Do you know ANiUTa? It’s a music-streaming application for smartphones that specializes in anime songs (anisongs)! Including songs from currently running anime such as Idolmaster SideM and Wake Up, Girls!, ANiUTA boasts a library of over 60,000 songs! Although the app is currently only available in Japan, there are plans to release it in various countries around the world, starting from spring 2018.
Some of our friends over at Anime! Anime! got together and used the custom playlist function of the app to make playlists bursting with each writers’ individuality. We hope you can get an idea as to each person’s tastes, and maybe find some new songs that you’ll love!
Okimoto is in the white t-shirt, Onose is in the black t-shirt and the guy in the jacket with his arms crossed is Esaki.
First Up is Esaki’s Playlist
The concept behind my playlist was bringing back that burning passion of a newbie.
Recently, I found that if I watch those youthful, fresh anime like Just Because! and Kimi to Boku. (You and Me.), I find them are so blindingly youthful that it hurts [laugh]. So, I’ve put together a playlist that not only takes me back to my high school days, but also to the bright eyed and bushy tailed me from when I first began work.
This is a personal playlist I like to listen to in order to rejuvenate as well as to give me back that ‘I’m gonna work hard today!’ feeling.
*note, you can find the playlist written in English at the end of the article!
Esaki-Like Playlist Point 1
Not ‘Butter-fly’, but ‘Kaze’!
I love Digimon, so I wanted to add something from there into my playlist. If you say Digimon, then I’m sure a lot of people think of ‘Butter-fly’, but I get so emotional listening to it. ‘Kaze’ is an insert song from Digimon Tamers, and it’s a song that fits with the ‘we are off to fight now!’ kind of scenes and really brings forth your fighting spirit. So, when I thought of a playlist I’d listen to at work, I thought- “it has to be ‘Kaze!'”.
Esaki-Like Playlist Point 2
My Life Motto is ‘For Myself’
I think the lyrics to Hiroshi Kamiya’s ‘For Myself’ are amazing. It’s a love song but it’s very frank, even saying things like ‘One of the the reasons I want to make you smile is for my own sake’. I feel that this is connected to my own work philosophy. ‘At the end of the day I’m working for my own happiness so I will do my best!’. ‘For myself’ is my life motto.
By the way, I always sing this song at karaoke, and I have to say I love the whole karaoke culture. If you’re wondering why I chose ‘Mai no kakakata☆Kataomoi – Bon’ and not the regular Nichijou opening, it’s because Mai’s version is supposed to be set at a karaoke box. [laugh]
Esaki-Like Playlist Point 3
Raging Minoru Shiraishi – Three In a Row!
This is a playlist I’d listen to while working, so I don’t want songs that will put me in a gloomy over-nostalgic mood, so I tried to only pick bright songs. However, I wanted to finish in a fun way. I really love the voice actor Minoru Shiraishi, so I’m borrowing a bit of his power [laugh] For example, the song ‘Shikaider no Uta -Complete Version’ is supposed to be about a hero dentist [NB: dentist in Japanese is shikai]. I can really feel that Shiraishi, who is known for loving tokusatsu (morning hero shows) had a lot of fun singing this song, so I feel like I’m having fun too. I love that fun-loving side of Shiraishi.
Next Up is Onose’s Playlist
My concept was Girl’s rock songs that would be picked by Anisong DJs
I originally was a big listener of rock and punk music, but with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya I got really into anime and anime songs. Thanks to that, when I’m DJing I don’t use as much club music as rock and anime music. The playlist I thought of is a bit different from pure rock; it’s a way of enjoying some slightly different variations of rock music.
Onose-Like Playlist Point 1
Starting Off With ‘HANAJI’
The first song is ‘HANAJI’, which is the opening theme for Maria Holic. It’s a powerful rock number where voice actress Yu Kobayashi’s insanity absolutely explodes. I really wanted a number that would grab you in the first instant. After a lot of thinking, I decided on ‘HANAJI’. It’s the power of Yu Kobayashi. Starting with the rockabilly sound of ‘HANAJI’, we move into the punk sound of ‘DREAMxSCRAMBLE’, which is the opening of the anime Keijo!!!!!!!! and then into the refreshing ska rock sound of ‘Diamond Happy’, which is the opening of the Aikatsu anime. The first three songs in particular have a lot of power. All of them have similar BPM and they flow smoothly into each other. I would be happy if these 3 songs really get the blood pumping.
Also, I’d love a second season of Keijo.
