It was an amazing year of anime with many new adaptations like “Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi” and the awaited returning ones such as “Re:zero”! We also saw original anime like “Sonny Boy”, showing how a seemingly plain anime can bring forth deep layers.

In no particular order, here are our top 25 anime opening and ending songs of 2021. Hope you’ll enjoy it!


BEASTARS

Kaibutsu by YOASOBI

YOASOBI「怪物」Official Music Video (YOASOBI - Monster)

YOASOBI’s rise in popularity has been exponential but it’s clear that all of it is well-deserved once you get to know its music. For Kaibutsu, the duo offers an interesting synth-based song with march-like tunes and rhythm.

Kaibutsu / Yasashi Suisei

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Who are you? by PELICAN FANCLUB

PELICAN FANCLUB 『Who are you?』Music Video

The trio that makes up PELICAN FANCLUB brings an incredible rise in emotion and determination, especially at the peak points of the song! A great match for a shounen anime like Boruto.

Who are you? / Seiza shite Futari

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Scarlet Nexus

MACHINEGUN by THE ORAL CIGARETTES

THE ORAL CIGARETTES「MACHINEGUN」Music Video - Scarlet Nexus Season2 opening theme song

An extremely slick and fast-paced rock song with an evenly matched music video. THE ORAL CIGARETTES displays once again its outstanding ability in creating wild guitar licks.

MACHINEGUN

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100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru

Baddest by Higuchi Kaede

【MV】樋口楓「Baddest」ミュージックビデオ【8/25発売シングル「Baddest」収録】

The virtual YouTuber Higuchi Kaede is fittingly performing the badass opening theme song for an anime that takes place in a virtual world… or does it?

Baddest

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Cardfight!! Vanguard: overDress

ZEAL of proud by Roselia

TVアニメ「カードファイト!! ヴァンガード overDress」ノンクレジットオープニング

An explosive song by the band Roselia from the franchise “BanG Dream!“. ZEAL of proud is not only one of the best songs from this year in anime but probably one of Roselia’s best songs.

ZEAL of proud

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Platinum End

Koufukuron by Miyashita Yuu

降伏論 / 宮下遊(Official Video)

Miyashita Yuu is a long-time utaite (vocal cover artist) who previously covered songs from groups like MYTH & ROID. He received the opportunity to perform Koufukuron which maybe not so coincidently is written by the composer behind MYTH & ROID, Tom-H@ck!

Koufukuron

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Build Divide: #000000

BANG!!! by EGOIST

EGOIST『BANG!!!』Music Video(TVアニメ「ビルディバイド -#000000-」オープニングテーマ)

A unique collaboration between EGOIST and composer Giga that expresses “a strong female image that hadn’t been present in EGOIST until now“. It’s a song that definitely lives up to its name!

BANG!!!

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Deatte 5-byou de Battle

Make Event Jikkyou Play by 15-sai to Oomori Seiko

15才と大森靖子「負けイベ実況プレイ」Music Video

The mysterious 15-sai (15 years old) together with Oomori Seiko have brought life to a chaotic song, showing all the annoyances that come with shitty mobile games.

Make Event Jikkyou Play

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Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen

Zankyou Sanka by Aimer

Aimer「残響散歌」MUSIC VIDEO(テレビアニメ「鬼滅の刃」遊郭編オープニングテーマ)

A fantastic auditory work combined with spectacular visuals. The arrangement of Zankyou Sanka is dynamic and lively which keeps every moment eventful. It’s also not often we get to hear Aimer’s husky voice in such a vibrant fashion too!

Zankyo Sanka / Asa ga Kuru

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Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen

Akeboshi by LiSA

LiSA 『明け星』 -MUSiC CLiP-(テレビアニメ「鬼滅の刃」無限列車編 オープニングテーマ)

LiSA continues the Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) hype train with the majestic and powerful Akeboshi. Despite those traits, it’s also quite a melancholic song.

Akeboshi / Shirogane

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King’s Raid: Ishi wo Tsugumono-tachi

Eclipse by DREAMCATCHER

Dreamcatcher(드림캐쳐) 'Eclipse' MV

Last year we had the chance to include a Korean group in our top list, and it seems like we’re doing it again! This time we have DREAMCATCHER from Korea who predominately perform rocks songs and typically shares characteristics with anisong. Fans have been anticipating their true anime opening debut and with Eclipse, they finally did it!

Eclipse

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Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood

EXIST by RAISE A SUILEN

テレビアニメ『擾乱 THE PRINCESS OF SNOW AND BLOOD』オープニング映像

EXIST, a blend of traditional Japanese and demonic tunes by RAISE A SUILEN from the franchise “BanG Dream!“. It’s easy to see how remarkably well this song fits in with the anime.

EXIST

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86 (Eighty Six)

Kyoukaisen by amazarashi

amazarashi『境界線』Music Video

amazarashi continues to question our existence in the world and through Kyoukaisen, our life choices. The song and music video play in with the same concept as the anime but seemingly has frontman Akita Hiromu’s twist added to it.

Kyoukaisen

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Saihate no Paladin

Shirushibi by yanaginagi

やなぎなぎ「標火」Lyric Video (Full ver.)*TVアニメ『最果てのパラディン』EDテーマ

One of the most soothing songs out of this year in anime, as expected by someone like yanaginagi who has a soft and gentle voice. We were captivated the moment we listened to it.

Shirushibi

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Shuumatsu no Walküre

Fukahi by SymaG

不可避 【島爺/SymaG】

A wistful and mournful song that allows SymaG to showcase his remarkable vocal range along with emotional rock riffs.

Onnoji

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Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Sing My Pleasure by Yagi Kairi

【期間限定公開】TVアニメ「Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-」ノンクレジットオープニング映像|「Sing My Pleasure」ヴィヴィ(Vo.八木海莉)

A soft and reserved song that combines rock and classical instruments, it’s simple, yet impactful. Yagi Kairi does not only knows how to sing but also voices the main character in the show. As Vivy is a music-oriented anime, you will be pleased to hear that there’s a lot more music from the series to explore.

Sing My Pleasure

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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2

Long shot by Maeshima Mayu

TVアニメ「Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活」2nd season 後期OPテーマ「Long shot」MV

Long shot is the result of bringing together the powerful voice formerly in MYTH & ROID, Maeshima Mayu, and composer RON from STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION. This impressive electronic power fuel gives us the energy to move forward—even if we were to start from zero.

Long shot

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Platinum End

Sense by BAND-MAID

BAND-MAID / Sense (Official Music Video)

The world dominator BAND-MAID never fails to serve violent and fast-paced songs and Sense is no exception! Every part of it packs punches and you’re left without a second of rest.

BAND-MAID-Sense-CD-2021
Sense

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WIXOSS Diva(A)Live

Hanpanai☆Destruction by Uchuu no Hajimari

♪「はんぱない☆ディストラクション」/うちゅうのはじまり TVアニメ『WIXOSS DIVA(A)LIVE』

“Hanpanai☆Destruction” is where cute and heavy converge! Enjoy the contrast between the heavy guitars and adorable vocals by the voice actresses behind the characters Tamago, Nova, and Bang.

WIXOSS DIVA(A)LIVE Best of DIVA

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Yuukoku no Moriarty 2nd Season

OMEGA by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION

OMEGA(TVアニメ『憂国のモリアーティ』2クール目エンディング主題歌(EDテーマ))- STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION - [Official Video]

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION’s electronic and dance-inducing tunes make a return to the Moriarty the Patriot (Yuukoku no Moriarty) series and also to our yearly anisong list! Last year’s track ALPHA became a song we put on repeat, and OMEGA repeats that pattern.

Our most recent interview with RON from STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION explores his mindset as an anisong composer, give it a peek if you haven’t yet!

OMEGA

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Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi

Seija no Koushin by Kitani Tatsuya

聖者の行進 / キタニタツヤ – When The Weak Go Marching In / Tatsuya Kitani

An inconspicuous song that conceals its empowering capabilities through its steady marching rhythm. Before you know it, you’re already marching with them!

Seija no Koushin

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Sonny Boy

Shounen Shoujo by GING NANG BOYZ

銀杏BOYZ - 少年少女 (Music Video)

The song title Shounen Shoujo, or its slightly more direct English version, Boy Meets Girl, summarizes Sonny Boy well on a surface level. However, packed inside this coming-of-age song are melancholic melodies and lyrics, bitter emotions, and a slight glimpse of serenity—a one-to-one reflection of the anime itself and a portrayal of today’s society that favors conformity.

Shounen Shoujo

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86 (Eighty Six)

Avid by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki

SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki『Avid』Music Video

Joining composer Sawano Hiroyuki on the tear-jerking ride is vocalist mizuki. Avid follows the concept of the anime and perfectly encapsulates the helplessness that is brought forth when living in two separate worlds—connected, yet distant.

Avid / Hands Up to the Sky

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Urasekai Picnic

Minikui Ikimono by CHiCO with HoneyWorks

醜い生き物/CHiCO with HoneyWorks

HoneyWorks expands its youthful Confession Series with Minikui Ikimono. Like many of HoneyWorks’ music, it’s cute and heartwarming, but yet, there’s always a thorn stuck that adds tension to the story. You will also find the events of Minikui Ikimono included in the light novel “Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Otome-domo yo.”.

Oni no Mori / Minikui Ikimono

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Yakusoku no Neverland

Identity by Akiyama Kiro

秋山黄色『アイデンティティ』

Influenced by anime to learn how to play bass, Akiyama Kiro performs a cool and high-spirited rock track for the dystopic anime The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland).

Identity

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Bonus song:
100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru

Yaoyorozu no shima no uta ~Eishou Ver.~ by Taketatsu Ayana

八百万の島の唄~詠唱 Ver.~

Our bonus entry this year is an insert song whose title translates to “The Yaoyorozu island song”. It’s beautifully performed by the voice actress Taketatsu Ayana and tells the gruesome ancient tale of the calamity that struck the fictional island 800 years ago.

It is a reminder of the cruelty that the island gods are capable of when angered, devouring the inhabitants in its “white wall” (tsunami) and the “blood of earth” (lava) until man is returned to earth.

“100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru (Anime)” 2nd Season Original Soundtrack “Oto 100 no 2”

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We hope you liked our picks! Leave a comment below if we missed your favorite anisong!

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