In 2023, we witnessed long-awaited anime continuations, such as the six-year-awaited Masamune-kun no Revenge R, alongside impactful conclusions, i.e., Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). As a spoiler though, while these two anime had some great contending songs, they didn’t make the cut. So which songs did?

As we bid farewell to the year, let’s celebrate the top 25 anime opening and ending songs, presented in no particular order!


Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo Season 2

slash by yama

yama『slash』Music Video(TVアニメ『機動戦士ガンダム 水星の魔女』Season2 OP)

yama’s explosive song provides a powerful blend of emotional depth and unwavering determination. Experience the duality of yama’s excellent voice for one of the most progressive Gundam series.

Oshi no Ko

Idol by YOASOBI

YOASOBI「アイドル」 Official Music Video

As the flagship of the spring anime season, YOASOBI undeniably stole the spotlight with their electrifying song, Idol. It also hit the top spot on Apple’s global music charts, serving as the anthem for the equally popular anime, Oshi no Ko.

Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaishin Season 2

NEW DAWN by coldrain

coldrain - NEW DAWN (Official Music Video)

coldrain brings a real heavy-hitter that seamlessly complements the intensity of the “Bastard!!” series.

Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha II

SEIEN by Lenny code fiction

『SEIEN』Lenny code fiction Official Music Video【TV アニメ「魔王学院の不適合者 Ⅱ」オープニングテーマ】

The rebellious band Lenny code fiction contributes the exceptionally stylish rock song SEIEN, making it a great match for the personality of the anime’s misfit protagonist.

Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan

Endroll by Kamiyama Yoh

神山羊 - Endroll【Music Video】/ Yoh Kamiyama - Endroll

Endroll, which normally is referred to as the rolling end credits, is a chaotic and spooky piece with a comedic music video.

Tengoku Daimakyou

innocent arrogance by BiSH

TVアニメ『天国大魔境』ノンクレジットオープニング映像 |BiSH「innocent arrogance」

The rebellious punk idol group, BiSH, hits with the dramatic and emotional opening theme song, innocent arrogance.

Shin Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei

Evolution by NANO

[Music Video] Evolution / NANO 「真・進化の実~知らないうちに勝ち組人生~」オープニング主題歌

NANO never fails to deliver empowering and determined songs, and with Evolution, this is no exception! Don’t forget to catch our in-depth interview with NANO, where we unravel NANO’s mysterious dark side.

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Katanakaji no Sato-hen

Kizuna no Kiseki by MAN WITH A MISSION×milet

MAN WITH A MISSION×milet「絆ノ奇跡」Music Video

The energetic collaborative song Kizuna no Kiseki, featuring MAN WITH A MISSION and milet, was created to embody the male and female protagonists of the series. You can learn more about the song through our interview with MAN WITH A MISSION.

Hanma Baki: Son of Ogre 2nd Season

Sarracenia by SKY-HI

SKY-HI / Sarracenia (Prod. Ryosuke “Dr.R” Sakai) -Music Video-

Accommodating the fighting spirit of Baki, SKY-HI’s Sarracenia is about embracing life to the fullest, rejecting halfheartedness, and portrayed with a comedic, old-school martial arts movie flair.

Gamera: Rebirth

Natsuake by WANIMA

WANIMA「夏暁」OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

WANIMA’s full-spirited song Natsuake is such an uplifting rumble. You can experience this song in a one-take performance over at THE FIRST TAKE.

Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha

by Luck Life

ラックライフ / ℃ [Music Video](TVアニメ「ツルネ -つながりの一射-」オープニング主題歌)

is a coming-of-age song that explores confronting challenges, learning, and discovering strength and support in the company of a significant other. This song captures all the feel-good emotions!

Mushoku Tensei II: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

spiral by LONGMAN

LONGMAN 『spiral』Music Video(TVアニメ『無職転生Ⅱ ~異世界行ったら本気だす~』OPテーマ)

Spiral, an emotionally charged and heartwarming composition, taking a similar underlying motif to the Mushoku Tensei anime. In the anime, this song seamlessly integrates itself, both with the accommodated visuals and in terms of timing.

Undead Unluck

01 by Ziyoou-vachi

『01(ZERO ICHI)』Official MV

Zero ichi (01) offers melancholic tunes with a sense of desperation. It delves into change, mortality, and love’s complexities, blending poetic reflections with a determination to embrace new beginnings amid life’s unpredictable twists.

Kengan Ashura Season 2

RED by SiM

SiM - RED (Anime Special Ver.)

SiM’s piece RED does an excellent job in capturing the essence of the martial arts anime Kengan Ashura; the song is powerful and confidently arrogant. Catch our report of SiM’s recent prestigious performance during their US Tour, or our interview with the band last year.

Shangri-La Frontier

BROKEN GAMES by FZMZ

FZMZ - BROKEN GAMES (Anime Music Video) / TVアニメ「シャングリラ・フロンティア」OPテーマ

The new super band FZMZ (pronounced “Fathoms”) brings their first single BROKEN GAMES to the market. They’re mysteriously comprised of “five artists at the forefront of the music scene, who have created big hits both domestically and internationally”. The main vocalist sure remind us of a certain someone.

Good Night World

salvia by Nornis

Nornis - salvia [Music Video]

Nornis, a duo featuring Nijisanji members Inui Toko and Machita Chima, presents the enchanting song salvia. It is composed and mixed by the renowned Masahiro “Godspeed” Aoki. Of course, the song gets the treatment of impeccably crafted symphonic instrumentals, and a poignant, powerful guitar solo.

My Home Hero

Ai no Uta by Chiai Fujikawa

愛の歌/藤川千愛 TVアニメ『マイホームヒーロー』オープニングテーマ

Chiai Fujikawa’s performance of Ai no Uta (Song of Love) delves into the intricate layers of love, exploring its cruel aspects and posing unanswerable questions. It ties well into the anime My Home Hero, which touches on family relationship, in a dramatic fashion.

Mahoutsukai no Yome Season 2

Dear by JUNNA

JUNNA 「Dear」 Music Video (Full ver.) (TVアニメ「魔法使いの嫁 SEASON2」オープニングテーマ)

The song Dear is a vocally intricate and demanding masterpiece, evoking a sense of wonder and an enchanting atmosphere. For this song, JUNNA put herself into the shoes of the anime main character, unifying both anime and music, to capture the true essence. In JUNNA’s first-ever interview conducted in English, she shared how she overcame the hardship of recording this difficult song.

Yuusha ga Shinda!

Shinda! by Oishi Masayoshi

オーイシマサヨシ - 死んだ! [Official Video]

With a straightforward reference to the anime, the song “Shinda!” (Dead!) serves as opening theme for the anime “Yuusha ga Shinda!” (The Legendary Hero Is Dead!). Oishi Masayoshi takes the opportunity to create a spooky Halloween song that touches on life struggles, where one is falling apart, both physically and emotionally.

Hyouken no Majutsushi ga Sekai wo Suberu

Loud Hailer by Maaya Uchida

内田真礼「ラウドへイラー」Music Video Full

The ending theme song Loud Hailer is a fast-paced, energetic rock song with formidable composition and arrangement by Watanabe Sho, who previously has provided his work for top anisong singers such as LiSA. While the anime itself is nothing to brag about, the theme songs the anime is joined by are exceptionally superb…which is why the next song on the list comes from the same anime!

Hyouken no Majutsushi ga Sekai wo Suberu

Dystopia by Sizuk

Sizuk/俊龍 - Dystopia[Music Video]/TVアニメ「冰剣の魔術師が世界を統べる」オープニングテーマ

The song Dystopia captivates with a poignant sound, driven by the beautiful piano and the soulful vocals of AYAME from the band Alia.

Ayaka

Flashback by saji

saji - 「フラッシュバック」MUSIC VIDEO

saji delivers mellow yet strong vocals for the catchy and jazzy rock song, Flashback, serving as the ending theme song for the fantasy anime Ayaka. Formerly known as phatmans after school, the band’s infectious sound still remains!

Dekiru Neko wa Kyou mo Yuuutsu

Hakai Zenya no Koto by asmi

破壊前夜のこと - asmi (Official Music Video)

With charming and bittersweet vocals, asmi tells a story about the desire for genuine and meaningful connection, beyond the surface of what people see about oneself on social media—a futile love unfolds.

Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon

Red Liberation by fripSide

fripSide/Red Liberation(Official MV/Full Size)*TVアニメ『ひきこまり吸血姫の悶々』OPテーマ

fripSide’s two new vocalists are in perfect harmony with the powerful voice of Mao Uesugi, and the gentle voice of Hisayo Abe. Together, their vocal blend makes a strong impact with Red Liberation.

Bungou Stray Dogs 5th Season

Tetsu no Ori by GRANRODEO

GRANRODEO / 鉄の檻

Tetsu no Ori is perhaps GRANRODEO’s heaviest song to date and brings a lot of attitude to the table! With a mix of heavy metal and Indian musical scales, it screams power! We wouldn’t mind catching their concert again! If you don’t mind walking down the memory lane, you can read our interview with the band from 2019.


Bonus song:
BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!!

Ave Mujica by Ave Mujica

「Ave Mujica」(Official Anime × Live Video)

Ave Mujica from the BanG Dream! franchise, is a band existing in both fiction and reality, centering around a dark theme. In episode 13 of the anime, they performed the self-titled track “Ave Mujica”, part of the amazing EP Alea jacta est. Despite the EP only consisting of five songs, it’s a CD we’ve put on repeat far too many times!


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

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