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My top 10 anime ending songs

Hurrah for generic list post bloggers insist on making!

I know the humble ending song is never quite as revered as the more majestic and dramatic opening songs, but they have their own niche that they fufill that their more celebrating siblings are incapable of achieving. Sorry for being Captain Obvious for a second, but openings come before the anime starts. They use their song to force a certain mood before the anime has had a chance to achieve anything itself. Endings have the ability to capture your raw feelings at the end of the episode. The song is therefore much more connected with the anime itself than how good the actual song is. Anywho, onto the list!

10: Berserk

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Argh, fitting it to 10 was difficult and I’m still not convinced this is the right choice. The reason I went with it was the feelings I had when an episode of Berserk ending were amplified tenfold listening to this ending song. When it comes to those anime that leave you feeling very pensive and slightly depressed at the end of an episode, the quality varies greatly. Kaiba is another example of a good one but I blame not understanding Evangelion fully on that stupid Fly me to the Moon. But no other ending song managed to capture the feeling of the series as well as this one.

9: Welcome to the NHK

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Talk about capturing the feel of the series, this NHK has to be one of the strangest endings you will ever see. It’s so bizarre and wild, yet again captures the feeling of NHK perfectly. Besides, who hasn’t tried to sing along to the abbababababa akachan ningen *crazy electric guitar*

8: Natsu no Arashi

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I felt bad about leaving out the Bakemonogatari ED but honestly, I think this is a better song anyway. Shaft, for all their other idiocracies, make really inventive openings and endings. Granted, this is far from being the most artistic of their lot, but I love the song so eh, screw you guys.

7: Chobits

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If I was ever to make a podcast, this would be the opening song. It’s bubbly without feeling fluffy. Corny and that fake-cute that seiyuu often put into their voices when singing anime songs. Combine this the massive smile I’d have on my face after any episode of Chobits that I will always associate with this song, listening to it anytime cheers me up.

6: XXXHolic

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As cool as the second ending song with the air-guitar is, I rarely pay that much attention to what’s going on screen when it comes to ending songs. I’m too busy digesting what happened in the episode itself. Either that, or I’m too busy grinning at ridiculously catchy ending themes like this one.

5: Hanamaru Kindergarden ED 7

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Hanamaru changed ending songs with every episode, which was probably the highlight of the entire show. Honestly though, I don’t think they used the opportunity to its fullest extent. They could have mucked about with as many different art and music styles as they wanted, but most of them were rather samey. Then this ending came from nowhere and blew the rest out of the water.

4: Gankutsuou

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Back to endings capturing the feel of the show. What totally surprised me about Gankutsuou was how the whole show was dramatic plot twists, one after another. As artsy and elitist as it might have appeared on the outside, the real drug that made this show so great was how the plot kept the twists coming so frequently and dramatically. This high-octane ending usually followed some latest plot twist and it did a damn fine job of amplifying my fanboying I had towards the series.

3: Nodame Cantabile

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Ah whatever, I love feel good ending songs. Ones that manage to put massive grins on my face without ever sounding corny or fluffy or copypaste everything I said about the Chobits ending song. Probably why I love these sorts of endings so much is they restore the grin to my face that was ever present during the show itself.

2: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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I suppose I could say that this captures the feeling of the series, and yes it does, but the reason this is in here is because how funky and awesome it is. Story about this ending: I first watched GITS on a shady streaming site and the sound quality on the streams were not very good. I still loved the ending song though. However when I later went and listened to it after buying the dvd, it was like I was hearing an entirely different song. And an even more awesome one at that!

1: Pokemon

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I can still sing along to parts of this…

OK, as awesome as the Pokerap is, my real top ending song doesn’t seem to exist on Youtube. God only knows why, the show is pretty old by this stage. If I can find it in the future, I’ll make another post. So you’ll all have to wait impatiently until then.

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  1. Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Outrageous. No where in this post was the greatest ED ever made:

    Chatmonchy is the best. Remember that.

