Anime songs and J-pop singers

6 May

My husband likes watching anime. Lately I have noticed that more and more J-pop singers are now singing anime songs. When I was a kid, most of anime songs were terrible. lol That’s why I totally believed that anime songs and J-pop were completely different. I was wrong. These days anime even seems to help promote singers. There’s no difference between anison (anime song) and J-pop music.

Chemistry sings for Full Metal Alchemist.

So does Sukimaswitch.

Yuya Matsusita sings for Kuroshitsuji.

So does SID.

Abingdon boys school sings for D.Gray-man

Ikimonogakari sings for NARUTO.

Pornograffitti sings for Bleach.

Some anime invite new bands so they can make their songs popular through the anime.

Girls Dead Monster staring Marina sings for Angel Beats.


May’n sings for Macross Frontier.

Do you like anime songs? What is your favorite anison? Any recommends?


28 Responses to “Anime songs and J-pop singers”

  1. Salma May 6, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    My best anison singer is Ichiro Mizuki ( I love "Mazinger Z", "Captain Harlock" and "Yuke! Yuke! Megaloman" song ^_^ very much although they're old ones). I love too his way of performance on stage as I watch him in videos.
    Also, my very favorite anime OST music is by Katsou Ohno band who composed the Detective Conan's OST. I love Conan's music very much 🙂
    And there is another anime OST which I love like Koichi Sugiyama's orchestral music of Dai no Daibouken (It's somehow old too).
    I appreciate anime and anime songs a lot from my childhood until now. 😉

    • kirin May 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Koichi Sugiyama's orchestral music! I think Dragon Quest is one example…right? I liked the music used Dragon Quest.
      Salma, I'm sure you know these much more than I do! 😉

      • Salma May 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

        Oh yes, Dai's Great Adventure is a version of Dragon Quest. ^_^
        Dragon Quest "Dai" is my favorite childhood anime as well as Mazinger Z, Grendizer and Captain Tsubasa (those are old animes).
        Also, I've heard a lot about Naruto and the other animes you shared in this post, but I don't watch nowadays except Meitantei Conan because I love detective stories and mysteries very much 🙂

  2. winnie May 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Kirin,
    I love Animation too!! One Piece, (So happy to go to One Piece Dome Tour)
    Ookiku Furikabutte, Naruto, Fairy Tail, Full metal alchemist, Paradise Kiss, Trigun, Blue Exorcist ,DeadMan_WonderLand, and many many more…..
    Most of One Piece song are nice, recently the latest 14th opening is by Namie Amuro. It is awesome!!
    I like Abingdon boys too. I did not really follow them but some of the Songs also very nice.
    Paradise Kiss opening "Lonely in Gorgeous" by Tomoko Kawase also great!!

    I recommend to watch One Piece…hahaha

    • kirin May 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Winnie,
      Amazing, you know so many anime! My husband watched Ookiku Furikabutte and Full Metal Alchemist but I don't know all the others you mentioned. Ah, One Piece is so popular, but somehow I didn't like it so much. My preference is like this. Death Note, Akagi, Detective Conan, Yakumo. Do you know them? ^ ^;

      I didn't know even Namie Amuro sings for One Piece!!

      • winnie May 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

        Yes, kirin,
        I love Death Note and Yakumo(He is so Charming with a red left eye.)
        They are awesome.
        For Akagi, I am not so sure , is it about Manjong?
        咲-Saki is also about Manjong , I love it!
        Detective Conan is cute but it is too long series that I lost tracks.

      • kirin May 8, 2011 at 6:21 am #

        What I like about Detective Conan is every story is one shot. I can easily watch the story that is not to be continued to next one. 😉 Akagi is yes, about Mahjong. Yakumo, with the red eye one, Yes! I was watching it with my husband while ago. It didn't have many episodes, unfortunately.

        I think you can practice Japanese with anime. That must be fun. ^ ^

    • Jun May 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Trigun is nice!
      I also didnt know Namie Amuro sang for One Piece anime! must go check it out! haha.

    • Hanie May 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      I love 'Lonely in Gorgeous' too! It's very catchy!

  3. lluvia May 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I remember years ago when we had the chance to see Kageyama Hironobu, who visited Barcelona. Kageyama san commented in one interview that he was proud to be an anime singer, he explained that at that time anime songs and singers weren't so well considered like other kind of popular singers in Japan. I remember it.

