Aren enjoys watching anime and listening to anime songs. They love following the careers of popular Anison singers.
What Is Anison?
Anison is short for anime song. It is a type of Japanese music that comprises of tracks used for any anime-related media; especially for the opening and ending sequences of anime series. It encompasses all genres of Japanese music but mostly features J-pop and J-rock influences. In this article, I list six of the most famous and successful singers who have had their songs featured in anime many times.
6 Best Anison Singers
Birthname: Risa Oribe
Years Active: 2005 – present
LiSA is one of the most—if not the most—popular Anison singers. Lending her voice to some of the most legendary anime shows, it is no doubt that this woman has become the face of anime music. Her singles and albums have been a mainstay on the top 10 of the Oricon charts—the largest music charts in Japan. Also, her songs "Oath Sign" (Fate/Zero) and "Crossing Field" (Sword Art Online) were certified gold and platinum respectively by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Moreover, her solo concerts in Nippon Budokan—one of the biggest stadiums in her country—were sold-out and were swarmed by her thousands of fans.
- LiSA is now married to Tatsuhisa Suzuki—another Anison singer and a voice actor.
- Her stage name is the acronym for Love is Same All—the name of the band that she formed many years ago before going solo. Despite promoting as a solo artist nowadays, this band still continues to perform with her in her live performances.
Best Anime Songs:
- "Gurenge" (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; OP)
- "Crossing Field" (Sword Art Online; OP 1)
- 'Oath Sign" (Fate/Zero; OP)
- "Catch the Moment" (Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale)
- LiSA | Spotify
Listen to LiSA on Spotify. Artist · 4.6M monthly listeners.
Maguro Taniguchi (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Hayato Koga (lead guitar, backing vocals), Takahiro Koizumi (drums)
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Years Active: 2008 – present
Kana-Boon is another huge name in the Anison industry. It is the band behind "Silhouette," which is the 16th opening of Naruto Shippuden, and is one of the most famous anime songs of all time. Just like LiSA, the band is a mainstay in the Oricon charts too. In fact, four of their studio albums were able to reach the elusive top ten on weekly Oricon Albums Chart, and their singles achieved a similar feat. They have also been nominated in numerous awards and won their nominations several times.
Best Anime Songs:
- "Silhouette" (Naruto Shippuden; OP 16)
- "Diver" (Boruto: The Movie; ED)
- "Star Maker" (My Hero Academia Season 4; OP 2)
- KANA-BOON | Spotify - Listen Free
Listen to KANA-BOON on Spotify. Artist · 2.2M monthly listeners.
Members: Kiyoe Yoshioka, Hotaka Yamashita, Yoshiki Mizuno
Years Active: 1999 – present
Ikimono-gakari is a pop-rock band hailing from Kanagawa Prefecture. Their music has been featured on all kinds of media—including commercials, TV dramas, live-action movies, and more. This proves how big their presence is in Japan’s music industry. They were even chosen by NHK—the Japanese government channel—to write and perform its broadcast theme song for the 2012 Olympics. Ikimono-gakari is also a resident on the Oricon charts with some of their works even topping them.
- Ikimono-gakari, in Japanese, means a group of children who are in charge of taking care of plants and animals in elementary schools.
- Hotaka Yamashita and Yoshiki Mizuno have known each other since they were in their first grade and Kiyo Yoshioka is the younger sister of their high school classmate.
Best Anime Songs:
- "Blue Bird" (Naruto Shippuden; OP 3)
- "Netsujou no Spectrum" (The Seven Deadly Sins; OP 1)
- "Hanabi" (Bleach; ED 7)
- Ikimonogakari | Spotify - Listen Free
Listen to Ikimonogakari on Spotify. Artist · 2.4M monthly listeners.
Birthname: Takanori Nishikawa
Years Active: 1989 – present
T.M.Revolution is a true legend in the Japanese music industry. He is one of the bestselling singers in his country with some of his singles and albums exceeding a million sales. He has many number one songs under his name, and he was once able to gather 100,000 people for his concerts. Some of his most successful tracks were not anime songs, but his anime songs also performed excellently on the charts and in sales. In fact, his song "Invoke," which was the first opening track for Mobile Suit: Gundam Seed, was able to obtain the 2nd place in the Oricon charts and sold 250,000 copies. Also, his song "Ignited" from Mobile Suit: Gundam SEED Destiny reached the top of Oricon making it the 900th number-one single of the said charts.
Best Anime Songs:
- "Heart of Sword: Yoake Mae" (Rurouni Kenshin; ED 3)
- "Invoke" (Mobile Suit Gundam: SEED; OP 1)
- "Ignited" (Mobile Suit Gundam: SEED Destiny; OP 1)
- T.M.Revolution | Spotify - Listen Free
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Members: Yojiro Noda (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Akira Kuwahara (lead guitar, backing vocals), Yusuke Takeda (bass guitar, backing vocals), Satoshi Yamaguchi (drums, backing vocals; on hiatus since 2015)
Years active: 2001 – present
Radwimps is a household name in Japan. They have been releasing chart-topping singles and albums left and right since their major debut in 2003. They are frequently included in the top 10 of popularity surveys, and even celebrities mentioned Radwimps as their favorite artist. Radwimps has only lent their music to a few animation works, but I included them in this list because their anime songs are a great success. They have gained a global audience thanks to the world-wide popularity of the animation movie Your Name. Their album, which was the soundtrack of the movie, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard World Albums chart, at number 16 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums, and at number 15 on the Billboard Soundtracks Albums. It also earned them numerous awards back in their home country.
Best Anime Songs:
- "Zenzense" (Your Name)
- "Nandemonaiya" (Your Name; ED)
- RADWIMPS | Spotify
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Members: Kōshi Asakawa (Vocals), Keigo Hayashi (Vocals), Takeshi Asakawa (Guitar), Hiroshi Iwasaki (Drums), Yasutarō Gotō (Bass)
Years Active: 1998 – present
Flow is a rock band consisting of two vocalists, a drummer, a bassist, and a guitarist. A true Anison singer, Flow has performed tons of anime opening and ending sequences in the span of their long career. The band is most known for its stints with the Naruto and Code Geass franchise—performing five songs for the former (including one for a stage play) and three for the latter. Its songs for these anime topped the charts, with "Colors"—the opening of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – peaking at number 2.
- "Go!!!" (Naruto; OP 4)
- "Sign" (Naruto Shippuden; OP 6)
- "Colors" (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion; OP 1)
- "World End" (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2; OP 2)
- FLOW | Spotify - Listen Free
Listen to FLOW on Spotify. Artist · 1.8M monthly listeners.