Like any medium, anime is comprised of many moving parts that come together to make a satisfying whole. And while all of them are critical, the soundtrack has the power to amplify the scene ten fold. Even a casual conversation can be made even more epic by the soundtrack. And over the years I have fallen in love with countless soundtracks. And now, I want to share them all with you guys. They’re in no paricular order, no ranking, and thanks to the suggestion of a reader, I’ll simply be posting links after a couple of embeds so that older/slower computers don’t burn out from all the videos(Note: I have no idea how many tracks are gonna be on this list. I’m building it as I go.):

Kara no Kyoukai

M12+13 by Yuki Kajiura

Kara no Kyoukai is one of the greatest anime film series, in my opinion, but its also very, very confusing at times. And that makes the soundtrack so great. Its constant, and its the score that serves as the basis for all of Kajiura’s works since then. If I’m not mistaken it was also Kalafina’s anime debut, and quite frankly, Oblivious and Sprinter are two of my favorite anime endings of all time. Here is Oblivious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m4m8_…

Mobile Suit Gundam 0079

Beginning by Daisuke Inoue

When it comes to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, the soundtrack definitely sticks out as decidedly late 70's. But to me, there is no track better than Beginning(Encounter ties it though.). Its stuck with me after all these years. Its the song that plays during the credits of the Federation vs. Zeon Deluxe PS2 game at the end of the Arcade mode. It had this space opera feeling and ever since then that has been synonymous with Gundam to me.

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(Note: Just to clarify, this song to my knowledge is from the third Mobile Suit Gundam compilation film, Encounters in Space. I can’t remember exactly. It was one of the films though.)

Fate/Stay Night 2006

Unmei no Yoru by Kenji Kawai

Say what you will about Studio DEEN’s 2006 adaptation of Fate/Stay Night(Which for those of you that don’t know about it, its mostly the Fate route of the visual novel, but with bits of Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven’s Feel mixed it.), but Kenji Kawai created an absolutely beautiful soundtrack. He is the king of atmosphere in my opinion and atmosphere is exactly what this show needed to lift it up.

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But of course, no Fate/Stay Night entry is complete without a mention of its opening song, This Illusion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4pory…

Spirited Away

The Sixth Station by Joe Hisaishi

Its the score from a Studio Ghibli movie, what did you expect? I keep bouncing back and forth on which film is my favorite, but the soundtrack of Spirited Away still captures my heart each and every time I watch it. I remember the first time I watched this film after it had been years since I last saw it. It was dark out, snow was falling outside, all the house light were off except for the stove light in the kitchen and the christmas tree lights next to my chair. And then this song came on, and it was like I was swept away by the melody.

Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance

Sin from Genesis - Shiro Sagisu

I’m not entirely familiar with the original Evangelion TV series, but I have watched the first two Rebuild films to death because I absolutely love them. And the soundtrack to the second film just gives me chills. Sin From Genesis, Fate, and The Final Decision We All Must Take are phenomenal.

Death Parade

Death Parade by Hayashi Yuki

Death Parade was an original work and man was it absolute phenomenal. I’m still waiting on the physical release of the English dub and an announcement of a second season, but until then, I have the soundtrack to hold me over. And the main theme is all I need to picture the entire show.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Different Definition by Masaru Yokoyama

Iron-Blooded Oprhans, the latest Gundam series to grace television with a second season airing this fall. I thought it was fantastic if not a tad predictable series. Definitely refreshing to say the least. The soundtrack was quite appropriate too.

Death Note

L’s Theme by Yoshihisa Hirano

I may not be too much of a fan of Death Note’s second... half? Not even, but the final arc. But the soundtrack which is constant throughout is a thing of beauty. L’s theme is the song I wish would play over the school loudspeakers whenever I one-upped the supposed genius of the class. Damn I wish reality was more interesting.

Clannad

Snowfield by Jun Maeda

I needed to break up the spree of action and thrillers with something a little more.... depressing. Enjoy the feels.

Fate/Zero

This Day and Never Again by Yuki Kajiura

I didn’t Fate/Zero could be as good as people were telling me it was, not after Fate/Stay Night ‘06 and the UBW film, but man was I glad to be wrong. Zero is a masterpiece. And the Yuki Kajiura soundtrack? A match made in heaven.

