Top 15 Most Moving Anime Songs


Anime music lovers have chosen their favourite and most moving anime songs for their latest ranking, whatever the emotions they induce may be.

The ranking:

1. Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (K-ON!)

2. Secret Base (Ano Hana)

3. Ichiban no Takaramono (Angel Beats!)

4. Tori no Uta (AIR)

5. Kokuhaku (Guilty Crown)

6. Chiisana Te No Hira (Clannad After Story)

7. Toki wo Kizamu Uta (Clannad After Story)

8. Kimi he (Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!)

9. Alicemagic (Little Busters!)

10. For Fruits Basket (Fruits Basket)

11. Kawaranai Mono (The Girl That Leapt through Time)

12. Connect (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

13. Metamerism (Ika Musume)

14. Kimi wo Shiru Koto (Ika Musume)

15. Soko ni Sora ga Aru Kara (Pokemon)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 21/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    10. For Fruits Basket.


    R. I. P Ritsuko Okazaki. =(

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    02:21 24/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Absolutely right. I was amazed and pleased to see this on the list. Usually nothing older than a year or two makes the cut for these things. It's nice to see they still remember the classics once in a while.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ; A; I didn't know she past away almosr a decade ago
    That song was one of the best song i liked ever since i started liking anime...
    RIP Ritsuko Okazaki

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    Comment by Satonaka
    03:56 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck yeah man, this was... no scratch that, this IS my show man. Nice to see the jpn still have some taste remembering such a classic song/show. :')

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn yu

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    Comment by Eleriel
    09:30 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You took the words right out of my fingers...
    Everything about that song is perfect.

    Sleep easy, Okazaki-san.

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    Comment by PhillB
    09:46 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF? I didn't know that. Always will remember her work on Princess Tutu (at least not the classical music segments).

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    Comment by Astray Flame
    15:16 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, you aren't the only one. For the longest time, I thought she was still alive until today.

    Love her work, especially the Fruit Basket song.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Princess Tutu's OP and ED should be on here. Those are such beautiful songs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 23/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Utawarerumono had an epic, moving ending. I need to kick whoever puts all these moeblob shows on the lists off a cliff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    About 90%+ of her songs are really great. Too bad she left too early.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Hanbun Tsuki no Sora had a moving op but the series was short

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best unofficial op xd

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 21/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Tori no Uta is one of the all time great anime OPs, but honestly, the insert song Aozora ("Blue Skies") is FAR more moving (of course, that has a lot to do with the scene it plays during). I defy anyone to maintain dry eyes through it.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    03:15 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks I just wanted to insert Aozora but you beat me to it.

    Now excuse me I have something in my eyes.

    relevant link:

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All time overhype that is

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't like Tori no Uta, the intro was like the greatest thing ever and then it turns to meh music :/ It kept changing to different melodies that really didn't fit with each other. Would be nice if they stuck to the first melody.

    Aozora was definitely better because it didn't have an identity crisis like Tori no Uta :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't agree more than that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree 100% Just thinking about Aozora gets me emotional.



    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank YOU for taking the words out of my mouth!!
    Air is STILL the only one of two anime that ripped the MAN-TEARS out of my face!! And that song pushed me over that emotional cliff! I guess the poll takers should have been more specific, but NONE of these songs really made me feel anything compared to "Blue Skies".

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 21/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No Elfen LIed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or Haibane Remei ED.
    Or Now and Then Here and There ED

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 23/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... or ending credits song of "Jinroh: The Wolf Brigade".

    Yeah, I know, I know -- I'm just another voice crying in the wilderness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    oooh yes, this...

    btw, Where's "Libera me" from hell ?

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    Comment by Erranty
    08:30 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's not an original piece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Secret Base isn't original either.

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    Comment by Gogetters
    12:06 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who said it had to be original?

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    Comment by Astray Flame
    15:18 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't know where you got original from, but the list was about song that moved you in any way. Hence the different type of song in the listing.

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    Comment by Vekou X
    00:20 23/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. I was expecting songs from other animes such as 5cm per Second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree! Lilium is one of my favorite songs and makes me tear up constantly :')

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 21/02/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Lilium is a piece of shit

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    Comment by kazaza2
    11:16 21/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No "Gravity" from Wolfs Rain?

    The entire soundtrack by Yoko Kanno is a masterpiece.
    Listen to "Requiem", "Shiro" or "My Little Flower" and tell me I'm wrong

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    See also: Uninstall, Free Bird, and about a billion other good songs from anime that don't get the time of day because they don't have anything to do with Key, KyoAni, or j-pop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Man, not a single Macross song on this list.
    Evangelion's Komm Susser Todd is another one of the classics not here either.
    Himikoden's "Pure Snow", Porco Rosso ED, Ayashi no Ceres OP, Houshin Engi's "Friends", Kokoro Connect's "Cry Out", Fate/Zero's "Memoria", etc.

    Jesus, I could go on and on... I'd say only Angel Beats on this list is from a soundtrack that would become a classic, ever.

    Sad pandas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >Angel Beats

    nice joke there anon

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very agreed - Uninstall and Free Bird

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it's associated with such sad moments in the Wolf's Rain anime to boot T.T

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They mostly hype moe shit.Those dont have enough little girl added in.

    Comment by Anonymous

    True, shota are not as popular as lolis... and unfortunately that makes a difference here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Horrible list.
    How can THAT even be first?

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    Comment by GDM

    It's a good song from a very popular group of characters AND ... it's the newest, so it's a lot fresher in people's memories.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    07:39 21/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The anime song I find most moving is actually "Heart Moving", the very first closing theme song from SAILOR MOON. The title of the song is not misleading.

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    Comment by aznfishie
    08:45 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I feel like One more time, One more chance by Yamazaki Masayoshi deserves to be up there, even though I didn't like 5cm/second that much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no macross do you remember love?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 23/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess they don't remember.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dango Daikazoku, anyone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It appears that loli, moe, and sadness go hand in hand...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 22/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    also, pianos...

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    Comment by Olba
    09:29 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A lot of these actually make sense.

    Some of them, such as Tenshi ni Fureta yo or Chiisana te no hira are tied to specific emotional scenes in their respective works, thus counting for "moving". Though this makes you question whether it's the song that's moving or the association with the scene. I'd say it's the latter, since if you played these things to someone who did not know the anime in question, they would not have the same experience.

    On the other hand, most of the OPs and EDs have one thing in common: they differ vastly from the overall tone of the main work. For example, Ika Musume is mostly comedy, but the ending sounds very sad. Same is true for the ED of Fruits Basket. I think these songs have a higher justification for being "moving songs" rather than "moving scenes".

    Then of course, there are those works that combine both. Examples would be Ano Hana and Angel Beats. Personally I think these songs are what I would consider "moving" in the best sense of the word. Mostly because the assoation with the scenes is what separates anime songs from regular songs.

    And obviously, since it's a poll, popularity is going to play a pretty hefty role. So really, complaining that the ridiculously popular K-On tops the chart or that we're missing some older works is a bit of a weird thing to do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That Fruits Basket song is the OP, and it is very much line with the tone of the show -- it appears in some form in many of the most emotional moments.

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    Comment by Rya
    17:20 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some of the best titles are in the comments here. Why do Sankaku readers have a better grasp for japanese songs (or is it memory?) than japanese do? Are they really so degenerate?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 21/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    general anime enthusiasts VS blinded otaku, maybe? I'm not saying all Japanese fans are blinded otaku but the ones on the poll site probably are.

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