Anime themes started off with performances by hired choral groups and songs written entirely with the plot of characters of the show in mind, but as J-pop and J-rock replaced traditional music in popularity, anime studios one by one began to look to the top and most interesting artists of the industry to discover material worthy of opening and closing the shows. Many fantasy titles, however, are passing up on the modern sounds of pop, rock, and rap in favor of tracks a little bit more traditional, nostalgic, and even otherworldly. After all, most fantasy heroes live in a time well before the invention of electric guitars, synthesizers, and female idols, so going foregoing modern music actually helps the atmosphere in most cases.
Love the inventive and soothing style of fantasy anime themes? Here are five great tracks to check out.