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Mobile Suit Gundam
- The original series movies in particular were known for creating absolutely classic themes. Just a short selection of First Gundam themes include:
- Soldiers of Sorrow has become quite iconic and has been covered by several people, including:
- Beginning, with Inoue Daisuke (R.I.P) doing double duty and playing the flute solo between verses of the song as well as vocals.
- And of course, Here Comes Char!
- The song's lyrics are open to some Alternate Character Interpretation which makes it outright hilarious if you think of it as being sung by someone who got owned by Char. And it's even more hilarious when you notice that, in the original series, the soldiers that had occupied Amuro's home were dancing to an instrumental version of "Here Comes Char"!
- Andrew W. K. also did a suitably awesome English version of Here Comes Char!.
- This rendition of "Tobe Gundam" for the 30th Anniversary symphonic suite makes the classic opening song even more epic.
- Andrew W. K., English rock cover: "Fly, Gundam!"
- The concept music Time is on My Side, used as the ending song for most of the sad episodes in the Gundam Evolve miniseries. Here's a live version.
- The very aptly named Men of Destiny.
- The Winner is nothing to scoff at either.
- We later get Oblivion from the same source as Men of Destiny. It uses the exact same instrumental, but rather than simply dubbing the lyrics into English, new somewhat apocalyptic, yet still awesomely GAR, lyrics were written, effectively making it a new song. Also somewhat unique for an English song, it was used in the original Japanese version of the show, and has perfect grammar and pronunciation. And it is freaking awesome.
- Assault Waves, the perfect music to have epic MS duels to.
- Dendrobium is amazing as well.
- Gouf Custom vs. the 08th MS Team. An suitably intimidating theme for a bunch of normal soldiers finding themselves up against an Ace.
- "Arashi no Naka de Kagayaite", either the original by Chihiro Yonekura or the cover by Masaaki Endoh.
- Awesome 80's music with the Opening Themes Zeta - Transcending Times and From an Aqueous Star with Love, both of which were co-written by Neil Sedaka.
- The movies are no slouch in the OP department either. Case in point: the first movie opens with the awesome song "Metamorphoze" from Gackt, of which there exists a recursive adaptation in the form of the song's official music video, containing actual footage from the movie.
- The Pulse of Zeta, which was used as the opening theme for the English version. For some fans it elevated Zeta to the halls of awesome space opera that gives Star Wars a run for its money.
- A.E.U.G., which contains a few motifs from "Pulse of Zeta", is no slouch either.
- Riders in the Skies, which plays during the climax of the finale.
- Giant Battle, aka the Psyco Gundam's theme. It really gives the feel of "I think we need need a bigger mobile suit".
- The haunting march of the Titans.
- Conclusion, the tear jerking track that plays at the end of the last episode when Fa finds out that Kamille has lost his mind.
- Ai no kyosokyoku, the theme of the tragic love story of Kamille and Four.
- Haman Karn's theme.
- "The Struggle of Ayers", written as the backdrop for the battle between the Ex-S Gundam and the Gundam MK V.
- While Gundam ZZ is a polarizing series amongst Gundam fans, you'll be hard pressed to find someone that speaks ill of its awesome (and ironic) opening theme: Anime Ja Nai. And now presenting: Anime Ja Nai, HIRONOBU KAGEYAMA EDITION.
- The second OP, Silent Voice, is nothing to sneer at either. Considering that "Silent Voice" heralded ZZ's Growing the Beard (as well as most people making it Haman Karn's Image Song), it's no mean feat. Thought Silent Voice couldn't get any better? Now presenting Silent Voice: Chieko Honda style.
- While calling it "awesome" might be up for debate, the first ED, Jidai ga Naiteru, is definitely very pleasant to listen to.
- Judau In Space, Judau's battle theme.
- Gundam ZZ, the track that plays during the ZZ Gundam's debut.
- Char's Counterattack had an amazing orchestral soundtrack, rivaling anything coming from major American productions. Especially notable are "Main Title" and "Nu Gundam", and ends with an excellent, although non-orchestral song by the name of "Beyond the Time".
- The latest live version takes this even further...
- As might be expected from a work by Hiroyuki Sawano, Gundam Unicorn's soundtrack is full of win. Of particular note are: "Unicorn", "Mobile Suit", "Laplace", "Full Frontal", "RX-0", and MADNUG. Any of these play up, and you know epicness is about to ensue. And on the other side of the coin are tracks such as the beautiful "The Univers" (sic), the wistful and majestic "Zero Gravity", and the downright uplifting "On Your Mark".
