10 Best Anime Songs by K-pop Artists
Just like us, strength K-pop artists have fans anime. Jungkook from BTS was even loved earlier this year when he sang the Chain Saw Man opening during a live stream but, unlike us, some K-pop artists actually get the chance to sing anime openings and endings themselves.
Both the K-pop and anime industries are pop culture powerhouses in their respective countries so it’s no surprise that when the two worlds collide, great music results. Here are 10 of our favorite anime openings and endings from our favorite K-pop artists.
10. “Eclipse” by Dreamcatcher (King’s Raid: Successors of the Will open)
Shortly after Dreamcatcher debuted in 2017, fans immediately noticed that the girl group’s music would fit perfectly in an anime. Finally, in 2020, the girls released “Eclipse,” an opening for the anime King’s Raid: Successors of the Will.
Before signing up to sing the opening of the anime, Dreamcatcher actually released an EP, Dream Raidinspired by the The King’s Raid mobile game in 2019. Although not an official collaboration, the EP and its title track, “Deja Vu,” used some of the same themes and motifs of the game; perhaps this is what helped them bring that official opening to fruition.
9. “In My Head” by CNBLUE (Supernatural: The Animation ended)
“In My Head” is CNBLUE’s first single in Japan (and was my introduction to the band back in high school) and was the first ending to the anime Supernatural: The Animation. As the name suggests, Supernatural: The Animation It is an anime version of the TV series Supernatural with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the main actors in this film.
I, for one, am surprised that this anime exists, but maybe I shouldn’t be. When I really think about it, what is Supernatural, if not the perfect subject of Anime? However, I hope you’ll agree that the song is bop.
8. “Top” by Stray Kids (Tower of God open)
Stray Kids played the first opening of it Tower of God, the anime based on the popular Korean webtoon. The first season of the anime aired simultaneously in Korea, Japan, and the United States and Stray Kids re-recorded “Top” in Korean, Japanese, and English for each release.
They did the same for the first series finale, “Slump.” It’s great to sing an anime opening in any language, let alone three!
7. “Brand New Days” by Apink (Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Yosei without Door open)
“Brand New Days” is Apink’s first Japanese single and opened Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Yosei without Door (which probably explains the fairy wings in the music video). The group’s bubblegum pop sound was a perfect fit for anime produced by Sanrio and Sega, filled with characters as cute as you’d expect from both companies.
6. “Forget Me” by ENHYPEN (RE-MAIN open)
RE-MAIN It’s a 12-episode anime series from MAPPA about a water polo star who wakes up from an accident-induced coma with no memories of the sport or the past three years. Boy group ENHYPEN sings the series titled “Forget Me Not” as the series opener.
I haven’t personally watched this series yet, but if it’s anything like the melancholic yet uplifting opening theme, it’s worth a watch!
5. “Zoom Zoom” by Aespa (Beyblade X ended)
Although they haven’t officially made their Japanese debut, Aespa has already released two anime openings: the Korean Open of Pokemon: The Event of Liko and Roy and the end of the new Beyblade X Anime, “Zoom Zoom.” It’s a fun and fun pop song to go along with the bright anime and it shows that Aespa has what it takes to sing anime songs with the best of them.
4. “Children of U!” by MBLAQ (Beelzebub open)
The much-loved second generation boy group MBLAQ and Beelzebub’s fourth opener sang “Baby U!” The song is a bit dated, but that adds to its nostalgic charm; “Children of U!” sounds exactly like what a K-pop boy group would release in 2011 and it worked well Beelzebub.
3. “Houkiboshi” by Younha (Bleach ended)
Younha is a K-pop singer who first debuted in Japan in 2004. Her second Japanese single, “Houkiboshi,” was the third ending to the anime “Bleach” and was a huge success in Japan, peaking at number 12 on the Oricon charts. Younha has had a successful career in both Korea and Japan, but “Houkiboshi” is often considered one of her best singles to date.
2. “All Hearts” by BoA (Inuyasha Finishing)
One of BoA’s first Japanese singles, “Every Heart” was featured as Inuyashaand fourth end. Not only is the song a hit among nostalgic anime fans, it charted in the top 10 on Oricon and helped establish BoA’s dominance in the Japanese market. BoA’s continued to lend her voice to anime over the years, incl Fairy Tail15th opening, “Masayume Chasing.”
1. “We are!” by TVXQ (One piece)
TVXQ recorded their own version of it One piecethe first opening, “We are!” in honor of the anime’s 10th anniversary. The group also performed the show’s 11th opener, “Share the World,” which they also promoted as a single. Although they were popular at home, TVXQ was almost a success in Japan. During their peak, they would consistently break sales records for foreign artists and had 29 Japanese singles before their lawsuit against SM Entertainment split the group.
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