The opening and end themes of an anime are vital elements of a series, sometimes gaining recognition on par with the show itself. While there are a number of well-known and loved end themes in anime, nobody ever talks about the end themes in H shows. That’s no surprise, of course, since hentai is very much a niche genre within a niche genre and nobody watches hentai to listen to the end themes. And while there are a number of famous voice actors and singers who’ve performed songs for anime, I doubt many singers want a song in their discography that was used in a cartoon packed with rape and tears. Even so, there are a number of songs in ero anime that I like. A few months back, Fabienne wrote a post about his favorite anime ED themes of 2010; here’s a few of my favorite h-anime ED themes.
Mugen Renga (Taimanin Asagi)
The end theme “Mugen Renga” from Taimanin Asagi is sung by Oda Chieri with backing rap vocals supplied by Shock “S” and is produced by Meeon. It’s an uptempo theme which matches will with the spastic, frenetic pace of the show. Meeon has done a number of other songs and has a Myspace page with some of his other work, a list of his songs with audio samples, and a blog which hasn’t been updated in a couple of months. He does respond to his English-speaking fans though, which is very nice of him. Lyrics for the full version of the song can be found here. I wish Pixy would make an album of end themes available for purchase, since I really like this song; the full version isn’t too hard to find if you look around, though.
Dream Vision (Makai Kishi Ingrid)
This is the end theme “Dream Vision” to Makai Kishi Ingrid, a follow-up of sorts to Taimanin Asagi. It’s sung by Rui Yakushi with production by LOVE★ROCKS. Unlike Mugen Renga, this is a much softer, wispier song, with a melancholy piano melody providing the only accompaniment to the lyrics. I’m not sure that the song’s plaintive tone matches the tenor of the show, but I like it a lot. I’m not sure if a full version of the song was ever released, but it would be a shame if none exists.
unknown (Toriko Hime)
The end theme of Toriko Hime seems to have been sung by an individual named Corrado, but I’m not certain what the name of the song is. Curiously, this song is performed by a male vocalist and curiously, it’s sung in English, though there’s a bit of an accent that suggests the singer is Japanese. It’s also a pensive song, which is a bit odd since Toriko Hime is a show about high school girls who get molested in prison. I like this song a lot and unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find more information about it. The video above comes from the second episode; I came across a Niconico video that contains the end theme from the first episode, which has slightly different lyrics and music. Curiously, it cuts some of the dialogue that overlaps the lead-in instrumental in the OVA and loops a couple of times, so I wonder where the clip comes from. At any rate, I used an audio ripper to extract the music, and you can download it here.
Ruri no Tori (Kara no Shoujo)
Kara no Shoujo is an ero game developed by Innocent Grey which received an h-anime adaptation by Platinum Milky last year. The theme song of the game is called “Ruri no Tori” and is sung by Haruka Shimotsuki; an abbreviated version was used in the credits scroll of the anime. The Youtube video provides the full version of the song.
Rengoku (Cartagra – Tsuki kurui no Yamai)
Also sung by Haruka Shimotsuki, “Rengoku” is the theme song to Innocent Grey’s ero visual novel Cartagra. The game precedes Kara no Shoujo, as does the h-anime adaptation. Stylistically similar to the later song, I can hear a few similarities to a couple of songs from the Ar Tonelico II soundtrack, which is no surprise since the singer contributed the singing voices for Aurica and Luca Trulyworth. Lyrics and a translation for this song can be found here.
unknown (Kateikyoushi no Onee-san 2)
First things first, this video is NSFW. Second, I have no idea who the performer is or what the song’s title is, but this is the end theme to the h-anime Kateikyoushi no Onee-san 2. It’s an upbeat song with a funky beat and, like the ED of Pink Pineapple’s Stringendo, a rap verse. Catchy. Fun show, too.
untitled (Wa Wana – Hakudaku Mamireno Houkago)
This video is also NSFW. Like a lot of h-anime, the end theme to Wa Wana – Hakudaku Mamireno Houkago is an instrumental song sans vocals but unlike a lot of h-anime, it employs a jazzy number instead of the typical guitar chords or synthesizers. It’s an upbeat tune with a horn, double bass, piano, and a catchy guitar riff in the middle. What’s really funny about it – depending on how you look at things – is that you hear this theme right after the main character gets gang raped by a couple dozen guys and is left crying and broken on the floor. Dissonant isn’t the most appropriate term to describe it, but it’s hilarious to hear the overlap between the heroine’s sobbing and the slow, deliberate bassline. I like the song and I’m really looking forward to the second OVA episode, which has Maiko-sensei – my favorite character in the show – getting her turn. I hope she doesn’t get too messed up in the end, though, since I like her.