- Its theme songs are nothing to scoff at either. So far we've got: "Ryuusei no Namida", "Everlasting", "merry-go-round", "B-Bird", "BROKEN MIRROR", "RE:I AM", and "StarRingChild" (the latter two performed by Aimer).
- More recent episodes bring us such pieces as "Mobile Armor", Mobile Suit <W-REG MIX>", and "MAD-NUG".
- The third OST has "Banshee", "Gundam", "Psycho-field", and "Angelo".
- There are also some Heartwarming entries of note:
- First is "Remind You" from OST II, which is essentially "Unicorn" and "On Your Mark" with English lyrics that sums up the hopes and horrors of the Universal Century.
- Also, Cyua's "A Letter" from the first OST (and in a similar vein, "Audrey" from the third) both used in Episodes 1 and 5, respectively.
- The fourth OST doesn't disappoint either. It includes a remixed version of "Unicorn" as well as sweeping orchestral versions of "RE:I AM" and "Ryuusei no Namida". All while bringing back tracks from all the previous episodes, and even an orchestral remix of "Beginning" from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
- From the TV edition, we have the opening theme Into the Sky and ending theme Next 2 U.
- Never animated, but Hathaway and the Xi Gundam still got an exciting yet sorrowful theme song.
- Okay, so it's a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Imperial March, but the Crossbone Vanguard Theme is still made of awesome.
- The unused opening, Kimi o Mitsumete (The Time I'm Seeing You) makes you wish they stuck it in the movie somewhere.
- The ending song, Eternal Wind, which was actually stuck in the movie somewhere, is What Could Have Been at its finest.
- Fans are disappointed for many reasons that Crossbone Gundam has never been made into an anime... the kind of music the Crossbones get in video games is one of those reasons.
- Victory Gundam may be very depressing, but its first opening "Stand Up To the Victory" is still a bright, powerful song.
- The first ending "Winners Forever" is no slouch either.
- Wind Blows is both very beautiful and ironic.
- Its two insert songs are also very memorable due to their use in the final episodes: Shakti's song and the song used for the Reinforce Jr.'s sacrifice.
- The music that truly defines Victory however is Senju Akira's orchestral score, and is summed up nicely in this suite.
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
- "Moeagare Toushi - Ima Washiki Shukumei o Koete" note , the Shining Gundam / Shining Finger theme.
- "Kousaku Suru Kitai", the normal fight BGM in this series.
- "Waga Kokoro Meikyou Shisui - Saredo Kono Tenohira wa Rekka no Gotoku" note , the God Gundam / God Finger theme.
- "Sentou Danji ~ Kitae yo Katsu Tame ni" note , the theme for the debuting God Gundam (and later) Sekiha Tenkyoken. Also notable for being sung entirely in Cantonese.
- "Flying in the Sky", the first opening theme.
- "Trust You Forever", the second opening theme; after this song debuts, shit starts to get real in the show.
- "Saiyou no Shou ~ King of Heart" note , the theme of Shining Gundam's debut (also used in several hyperkinetic moments thereafter).
- "Kizu Dakare no Yume wo Nigiri Shimete" note , aka the Shining Finger theme song slowed down. Played during Heartwarming Moments such as the death of Master Asia and when Domon confesses his love to Rain.
- "Kyoudai Kasuru Yabou" note , the Hyper Mode theme.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
- "Last Impression". What starts out calm turns out to be very upbeat, classical and... AWESOME. A fitting end to the AC Saga. This song is always the song for Gundam Wing characters when they appear in Super Robot Wars for a reason. It kicks ass.
- "When the Dragon Swims, The World Ends" in the first episode where they introduce the Gundam pilots, and pretty much any song that uses Heero's motif.
- All of the boys' individual battle themes are awesome: Heero's "The Wings of a Boy Who Killed Adolescence" (whose tune is used in several other songs), Trowa's "In the Returned Scent of Blood and Gunpowder", Quatre's "Looking for Peace Hiding in the Corpse", and Duo's "The Black Wind Invites Death", though the latter is a wasted song and only ever shows up in G Generation games. Also, the aforementioned "When the Dragon Swims, Everything Ends" is Wu Fei's theme.
- And then, Heero and Duo got a Mid-Season Upgrade to "Legend of Zero" and "Hellraiser Returns".
- Trowa and Quatre's themes also got turned into slower pieces: "A Clown Does Not Need Makeup for Tears" and "Hourglass of Sadness," respectively. The two are the rawest themes from the show ("Hourglass" especially), and often play during tragic moments.
- "Zechs Comes". Too bad only bits and pieces of it ever got played in the series.
