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Anime music. You love it. We love it. So, among the hundreds of anime songs that came out this year alone, here are our favorites.

[Note: Songs on this list come from anime released during 2016. Only one song per series was eligible.]

Anime: Battery
Song: “Itsuka no Jibun”
Artist: anderlust
Why Toshi Loves It: The sentimental vocals with a hint of nostalgia that make me long for the more innocent days of yesteryear really satisfy my emotional needs.

  
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Anime: Berserk
Song: “Inferno”
Artist: 9mm Parabellum Bullet
Why Brittany Loves It: Furious guitar solos, vocals that radiate anger, bloodlust, and a hopefulness beyond the bleak abyss made “Inferno” a track I listened to even outside of Berserk’s 2016 anime season run.

  
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Anime: Detective Conan
Song: “Hane”
Artist: Inaba Koshi
Why Richard Loves It: I don’t know if this song exactly fits a mystery-of-the-week show like Detective Conan, but the song is powerful enough to make me believe it does.

  
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Anime: Macross Delta
Song: “Ikenai Borderline”
Artist: Walküre
Why Richard Loves It: Macross Delta’s first hit song and one that with powerful vocals and brass band backup makes for an unforgettable classic, even by Macross standards.

  
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Anime: Magical Girl Raising Project
Song: “DREAMCATCHER”
Artist: Nano
Why Richard Loves It: Nano’s powerful alto voice is a perfect match for this rock ballad that starts quiet and crescendos in a brilliant chorus.

  
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
Song: “bL∞dy f8 -eUC-“
Artist: SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Aimer
Why Richard Loves It: Unicorn is full of such amazing music thanks to composer Sawano Hiroyuki (Aldnoah.Zero, Xenoblade Chronicle X, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill) that picking just one is torture–yet, even then, this one stands tall.

  
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Anime: Mob Psycho 100
Song: “99”
Artist: MOB CHOIR
Why Richard Loves It: This song outlines the main internal conflict of the series–how being special in one area can be viewed as a loss of personal freedom–through hard rock and fast-paced female vocals.

  
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Anime: Qualidea Code
Song: “Time to Go”
Artist: Canaria Utara starring Yui Ishikawa
Why Richard Loves It: This powerful yet haunting dubstep melody is not only an amazing song in its own right, but serves as both a major element of the plot in the anime and the soundtrack to the anime’s most climactic moments.

  
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Anime: Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
Song: “eternal eternity”
Artist: Junko Minagawa & Sayaka Ohara
Why Sarah Loves It: Strong singing, a beautiful instrumental backing track, and lyrics filled with symbolism and wordplay makes me put this passionate duet on repeat long after the anime has ended.

  
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Anime: Yuri!!! On ICE
Song: “History Maker”
Artist: DEAN FUJIOKA
Why Renato Loves It: It is an epic ballad that begins with a wintery motif, perfect for the ice skating theme, uplifting and inspiring for victory, yet inclusive (“WE were born to make history”), rather than being about self-aggrandizement.

  
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Comments (1)
  1. Too many songs to choose from but my favorite would be the following:

    Haikyuu!! S2 – Fly High by BURNOUT SYNDROMES
    Poco’s Udon World – Sweet Darwin by GOODWARP
    91 Days – Signal by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
    Mob Psycho 100 – Refrain Boy by ALL OFF
    Fune wo Amu – I & I by Leola
    Tanaka-kun – Utatane Sunshine by Unlimited Tone
    Kiznaiver – Lay your hands on me by Boom Boom Satellites
    ERASED – Re:Re by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    Bungou Stray Dogs – Namae wo Yobu yo by Luck Life
    KonoSuba – Chiisana Boukensha by the VAs

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