Any Otaku can appreciate a good anime theme, especially when the artist goes the extra mile to produce a song worthy of joining the top 40 artists on our smartphones. Sometimes an anime theme is so good that you wouldn’t dare skip the intro and deprive yourself of the chance to sing and dance for the 8th time in a row. The following list of infectious anime themes is so good that it will have you dancing, singing, and spamming your friends’ inboxes with YouTube links. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion “A Thesis of Cruel Angels” by Shiro Sagisu
This jazzy anime theme is a blast from the past. Neon Genesis Evangelion the opening theme, “The Thesis of a Cruel Angel”, has a urban pop vibe that will transport you to the middle of a Japanese dance club in the 80s. The bouncing dance floor starts with a slow echo and builds to an electronic pop climax that will have you dancing in your seat in just 19 seconds . It’s the perfect soundtrack for from Evangelion Animated 90s aesthetic. After just one snippet of this theme, you’ll definitely think twice before hitting “skip intro” on Netflix.
9. Fairytale “Fiesta” by +Plus
“Fiesta” was the perfect name for this uptempo anime theme; its rhythmic sound definitely makes you feel like you’re at a party. Fairy tales The 6th opening theme, “Fiesta,” will have you jumping and bouncing as the intro visuals guide you through Fairy tales bright and colorful universe.
Every time I hear the festive sound of “Fiesta,” I can’t help but imagine a street festival with falling confetti or a cruise with people dancing and smiling in the background. This JPop track was clearly influenced by calypso, so good luck resisting the urge to form a conga line with your fluff around the room.
8. Fire Force “Sailing” by Keina Suda
When fire force “Veil” opens with its slow, punchy and steady drum beat, we know we’re going to have a great time. By the time the pace picks up and the band joins us, we have quite a jam session.
I honestly can’t decide which makes me dance harder: the rhythmic drum intro or the melodic combo of the bassline and guitar riff, which really brings the anime theme together. The kind sounds of fire force The “Veil” ending theme is so infectious that YouTube fans agree that bypassing this ending deserves a moment of silence.
7. Naruto “Haruka Kanata” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Of course, one of the most popular anime in the world would also have one of the most infectious and danceable anime themes. You wouldn’t expect anything less from a show as influential as naruto. This rocking anime opening won’t just have you dancing, but you’ll be screaming the lyrics at the top of your lungs, struggling to match the energy of the Asian Kung-Fu Generation lead singer.
As vocalist Masafumi Gotoh forces his voice into Naruto’s second opening, “Haruka Kanata,” you’ll fight hard to resist the urge to mosh and rage in your living room as you watch your favorite shinobi go head-to-head headed. This anime theme gets you so excited, YouTuber Jeff Ngandu says it makes him want to “go out and fight a tree.” Same, Jeff. Same.
6. Hunter X Hunter “Departure” by STRE
Hunter X Hunter “Departure” is so amazing that it’s used as the intro for all six popular series openers, a sight rare in anime. With “Departure”, you not only get an upbeat and danceable theme, you also get an infectious and inspiring song that perfectly embodies Hunter X Hunter story of triumph and success.
Can we all take a second to admire STRE’s vocals (who seem to soar into the cosmos as the intro fades to black)? You might not be able to keep up with the fast-paced lyrics, but you’ll know when STRÉ delivers the iconic “You just try again!” it’s time to shine!
5. Jujutsu Kaisen “Kaikai Kitan” by Eve
Eve’s “Kaikai Kitan” is the perfect soundtrack for Jujutsu Kaisen cinematic anime intro, seamlessly following time and tempo with the anime’s ever-changing footage. The pop-rock anime theme’s distorted layered vocals backed by its smooth rock beat is sure to have you jamming for 1:40 of Jujutsu Kaisen first opening. The moment the beat stops and a sleeping Yuji turns black, you’re ready to dive headfirst into Jujutsu Kaisen strange universe.
4. BEASTARS “”Kaibutsu” by YOASOBI
When you hear Beastars season two opens with the electronic sound of Yoasobi’s “Kaibutsu,” you’re totally unprepared for it to be the hard-hitting track that it is. JPop’s catchy electro beat backed by the smooth flow of Yoasobi’s vocals will have you jumping, bouncing and dancing like Beastar’s vibrant visuals unfold before you. By the time the intro wraps its new-age Jpop theme, you’re already scouring the internet for a way to download it to your phone.
3. Cowboy Bebop “Tank!” by Seat belts
“Okay, three, two, one, we jam!” There wouldn’t be an infectious anime theme list without Cowboy Bebop’s jazzy opening number. Its loud, big band jazz intro sets it apart from the usual bubblegum Jpop/JRock themes we’re used to hearing. This uniqueness is what makes this song so infectious.
No anime theme offers quite like “Tank! “by Seatbelts – its blaring horns and smooth bass line provide the perfect soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop’s stylish and action-packed anime style.
2. High School God “Contradiction” KSUKE feat. Tyler Carter
Although The God of High School received mixed reviews, fans unanimously agree that this anime has one of the best and most danceable opening themes ever. Contradiction’s electronic sound perfectly captures the excitement and elation of the opening theme’s aesthetic while forcing you to dance and sing along to its all-English lyrics.
When the song hits its 13-second dance break, you’ll rage and lose your mind as you’re transformed from an Otaku in the comfort of their home to a dancer at a rave. The action packed neon art style of high school godI’m totally in tune with this rager as you watch the actors trade blows in a martial arts tournament.
1. Jujutsu Kaisen “Lost in Paradise” by Ali feat. Aklo
Jujutsu Kaisen has such a nice soundtrack that it’s made the list twice, with its now famous outing at the top. Rightly so: “Lost in Paradise” is arguably the best anime theme of all time and was so catchy when it first premiered that it sparked a passion for street dancing and countless fan-made spinoffs.
The genre sound of “Lost in Paradise” marries jazz, hip-hop and pop in an alternate mix of funk, groove and general awesomeness. Watching the cast of Jujutsu Kaisen get moving in their casual streetwear, you can’t help but dance as the song turns into a “woo-hoo ooh woo woohoo”. As Yuji jumps into his b-boy position at the end, you’re forced to step off the groovy two-minute dance journey the song just took you on.
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