku cried, coming in while aiming his pistol at Lelouch. "I can't let your evil deeds destroy Britannia!"
"You can't stop me!" Lelouch smiled at Suzaku as a pidgeon shape design glows on one of his eyes. "Not with my Geass!"
DW shivers violently at the thought.
"The second theme song, Kaidoku Funo by Jinn, also isn't that good. The song still doesn't suit the anime's serious and world war theme."
"The third theme song was Hitomi no Tsubasa by one of the best J-pop bands Access. And this time, the song was better, because it's catchy, emotional and matches the anime's theme well."
"The fourth theme song, O2 by Orange Range was okay and worth listening."
"But the fifth and last theme song, World End by FLOW, was the best. The song is freaking awesome. It's catchier, rockier and the lyrics of the song does suit the anime well like 'The light that was born at the end of the world', 'What did I gain for my victory?' and 'At the start of a new world, on a morning of creation'."
"But whether which theme song you like, Code Geass definitely knows how to keep a good song in our heads."
(Season 1 Opening of One Piece plays as We Are plays in the background.)
We Are! By Hiroshi Kitadani (From One Piece)
"Alright, as much as I don't watch One Piece anymore, I have to admit, it's first opening theme We Are is one of the best anime theme songs I ever heard."
"And for those of you wondering why I don't watch One Piece anymore…" DW's smile faded. "I stop watching because of two reasons. One, it brings back horrible childhood memories and two, it's because of a certain parody I wrote last year." DW turns his head away and cringed as he starts thinking the horrible memories of his past.
"Haha! One Piece fanbrat!"
"How old are you? Like 4? Do you live in Africa or something?"
"Since when does Monkey D. Luffy has laser eyes?!"
"OH MY GOD! DARREN IS IN LOVE WITH NAMI! HAHAHAHA!!!"
DW felt his heart shattered into pieces. So, he draws out his katana and gently places it on his pulse, ready to commit suicide.
That is until Noel comes in and slaps him hard.
"OUCH!" DW yelled as he drops his katana. He looks up at Noel and said, "Thanks, Noel."
"You're welcome." Noel smiled before leaving. DW sighed and looks back at the camera.
We cut back to the first opening of One Piece.
"Anyways, We Are was a heartwarming and enjoyable theme song. The theme song was really good that it keeps me hyped up before the show came on. It was so good that the theme song even won the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award in 2000."
"I may not watch the show anymore but this theme song still stays in my head."
(Season 5 Opening of Bleach plays as Rolling Star plays in the background.)
Rolling Star by Yui (From Bleach)
"Fuck yeah! The Bleach theme songs are always awesome! And to me, the season 5 theme song Rolling Star is the most catchiest."
(Picture of Yui pops up)
"And best of all, it's sang by Yui, one of the greatest J-pop singers in Japan. She has also sung theme songs for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the Japanese sci-fi film Hinokio."
(Screen changes back to the opening of Bleach)
"But Rolling Star isn't the only good theme song of Bleach. After Dark by Asian Kung Fu Generation, Shojo S by Scandal and D-Technolife by Uverworld are also honorable mentions."
"But I still think Rolling Star by Yui is the catchiest with it's fast paced and rockin music and it's easily the perfect theme song for a kickass anime like Bleach."
(Opening of Fullmetal Alchemist plays as Rewrite plays in the background.)
Rewrite by Asian Kung Fu Generation (From Fullmetal Alchemist)
"I never watch the first series. I only became a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist when I watched the first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which is better and follows the manga more, unlike the first series." DW explained.
"But at least Rewrite, one of the theme songs for the first Fullmetal Alchemist series, was catchy as hell. Sure the theme songs for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are okay like Again by Yui and Hologram by Nico Touches The Wall. But there is still no other Fullmetal Alchemist theme song as catchy as Rewrite."
(Picture of Asian Kung Fu Generation shows)
"Not to mention, it's sung by Asain Kung Fu generation, one of the greatest indie rock bands in Japan."
(Screen changes back to the opening of Fullmetal Alchemist)
"The song was so good that it even won the American Anime Award for Best Theme Song."
"Fullmetal Alchemist was a kickass anime and it has a kickass theme song to go with it."
(Opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion appears as A Cruel Angel's Thesis plays in the background)
A Cruel Angel's Thesis by Yoko Takahashi
"As much as I don't watch a lot of episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, it does have a good theme song." DW sighed. "How did such an average series like Evangelion become such an extremely popular anime in Japan? I don't know. But it's theme song does stay in everyone's head."
"And to me, I think the show's theme song isn't really that bad. The lyrics of the song does suit the anime as the song tells the story about a young boy who becomes legend. Kinda like Shinji Ikari, just an average schoolboy, becoming the hero of Japan."
"The song was so popular in Japan that in 2007, a remake version of the song was done to tie in the theatrical release of the second Rebuild of Evangelion film."
"For some reason, despite the song being popular, it didn't win any awards or gain any popularity outside Japan. But no one can ever forget the opening theme song that plays before the anime shows."
(Opening of Gundam Seed plays as Ignited plays in the background)
Invoke by TM Revolution (From Gundam Seed)
"Hell yeah, I freaking love this theme song. Invoke by TM Revolution is the best Gundam theme song I ever heard. Invoke by TM Revolution."
(Picture of TM Revolution appear onscreen)
"For those of you who don't know, TM Revolution, also known as Takanori Nishikawa, is an amazing Japanese vocal singer. His popularity grew when he was asked to sing theme songs for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny."
(Scene changes to scenes of Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny)
"And his songs are history. Who could forget Ignited, the theme song of Gundam Seed Destiny?"
(Scene changes to music video of Ignited by TM Revolution)
TM Revolution: yasashii sono yubi ga owari ni fureru toki
ima dake kimi dake shinjite mo iin darou?
"Or how about Vestige?"
(Scene changes to music video of Vestige by TM Revolution)
TM Revolution: Kakageta sore zore no hi wo inochi to sakasete
(Picture of the Abingdon Boys School appears onscreen)
"But his popularity didn't end there. In 2005, he formed a J-Pop band known as Abingdon Boys School, which is famous for songs such as…"
(First Opening of D Gray Man plays as Innocent Sorrow plays in the background)
Abingdon Boys School: Don't cry kowaresou na hodo
dakishimetara kimi ga furuete ita Oh...
(First Opening of Darker Than Black plays as Howling plays in the background)
Abingdon Boys School: Kegareta yubisaki de yoru o sosogikonde
Chigireru made kimi o kojiakete
(Scene changes back to the opening of Gundam Seed)
"But of all the awesome songs done by TM Revolution, I have to go with Invoke, because it's catchy and techno as hell."
"Gundam Seed was an awesome anime, and it's theme song was kickass, making this song number 3 on our countdown."
(Ending of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya plays as Hare Hare Yukai plays in the background)
Hare Hare Yukai by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto (From The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
"Okay, as much as I don't watch Haruhi Suzumiya, the ending theme song Hare Hare Yukai is really catchy as hell." DW explained. "The song was so catchy that they even show the characters showing us how to dance to the song. Wow. How good is that?"
(Pictures of Anime Cosplayers dancing to song at Anime Conventions appear onscreen.)
"The song was so good that it has a massive support from anime fans and all the fans were dancing to this song at Anime conventions everywhere in Japan."
We cut to the scene of the ending clip of Haruhi Suzumiya where Haruhi, Kyon, Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki dancing to song.
"The song was so popular that it even won the Radio Kansai Award and becoming an Internet meme in the process. And belive it or not, this song stayed in the Japanese Music Chart for 86 WEEKS AND STILL CHARTING."
"Wow! Usher's Yeah and The Beatles' I Wanna Hold Your Hand got OWNED!" DW yelled.
(Scene changes back to the ending of Haruhi Suzumiya)
"Hare hare Yukai may be the best song in this Top 11 List, but there is still one more song to top it."
And The Number 1 Anime Theme Song Is…
(Opening of Lucky Star appears as Take It! Sailor Uniform plays in the background)
Take It! Sailor Uniform by Aya Hirano, Emiri Kato, Kaori Fukuhara and Aya Endo (From Lucky Star)
"GOD DAMN THIS SONG!!!" DW yelled. "The moment this song plays, it never leaves your head! This song tormented so many anime fans I can't even explain it!"
