Theme Songs for My Life

This might sound weird, but sometimes, I associate some songs to certain things going on around me. I started during this during college and the songs that I associate with usually are from songs I’ve recently heard. Of course, the lyrics need to make some sense, though sometimes, they barely make sense.

The first song that I associated with an event was ZZ’s Be Survivor, which was played during Eyeshield 21.

Basically, the main team in Eyeshield 21, the Deimon Devil Bats, was a team that overcame the odds in Japanese High School American Football. So, during sophomore year (2007), I associated the Rutgers football team to this song since the team that was host to the first college football game was basically the laughing stock of college football until lately, overcoming the odds.

The fall semester of senior year (2009) is usually associated with Makino Yui’s Amrita.

I first heard this beautiful song during NYAF 2009 when Makino Yui was there and since something really good happened the day before I heard that, I would often think this song when thinking about that semester.

During my senior year (2010), I associated my final spring semester in undergrad with Ikimono Gakari’s YELL.

I had recently heard the song, but it perfectly described graduation, where we would say our goodbyes, walking different paths.

The summer after graduation I associate with Porno Graffitti’s Saudade.

I won’t talk much about why. I’ll only say that the lyrics are related to why I associate this song with that summer.

This past summer is associated with the AnoHana ED, Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~.

With the tragedies that came in March and the unforgettable memories that I had during that summer, I thought that this was a fitting song. Seeing the Chou Heiwa Busters secret base in Japan might have also factored in to this.

This coming semester is my last semester in college (unless I decide to go back one day for a Ph.D.), so I decided to associate this final semester with the Lia’s Toki wo Kizamu Uta.

Actually, YELL would have made more sense, but since I already used YELL, I decided to use the Clannad After Story ED since I just finished Clannad last week. Though I don’t associate any girl with this song (right now), it was just so beautiful. Also, my college life, though sometimes frustrating, is something I’ll always remember (いつまでも覚えてる) because of the good times I had and good friends I made during that time.

Do you also associate anime songs to certain events in your life?

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My Top Three Anime in 2011

In my opinion, 2011 was a good year for anime. While there were some flops, disappointments, there were a lot of anime that I particularly liked from this year. When picking the top three anime, I decided them based on their plot, their designs, and their songs. Here are my top 3 anime in 2011:

3. Nichijou – This was a tough choice since there were other shows that I thought could be in the top three, but I just had to put Nichijou in this list. It was just too funny to not put in this list. I loved the trio that was Yukko, Mio, and Mai and I really loved the duo that was Nano and little Hakase. The OPs and EDs were also addicting. The songs and the ridiculousness that is Nichijou put this show at number 3.

2. Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica – Again, I had a tough choice between this, but this time, I had to decide between this and my #1. Admittingly, the first part was a bit boring, but I liked the direction of the plot as the series continued. I really liked the scene design and animation and I also really liked the character design and concepts. The soundtrack was also great. If my #1 anime didn’t show, this would have been my favorite anime this year.

Now, to #1:

1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana) – If there was a show that would make me cry every episode, this one would be it. Originally, I wasn’t actually going to watch this, but the ED was what got me in. Funny how I wasn’t planning to watch this, especially since I wasn’t planning to watch Angel Beats last year, which is now my favorite anime. I really liked the plot of this anime and as I said, I ended up crying every episode. I would even cry whenever I would hear the ED and the ED was also very fitting for the plot. The animation was great and the character designs were not over the top, unlike other anime I typically watch. It was great from beginning to end, making this my number one anime in 2011.

The number of anime has been noticabally dropped, but I hope that 2012 will bring more great, if not better, anime.