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My Favorite Anime Themes of 2018

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This time of the year is ripe with hot takes on the top anime of the previous year, but there is an unfortunate lack of top music hot takes to accompany them. Fear not, for today I present to you some of my favorite anime themes from 2018.



  1. This list is in alphabetical order. I did not settle on a ranking system (or even limit myself to a specific number, like top 10) so this is really more of an informal list of things I liked. Odds are, one of the songs you liked is not on this list. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive yourself for failing to live up to my expectations.
  2. Although animation is cool and stuff I am really only focusing on the actual song, so I did not take animation into consideration. All videos I link are full versions of the songs I selected unless otherwise noted.

  • Title: 17 sai | Artist: Haruka Tomiyuki | Anime: Iroduku: The World in Colors
  • Title: Adamas | Artist: LiSA | Anime: Sword Art Online Alicization
  • Title: Asphyxia | Artist: Co Shu Nie | Anime: Tokyo Ghoul:re
  • Title: Bright Burning Shout | Artist: Takanori Nishikawa | Anime: Fate/Extra Last Encore
  • Title: Dawn | Artist: Sayuri x My First Story | Anime: Golden Kamuy 2
  • Title: Distance | Artist: Rie Murakawa | Anime: Hinamatsuri
  • Title: Fiction | Artist: Sumika | Anime: Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
  • Title: Haru ga Kite kara Bokura | Artist: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN | Anime: March Comes in Like a Lion 2 (short ver. because full is MIA)
  • Title: Hoshi no Dialogue | Artist: Starlight Kukugumi | Anime: Revue Starlight
  • Title: Hydra | Artist: Myth&Roid | Anime: Overlord II
  • Title: Katharsis | Artist: TK | Anime: Tokyo Ghoul:re
  • Title: Kimi no Sei | Artist: The Peggies | Anime: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
  • Title: Kiss of Death | Artist: Mika Nakashima | Anime: Darling in the FranXXXXXX
  • Title: Long Hope Philia | Artist: Masaki Suda | Anime: My Hero Academia 3/Two Heroes
  • Title: Nostalgic Rainfall | Artist: CHiCO with HoneyWorks | Anime: After the Rain
  • Title: Odd Future | Artist: UVERWORLD | Anime: My Hero Academia 3
  • Title: Red Swan | Artist: Yoshiki feat. HYDE | Anime: Attack on Titan 3
  • Title: Reset | Artist: Run with the Wind | Anime: Mukai Taichi
  • Title: Shiny Days | Artist: Asaka | Anime: Yuru Camp
  • Title: Sincerely | Artist: True | Anime: Violet Evergarden
  • Title: Silent Solitude | Artist: OxT | Anime: Overlord III
  • Title: The Girls Are Alright! | Artist: saya | Anime: A Place Farther Than the Universe
  • Title: Winding Road | Artist: Man with a Mission | Anime: Golden Kamuy

And there’s my list! Some closing thoughts:

  • If we were going by number of times played, I definitely played “Kiss of Death,” “Hydra,” and “Dawn” the most.
  • Some shows like Golden Kamuy and Tokyo Ghoul:re had a lot of really excellent themes, so you might have noticed a few repeat appearances by the same series on this list.
  • I didn’t include OST, but if I did there would be quite a few of the Revue Starlight insert songs on here.
  • It’s also worth noting that there were definitely some other songs that I like that didn’t quite make it to this article as there were already so many items and I had to make the cutoff somewhere. Feel free to shout at me in the comments.

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