Anime, usually defined as Japanese animation, is a wide source of many songs used in Nico Nico Douga medleys.
What is anime?
In Japanese terms, anime (アニメ) means any kind of animation in general, but in the West, it is widely used as a synonym specifically for Japanese animation. Even though it hasn't been long since its introduction to the western world along with manga, anime has gained considerable popularity partially due to its exotic art style. Some of the most well-known titles in the West are Pokémon, Dragon Ball and Naruto.
Some of the famous ones
A brief list of some popular anime series on Nico Nico Douga and some of their songs:
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: The "everybody's favorite anime", this series is famous for its huge fanbase and dance used for the first season's ending song, Hare Hare Yukai. This anime is about the daily life of the SOS Brigade, created by school girl Haruhi Suzumiya for searching time travelers, aliens and espers and to "have fun with them". Story is told from the perspective of Kyon, the main male character of the series, who meets the exact above types of people, and finds out that Haruhi has powers to warp reality without her own knowledge.
Bouken Desho Desho? - Opening song of the first season.
Hare Hare Yukai - Ending song of the first season.
Koi no Mikuru Densetsu - Opening song of the 1st episode by broadcast order, but 11th by original chronological order and 25th by current chronological order (see the page for information about airing order).
God knows... - Insert song from the 12th episode.
Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite. - Character song for Yuki Nagato.
Maggare ↓ Spectacle - Character song for Itsuki Koizumi.
- Lucky Star: Based on the popular manga of the same name, Lucky Star follows the high school lives of a group of students. It has gained major popularity in Nico Nico Douga by videos and character songs.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Based on a one-man
Started as an one-man doujin game ("sound novel"), Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a mystery anime about a peaceful country town called Hinamizawa, in June 1983. Keiichi Maebara, who moves in, finds it a happy place. However, the series takes a sinister turn quickly - it is really a mystery series, although the beginnings of each arc usually are comedic, peaceful scenes. As games, each arc was released separately.
You - Ending song of the Meakashi-hen arc's game.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Opening song of the first season.
Naraku no Hana - Opening song from the second season
Taishou a - Ending song of the second season.
Na no Desu - Character song for Hanyuu Furude.