ANiUTa is a new anime music streaming service that launched in Japan this past Friday—and is set to launch outside of Japan before the end of the year. With big anime music companies like Flying Dog, Lantis, and Sunrise Music Publishing all signed on, the iOS/Android service sports a collection of 50,000+ songs. For 600 yen (about USD $5) a month, you can listen as much as you want. But even as a free user, you can search and listen to samples.
So, over this past weekend, I asked my Twitter followers what their favorite anime songs were to test the service out. So now, let’s take those picks and see if ANiUTa has them in their 50,000+ catalog of anime songs.
@BiggestinJapan Don't Say Lazy (K-ON!), Tutti! (トゥッティ!) (Euphonium), Snow Halation (Love Live!), Aquarium (Love Live Sunshine) and God Knows
— Dazza (@DoctorDazza) March 24, 2017
Oh, we’ve got quite a list here.
For “Don’t Say ‘Lazy’,” we have the album version, two different live versions, and a no vocals version. For “Tutti!” we have the full song, the TV opening short version, and a wind orchestra version. For “Snow Halation,” we have a the original version and two different cover versions of the song. And for “Koi ni Naritai AQUARIUM,” we have just the album version.
@BiggestinJapan Prolly Give A Reason, coincidentally also the first MP3 I ever downloaded. Also, I desperately need a reason, so :X
— Emily Balistrieri (@tiger) March 24, 2017
Sadly, there are only a few Megumi Hayashibara songs on the service—mostly from 1999’s Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru—so this one is a bust.
@BiggestinJapan The Light Before We Land-The Delgados
Paradise Lost-Chihara Minori
Gun's & Roses-Paradise Lunch
— Chris Kirkham (@Xagor1) March 27, 2017
It’s a “no” on “The Light Before We Land.” I found three versions of “Paradise Lost.” There are no Baccano! songs. And not only do they have “Ikenai Borderline” from Macross Delta, they have damn near every (if not every) Macross song ever—including several from games like Macross 30.
@BiggestinJapan Depends on mood. Currently, OP: Parasyte, ED: Aquarian Age, Intert: Favorite is a lost song I haven't found in 30 yrs
— TNakamura (@TNakamura8) March 24, 2017
Our own Toshi Nakamura had these favorites: “No” on “Let Me Hear” and “Yes” on “PRISM.”
@BiggestinJapan Kawaru Mirai ~ Choucho (Kamisama no memo-chou OP)
— spawnofthejudge (@spawnofthejudge) March 24, 2017
It’s on there four times (all the same version as far as I can tell).
does the opening for Psycho-Pass counts?
— 👾 ɹoɥʇɐƃɐls 👾 (@agiteseparausar) March 24, 2017
It does. But sadly, it’s not on ANiUTa.
— Eric Jou (@FatAsianTechie) March 24, 2017
As for fellow Kotaku alumni Eric’s picks: there is a cover version for Slam Dunk’s theme “Kimi ga Sukida to Sakebitai” and One-Punch Man’s “THE HERO!! ~Ikareru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~” is there three different times (though it’s the same recording on different albums).
@BiggestinJapan Not sure of the name of the song but it's by 'Larc En Ciele'. I think it's "Ready Steady Go". It's in Full Metal Alchemist
— Leigh J (@shutupnrollon) March 24, 2017
You are correct on the name but it seems no Full Metal Alchemist music is on ANiUTa at the moment.
@BiggestinJapan FLCL Little Busters by The Pillows. That shit was in every episode when crisis averted.
— Alex Swanson (@Eliphus88) March 24, 2017
While there are several songs from The Pillows, none are from FLCL.
@BiggestinJapan The best ED is Blood Blockade Battlefront. Best OP is Death Parade
— Martin Coleman (@Excecior) March 24, 2017
Nothing from Blood Blockade Battlefront, I am sad to say, nor is the Death Parade opening there. However, its ending, “Last Theater,” is.
@BiggestinJapan all of them from Aldnoah Zero. Also Guilty Crown by Egoist.
— Kyle J Chambliss (@GundamKyle) March 24, 2017
No Aldnoah.Zero music to report, but ANiUTa does have composer Hiroyuki Sawano’s Attack on Titan, Gigantic Formula, and Sengoku Basara soundtracks. Nothing for Guilty Crown, though.
