The Elfen Lied OP Code
This original analysis is built on previous works by Anime Afterglow, 莉露兜 and 知日部屋. For the meaning of Kaede's hand gesture that was once popular in manga, see What's the significance of the 'w' finger position in Elfen Lied and In the opening of the Elfen Lied anime why does Nyu/Lucy have her fingers positioned in a certain way? All ...
Several reasons: Production cost, first impression, spoilers.
Theme songs are commonly used to save money on production. Draw that opening once and show 90 seconds of a roughly 22-minute episode every time. And there is also an ending which is a double value :p
When a series is only starting, you might want to make it interesting right away, and not just ...
The answer is yes.
According to the pamphlet included in the Elfen Lied OST, the melody of Lilium just surfaced to MOKA, the two-person musician group who was appointed the music producer staff of the Elfen Lied anime TV production team, when they looked at Elfen Lied from a certain perspective: it's not that Lucy wants to be born special — what she desires,...
tl;dr Shōnan Bakusōzoku, an OAV from 1986 with 12 episodes and 12 endings (ended only in 1999).
I took up Gao WeiWei's suggestion and used ANN's API to create a duplicate of their database and then search for all titles that have as many OPs/EDs as they have episodes. If anyone is interested in the code for this (it's not nice :P) and all results, go ...
The following answer is based on the results I got on Google [from my country (France)].
Keeping the following elements in mind, one can say that their popularity level is more or less the same.
The comparison is made between the first Japanse theme めざせポケモンマスター (Aim to be a Pokemon Master) and the first English theme "Gotta catch them all." I take ...
I'll preface this answer by admitting that I couldn't find any interviews in which DiC (the company responsible for the original English-language dub) explained why they changed the opening so much. I've nonetheless tried to provide the best explanation possible for why it was done.
Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to ...
For the first question, the answer is yes. This is especially true with female seiyuu. As you noted, Nana Mizuki is also a singer other than a seiyuu. You can check her discography here. She even went to a duet with T.M. Revolution. Other female seiyuu's that is worth noted:
Itou Kanae (Meat - Haganai)
Albums including Kokoro Keshiki and Miageta Keshiki
The simplest way to answer this question is to take a look at a sample of anime and see how many of them have OPs/EDs sung by the show's voice actors.
For the sake of argument, I will look at all shows with at least 10 episodes that began airing in winter 2014, excluding children's shows. I will only examine those OPs and EDs that were aired at some point ...
The characters look very similar to Jindai moji (Encyclopedia of Shinto link) (Japanese Wikipedia link).
(Image taken from Talk:Jindai moji page on Wikipedia)
These characters are theorized to have been Japan's character system before Chinese characters were introduced.
If I go through that table for the first image you show and match the characters (...
As is almost always the case with anime music, Lilium was composed just for Elfen Lied. KONISHI Kayo and KONDO Yukio collectively handled the composition, arrangement, and lyricwriting (and also did the rest of the soundtrack).
The anime Kotoura-san is like this as well. It starts off showing you a type of introduction. From my point of view I feel that animes do this in order to tell a story more thoroughly without the spoilers that most openings usually show.
That way you aren't introduced to certain characters too early and you gain a better understanding of what the anime is ...
Yes, it is common for most of anime to user their seiyu to sing the opening and/or ending theme.
According to this link which explains why Anime Theme Songs are created:
Another reason this is done is because many anime voice actors are
also singers, often the more successful ones. It's not unknown for production companies to organize some of ...
You are right. The anime is indeed Miraculous Ladybug. Now, there's a little issue with the title and the lyrics of the song.
According to the Ladybug PV wiki site,
The song that plays with it is a test song titled Ladybug PV Song without true lyrics, having English-like gibberish, lyrics can be found here.
Then they also state what Gao already said in ...
The song that plays at the end of episode 12 is the same as the opening theme song. It is called "Unravel", and is by TK.
Lyrics and more information can be found on the Tokyo Ghoul Wiki.
The full version of the song can be heard on YouTube.
There's also an OP sung in Mandarin, but it looks like my old link to that has been removed from Youtube by Bandai.
There's this Spanish Full Opening that I believe is sung by Jessica Toledo.
And this appears to be (the song at least) a Korean version of the short OP.
This is not uncommon - a number of shows will have a first episode with no song at the beginning, and with the OP at the end of the episode. I'll pull in some examples of this later.
There are also somewhat more unusual cases like Madoka (as Memor-X points out in the comments), in which "Connect" (usually the opening) was used as the ending song in episode ...
The Opening and Ending tracks are normally shorter for anime, as the songs were usually originals developed before the anime and the artist was paid for a portion of it to be used in the anime, not to mention that the songs also need to fit in broadcast time. On the other hand, there are also Opening and Ending tracks which were purposely made for the anime (...
According to Wikipedia
Porno Graffitti (ポルノグラフィティ Poruno Gurafiti), also known as Porno (ポルノ Poruno) is a Japanese male rock band from Innoshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
Current and Past Members only lists 3 names and Wikipedia only has a link to the past member Masami Shiratama which says:
After leaving the band in June 2004, he released the ...
It turns out that the song Mata Ashita from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are in episode 1 and 2 on the Bluray version which I don't have. I only have the regular version, so I haven't heard that song in the anime. After doing some research, I discovered that the other songs are also like that. They are used in the extra episode, or Bluray version, etc.
tl;dr they're probably not singing any humanly-intelligible words at all.
You have run into the fascinating phenomenon known as Kajiuran (梶浦語 kajiura-go), a pseudo-language/non-language, named for Yuki KAJIURA, who is the composer for FictionJunction (among other things). One very common quirk of Kajiura's compositions is that they feature lyrics written in ...
what appears to be the English/American version of the intro.
I almost wonder if this can really be the original intro, or if it's consistently mislabeled, and this is for season three or something instead?
The links you supplied are for the Canadian Sailor Moon opening animation sequence and for the Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon [『...
This questions seems answered to me, but since it isn't accepted yet, maybe I can add some more info.
From this question I have a local copy of the database powering ANN's encyclopedia. So with this in hand I looked for titles, that had the same songs as both OP and ED (at some point, not necessarily the same episode).
All title comparisons are done case ...
I think this is related to the Korean Wave in Japan.
In the early 2000s, Korean live action dramas and KPop started to come into Japan and quickly became massively popular. From Korea.net's article on the Korean Wave:
The Korean Wave landed in Japan in 2003 when the KBS TV drama series
Winter Sonata was aired via NHK. The drama became an instant mega ...
From Google, I found that Itachi's theme song is titled Senya (千夜, lit. Thousand Nights) and is part of Naruto Shippuuden Original Soundtrack 2. This song has no lyric. The woman voice there is part of the instrument. If you listen to it carefully, the woman only voice the vocal "a".
According to learntoplaymusic.com
the human voice can be thought of as ...
I do not know if it was made specifically for the Anime, but the Anime was the debut of the song. The first episode of the Anime having aired on July 4th, 2014 and the single containing the song being released on july 23rd, 2014.
Considering the stance they have on dubbing, Nordic countries are probably the outliers here.
This is the Italian intro for comparison, which is pretty similar in techniques (though I always found it rather tasteful tbh): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZTlN3YkCuc
People 20-30 years ago were far way less used to "diversity" (I can think to how ...