Japan sure does like to rank things, and the Japanese public came out in force for this poll to determine which anime theme song currently holds the title of “best song”.
On September 6th, on Japanese television network TV Asahi aired a program to rank the top anime theme songs of all time. Over 130,000 people voted. The results were pretty much all over the place, with classics from yesteryear mixing it up with newer hits from less than a decade ago.
Not shockingly, the reigning champion of anime theme songs belongs to Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Cruel Angel Thesis sung by Yoko Takahashi. Competition is fierce though. It looks as though, at some point in the not so distant future, it may be overtaken by newcomer Demon Slayer’s theme song Gurenge sung by LiSA.
Other interesting choices from the top ten include entries from Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Attack on Titan, and A Certain Scientific Railgun.
- Cruel Angel Thesis (Neon Genesis Evangelion) – Yoko Takahashi
- Gurenge (Demon Slayer) – LiSA
- Space Battleship Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato) – Isao Sasaki
- Butterfly (Digimon Adventure) – Koji Wada
- Touch (Touch) – Yoshimi Iwasaki
- Only My Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) – fripside
- Guren no Yumiya (Attack on Titan) – Linked Horizon
- Get Wild (City Hunter) – TM Network
- God Knows (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) – Aya Hirano
- Inferno (Fire Force) – Mrs. Green Apple
A few other interesting choices from the not so distant past just barely missed out and ranked in the top 20, including the Maji Love 1000% from the bishounen music series Uta no Prince Sama, Moonlight Densetsu from Sailor Moon, and Snow Halation from Love Live.
What about you? Are you bummed that your favorite anime theme song from history wasn’t chosen for the ranking? What are some of your favorite anime theme songs that didn’t make the cut? Sound off in the comments with your favorite anime theme songs and let’s see how worldwide tastes compare to otaku living and voting in Japan.
Source: Mantan Web