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I have watched the anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. It has the ED song

"secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 years after ver.) (secret base 〜君がくれたもの〜(10 years after Ver.))" by Meiko Honma (Ai Kayano), Naruko Anjou (Haruka Tomatsu), Chiriko Tsurumi (Saori Hayami)

A few years later after I watched AnoHana, I watched an old anime, Kyou no 5 no 2. I heard one of its ED songs, and it's really similar to AnoHana's ED song. The title of Kyou no 5 no 2's ED song was like:

"secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ 「secret base ~君がくれたもの~」" by Friends: Yuu Kobayashi, Asami Shimoda, MAKO, Satomi Akesaka, Youko Honda, Kana Asumi

So my question: Is it possible/rare for a song that is used in the OP/ED of an anime to be used also in the OP/ED of a different anime?

Has this ever happened to other anime? Or is it just a coincidence?

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    I am no expert, but my guess would be that songs are "rented" and/ or exclusively produced for anime. A studio probably buys the rights to use this song in their OP and ED. – Raildex Mar 31 '18 at 8:42
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    Raildex is fairly correct here. OP and EDs can just be any old song, however there tends to be less of an overlap as most shows tend to opt for having custom done songs for their show, however there are examples of songs just using whatever's popular and seemingly fits the show. Shows like JoJo and Mushishi both use foreign songs they've obtained the rights to, and other shows could easily do the same, so I wouldn't put it past this having happened at some point, but I would say it certainly it is a rare occurrence for shows to share the same song. – Sn0wCrack Mar 31 '18 at 11:22

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