- TWO-MIX in general is pretty good. Their other three Gundam Wing theme songs ("Just Communication", "Rhythm Emotion", and "White Reflection"), while not quite as awesome as "Last Impression", are all excellent in their own right. Check 'em out before Nabiki overcharges for them.
- The Just Communication Instrumental: Played over the dub credits. The closest American viewers ever got to seeing/hearing the original TV show openings.
- ...And in celebration of Gundam's 30th anniversary, composer Toshihiko Sahashi created "Believe in Love", which is basically "Just Communication" taken to its absolute zenith, with help from the London Symphony Orchestra.
- Use the Cloak of Darkness, most memorable for the scene where Duo jumps a bunch of OZ mooks with the Deathscythe Hell. Much reaping ensues. "THE GOD OF DEATH IS BACK FROM HELL!"
- The Wing Zero appears for the first time. "Swinging Target" plays. Mook Horror Show ensues.
- "Gundams Are On Earth" first rolled out with the Toonami's airing of Endless Waltz, taking one part "Eternity & Infinity Are In These Hands", one part of Toonami's signature drum and bass and mixing them together into something that is undeniably badass.
- Treize's Theme, Man Who Makes History. Epic character gets equally epic theme music. And the first minute or so of "Enforcement Rush" gets special mention for being particularly badass.
- The Image Songs are nothing to sneeze either. Shigeru Nakahara (Trowa)'s "Ai wa Ryuusei", Toshihiko Seki (Duo)'s "GOOD LUCK & GOOD BYE" and Naoko Matsui (Dorothy)'s "Joy to My life" are all pretty nice themes.
- There's also TWO-MIX's Orchestral Version of "Last Impression". Which given the classical feel of the series is pretty fitting.
- Rhythm Emotion, Animetal style.
- Code Name: Heero Yuy, a jazz version of Heero's theme, is the tune used for the next episode previews. And it's amazing.
After War Gundam X
- Even the ill-fated Gundam X had a pair of excellent opening themes: "Dreams" and "Resolution."
- The first ending, Human Touch, has the sad distinction of being Warren Wiebe's last compostion before he took his life in 1998. It was also the first Gundam song composed by an American.
- "GX Dashes Out!"
- "A Great Power Approaches".
- "How Do You Know Me?"
- "Growling Space".
- "Satellite Cannon". An epic song befitting an epic weapon.
Turn A Gundam Turn A Gundam takes this Up to Eleven with the tradition of great Gundam music teamed up with Yoko Kanno and its awesome results:
- TURN A TURN, TURN A TURN, TUURN AAAAAA!!!!
- "Tsuki no Mayu"/"Moon's Cocoon" which serves not only as the second credits, but as an absolute Tear Jerker during scenes it's played, especially in the ending montage. See also "Moon", an arrangement sung with non-Japanese lyrics by "Gabriela Robin" (AKA Yoko Kanno herself).
- "Colors of the Wind"
- "Dark History"
- "Memory of Military Boots", which also doubles as a very catchy Ear Worm.
- "The First Advent ~ The God's Scorn", which is pretty much a slower version of "Dark History".
- "Second Advent ~ The Claws of God Strike the Beach"
- "Final Shore ~ Ah, to Meet Again"
- The orchestral concert version of "Felicity and Back to the River", which is beyond words.
- "After All", sung by Donna Burke for the movie, which serves to nail down the anime's (and arguably the entirety of Gundam) Bittersweet Ending. Especially if you listen closely to the lyrics.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
- From the first OST are: "Gundam Shutsugeki", "Kesshin", "Kanashimi", "Wazukana Fuan", "Heiwana Hoshi", "Shatei Kyori", "Namida", "Kaisou", "Hoshi e no Inori", and "Eien e no Shunkan".
- From the second OST we have: "Akatsuki no Kage", "Kuuchuu Shisei", "Tekiki Shuurai", "Senjou no Ketsui", "Kougeki Taisei", "Heiwa no Inori", "Seisen no Gishin", "Sajin no Machi", "Kodoku", "Chijousen", "Kawaki no Yume", "Sentou Butai", and "Strike Shutsugeki".
- From the third OST are "Justice and Freedom", "Yuukouda Geki", "Kouhoushien", "Senkou no Hate ni", "Countdown", "Sekibetsu no Shizuku", "The Secret of Birth", "Yuujou no Boueisen", "Shutsugeki Meirei", "Yuujou no Keiyaku", "Aku no 3 Heiki", "Kodoku no Senritsu", "Itsuwari no Yuujou", "Shizukanaru Hanran", and "Fly! Freedom".
- "Saikisen", which only played in one episode of the series. And that was Kira and Athrun's final battle with each other.
- "Prophecy of the End", perfectly summing up everyone's reaction to GENESIS being unleashed.