@BiggestinJapan less obscure: GO by FLOW from Naruto. Lots of nostalgia, overall fun song – I even incorporated it into my wedding, haha
— MEG-A-MO (@MegwaLove) March 24, 2017
“GO” isn’t there. But Naruto’s eleventh ending, “Omae Dattanda” is.
@BiggestinJapan Junjou Spectra by Zwei from Robotics;Notes
— The Bad Modᵀᵂ (@tannerwelch) March 27, 2017
It sure does have “Junjou Spectra”—but that’s just the start.
@BiggestinJapan Hacking to the Gate OP Steins; Gate; Anohana ED Secret Base; Soul Eater ED 3 Bakusou Yumeuta. Looking fwd to this article!
— Tony Hutcheson (@tonyhutch712) March 25, 2017
Not only does ANiUTa have “Hacking to the Gate,” it has its orchestral version as well.
Moreover, there are several Steins;Gate soundtracks as well as those from other Chiyomaru Studio anime and games like Chaos;Child, Robotics;Notes and Occultic;Nine. There’s nothing from Anohana nor Soul Eater that I could find—though I did find the ending and insert songs from Soul Eater Not!
@BiggestinJapan Yoko Kanno/The Seatbelts with Tank! and The Real Folk Blues
— Boba Fetty Wap (@RidicBowe) March 27, 2017
“Yes” on “Tank” and “Real Folk Blues” (as well as several full Cowboy Bebop soundtracks).
@BiggestinJapan I will have to go with Yoko Kanno feat. Origa & Ben Del Maestro – Inner universe.
That song is on a whole other level.
— FXM (@HKPerseus) March 27, 2017
Ok, let’s be clear here, because this may be the app’s strongest point: There are hundreds of Yoko Kanno songs on ANiUTa—from Cowboy Bebob, Escaflowne, and Aquarion to Macross Plus, Macross Frontier, and Ghost in the Shell: SAC. And yes, Inner Universe is included in that.
@BiggestinJapan Kalafina – To The Beginning, Granrodeo – Shounen no Hate
— Afiq Che Man (@kiyoshikiba) March 27, 2017
No, on anything Kalafina. Yes, on “Shounen no Hate.” (There are hundreds of GRANRODEO songs on the service.)
@BiggestinJapan "PSI-Missing" by Mami Kawada
"Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai" by Miku Sawai
— Sparkless✨Spark (@Sparklss) March 27, 2017
There are three different versions of “PSI-Missing” on the service—including a techno remix. Sadly, there are no songs by Miku Sawai.
@BiggestinJapan Ishida Youko – Shiawase no Iro
— Richard M^2 (@tcatsuko) March 27, 2017
Yep, this “Ah! My Goddess” classic is on ANiUTa.
Now the results of our little test. Of the 35 favorite songs I looked up, seventeen of them were on ANiUTa (eighteen if you count the cover version for Slam Dunk’s theme). In other words, about half of the songs we searched for were on the service. That’s not too bad for something that just launched. Right now, the service’s biggest problem is the lack of artists from Sony Music and King Records, two of the biggest names in the anime music industry.
However, even with that downside, this little experiment has made me decide to try the service out for a month or two. On the artist side, it has a massive amount of Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, and Nano songs. On the series side, it is loaded with Gundam and Macross music. And honestly, that alone is worth my five bucks.
Oh, and just for fun, let’s see what the top ten most listened to songs on ANiUTa are at the end of its first weekend.
1) “Youkoso Japari Park he” — Kemono Friends opening
2) “Tokimeki Experience” — BanG Dream opening
3) “Don’t Say ‘Lazy'” — K-On! opening
4) “Aozora Rhapsody” — Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid opening
5) “Ichido Dake no Koi Nara” — Macross Delta opening
6) “Redo” — Re:Zero — Starting Life in Another World opening
7) “Climber’s High” — Fuuka opening
8) “Snow halation” — Love Live! season two episode nine ending
9) “Hacking to the Gate” — Steins;Gate opening
10) “Sousei no Aquarion” — Genesis of Aquarion opening
ANiUTa begin service in Japan on March 24, 2017. It is scheduled to launch outside of Japan later this year.