    I also thought that, for all of it’s crappiness, Asura Cryin had an awesome ED. Show still sucked, but the ED was good.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Whut is this Chatmonchy you speak of? Can you eat it?

  2. vucubcaquix
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s on the newish side compared to what you have listed up there, but some of the denouements of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood segued so absolutely perfectly to it’s second ED, that it’s indelibly stuck in my mind a full year on.

    Just thinking about the ending to episode 22 with Winry and the gun and the lyrics directly afterward… oh lordy, what a scene.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      Nah, best FMA:B ed song was the 4th one. You know, the one that started with the rushing down the corridor and had Winry striding in dramatic fashion. This one

      • Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        I like the 4th FMA ED best too – Shukan Sentimental by Scandal

      • vucubcaquix
        Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:53 am | Permalink

        You guys… we’re not not internet friends anymore!

  3. Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t say the Welcome to the NHK ED captures the feel of the series as much as it outright spells it out. Its kinda like a super robot show theme but with depressing lyrics.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I know, the lyrics are one of the few I’ve seen that I actually give a shit about. Hikkikimori are all a bunch of Akachan Ningens

  4. Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the GitS ending has some of the best lyrics I’ve heard in an anime song. I bet “she’s incredible math” would be a great pick-up line.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:05 am | Permalink

      Steve Conte is amazing <3

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      I wish I was incredible math

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Boku wa Waresumono was better.

    And so was Kagerou.

    Once again– FUCK YOU <3

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Boke wa whatnow?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        The ending filled with all the horror movie references.


        The imagery was so chaotic and the song was so peaceful that it just… washed over you in a slow wave, slowly making you happy.

        I DID like Kuro Neko no Jazz,as jazz is just… FFFFF– So nice <3

        As for Kigurumi Wakusei… It really. really. really. reminds me of the 1980 Olympic match with America vs USSR. I don't know why, I just imagine the hockey match in my head while i listen.

        I'm so weird.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

        Yeah that would be my second favourite ed from that show. There were 3 good eds. The horror one, the mecha one and the jazz one. Agree with the horror one washing over you with this sort of scrawpy relaxation.

        Actually I quite liked Hanamaru for what it was worth.

  6. Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Ooh I love that Hanamaru Ending.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Most people seemed to prefer the 2nd one with the space opera parody. I defo prefer this one myself

  7. Posted September 15, 2010 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    I love that ending theme of xxxholic.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      XXXHolic was made of great music and terrible artwork

  8. luffyluffy
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    By the way Scamp, when you say “feel good endings” are you talking the song alone, or the song coupled with the ending imagery?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Kinda both. The feel-good of the series combines with the feel good of the song to create the perfect grin creating machine

  9. Samshel
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    The best anime ending is the the one in Dragon Ball Z where little Gohan is running, period!

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I can’t remember any of th DBZ ops or eds….

  10. Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    lmao, nhk ED practically SCREAMS freud. considering the plot of the series, oh dear.

    meh, i haven’t watched any of the anime here though im familiar with a few and plan to watch some of them like GITS, xxholic and gankutsuou. but anyways, different taste in music is different :D

    how dare you not include the cowboy bebop ED, all of them including the final one and the one from the movie D:

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      FFFFFUUUUUUUU damnit, I forgot the Bebop one. Not the regular one now, I’m actually not all that fond of that song at all. I forgot the ed song to episode 13, Space Lion. In fact, that’s probably my favourite anime song of all time, bar none. That wasn’t going to be the ‘real’ best ed that this post was meant to have, but that Bebop one easilly trumps everything here

  11. Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Ah, I’ve missed your lists.

    I’m also rather happy you did one for endings. It’s nice to see some good music that is generally ignored acknowledged.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      I never really did that many lists, even in the past. I’d do more, but I often figured they’re kinda lazy posts to write. Maybe I’ll do a few more…

  12. Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Your number one made me laugh. I feel the same way though. Great list, I’ll have to check out the NHK series now.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      NHK is a strange series. Don’t go into it looking for a laugh though. It’s rather brutal and you apriciate more through its message than entertainment.