- "Shizuka na Yoru ni" and "Mizu no Akashi".
- Pick a random OP/ED/insert song from either series, and more often than not, you'll find it qualifies for this category. See-Saw, Nami Tamaki, T.M. Revolution and FictionJunction YUUKA. And there's even more...
- "Meteor", also known as "Kira's asskicking music".
- "Moment", the second OP of Gundam Seed.
- "Theme of Rain" is tearjerkingly beautiful.
- And now with the HD Remastered Edition of Gundam SEED, we get new versions of "Anna ni Issho Datta no ni", "Shizuka na Yoru ni", "Akatsuki no Kuruma", and "Mizu no Akashi". We also got a brand new ending: "Distance" by FictionJunction.
- "Ignited". Probably kicks a lot of ass in terms of awesomeness.
- "PRIDE" (the second opening theme) by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR. Hell yes.
- "Reason", the first ending theme, is Hot-Blooded to the max.
- "Kanashimi no Stella" is heartbreakingly beautiful.
- And then we have Stella's image song, "Shinkai no Kodoku". Just as pretty, and just as heartbreaking.
- "Youki to Bishoumi" is what makes Dearka, Yzak and Athrun teaming up again so awesome early on in the series.
- "Kyouki no Hate", played when the Destroy goes on its horror-laden rampage.
- "Kuroi Hadou", Shinn's battle theme towards the end, complete with Ominous Latin Chanting.
- "Sakebi to Gekitetsu", played as Athrun and Mu race to destroy the Requiem. The finale of Destiny doesn't measure up to the one in SEED, but the music for it certainly does.
- "Gaia x Chaos x Abyss", the theme for the Extendeds early on in the show (coincidentally, this is when they're legitimately badass).
- "Launch! Impulse" is a majestic theme for a Gundam launching sequence. It is reused as one of Shinn's themes in SD Gundam Generation Wars.
- "Kira, True To His Feelings". Kira may have taken some actions during Destiny that were questionable, but his theme music is unquestionably badass.
- No matter what you think of Lacus Clyne during Destiny, you cannot deny that "Fields of hope" is one of the most beautiful songs ever featured in a Gundam show.
- "Honoo no Tobira" is Akatsuki no Kuruma's triumphant successor, played right as Cagalli pilots the Akatsuki for the first time to defend Orb from ZAFT.
- "Hoshi no Tobira", the very touching ending theme for the 3-part OVA series.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
- Gundam 00 features a beautiful score by Kenji Kawai, but don't just take our word for it. Season one gives us "Alarm Bell", "Intervention", "Innovation", "Power", "Setsuna", "League", "Imperial Princess", "Seizure", "Expectation", "Reason", "Fight", "Recover", "Counterattack", and "Scenery".
- Special mention to "Union", played first during Graham Aker's first encounter with the Exia.
- "Possibility", played during the first battle between the UN Army's GN-X mobile suits and the Gundam Thrones, and again during the 'Break Pillar' incident in Season 2 with Celestial Being, Katharon, Coup d'etat forces, the EFF, and even A-Laws working together to save the cities on the ground in heartwarming and well-animated scene.
- From the second season are "Distortion", "Strike", "00 Gundam", "Take Off", "Power Attack", "Innovator", "Restart", "0 Raiser", "00 Raiser", "Masurao", "Trans-Am Raiser", and "Decisive Battle".
- "Unlimited Sky" played during Allelujah and Marie's tearjerking reunion in Season 2.
- The awesome opening themes are "DAYBREAK'S BELL", "Ash Like Snow", "Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi (Fleeting and Everlasting Sorrow)", and "Namida no Mukou (Beyond the Tears)"; the equally awesome ending themes are "Wana (Trap)", "Friends", "Prototype", and "trust you".
- The Movie's score is just as impressive as the series', with such gems as "Envoy from Jupiter", "The Battle of Strangers", "ELS ~ Impregnability", "Final Mission ~ Quantum Burst", and "We are Celestial Being".
- The themes from the movie are "CHANGE" and "Tozasareta Sekai".
Mobile Suit Gundam Age
- Gundam AGE's choice of opening themes are nothing short of impressive. From the upbeat "Asu e" and the hopeful "sharp #" to the epic "REAL" and the moving "AURORA", you'll inevitably find a song to enjoy for a long time.
- So far, every generation's protagonist has their own personal theme for whenever they're about to do something awesome.
- KOKIA's "Memorial days" is this and a serious Tear Jerker especially if you know Yurin's fate.
- "Kimi to Boku wa Soko ni Ita", the insert song of Episode 17 is pretty catchy.