Sword Art Online II

She Has to Overcome Her Fear by Yuki Kajiura

So many Kajiura tracks on this list. But damn is she good at what she does. When this song came on for the first time, I got so many chills and they lasted even after it was over.

Seraph of the End

SOTE by Hiroyuki Sawano

Sawano is the Hans Zimmer of anime. His tracks are bombastic and have that sound that fits with just about every action series/film. Seraph of the End’s soundtrack drew me into not only the action, but also the quieter moments.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

MAD NUG by Hiroyuki Sawano

Unicorn was the first time I ever heard Sawano’s music. And I loved it from the very beginning. It fit with the story that was being told and that was all I needed it to do.

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Ready by Satoru Kosaki

I watched this film before I finished watching the television series. There were subtle nods that I didn’t quite understand. But I loved this film to death despite that. And then I went and watched the TV series, even suffered through all of Endless Eight, and then I went back and watched this film again and it had even more of an impact on me. This piece of music is stuck in my head because it was that big moment track.

ERASED

Only I Am Missing by Yuki Kajiura

I don’t think I’ve ever heard her compose a soundtrack for a subtle series like this before. I couldn’t even tell it was her. But after someone pointed it out to me, it was then obvious that it was Yuki Kajiura. This particular track was stuck in my head throughout the show from the second episode onward. I wanted the soundtrack to come out so badly because I wanted this song. I wanted to put it on repeat. And I finally got it.

Of course I absolutely must add the opening to the show here because goddamn is it catchy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7814We…

One Punch Man

Genos Fight Theme by Makoto Miyazaki

One Punch Man, enough said.

Bartender

Hemmingway’s Daiquiri ~ Roujin to Umi ~ by Kaoruko Otake

Gankutsuou - The Count of Monte Cristo

Kaisho by Kasamatsu Kouji

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Grace Omega by Hajime Mizoguchi

(Everything from here on in is just links, no embeds.)

Shiki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v2Kiq…

SHI-KI by Yasuharu Takanashi

Fairy Tail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oh1jI…

Fairy Tail 2014 Main Theme by Yasuharu Takanashi

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ergosu…

TRANS-AM RAISER by Kenji Kawai

Gundam Build Fighters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLmDMN…

Speed-Star by Yuki Hayashi

Gundam Build Fighters Try

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shkCL6…

Clear and Serene by Yuki Hayashi

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f_pBr…

His Name is Domon Kasshu by Kohei Tanaka

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xr0EZ…

Touched Heartstrings by Ko Otani

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCqlAE…

Bonus: Just Communication Instrumental Version by Ko Otani

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing The Movie: Endless Waltz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9iCQn…

Sorrowful Memory by Ko Otani

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxozci…

Tears by Toshihiko Sahashi

Naruto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2UN6H…

Grief and Sorrow by Toshiro Masuda

Naruto Shippuden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCfiqY…

Girei by Yasuharu Takanashi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4VobT…

Bonus: Maisou by Yasuharu Takanashi

Bleach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8uQBO…

Torn Apart by Shiro Sagisu

Yu Yu Hakusho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYWfxo…

Composed by Yusuke Honma

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7wCtA…

Madder Sky by Kotaro Nakagawa

Hellsing Ultimate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCixeg…

To the Night of the War by Hayato Matsuo

Fate/Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eImf6J…

Two Hearts - Hideyuki Fukusawa

Kanon 2006

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9QW0I…

The Day When I Waited for the Wind by Jun Maeda

No Game No Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-hWTO…

The King’s Plan by Super Sweep

Steins;Gate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAZSrr…

Farewell by Takeshi Abo

Angel Beats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05qjYH…

Theme of SSS by Jun Maeda

Eden of the East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBf8az…

No Name in DC - Takizawa no Theme by Kenji Kawai

Cowboy Bebop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03qBqP…

Blue - Blue by Yoko Kanno

And I think I’m done. If I keep going it’l even longer than it already is. Like, way, way longer. If there’s any series you wanna know my favorite track from that isn’t listed, just ask and I’ll link it to you personally in the comments.