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Loop-Worthy Anime Songs: Hello October

Let's begin October with some loop-worthy recommendations from the jukebox! It's been quite a while since I last wrote a songlist, so here I am with a few energetic songs which I hope could lift up anybody's spirit in times of fatigue, unhappiness, sluggishness, uncertainty, et cetera. Contrary to what I would usually add as a disclaimer somewhere in my other posts, all the songs that are mentioned in this article will make excellent company to anybody's cardio workout! Yes, all of them. Then again, if for some peculiar reason there is an impending injury, please don't look for me. So, here comes my songlist!

♪ Fukagyaku Replace by MY FIRST STORY (Ending theme of Nobunaga Concerto)
While I'm not too fond of rock songs, oddly enough I find myself considerably drawn to Fukagyaku Replace. I've never watched the anime series in its entirety since I'm not really interested in history and such. The only reason I got acquainted with Nobunaga Concerto is the time-slip element, yet that is just a speck compared to the rest of the story. Anyway, the sequence during the closing credits of the anime is the catalyst for my gradual love towards this song. The transition from modern Japan to Sengoku, and Saburo's image overlapping with that of Oda Nobunaga seem fitting of the accelerated intensity of the song. It makes a grand journey of time.

♪ Rashisa by SUPER BEAVER (Opening theme of Barakamon)
Every thing about Barakamon is a must-watch, must-read, must-listen, must-loop...yeah, you get the drift. Never mind the incomprehensible dialect which most of the characters are conversing in, because the gist of Barakamon is still able to create ripples in anybody's heart. There is a lot of warmth (pun absolutely intended) in the series. The calligraphy theme reminds me of my disastrous attempts at the art many years ago. Unlike Handa-sensei who has (primarily) Naru as a distraction (mostly in a good way), all I had at that time was...hmm, waste paper? Anyway, after the initial sound quake which had nearly blown my ears off, Rashisa has easily become a favourite of mine. I can imagine Naru smiling brightly through the entire song.

♪ Koi no Hime Hime Pettanko by Tamura Yukari (Insert song of Yowamushi Pedal)
I've got to say that this song could sneakily stick inside anybody's mind even if they didn't want anything to do with it. Nonetheless, listening to Koi no Hime Hime Pettanko is still a joy as the positive vibes remind me of Onoda Sakamichi's infectious, ever genki personality which not only motivates himself to push forward during difficult times but others as well, in particular Tadakoro-senpai. Honestly, over time the sugar level will reduce on its own. There is really no need to feel icky towards this song. An interesting fact is that the mangaka of Yowamushi Pedal, Watanabe Wataru wrote the lyrics to Koi no Hime Hime Pettanko.

♪ FUTURE FISH by STYLE FIVE (Special Omake; Ending theme of Free! Eternal Summer Episodes 1 - 12)
Yeah, I know that I've introduced this song before. However, recently I've stumbled upon five different versions of FUTURE FISH - each voice actor has his own solo version! In addition, the line that was originally spoken during the interval in the group act is varied in each version. The special omake is only available to customers who have pre-ordered the Free! Eternal Summer Blu-Ray or DVD from five different stores (each store has a different solo version). Gosh, what a great tactic to drain people's wallets! :P Anyway, my favourite is Nagisa's version!

Those are my loop-worthy recommendations to kick-start the new month! Happy looping! :)

Eccentrically Yours.

Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪

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