Recently I had the opportunity to show my favourite anime music to my friends, some of whom had no idea I liked anime. It was interesting to see their differing perspective to mine. The first thing was that they called it torture but I called it cultural learning. Ages ago r/music got hacked by anime fans and they put on their anime music for people to listen to and the people on the board actually liked it a lot, I hoped that this would be the same thing with my friends but it wasn’t the case.
I tried to start strong with Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka one of my favourites but they didn’t seem to like Japanese thrash music, as they described it. From then on I went to play the Berserk 1997 OP, FMAB OP 1, Death note op 1 and many more but they hated all of it. So I asked why.
The obvious first answer was that they couldn’t understand what the Japanese people were saying but they disliked the engrish songs and the English covers as well. Japanese does sound strange to people who haven’t seen subbed anime and I can understand it, but that wasn’t the sole contributor really.
The biggest thing that they said was that it was just weird, they said the shin sekai yori op sounded Mexican which is something I can’t understand and that they hated the lucky star rap, alright I kind of expected that one. It sounds strange and if you’re hearing constant OP’s after each other considering my taste they all sound pretty similar.
There were very few songs that they actually liked, these were The Real Folk Blues from Cowboy Bebop, Tanaka Kun OP, Guts’ theme and they seemed indifferent towards the Higurashi OP. This made me realise the huge contrast between my tastes and others. I hate pop music but these people really liked it and I used to opportunity to settle our differences better.
Afterwards they played their own music and I would describe it, using my own words (obviously) as quite low, underwhelming but catchy, while my favourite anime songs are loud, in your face and something you can thrash your head too. I like being taken over by my music instead of just relaxing too it. This may come across as rude to them but it’s the best way for me to describe it in my head and they were criticising my music for a whole hour anyway.
The way I listen to anime music is by watching the show, then coming back to it months later when I’ve finished the show to decide if the OP was good enough for me to download on my phone, this means that I’ve listened to it many times already. Out of an interest to see if the songs were better on the repeat listen I played the Kaiji OP which is only 50 seconds like 5 times but it only reinforced their opinion. And at that point it’s difficult to take things with an open mind.
What I find interesting though is that my songs got a lot more attention than the music they liked more. It could be that I was just more talkative at that time but the fact that we spent the rest of that time talking, ignoring the music makes me think that their music is more passive and less attention grabbing meaning mine was better without them realising it!
It got so bad that we were singing our own songs over the music!
Anyway here’s a list of songs I played for them and if you have any good normie anime music please tell me!
Songs they hated
Prison School OP
The Seven Deadly Sins OP 2
The Seven Deadly Sins ED 1 or 2 (its name was just 7)
Umaru Chan OP (had to take that off nearly instantly – I’m not even sure I like it though)
School Live OP
Chilvalry of a failed knight OP
Kuzu no Honkai OP and ED
Shinsekai Yori ED
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun OP
Death Note OP 1
Fairy Tail OP 9 (Don’t watch fairy tail)
Lucky Star OP (Didn’t think they’d like it but I needed to show it anyway)
Ghost Stories ED
FMAB OP 1
There might be more
Guts Theme (Berserk)
Cowboy Bebop ED
Tanaka Kun OP
At one point my hearing went funny and I heard one of the songs very differently, when I heard this it sounded unfamiliar and it was like listening from the perspective of my friends! It made me realise how strange the songs sounded too them and made me accept that I will always have better taste than them (not really, that was a joke).