"Like Hare Hare Yukai, the opening of the anime shows us the choreographed dance routine to the song and the song too became an internet phenomenon and fans all over the world are dancing to it!"
"You think you are trying to answer a question on your math test." DW said. "But no, you're thinking…"
(Scene changes to the Lucky Star opening video)
Song: aimai san-SENCHI sorya puni tte koto kai? cho!
"You think you're playing basketball with your teammates." DW said. "But no, you're thinking…"
(Scene changes to the Lucky Star opening video again)
Song: RAPPINGU ga seifuku... daaa furi tte kotanai puu.
"You think you're cycling in the park." DW said. "But no, you're thinking…"
(Scene changes to the Lucky Star opening video again)
Song: ganbaccha yacchacha sonto KYAACCHI & Release gyo
DW smiles and looks up as he said, "You think you are standing in front of the ancient gates of Knowledge. The doors open up and all the secrets in the universe are to be reveal."
"BUT NO!!!!!!" DW bangs his fist on his desk angrily. "ALL YOU ARE THINKING OF IS…"
(Scene changes to the Lucky Star opening video again)
Song: ase (Fuu) ase (Fuu) no tanima ni Darlin' Darlin' FREEZE!!
DW screamed at the top of his lungs as the theme song continues playing.
(Scene changes back to the Lucky Star opening video again)
Song:nanka daru nanka deru
aishiteru are ikko ga chigatterunruu
oishinbou ii kagen ni shinasai
tondetta aitsu no hoteru karada tte
iwayuru futsu no onya no ko
odoroita atashi dake? tonkotsu harigane okawari da-da-da
"THIS IS CRAZY!!! THIS SONG WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUR HEAD!!!" DW bellowed. "The reason why this show is still popular among fans is because of it's fucking theme song! You hear it once and it will never NEVER go away!"
"But the song is so catchy, what do you ACTUALLY remember about this show? I remember the childish Konata Izumi, the smart Kagami Hiiragi, her clumsy sister Tsukasa Hiiragi, the wealthy Miyuki Takara, the scene where all the schoolgirls dressed as cheerleaders dance to the song…"
DW tries to think what else he remembers about the show. But he looks back at the camera and said, "AND THAT'S IT! That's all I remember from the show besides the theme song!"
We cut back to the scene where Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa and Miyuki and all the schoolgirls dressed as cheerleaders dancing to the theme song with their pom-poms.
"This show literally kept bringing us back simply because of the song! It is that POWERFUL!"
The scene ends with Tsukasa, Konata, Kagami and Miyuki smiling at the screen.
"So now let's recap our top 11 list." DW said.
Number 11. Ao Iconoclast by Kotoko (From BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger)
Number 10. Monochrome no Kiss by SID (From Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler)
Number 9. Afro Theme by RZA (From Afro Samurai)
Number 8. World End by FLOW (From Code Geass R2)
Number 7. We Are! By Hiroshi Kitadani (From One Piece)
Number 6. Rolling Star by Yui (From Bleach)
Number 5. Rewrite by Asian Kung Fu Generation (From Fullmetal Alchemist)
Number 4. A Cruel Angel's Thesis by Yoko Takahashi (From Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Number 3. Invoke by TM Revolution (From Gundam Seed)
Number 2. Hare Hare Yukai by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, and Yuko Goto (From Haruhi Suzumiya)
Number 1. Take It! Sailor Uniform by Aya Hirano, Emiri Kato, Kaori Fukuhara and Aya Endo (From Lucky Star)
"And there you guys, that's my Top 11 Anime Theme Songs." DW said, sitting back straight on his cushioned chair. "And now that you guys know what they are, remember…"
DW stood up and presses his face onto the camera. "Warn the people! Don't let them hear them! Because once they hear it, they will bury themselves into their heads and stick inside their heads forever! WARN THE PEOPLE!"
DW then sits back on his chair and calms down. He coughed, then said, "I'm the Anime Critic. I remember it because I'm a freaking nerd." He then gets off his chair and leaves.
Well guys, that was my first review. I hope you guys like it. I enjoyed writing it myself. Stay tune for my next review and read and review!