- "Kimi to Ita Hibi" is the song that plays when Kio, Lu, and Deen are enjoying a day out together, shortly before Lu dies.
- "Kesshi no Senjou (Desperate Battlefield)" makes for some pretty epic fights.
- "Kyoushuu" is nothing to scoff at either.
- "Veigan Shuurai" is pretty good.
- "Zeydra" is quite catchy.
- "Kyouki no Kougeki". It's the "Oh Crap! here come the Vagan!" music from Gen 2. More specifically, it starts out as Desil's attack theme; the title translates roughly to "Attack of Madness"
- The Tear Jerker song "Hitotsu no Owari" for whenever a beloved character dies.
- "Kanashimi wo Kakero".
- "Hametsu no Kaze (Wind of Doom)", sets the tone for several fights in the third generation, usually involving Zeheart.
- "Gundam AGE-FX". Whatever you think of the story arc it appeared in, it had some badass theme music.
- Not to be outdone, "Zeheart's Legilis" gets some epic guitar rhythms.
- SID joins in the fun with "Saikyou no Teki (Strongest Enemy)", a fittingly creepy and intimidating theme.
- "Innen no Taiketsu (Duel of Fate)", the theme for the final confrontations between Zeheart and Asemu.
- "Kyodai na Henbou", when this plays, something bad is going to happen.
- "Tatakai no Hibuta", the battle theme for the final few episodes.
- "Fritto no Nichijou" will light up your day.
The Near Future
Gundam Build Fighters
- Just a few episodes in and the opening, BACK-ON's "Nibun no Ichi" proves to be a refreshingly welcome addition to the growing list of memorable Gundam songs.
- AiRI's "Imagination > Reality", the first ending theme, is quite catchy as well.
- The 2nd opening, "wimp" by BACK-ON and featuring Lil' Fang from FAKY is filled with meaningful lyrics, and the opening animation matches the song well.
- Tatsuya Yuuki's theme "The Crimson Comet ~ The Usual Flamenco at Three Times the Passion". Nothing quite like a little bit of flamenco to cement Yuuki as a badass Gunpla fighter.
- And if that's not enough for you, there's always "Meijin ~ The Usual Flamenco at ''Six'' Times the Passion".
- "Mwahahaha, scared?", the electronic/flamenco theme that plays during the Meijin vs. Renato Brothers fight.
- "Allied Force", which perfectly fits its use in Episode 15, chronicling Fellini & Fenice's history together, and their Heroic Second Wind.
- When "1/48" plays, you know shit is about to get real. This perfectly fits the intimidating nature of the 1/48 Mega Size Zaku II. It's also a striking track during the first half of Reiji vs. Aila in Episode 21.
- "Samurai Edge" is resident Japanophile Nils Neilsen's theme for whenever he's kicking ass in his Sengoku Astray. It's also the theme that plays when Sei's dad arrests the mafioso who was sabotaging the match.
- "Aila" is nothing short of a beautiful, emotional theme for said character. The heartwrenching tone of the song works incredibly well when Reiji learns the truth about Aila.
- "QuickAttack", the main battle theme, is perfectly suited for the fast-paced battles—and that's before the Ominous Latin Chanting kicks in.
- "PowerResonance", the theme played during the Reiji vs. Mao fight.
- Whenever the title track "GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS" plays, it usually means that either something awesome has happened or something awesome already has happened.
- The first opening theme, "Cerulean" by BACK-ON, which really sets the tone of the show and accompanies Build Burning Gundam's reveal, as well as the Sudden Death round between Sekai and Wilfred in the tournament finals.
- Given that Try shares its soundtrack with its parent show, this is to be expected, but the new OST isn't too shabby at all, especially the Jigen Haoh theme (called, appropriately enough, "Clear and Serene").
- Special mention goes to the tenth track of OST 1, "These Hands of Mine Shine With a Roar", used in scenes where Sekai is going in for the win. It was most memorably heard in Episode 9, when he has fully assimilated with Build Burning.
- One can be sure that awesome things happen when "Bell of Requiem" starts playing. Especially if the G-Portent is on-screen as this song is playing.
- Tryon-3's theme is chock-full of Super Robot hotblooded goodness.
The Post-Disaster Era
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
- "Raise your flag" by Man With A Mission, the series' first opening theme. Also used to accompany the Dynamic Entry reveal of the Gundam Barbatos.
- "Orphans no Namida". MISIA, singing a ballad with bluesy/jazzy elements in a powerful yet silky voice, gives us a strong contender for best Gundam anime ending.
- "Senka no Tomoshibi", by Yuuko Suzuhana from WAGAKKI BAND, which plays during the end of Episode 19 during the Reentry Scare.