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As the Winter 2017 season speeds towards its end, let’s take a look at some of the best opening, ending, and insert songs that the season has to offer.

Winter 2017

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Anime: ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
Song: “Shadow and Truth”
Why I Love It: Despite not being one for rap myself, the female vocals—mixed with autotune and supported by a brass section—make even me love this one.

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Anime: Chain Chronicle – The Light of Haecceitas – (Movie Version)
Artist: Nano
Why I Love It: Anyone who has read these lists before won’t be surprised to see yet another Nano song on here. But once again Nano’s power alto voice delivers a performance that just gives me goosebumps.

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Anime: Chaos;Child
Song: “Uncontrollable”
Artist: Kanako Itō
Why I Love It: As with the vast majority of Science-Adventure Series songs, the composer of the theme song is Chiyomaru Shikura—i.e., the creator of the story as well. Because of the this, the lyrics give key hints to the plot as series regular Kanako Itō belts them out with her usual skill.

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Anime: Detective Conan
Artist: Mai Kuraki
Why I Love It: While Kuraki’s voice is soft, the pace of the lyrics keeps the tension high—which is perfect for a show so full of murder and mystery. And the fact that this song appeals to my mid-90s Ace of Bace-loving sensibilities also helps.

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Anime: Fuuka
Song: “Climber’s High!”
Artist: Manami Numakura
Why I Love It: An anime about an aspiring rock star needs a powerful theme that gets stuck in your head and makes you move to the beat. And this song does that and more.

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Anime: Gintama.
Song: “Kagerou”
Artist: ЯeaL
Why Sarah Loves It: The slightly melancholy melody during the chorus mixed with the lyrics about not being able to see the future ahead and wanting to “be by your side” is the perfect companion to this story arc that is all about the characters and the people they wish to see once more.

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Anime: Ninja Girl & Samurai Master
Artist: VALSHE
Why I Love It: With its powerful alto vocals, this song makes a light hearted comedy series seem like the most epic anime ever created—at least until the moment the show itself begins.

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Anime: Saga of Tanya the Evil
Artist: MYTH & ROID
Why I Love It: The song is both beautiful and chaotic—a dual nature perfectly fitting the show’s main character Tanya who looks like an innocent kid on the outside but is a sociopath inside.

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Anime: Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
Song: “Break Beat Bark!”
Artist: Yuna (Sayaka Kanda)
Why I Love It: One of the best parts of the film is how during boss fights virtual idol Yuna appears to sing—providing the background music for the fight. This upbeat song really gets you pumped for any awesome battle right along with the characters in the film.

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Anime: The Tatami Galaxy (Rebroadcast)
Song: “Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat”
Artist: Scenarioart
Why I Love It: This is a cover of the Asian Kung-Fu Generation song of the same name used for the anime when originally aired back in 2010. However, this time Scenarioart gives the song a new twist by having the female vocalist take the first half of the verse and the male vocalists take the second half. Then all three come together to sing the chorus and make something amazingly catchy.

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