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いきものがかり – 流星ミラクル (Ryuusei Miracle)

“Ryuusei Miracle” by Ikimono-gakari is the OP theme for「天保異聞 あやかしあやし」(Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi). I didn’t realize that it was an OP theme for an anime series when I first got the single, but realized it later when I marathoned the series. Speaking of which, it is a great pity that the series got such a low rating and viewership despite a refreshing storyline and excellent production value. Needless to say, I really enjoyed watching Ayakashi Ayashi.

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ジン – 解読不能 (Kaidoku Funou)

“Kaidoku Funou” is Jinn’s third single, and also the second OP theme for「コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ」(Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch). While many fans of Code Geass have expressed their dislike of this song, this single boosted Jinn in the top ten in the Oricon Charts for the first time.

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いきものがかり – HANABI

The first time that I came across Ikimono-gakari was their first single, “SAKURA”, but I didn’t pay attention to them too much though I liked the song. “HANABI”, though really made an impression on me as the 7th ED theme of Bleach.

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ジン – 雷音 (Raion)

“Raion” by Jinn is their first single, and also the 4th OP theme for the anime Blood+. “Raion” could be said to be the song that gained them national fame when they appeared for the first time on Music Station (a music TV program in Japan) performing live on national TV.

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FLOW – Answer

“Answer” by FLOW is the OP theme for J-dorama「探偵学園Q」(Tantei Gakuen Q). Perhaps best known in the anime circle for their OP themes for Eureka 7 and Code Geass, “Days” and “Colors” (and of course, their two Naruto theme songs), their others songs are certainly just as good and I would recommend them to anyone who likes J-Rock. Answer is their latest release, and it is their 5th anniversary single with an important tie-in to a J-dorama.

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“COLORS” by FLOW is probably their most famous song in the anime circle. As the first OP for 「コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ」(Code Geass Hangyaku no LaRouche), it really fitted the show. With a Big-Band sound from the opening segment, this song has the energy and atmosphere that fitted the epic show that is Code Geass.

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The first time when I watched 「交響詩篇エウレカセブン」(Eureka 7), I was immediately hooked by the OP theme song. “DAYS” by FLOW just had that sort of special rhythm to it that made it rather unforgettable. Those in the anime circle might have known FLOW from their earlier single “GO!!!” that was the 4th OP theme for Naruto, though. For me however, even after listening to “GO!!!” and even later “COLORS”, this is the song that made me become a fan of FLOW.

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