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Japanese network TV Asahi, also referred to as EX and Tele-Asia, rounded up the top 30 ranking anime songs based on over 130,000 votes and compiled a list titled the “Animation Songs General Election.”
The list includes songs from popular anime shows, shedding light on the overreaching appeal of anime to viewers worldwide.
The genre dates back to the 1960s, and its birth is often tied to Osamu Tezuka’s work, regarded as “the Father of Manga” as he played a fundamental role in allowing for easy adaption of manga into anime beginning with his own, Astro Boy.
In the 1990s, the anime landscape changed once more with the launch of Neon Genesis Evangelion, ranked first on the list. The show gained popularity because of its boundary-pushing content, enabling it to reach a broader audience.
Advances in content, but also means of sharing and viewing allowed the anime genre to flourish, along with their catchy theme songs.
Although there are many notable ones, here are the top five based on the TV network’s list:
“Cruel Angel’s Thesis” theme song to Gainax and Tatsunoko Production’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, a show about a monster fighting pilot, takes first place:
The song was released in 1995, and sung by Yoko Takahashi.
In second place, is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s theme song “Gurenge,” sung by Japanese pop singer LiSA:
Space Battleship Yamato’s theme song from the 1974 takes third place:
Anime show Digimon Adventure, comes in fourth place with the theme “Butterfly:”
Manga show, Touch, upbeat intro is fifth most favored: