After the rather nice surprise of hearing Oasis singing the opening for Eden of the East, I did a little research to check what other anime had songs sung by popular western bands with plans to write a post about them. Then I instantly forgot until 3 moths later when I came across an anime opening sung by the Backstreet Boys. So I decided to go back and write the post, even though it’s not quite the hot topic it was when Eden was airing.
1: Eden of the East OP – Falling Down – Oasis
It’s too early to see how Eden will go down in anime history but this opening song is still one of the best I’ve ever seen. Not so much for the song itself though. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Oasis and this song is indeed great, but what makes the opening so awesome is the sheer amount of fore-shadowing done (the King has come anyone?). Plus with the movies still on their way you’re still not sure whether there’s more clues hidden in the opening or whether Eden is still throwing us red herrings.
Speed Grapher OP – Girls on Film – Duran Duran
This opening caused a bit of fuss because when it was brought over to America they weren’t able to get the rights to show the opening, which is why there’s a fair amount of people panicking that the same could happen to Eden. The song is indeed pretty cool but the actual video is all a bit weird. Meh, I don’t plan to watch Speed Grapher anytime soon
Hanada Shounen Shi OP – The One – Backstreet Boys
Yeah I know, Backstreet Boys. Certainly a bit random. I actually kinda like the Backstreet Boys (they’re certainly better than any other shitty boyband) but I don’t really like this song. How such an obscure anime got a Backstreet Boys song is beyond me though.
Ergo Proxy ED – Paranoid Android – Radiohead
If you know anything about music then you are supposed to be in awe of Radiohead. Which just goes to show I know nothing about music, I think they suck. I suppose the song suits the slightly pretentious attitude of Ergo Proxy though but they could have come up with a more interesting ending animation.
Paradise Kiss ED – Do you want to – Franz Ferdinand
Saved the best ’till last! I’ve never seen Paradise Kiss but this still has to be one of the most fucking brilliant ending songs I’ve ever seen. It helps that I was already a fan of Franz Ferdinand but the animation is so wacky, it’s just fantastic! I’m going to be so disappointed if Paradise Kiss turns out to be a rubbish anime now.
And that’s it as far as I could see. There are some that are sung by lesser known western bands. Off the top of my head there’s the Serial Experiments Lain OP. Generally any opening with surprisingly good English is generally sung by an English speaking band. If you know anymore then leave a lovely comment.