What makes anime a delight to watch is the cluster of beautifully crafted characters who have been sewed with little habits, traits, and of course their appearance. Each anime series/movies has a different storyline from the other. While on one hand, you have a love story following a boy and a girl who is unable to hear, on the other hand, you have fantasy ingrained story that spotlights on the control over someone’s death.
Agreed, their stories are what make them so memorable, but a lot of times, even if we forget about the characters or storyline, there is one thing that will perhaps never leave our mind will be the official soundtrack or the OST of the anime. Say you might hear it anywhere and it will, without a doubt, have your full attention and make you remember the anime in a full-throttle mode.
Here are five Best Anime Soundtracks that were, are, and will always be iconic in nature.
Death Note, “The World”, Nightmare
It is safe to say that Death Note has hit all possible milestones when it comes to a successful anime series. This particular anime follows a young high school going boy, Light Yagami who comes across a book named Death Note. He later discovers that by writing the name a person in the book, the individual dies in 40 seconds. He soon starts using this power to kill the criminals, who are either in jail or anywhere in the world. To stop this from happening, the police takes help from their secret weapon, a detective called L who then gradually tries to uncover who is behind these killings. The theme song, “The World” remained until episode 19, and then it was changed to “What’s up People?” by Maximum the Hormone from episode 20 to 37. The title song is a perfect fit for Death Note.
Akira, Music By Shoji Yamashiro
Akira, a sci-fi animated action-packed movie was released in 1988. It is an adaptation of the manga, AKIRA, that focuses mainly on the first half of the story. The film projects a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year of 2019, with cyberpunk undertones. The story focuses on Tetsuo and his best friend, Shotaro Kaneda. They fight against the rival gangs to save themselves and the lives of others who are at stake. The storyline flows in a very fluid motion never lets you rest. This famous anime has been remade and reworked on a multiple time by others but one thing that they cannot and will never be able to replace is the moment that comes two minutes into the opening scene, when Yamashiro’s iconic score kick starts in the background, the perfect music to get your adrenaline rushing.
Cowboy Bebop, “Tank”, Yoko Kanno
Cowboy Bebop, a science fiction anime, was released in 1997. The storyline is set in 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident made Earth almost uninhabitable. Therefore, the humans now colonized rocky planets and the moons of the Solar System. The main story focuses on Spike Spiegel, a former hitman of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate, and his rival Vicious, a criminal affiliated with the Red Dragon Syndicate. Although they were partners and friends in the past, a girl came between them, leaving them to be nothing but arch enemies. The soundtrack, “Tank” has the most amazing combination of trumpets, drums, bass, bongos, saxophone and a singer. The catchy beat might actually take you to the streets of Tokyo in the 80s or 90s, where you might feel like a detective working on some cool case.
Full Metal Alchemist, “Rewrite”, Asian Kung Fu Generation
Unlike most of the anime on this list, this anime is set in the early years of the 20th century. This is the era where alchemy is real, extremely developed, and also respected. The story focuses on two brothers who attempt the forbidden technique of human transmutation. They suffer the consequences when one brother, loses his entire body, while the other loses his left leg. The second brother sacrifices his right arm to save his brother’s soul. They have to search for the legendary philosopher’s stone, that will repair their bodies. The soundtrack is an award-winning, chart-topper that made it into the book of the list of 1,001 songs you must hear before you die. This is probably all anime fans’ favorite song.
Attack On Titan, “Guren No Yumiya”, Linked Horizon
Focused on a young boy named Eren Yeager, the story follows how his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed by Titans, who want to bring humanity to the brink of extinction. Eren does everything in his power to stop the evil from killing all the humans. All the towns are covered by giant walls to keep the man-eating, huge titans away. The soundtrack was a cultural mark. It was a powerful anthem that declared its arrival. It is perfectly made to a point where it almost becomes impossible for one to get it out of their minds.
These iconic Best Anime soundtracks are to last in your mind for a long, long time. Made by music geniuses, each and every OST is filled with energy, adrenaline and a story of its own. I personally recommend the OSTs of Death Note and Cowboy Bebop.