Best of Anime 2016: Insert Song

Insert songs are basically songs inserted into episodes of anime, usually between the OP & ED. These songs are used to set different moods and tones for the viewers. They maybe quick and loud providing lots of energy, or they maybe slower and solemn to fit the more relaxing or sadder events in a story. Insert songs are important as they can make or break a scene, turning good ones into spectacular ones. This year in anime brought some insert songs more on the soothing side. With these tunes setting more of a reflective atmosphere, they exemplified and portrayed the emotions of the characters well. With that being said:

Deirii Raifu’s Pick:

Terui Haruka – Harvest (Shihoru Version) (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) – ‘Falling Snow’

“The gentle moonlight and hidden stars smile. The falling withered leaves draw near and wipe tears away.”

Terui Haruka aka Shihoru’s version of Hai to Gensou no Gimgar’s OP takes the top spot for insert songs this year. The lyrics describe the type of relationship Shihoru had with Manato, a one of eventually growing stronger. The timing in which it was used was quite well done as well, with a more of a solemn scene being enhanced the effect of it all. Harvest was a song that basically reflected the anime, and the events that occurred in it, making it a real fitting choice.

Runners Up:

2) Ozawa Ari – Kokoro Palette (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!)
3) Walkure – Ikenai Borderline (Macross Delta)

Special Mentions:

  • (K)NoW NAME – Seeds (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
  • Minase Inori – Wishing (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
  • μ’s – Start Dash (Love Live Sunshine!)
  • Gemie – X.U (Owari no Seraph OVA)
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