Lately I’ve been listening to some of my favorite anime songs from the 1990s. Even though I’ve only been into anime since 2000, I watched a handful of 90s anime during my early years of fandom, and some of those songs are still among my favorites…
Below is a list of my ten favorite songs from anime that aired from 1990 to 1999. I’m judging them solely by the songs themselves and not by their accompanying video in the anime. Since I haven’t watched very much pre-2000 anime, there are probably a lot of good songs I have yet to hear. But of the ones I have heard, these are my favorites…
10. Yakusoku wa Iranai (No Need for Promises)
Singer: Maaya Sakamoto
The opening to Escaflowne and one of Maaya Sakamoto’s early songs. Still a favorite all these years later.
9. Juusangatsu no Kakumai (The 13th Month’s Revolution)
(from El Hazard: The Alternative World)
Singer: Fence of Defense
The opening to the second El Hazard TV series. It’s been years since I watched El Hazard and I hardly remember anything about the series – but I do remember I love this song!
8. Moonlight Densetsu (Moonlight Legend)
(from Sailor Moon)
The classic Sailor Moon opening. Since Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever saw, this was the very first anime song I ever heard (since the English version of it keeps the same melody). Regardless of what you think of Sailor Moon, this is a unique, unforgettable song.
7. Mezase Pokemon Master (Aim to be a Pokemon Master)
Singer: Rica Matsumoto
Being the major Pokemon fan that I am, how could I leave out the song that started the now 600+ episode TV series? Rica Matsumoto has sung a number of the Pokemon songs over the years and has been the voice of Satoshi (Ash) for over ten years. There’s been a ton of remixes of Mezase Pokemon Master but the video above is the original.
(from Slayers Try)
Singer: Houko Kuwashima
This is the finale song of the third season of Slayers, Slayers Try, and is played at the end of the last episode. It’s sung in English by the talented seiyuu Houko Kuwashima. Houko has a sweet, relaxing voice and the lyrics of this song are simply beautiful.
5. Yuzurenai Negai (Unyielding Wish)
(from Magic Knight Rayearth)
Singer: Naomi Tamura
The first opening to Magic Knight Rayearth. Naomi Tamura has some good songs, this being one of them. I remember how blown away I was after hearing this song for the first time.
4. Zankoku na Tenshi no Teze (Cruel Angel’s Thesis)
(from Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Singer: Yoko Takahashi
I still love this classic. Is there an anime fan who’s never heard this song before? A great one to sing at karaoke, mostly ’cause everybody knows it.
3. Purachina (Platinum)
(from Cardcaptor Sakura)
Singer: Maaya Sakamoto
The third opening of Cardcaptor Sakura. Another of Maaya Sakamoto’s old but good hits. I love the lyrics and the gentle, mystical feel of the song.
2. Toki ni Ai wa… (At Times Love is…)
(from Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse movie)
Singer: Masami Okui
(The actual song starts at about 00:28 in the above AMV). This is an insert song from the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie. It was love at first listening when I heard it. I even like it better than the Utena TV opening, which is also sung by Masami Okui.
1. Give a reason
(from Slayers Next)
Singer: Megumi Hayashibara
The opening song for the second season of Slayers, Slayers Next. It’s been almost ten years since I first heard this song and it’s still one of my all time favorites. Fantastic lyrics and a great melody. Megumi Hayashibara has sung many Slayers and other anime songs but this is one of her best by far. I love singing it at karaoke XD