Awesome Music: Attack on Titan
The animated adaptation of Attack on Titan
contains four catchy opening / ending credits themes and an epic soundtrack written by Hiroyuki Sawano
. In the latter's case, nearly all of his associated singers and songwriters
brought out their A-game with very memorable songs
, and the soundtrack's composition blends in perfectly with the series' overarching themes
. As icing on the cake
, this soundtrack won the 2014 Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music note
- The first opening, "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" ("Guren no Yumiya", i.e. "Crimson Bow and Arrow") by REVO of Linked Horizon. There's a reason it started a viral spread of parodies on the series' onset.
- The first ending, "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai"note , isn't half bad, either; it transitions smoothly from calm to dramatic while remaining powerful.
- The second opening, "Die Flügel der Freiheit" (or "Jiyuu no Tsubasa", i.e. "The Wings of Freedom"), also by Linked Horizon, is often mistaken for a German march song. Even people missing "Guren no Yumiya" are in for a treat because the song reprises the previous opening's melody at the fourth minute.
- The second ending, "Great Escape" by Cinema Staff, doesn't trail far behind, either.
- The soundtrack kickstarts in force with the Title Drop track "Attack on Titan"* , establishing the series' overall atmosphere with an ominous German chorus and Mika Kobayashi's ever-powerful singing. Notably used during the Armored Titan's breakthrough of Wall Maria's inner gate and Titan!Eren's confrontations against the Female Titan.
- "The Reluctant Heroes" by mpi, the insert song played in Episode 3 during Eren's training, and Episode 9 when Levi and his team are introduced kicking Titan ass. Parts of its melody are also present in other tracks.
- "eye-water" and "omake-pfadlib" are used for some more emotional heavy-hitting moments of the show.
- "Counter Attack Mankind" * , often played in the thick of a battle, especially those that have a heavy emotional weight, like Mikasa's epic struggle at the end of Episode 7 while embracing life despite the pain from Eren's apparent death. The later half's brass bombardment is sometimes omitted to emphasize the chorus, as shown during the first episode's sneak peek at the Colossal Titan's Signature Scene.
- "DOA" (Dead on Arrival), the insert song from Episode 4, when members of the Top 10 are described, and Episode 7, when Mikasa leads the trainees into battle. Sung in Surprisingly Good English by American singer Aimee Blackshleger.
- "Vogel im Käfig", the insert song sung by Cyua, is German for "caged bird". The first half of the song is used in a heroic instance, as a transformed Eren displays what Mikasa describes as humanity's wrath. The second, more recognizable part is played during Carla's death, Eren's first transformation into the Rogue Titan, and the Female Titan's brutal beatdown of the Special Operations Squad.
- E-M-A * , which is played for great effect during the battle to recapture Trost, or, even better, Titan!Eren carrying the massive rock on his shoulders Atlas-style.
- "Rittai Kidou" * , the Survey Corps' epic and uplifting theme. Almost always plays whenever the action starts building up.
- "Titan's Attack" * , which is often played during scenes where hard decisions must be made.
- "XL-TT", the song that kicks in during intense moments (usually when a Titan shows up), with the crowning one being the Colossal Titan's head and hand creeping over Wall Maria. The second half, which plays when the Rogue Titan shows up and starts owning other Titans is especially awesome.
- "Call your name", co-sung by mpi and CASG. Plays as the insert song when Titan!Eren finally plugs the breach in the Trost gate, becoming the very first time humanity takes back a territory overrun by Titans. Also plays when the remainder of the trainee corps part ways for one of the three military branches. This song's melody in particular reappears in some parts of the second soundtrack as well.
We're born free. All of us. Free. Some don't believe it, some try to take it away. To hell with them! Water like fire, mountains of ice, the whole bit. Lay your eyes on that
, and you'll know what freedom is, that it's worth fighting for! Fight to live, risk it all for even a glimmer of real freedom! It doesn't matter what's waiting outside the gate, or what comes in! It doesn't matter how cruel the world can be, or how unjust! Fight. Fight. Fight. FIGHT! FIGHT!!!
- Megata Kyojin Kuchiku * , which plays when Levi pulls a Big Damn Heroes after an exhausted Eren plugs the breach in Trost.
- "Bauklötze" (or Building Blocks, as the lyrics are all about that), which appears when the Special Operation Squad members plead for Eren to have faith in them, all while still being chased by the Female Titan.
- The second soundtrack also has its share of awesome background themes, although every single one of them is difficult to write down. To wit:
- Track 1 * , which is soundly remembered as Levi nearly beats the Female Titan within an inch of her life where so many other soldiers died after failing to even scratch her. The latter half plays when Titan!Eren goes apeshit and takes the Female Titan down for good, and makes for a fitting (disc one) final boss theme.
- Track 2 * , often played in the episode's preface, which tells the history of mankind and its oppression by the mysterious Titans.
- Track 3 * , a slight guitar remix of "eye-water".
- Track 4 * ; the second half is often known as the Female Titan's theme.
- Track 5 * , aka the emotion-filled piece in which Mikasa recognizes Eren as he emerges from the Rogue Titan and rushes to him, as well as the depressing moment where Jean finds Marco's horribly mangled corpse. It features a cello rendition of "Counterattack Mankind".
- Track 6 * , which plays when the 104th's trainees don the Survey Corps' trademark cape for the first time, and when Mikasa desperately attempts to save Eren from the fleeing Female Titan's clutches.
- Track 10 * , a Triumphant Reprise of "Rittai Kidou", with added Victorious Chorus. Also includes an orchestral arrange of "DOA" on the last third.
- "Guren no Zahyou" (Crimson Coordinates) is the latest offering by REVO of Linked Horizon. What makes this song particularly interesting is that not only does it heavily borrow elements from "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" but it also serves as the opening theme song to the first recap movie (called Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: ~Crimson Bow and Arrow~).
- The ending theme of the first recap movie is called "YAMANAIAME" by Hiroyuki Sawano and features the vocal talents of Mika Kobayashi, mpi, Benjamin Anderson, and newbie singer Mica Caldito.
- "So ist es immer" by Benjamin Anderson is the insert song used in Episode 1 of the Kuinaki Sentaku (A Choice with No Regrets) OVA.