Onose-Like Playlist Point 2
The Hawaiian6 of the Anisong World
Back when I was in middle school and high school, there was the melodic hardcore boom. In my youth, I listened to lots of kind of melodic hardcore such as Japanese bands Hi-Standard and Brahman. It was at that time that I heard ‘Shakunetsu Switch’ and my mind was blown. It screamed ‘This is Hawaiian6!’ Well, it’s actually a different band, but when I first heard the song that’s what I thought. I just love these kinds of songs that can blend this speed and sadness together. I especially love the bridge! The song was written and composed by Hidekazu Tanaka, he also famous for writing ‘Taiyou Iwaku Moeru Chaos’. He’s also done all kinds of songs, I think he’s really amazing!
Onose-Like Playlist Point 3
Things You Can Do Because It’s Anisong
I picked the ‘Twintail Dreamer! Thouars & Aika Mix’ from the B-side of the ending single the anime Ore, Twin-Tail ni narimasu. Unlike the normal version, this one starts and ends with the characters talking over the music. Having the characters do this kind of funny act is something that can only be done because it’s an anisong. Without characters this can’t be done. I don’t think there are any theme songs for TV dramas or movies that do this.
I put this version in the playlist with the intention of showing you what can be done with anisongs. If we talk about other songs like this that aren’t rock, then there is ‘Six Same Faces ~Konya wa Saikou!!!!!~” from the first season of Mr Osomatsu. They really show us the true faces of the characters.
Finally is the Playlist From Anime!Anime!’s Deputy Editor Okimoto
The concept is You’re gonna want to dance, catchy songs by male voice actors only.
If you take a look at my playlist, you may think I’m a woman but I am in fact a man. This time, I put together songs from male voice actors that have a nightclub vibe to them. There are songs from the actors as well as really danceable songs. They don’t just make you move your body, but they are alluring, erotic and…like a drug. I’ve always liked songs like this, so it’s a specialized playlist.
Okimoto-Like Playlist Point 1
Tetsuya Komuro’s Sound is Engraved in Japanese DNA
My playlist starts with songs from my beloved King of Prism, which I went to see over 10 times. The first two are KinPri cover versions of songs by Tetsuya Komuro’s TRF [NB: A famous Japanese pop group active since the early 90s]. Komura’s sound is engraved in Japanese DNA. Once you’ve listened to it once, you can’t stop. That’s why I picked these two songs to raise the tension right from the start. KinPri is amazing.
Okimoto-Like Playlist Point 2
Dipping Into Dance Music With Male Voice Actors
Even within dance music, there are many sub-genres. Back in the day, there was disco and funk, and these days EDM is booming. Anisongs, game songs, character songs, voice actor songs, and more have received a lot of influence from the rise of EDM. I want you to dip a little into that history in my playlist, with the first half having a disco and funky sound to it and the second half focusing more on EDM.
Okimoto-Like Playlist Point 3
I’ll Say it Again. KinPri is Amazing
I first got hooked on content aimed more at female otaku via the movies Doukyusei -Classmates- and King of Prism by PrettyRhythm. Seeing them both on the same day, my eyes were opened. Regarding KinPri, there are some really energetic scenes that just jump out at you, but my first time seeing the movie wasn’t at the famous ‘cheer screenings‘ but at a regular screening, so I couldn’t laugh out loud. I thought I was gonna die from holding it in. But the story depicted in the movie could be related to by anyone, and the over-the-top Prism Shows were just so addictive. It was from there that I understood the charm of ‘Male Voice Actors + Dance Music’. I’ll say it again. KinPri is amazing.
What did you think of the playlists created by the Anime!Anime! staff?
Playlists you want to listen to. Playlists you want others to listen to. From rock only to club music only. The hard-working office worker, the anisong DJ, the male lover of female-oriented content. We could feel the style of each of them.
You can actually listen to the playlists yourself if you subscribe to the ANiUTA app! (the MANGA.TOKYO editor that translated this article happily listened to the playlists as she translated. Okimoto’s playlist in particular caught her fancy)
If you are in Japan then you can currently enjoy the app for one month for absolutely free! For those of you outside Japan, just hang on a little longer to see if it will be available in your country.
Here are the playists! Do you know any of these songs? Do you have any anisong playlists you listen to at home? Let us know in the comments!
