Ending songs are often overlooked by all viewers internationally and in Japan. It’s natural, being that a lot of people don’t stick around until the last second of the episode. This fact was even addressed in Gi(a)rlish Number, which aired last year and revolves around the voice-acting field.
The main protagonist, Chitose, goes silent after realizing she wasn’t doing the opening song but the ending song.
Still, some anime puts careful thought into choosing a proper and fitting ending song. Here are some of the best from 2017!
Eromanga-sensei – “adrenaline!!!” by TrySail
A super upbeat and cute song that plays while Sagiri does the laundry. The chorus is nice with the three girls that make up TrySail singing together and then having some solo parts afterward. Though the opening is far more popular, TrySail’s catchy song is hard to get tired of.
Gin no Guardian – “The Game” by Riyo
Gin no Guardian didn’t really stick with me plot-wise. The characters and storyline were alright, but nothing spectacular. What really stuck with me was the ending song for this show; it was relaxing yet so distant-feeling. It’s all in English, and the lyrics relate back to real life, talking about how games and hearts are won with money.
Tsuki ga Kirei – “Tsuki ga Kirei” by Nao Touyama
The show that surprised everyone with its heartfelt storytelling was Tsuki ga Kirei. The anime tells the hardships of a young and immature love, and the ending song encompasses all those feelings into one beautiful music piece. The song was also used in the last episode during the most emotional moment of the series, which is why the song means a lot more after watching the series (it is greatly recommended!). By itself, this ending song is really nice with its slow pacing and melody.
Konosuba! 2 – “Ouchi ni Kaeritai” by Sora Amamiya, Rie Takahashi, Ai Kayano
The ending song for the second season of Konosuba! is sung by Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness. The song contrasts with the playfulness of the opening and overall anime alike and delivers a softly sang piece. Though it does contrast with the general craziness of the show, the ending song, titled “Wanna Go Home, ” is really accurate after a long day of hard work. Similar to them going on adventures and then returning home at night to relax, the instrumental sets the atmosphere to be the same as if one was returning home themselves.
Juuni Taisen – “Keshin no Kemono” by Do As Infinity
Arguably, this ending is better than the opening with its fast-paced beat to represent all of the action that happens in Juuni Taisen. Though it is at the end of the episode, the song builds up hype as it shows all 12 Zodiacs in their everyday lives.
Ballroom e Youkoso – “Maybe the next waltz” by Mikako Komatsu
For an anime about competitive dancing, this song by Mikako Komatsu is absolutely right for it. It’s a soothing piece, though not slow, and really hard to skip when it played at the end of each episode for the first cour of the series.
Imouto sae Ireba Ii. – “Donna Hoshizora yori mo, Donna Omoide yori mo” by Aira Yuuki
This ending song is what made me obsessed with the anime. It feels so much like a rainy weekend and the instrumental is super relaxing. The first few notes would play during the real moments of the episode, at the end, and finish off the rest of the episode perfectly. Because of this, the song will always make you think of the seriously realistic characters and their lives.
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – “Step Up LOVE ” by DAOKO x Yasuyuki Okamura
Kekkai Sensen (and & Beyond) always had a top-tier OST, and the ending song for the second season is no different. It has a really catchy beat, fitting since the anime is set in NYC, and is by DAOKO, who is already well known within the anime community for Me!Me!Me! and Girl.
Isekai Shokudou – “Chiisana Hitotsubu ” by Kiyono Yasuno
Isekai Shokudou is the kind of anime to enjoy after coming home to relax, as it focuses on a light-hearted story with food. Putting the song on loop for a few hours is a nice way to clear your mind of any worries. It closes the episode with an, even more, relaxing tune that is hard to not like when hearing it for the first and tenth time.
These are some of the best ending songs of 2017; compile your favorites into a playlist to listen anywhere and anytime!
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