Essential ‘00s Anime Hits
Anime from the ‘00s embraced musical diversity in the opening and ending themes for marquee shows. Songs bookending these cartoons veered toward the uptempo, especially chugging rock songs by established bands such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION. Landing a song on an anime could make a career, from elevating the jaunty rock of Flow to spreading the Eurobeat-inspired pop of Folder 5. Electronic projects such as UVERworld and POLYSICS added nervy energy, while groups like ORANGE RANGE worked in hip-hop elements. Anime shows sought out an unpredictable, wildly varied mix of sounds that helped break acts to a new audience.