I don’t think I’ve hidden the fact that fhána is my favorite anisong band I’ve encountered in my time watching anime. Their sound is just one that really appeals to me. I’ll probably write a post on my favorite anisong bands/singers sometime, but for now I just wanted to share a couple songs they’ve recently released.
Each season, it’s a dogfight for the title of best OP. With numerous songs coming out with each new show, it can be tough to wade through all the sounds to distinguish what’s really good, what’s bad disguised as okay and what is truly mediocre.
Rising above the morass is the OP for the seinen anime, Gingitsune. By fhána, the band responsible for The Eccentric Family‘s lovely EP last season, the title of the song is “tiny lamp.”
Driven by lead singer towana’s beautiful voice, “tiny lamp” is quintessential fhána, mixing pop rock with electronia and adding in effects like bells. Just watch the video, because its tough to really describe their sound. All I can say for sure is that their brand of pop rock unique enough to separate them from the mob this season, although they’ll have tough competition from shows like Beyond the Boundary and Log Horizon.
“tiny lamp” is available for purchase worldwide on iTunes.
It’s no secret that the OP from the first half of Attack on Titanwas one of the most beloved OPs in recent memory, winning almost universal praise for its epic sounds. However, towards the end of the first half of the season, rumors began to circulate that the full version of the song was not as epic as the OP slice. I am here to put those rumors to a much-needed rest. What follows is the full version of “Guren no Yumiya” by Linked Horizon. I don’t know why anyone would think that the full version was inferior to the 1:30 long clip we get at the beginning of the show. This is 5:18 of intensity, an impressive piece of music that captures the atmosphere of Attack on Titan perfectly. Enjoy.
Currently working on a trio of posts defending commonly criticized elements of Sword Art Online, so while I’m working on those, enjoy this contender for the best OP of the summer 2013 anime season.
It’s from the show Servant x Service, and is appropriately entitled “How May I Help You?” by Ai Kayano, Mai Nakahara and Aki Toyosaki.
EDIT: I should also mention that the new OPs for A Certain Scientific Railgun S and Attack on Titan have not been released (or, at least I haven’t heard them yet), and I expect good things from fripSide and whoever is doing the AoT OP.