28 Dec 2012

Anime of 2012: OP/ED and Music (part 4)

The 4th and final part of this long post. Winners inside, as well as the Best Song and Best Soundtrack categories.


Vic's Pick Nisemonogatari ED, Thermae Romae ED, Uchuu Kyoudai OP, Sankarea ED, Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna OP, Sakamichi no Apollon OP, Hyouka ED2, Yuru Yuri 2 OP, Tonari OP, Chuunibyou main OP. Can I just call it a 10-way tie? LOL. If I have to narrow it down to just one, it would be Nisemonogatari ED, with Mine Fujiko OP following closely behind in 2nd place.

Darren's Pick I like the arrangement of the music and animation of Hyouka OP2, so I guess that would be my pick. The detailed backgrounds, the water ripple effect signifying the disturbances to Oreki's grey life, and Chitanda pulling him out of his grey world and into her coloured one... So much meaning in those one and a half minutes! Same as vic, Mine Fujiko OP comes in a close 2nd.

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Naisho no Hanashi (Nisemonogatari OP) - ClariS

Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau (Fate/Zero ED) - Haruna Luna

Vidro Moyo (Ano Natsu de Matteru ED) - Yanagi Nagi

Feel So Moon (Uchuu Kyoudai OP) - UNICORN

Eureka (Uchuu Kyoudai OP2) - Sukima Switch

Kokuhaku (Uchuu Kyoudai ED2) - Angela Aki

Slow Dance (Sukitte ii na yo ED) - Suneohair

Above Your Hand (Sankarea ED) - Annabel

Tomeru (Zetman ED) - Hitoto You

New Wuthering Heights (Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna OP) - Kikuchi Naruyoshi

Sakamichi no Melody (Sakamichi no Apollon OP) - YUKI

Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery (Hyouka ED 2) - Satou Satomi, Kayano Ai

Q and A Recital (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun OP) - Tomatsu Haruka

Friendship (Sukitte ii na ya OP) - Okazaki Ritsuko (passed away in 2004)

Namae no nai Kaibutsu (PSYCHO-PASS ED) - EGOIST


Vic's Pick This year was a great year for anime OP and ED songs. While Feel So Moon is probably the feel-good song of the year, Annabel's Above Your Hand was so good it sent shivers down my spine the first time I heard it.

Darren's Pick I've had fond memories of Okazaki Ritsuko's songs for older shows like Fruits Basket and Love Hina, so Friendship was an easy pick for me. Suneohair's Slow Dance and Angela Aki's Kokuhaku were also really strong contenders.

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Another - Ootani Kou

Fate/Zero - Kajiura Yuki

Uchuu Kyoudai - Watanabe Toshiyuki

Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna - Kikuchi Naruyoshi/Watanabe Shinichiro

Sakamichi no Apollon - Kanno Yoko

Hyouka - Tanaka Kouhei

Shinsekai Yori - Komori Shigeo


Vic's Pick It was tough for me to not select Sakamichi no Apollon when they have the magical duo of Kanno Yoko and Watanabe Shinichiro, but Shinsekai Yori's soundtrack is too powerful to turn down. A sample can be found here. (fun fact: Komori Shigeo is also the guy behind some K-ON! songs)

Darren's Pick Hyouka's soundtrack was filled with mystery and a certain sense of playfulness. A perfect fit for the show in my opinion.

All 4 posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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