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We’ve listened to hundreds of new anime songs over the course of this year. Here are our favorites.

[Note: Songs on this list come from anime released during 2017. Only one song per series was eligible.]


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Anime: A Centaur’s Life
Song: “Edelweiss”
Artist: Asaka
Why Kat Loves It: At first Edelweiss seems like it doesn’t fit A Centaur’s Life at all, and the ending animation features Tama, who seems like a minor character in the beginning. Edelweiss is to Tama what the opening song is to the main trio.

    
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A Centaur’s Life Deftly Shows How Children Learn to Navigate Their Society


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Anime: DIVE!!
Song: “Taiyō mo Hitori Bocchi” (Even the Sun is All Alone)
Artist: Qyoto
Why Sarah Loves It: This song reminds me of a day at the beach with its rising intro backed with the sound of the waves, but the chorus’ passionate melody and lyrics make me feel the desperation and pain of the swimmers of the anime, desperate to rise to the top.

    
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DIVE!! Is about Shirtless Boys Giving Up Everything to Make Dreams Come True


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Anime: Girls’ Last Tour
Song: “Ugoku Ugoku”
Artist: Chiito (CV: Minase Inori), Yuuri (CV: Kubo Yurika)
Why Kat Loves It: Ugoku Ugoku stands out as best representing the personalities and lives of its characters with its lively beat and cheerful words about a never-ending journey through the end of the world.

  
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Alone in a Post-War Apocalyptic Urban Hellscape, The Young Girls of Girls’ Last Tour Still Maintain Their Innocence


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Anime: Kemono Friends
Song: Youkoso Japari Park he (Welcome to Japari Park)
Artist: Doubutsu Biscuits x PPP
Why Toshi Loves It: A song that manages to stuff as many anime song writer tricks of the trade in it as it can. The song manages to be cheerful, fun, and surprising memorable all at the same time.

    
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Why Kemono Friends Is Exploding in Japan


Anime: Kira Kira Pretty Cure a la Mode
Song: “Let’s la Cooking ☆ Showtime”
Why Ken Loves It: I’ve been watching the Pretty Cure franchise for about 7 years now and this song is easily one of the catchiest theme songs I’ve heard. But, it all comes down to can you learn to dance along with the girls. The answer is yes and it won’t take much time either. Everyone get you’re grove one with this little gem.

  
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The Complicated Case of “The First Male Pretty Cure”


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Anime: Pokemon I Chose You
Song: “Mezase Pokemon Master -20th Anniversary-”
Why Ken Loves It: The nostalgia is strong with this song and is in my karaoke repertoire. I’m really glad it was remade for the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon anime franchise and it has a nice modern touch to it. Plus, I want the younger generations to hear a good theme song about friendship and trying your best.

    
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The New Pokémon Film Isn’t a Trip Down Memory Lane and It’s Better For It


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Anime: Re:Creators
Song: “Sh0ut”
Artist: SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle & Gemie
Why Richard Loves It: Hands down my favorite song of the year. Harmonizing vocals, rocking chorus, and the creative composing of Sawano Hiroyuki come together to make a song that is uniquely epic and a perfect fit to the anime it begins.

    
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What Re:Creators is Really About


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Anime: The Relative Worlds
Song: “VIP KID”
Artist: Reol
Why Sarah Loves It: This song’s catchy melody, strong lyrics, and stylish Auto-Tune make it a number filled with the sad, desperate screams of the singer, as well as a very cool dose of attitude.

    
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The Terminator Meets The One in The Relative Worlds


Anime: Sakura Quest
Song: “Freesia”
Artist: (K)NoW_NAME:Tachibana Ayaka
Why Toshi Loves It: A somewhat reflective and sentimental melodic atmosphere make this song into what feels like an audible manifestation of a moment in the warmth of the setting sun that cumulates into a united chorus that reassures you that you are not alone.

    
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Sakura Quest’s Main Character Eats Some Weird Crap


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Anime: The Tatami Galaxy (Rebroadcast)
Song: “Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat”
Artist: Scenarioart
Why Richard Loves It: The Tatami Galaxy was rebroadcast this year leading up to the release of The Night is Short, Walk on Girl—But instead of the original theme song, this cover was used. With the the mix of male and female vocals, this already catchy song becomes so addictive that it even surpasses the original version of this hit song.

    
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Director Masaaki Yuasa on the Connection Between The Tatami Galaxy and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl


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