    Time has passed, and we all noticed how in the present anime is full of rock and pop songs from japanese music celebrities. In this way anime has changed. Not only the songs, some current OST are masterpieces.
    I like new kind of music, but sometimes I remember the old seiyuu's songs and I miss it somehow. They were unique and funny. Like the old translated anime songs from japanese to foreign languages, that weren't perfect, but had other kind of feeling.

    Kuroshitsuji! Japan-neo-victorianism, I like it! ❤ 😉 I think this ending song is so well chosen:

    Well, maybe Kalafina isn't the best japanese pop example ^^'

    • kirin May 7, 2011 at 7:10 am #

      Kalafina is nice! Thank you for sharing the song. ^ ^
      Also thank you for your comment that tells how anison has changed!!

  4. Shimin May 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Awesome, aren't they! I have known many people who are exposed to many different music artists by just animes! XD

  5. sedonia2 May 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I know that Gackt has songs for anime, though I can't remember the title and he does a song for Final Fantasy. I haven't heard many of the anime songs done by J-pop singers but the music of Samurai Seven, both the opening song, "Unlimited" by Nanase Aikawa and the closing song, "Fuhen" by Rin are really pretty with wonderful lyrics. I highly recommend the songs and the series. It was super.

    • kirin May 7, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      Wow, I'll check them out. You know it so well! ^0^

  6. Hanie May 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I love anime!
    It has introduced me to many singers like May'N, Shokotan, Kanon Wakeshima, Mizuki Nana, Tomofumi Tanizawa (Kimi ni Todoke) and many many more!
    Well, Jpop is nice too! Haha!
    My favourite singers are Nishino Kana, AKB48, Juliet, Lil'B, May'N. (^^)

    • kirin May 8, 2011 at 6:31 am #

      I see how anime and J-pop singers are linked each other. Then there's no wonder Japanese anime fan overseas get to like J-pop. ^ ^

  7. ranojousama May 8, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    I love 名探偵コナン!!!I love Kuraki Mai-san and Aiuchi Rina-san. 🙂

    I love Shugo Chara as well!!!

    And I sing them too. I love J-pop and I try to dance as well. 🙂

    • kirin May 8, 2011 at 6:27 am #

      • kirin May 8, 2011 at 6:27 am #

      • kirin May 8, 2011 at 6:28 am #

        Somehow your link shows the same one, so I added the link from email. (Every comment is sent to my email address, from which I can confirm your original message with 3 different links.) 😉

  8. fxgeorges May 8, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Wow I didn't know TMRevolution did THAT many songs for anime.And Rurouni Kenshin too! Thanks for the info ^^

  9. Meeker Beeker May 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I have heard that if you like anime it is REALLY REALLY looked down upon in Japan. It is here in America a little bit. But a lot of people that love Anime in America think that they will be loved in Japan simply because they love their Japanese animation. I've also noticed that a lot Japanese people don't even know a lot about anime. I had a Japanese penpal a long time ago, and I mentioned (only mentioned!) an Anime and she never wrote back to me again. I got over it though hahaha.

    • kirin May 10, 2011 at 5:08 am #

      Anime has been loved by Otaku people who are too shy to communicate with women or humans properly. That's why when you are too much into anime in Japan, you maybe regarded as sort of Otaku and will be looked down. Anime can be easily referred to the image of Otaku, and the fact is that Otaku is really looked down in Japan.

      But look at what happens lately. If Anime = Otaku, popular J-pop singers wouldn't want to sing for anime, because that could deteriorate their image. What's happening? I have to say Japanese people started to look at anime from a different angle today, thanks to foreigners who truly evaluate greatness of Japanese anime. Until then, anime had too much of strong image from Otaku, but the image that foreign anime fan brought was different from Otaku, because these foreign fans are not always Otaku (like a nerd).

      Please also watch next Tokyo Kawaii TV episode about New Akiba Style that will be up soon.
      Thank you for your comment.

  10. kaname kuran May 22, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    hmm i recommend “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” by stereophony..

  11. Vicente February 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    you already have some of my favorites…
    one i didn't notice would be Olivia singing as Reira (vocalist of trapnest) in the anime series Nana

    • kirin February 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Oh…most of the videos were deleted. *shock* (T_T)

  12. naonao April 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    kawaii group of Japan

    Momoiro Clover(pink color clover)

    ・pinky johnes


    ・mouretu utyu
    guitar:MEGADEATH Martin "Marty" Adam Friedman


    ・Chai Maxx

    ・ikuze kaitousyojyo

    ・Mirai Ball

    • kirin April 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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