Anime openings and endings feature a variety of Japanese artists such as LiSA, GRANRODEO, UVERworld, and Flow. The catchy openings and endings make the anime more memorable and increase the popularity of each artist.
K-pop, short for Korean pop music, has grown in popularity in the western world with the increasing presence of artists like BTS, BlackPink, and Ateez. Sometimes K-pop groups or soloists sing the end or opening of mainstream shows. Having a song in an anime has helped more artists be recognized by a wider audience.
“TOP” by Stray Kids – Tower of God Opening 1
Stray Kids, which debuted in 2018, is a South Korean boy band under JYP Entertainment. The group has eight members: Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and IN. In 2020, Stay Kids released their first Japanese single. ABOVE, which contained two tracks. “TOP” was the opening of the anime god tower, while “Slump” was the ending song.
God’s tower is a Spring 2020 anime based on the Korean webtoon of the same name. The story follows Twenty-Fifth Bam as he climbs the tower in search of his girlfriend Rachel. On his journey he meets new friends, faces many challenges and learns secrets about the mysterious tower.
“Forget Me” not by Enhypen – Re-Main Opening 1
Enhypen is a seven-piece boy band under Belift Lab that debuted in 2020. The group consists of Jungwon, Sunoo, Jay, Ni-ki, Sunhoon, Heeseung, and Jake. In 2021, the group released their single BORDER: Hakanai. The album featured the song “Forget Me Not”, which became the opening theme of the 2021 sports anime Remain.
The anime follows the athlete Minato Kiyomizu. After a car accident, he lost all his memories, including his time on his middle school water polo team. Now, as a freshman in high school, he must relearn how to play the sport he once loved.
“Everlasting Shine” by Tomorrow x Together – Black Clover opening 12
In 2019, Tomorrow x Together debuted under BigHit Music. The boy band, commonly referred to as TXT, consists of five members: Soobin, Hueningkai, Yeonjun, Beomgyu and Taehyun. The group released their single THEATRE in 2020 with three songs. “Everlasting Shine”, the second track from the single, was a Japanese song used as the twelfth opening for Black clover.
Black clover First aired in 2017. The anime follows Asta, a boy who is unable to use magic in a world ruled by mages. He joins the magic knights of the clover kingdom to become the wizard king. “Everlasting Shine” was the last opening of the Elven reincarnation arc before Asta traveled to the Heartrealm.
“Win” by Cix – God of High School Ending 1
Cix is a five member group formed by C9 Entertainment. Members BX, Seunghun, Hyunsuk, Yonghee and Jinyoung debuted their EP in 2019 “Hello” Chapter 1. Hello, stranger. In 2020, Cix released their single “Win”, which would later become the ending for the summer anime God Of High School.
Adapted from a Korean webtoon, The god of high school follows taekwondo fighter Jin Mori. The God of High School Tournament has begun and he intends to win. The martial arts tournament allows for any style of martial arts and the winner’s wishes are granted with victory.
“Masayume Chasing” by BoA – Fairy Tail Opening 15
Known as the “Queen of K-Pop,” BoA is a South Korean singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actress. She debuted her first album in late 2000, I WOULD; Peace B, and has since gained popularity internationally, particularly in Japan. “Masayume Chasing” was featured on the 2014 single of the same name. It was the fifteenth opening theme for the anime fairy tale.
fairy tale follows the magician Lucy Heartfilia as she travels the land of Fiore with her friends from her guild. Opening 15 began in episode 176 during the Grand Magic Games Arc and ran through episode 188.
K-pop’s popularity has increased over the years as it has gained prominence in the West. As a result, anime and K-pop sometimes clash, producing many catchy and memorable openings for fans.