I don't know about you, but for most of my time watching anime I've had to accept the fact that people will make English covers of anime openings and endings, and that they will without a doubt sound awful. I mean, I don't expect much from amateur Youtube artists, but that doesn't mean I wanted to listen to them. (Don't get me wrong, I can't sing for shit either, so I can't really judge too harshly.)
However, recently I have come across a wealth of talented artists performing these anime song covers and I wanted to share them with you all. Because while I love listening to the original Japanese version, even reading the subtitles, there's something special about hearing the words in your own language.
First up! NateWantsToBattle was a Pokemon fanatic who slowly has been transitioning into a very talented musician. With all the Parasyte: The Maxim hype going on here at Ani-Tay, I thought this would be a good example:
While this is actually an original song, it's themed after Parasyte, and I can't stop listening to it. If you're more interested in an actual opening song, I think you'll like this one:
While Nate is currently my favorite cover artist, there are other very talents forces, such as LeeandLie. A big draw of her style is that she covers the full version of the song, rather than just the "TV Size" of the opening. She also does other songs from shows, not just the openings/endings. On top of all that, she also does some pretty impressive alternative arrangements of already amazing songs, such as a lulluby version of Unravel (The Tokyo Ghoul season 1 opening), which you may remember me liking quite a bit...
Yeah I still can't decide whether I like the original better, but her cover is certainly an interesting take on the song. Even more hauntingly beautiful than the original, but the chorus loses its impact in my opinion.
Anyway, there are of course other English cover artists that have made great things, but I just wanted to give a little intro to some of my favorite works in the medium, and help to start breaking the stigma of bad English anime covers.
Yeah I'm just a guy who likes anime. I'm relatively new to the Ani-Tay community, but I've been an fan of the medium for four or five years now. I like a pretty wide variety of shows and games, and honestly if anything I need to be more critical of what I watch/play, I'm too easy on them~
I particularly enjoy analyzing music and sound design, so that's what most of my content here will most likely be, between OP/ED of the Day and my own ramblings.