Esaki’s ‘bringing back that burning passion of a newbie’ playlist
01. Acchi de Kocchi de acchi <=> Kocchi
TV anime Acchi de Kocchi de Opening Song
02. Shinryaku! Ika Musume ULTRA-PRISM
TV Anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume Opening Theme
03. Mai no kakakata☆Kataomoi – Bon Mai Minakami (VA: Suzuko Mimori)
TV Anime Nichijo Character Song
04. Fatto shite Togenkyo Kanae Shinjou (VA: Suzuko Mimori)
TV Anime Teekyu 4th Season Character Song
05. Koi no Shirushi from Elsie Elsie starring Kanae Ito
TV Tokyo Anime The World God Only Knows Character Song
06. Kuchibue Jet Shiori Shiomiya starring Kana Hanazawa
TV Tokyo Anime The World God Only Knows Character Song
07. Kaze ~re-fly ver.~ Kouji Wada
Digimon Tamer Insert Song
08. Get Wild 2015 (“30th FINAL” Version) TM Network
09. U&I Hokago Teatime
TV anime K-On!! Insert Song
10. Daisuki Daisuke Ono
11. For myself Hiroshi Kamiya
12. Kaorin no Theme -Complete Version- Minoru Shiraishi
Lucky☆Star character song
13. Waga Itoshi no Santa Monica -Studio Recording Version- Minoru Shiraishi
Lucky☆Star character song
14. Shikaider no Uta -Complete Version- Minoru Shiraishi
Lucky☆Star Character song
Onose’s ‘Girl’s rock songs that would be picked by Anisong DJs’ playlist
01. HANAJI Yu Kobayashi
TV Anime Maria Holic
02. DREAMxSCRAMBLE AiRI
TV Anime Keijo!!!!!!!
03. Diamond Happy Wakal, Fuuri, Sunao from STAR☆ANIS
TV Anime Aikatsu
04. Chikatetsu Labrynth Wake Up, girls!
05. Shakunetsu Switch Suzumegahara Middle School Table Tennis Club
TV Anime Scorching Ping Pong Girls
06. HELP!! -Hell side- Mio Isurugi (VA: Ayana Taketatsu)
TV Anime MM!
07. Heart wo ROCK! Plasmagia
TV Anime Show By Rock!! #
08. Tsuppari-kun vs Sekitori Man Yuri Oshimoto (VA: Yui Watanabe), Kanae Shinjo (VA: Suzuko Mimori), Nasuno Takamiya (VA: Kyoko Narumi), Marimo Bando (VA: Kana Hanzawa)
TV Anime Teekyu
09. Bon! Bon! Ride On! Hana Sakura (VA: Reina Ueda), Rin Suzunoki (VA: Nao Touyama), Onsa Amano (VA: Yumi Uchyama), Hijiri Minoa (VA: Rikako Yamaguchi)
TV anime Bakuon!!
10. Twintail Dreamer! (Thouars & Aika Mix) Tail Red (VA: Sumire Uesaka), Tail Blue (VA: Yuka Aisaka), Tail Yellow (VA: Chonatsu Aksaki)
TV Anime Ore, Twin-Tail ni Narimasu
11. Lost My Music Haruhi Suzumiya (VA: Aya Hirano)
TV Anime The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
12. U&I Hokago Tea Time
TV Anime K-On!! Insert Song
Okimoto’s ‘You’re gonna want to dance, catchy songs by male voice actors only’ playlist
01. CRAZY GONNA CRAZY – Shin Ichijo & Louis Kisaragi (VA: Junta Terashima, Shota Aoi)
Movie King of Prism – Pride the Hero-
02. EZ DO DANCE -K.O.P REMIX- Kaduki Nishina & Alexander Yamato (VA: Toshiki Masuda, Shunsuke Takeuchi)
Movie King of Prism by PrettyRhythm
03. Simulation Shoichi Irie (VA: Toshiyuki Toyonaga) & Spanner (VA: Kenjiro Tsuda)
TV Anime Ketekyo HItman Reborn! character song
04. PARTY☆Beat Trignal
05. Go the Distance KAmiYU
06. Koi Seyo Otome Kitakore (VA: Daisuke Ono, Daisuke Kishio)
07. Break it down KiLLER KiNG (VA: Kotaro Nishiyama, Taku Yashiro, Shoyo Chiba, Takuya Eguchi)
08. Tick-tack THRIVE (VA: Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Natsuki Hanae, Kazuki Kato)
09.CATWALK Hiroyuki Yoshino
10.supernova Daisuke Ono
11.Screamin’ 2nite buzz Vibes
12. Heart Signal Wataru Hatano
TV anime Hitorijime My Hero
13. STAND UP Tasuku Hatanaka
14. Perfection Gimmick IDOLiSH7
Smartphone rhythm game Idolish7
15. Fly Away! Iori Izumi (VA: Toshiki Masuda), Riku Nanase (VA: Kensho Ono)
Smartphone rhythm game Idolish7
16. Leopard Eyes TRIGGER
Smarphone Rhythm Game Idolish7
17. Hoshizora Rendezvous Sekko Boys
TV anime Sekko Boys
18. 0+1 Takuya Terashima