      Still, it had an awesome ed song. And a fantastic opening song as well!

  13. Posted September 15, 2010 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you included the Crystal Kay ED for Nodame. I really like that song, and it is energetic, but I wouldn’t quite call it “feel good” as it takes unrequited love for its theme (which captures the feel of the first half of the series quite well). I remember being disappointed when they swapped it out for a more positive number.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I often don’t pay that much attention to lyrics, especially when they’re about love yet again. Sorry, but song lyrics often just bore me…

      • Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:06 am | Permalink

        same! you’re actually the first person i’ve found who also doesnt care about song lyrics D: its seems to matter so much to everyone else.

        i mean, the song lyrics could be about boiling cabbage and i’d still love it if the melody and style were awesome and catchy.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        Well, so long as the lyrics aren’t utterly terrible. However that rarely matters in Japanese because you don’t have a clue what they’re on about. Unless they decide to sing in engrish…urgh…

  14. Posted September 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t seen any of those anime (or their EDs), save Pokemon and Nodame Cantabile (which has a good one). Can I suggest adding “The Real Folk Blues” from Cowboy Bebop to the list? So melancholy and awesome…

    Recent ones I’ve liked are the ones to Seitokai Yakuindomo and Angel Beats.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Never really liked the Cowboy Bebop ed. Except for the ed on episode 13

  15. Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Heh, none of my favorite endings is on here (actually, I’ve only ever heard about three of the endings on your list). Guess we have different tastes there.

    But yay for the Pokerap! It’s nostalgic to me too XD I don’t think I remember all of it though. There are actually Japanese versions of it (and a second English one) but this original English one is the most catchy in my opinion =P

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      The lyrics for the pokerap are so stupid when I listened to them again. Can you imagine if they did a rap for another kids show that came out of Japan into english? There would be outrage! Like, imagine if they did that for One Piece…

      …oh wait

  16. Posted September 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Funny – I was singing the Pokerap on the way back from a pub the other night with a few other people. We’d started with the dub’s OP, and then progressed to the Pokerap… it was a beautiful, beautiful sight.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure if my friends are nerdy enough to sing along to Pokemon songs. However next time they’re all drunk I’ll try get them into a rendition of ‘I wanna be the very best’. If they start to look at me in confusion, I’ll just pretend I’m really drunk myself and they won’t question it

  17. Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Yay! I love lists! Very much approve of the majority of your choices – especially the inclusion of NHK, Gankutsuou, xxxHOLiC, Nodame Cantabile and the Pokerap! Fairly different to my own list, but I was looking for the perfect marriage of memorable animation and catchy songs rather than an ED that captures the essence of a series – interesting angle to approach the task.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      I think I wrote this after you wrote your list. I’d just been saving if for a day when I couldn’t think of anything else to write. Or when I go on a massive twitter conversation with several people and forget to write the post, as was the case with this post…

  18. Posted September 17, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    btw, wat @ your poll. i thought your ego thrived off the comments? lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      It does, which is why I thought it would be interesting to test out not having comments to see my ego starve. My ego needs to go on a diet anyway

      • Posted September 19, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

        i just looked over to the side and realized that im now one of your top commenters. i guess i should’ve voted yea since my commenting should go on its own diet as well. i should probably work more hours and only go on the internet like every couple days…

        …except that’s exactly what’s happening now…

  19. Posted September 17, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    yay for the pokemon XDD

  20. Posted September 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I love the Pokerap! I totally memorized it as a kid. Good times :)

  21. Technopenguin
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Gintama ending, the final one, is my favorite. Probably the most favorite of any anime tunes I know.

    • Technopenguin
      Posted September 21, 2010 at 12:36 am | Permalink

      It really seems like you’re watching the sun rise while drinking strawberry milk when you listen to it.

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