Great Anime Endings

  1. “Whiteout” (Boogiepop and Others’ ending) by Riko Azuna This is a very emotional outbreak of finding “What’s real and What’s a fake mask” in the song of Whiteout. Being on the verge of not knowing where you are and trying to go back is the theme of the song. Also, having no faces in the ending symbolizes the struggle to get back to reality. The continuous repetition of the words “Tell me” and “Duplicate” drives the powerful and strong tone in the song.
  2. “Uso” (FMA Brotherhood’s first ending) by SID
    Uso strikes me of a song that is some intangible thing is being fought over. The intangible object is an idea of a promise involving “the scarlet sky” and trying to remember that fateful day. The fateful day concerns “a promise and a vow” that was made concerns Edward and his brother trying to fill it without much success. A combination of a broken promise and very detailed illustrations of the characters really sell it as a great ending credit for FMA Brotherhood.
  3. “Step Up Love” (Blood Blockade Battlefront’s 2nd ending) by Daoko
    When I watched Blood Blockade Battlefront, this ending of the series would always be a blast and exciting to listen to before the next episode. The song suggests that a step-up in love was needed to happen in order of the rising tension in Hellsalem’s Lot in NYC. Characters need a strong conviction and need to be able to survive the supernatural occurrences in the city. It sets the dynamic feel of various people depicted and complex emotions in the anime all tied up in a song format.
  4. “Gomen ne, liko ja irarenai” (Kill la Kill’s first ending) by Miku Sawai The song explains Ryuko’s decision and disobedience to social hierarchy in Kill la Kill. This is supported by “I just can’t embody that persona in your mind” which means she desires freedom. Honnouji Academy traps students in a rigid system where obeying is absolute unless you want consequences for your family or yourself. Ryuko represents those who are “unable to speak out” against the academy and provides hope to a broken society. She has a hard time with society as it is and wants it to change. Basically, the song portrays something that is bigger than itself and is iconic in social disorder.
  5. “Samurai Heart”( Gintama’s 17th ending) by SpyAir Samurai Heart plays on the heartstrings of a character who wants to be helplessly noticed. According to the song, “I bet you don’t even see me here standing next to you” implies that Gintoki is constantly cast into the shadows. He starts to feel frustrated and looks at life differently. Gintoki’s determination not to lose anything else precious to him comes into play in the song. The song paints the image of what Gintoki had to overcome as a character and his pain giving him more depth as the show continues.

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