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Foreigners Say “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” Is the Best Anime Song

TV Asahi held a poll in which foreigners voted for what they think is the best anime song, with “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from Neon Genesis Evangelion coming in first place. 1760 anime fans who live in countries outside of Japan participated in this poll. [Thanks, Oricon!]

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Here are the Top 20 Anime Songs, according to foreign fans:

  1. Cruel Angel’s Thesis” – Neon Genesis Evangelion
  2. Idol” – Oshi no Ko
  3. Song of Voltes V” – Voltes V
  4. Unravel” – Tokyo Ghoul
  5. Kickback” – Chainsaw Man
  6. Blue Bird” – Naruto Shippuden
  7. Specialz” – Jujutsu Kaisen
  8. We Are!” – One Piece
  9. Again” – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  10. Ao no Sumika” – Jujutsu Kaisen
  11. Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)” – Gintama
  12. Gurenge” – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  13. Cha-La Head-Cha-La” – Dragon Ball Z
  14. ButterFly” – Digimon Adventure
  15. Silhouette” – Naruto Shippuden
  16. Kaiki Kitan” – Jujutsu Kaisen
  17. Tank!” – Cowboy Bebop
  18. Akuma no Ko” – Attack on Titan
  19. Shinzou wo Sasageyo” – Attack on Titan
  20. Guren no Yumiya” – Attack on Titan

The ages of the fans who answered this poll are unknown. Most of these songs are classics that have been very popular since they came out. There is a much longer version of the list that appeared on the show in which TV Asahi revealed the results.

For example, we know that “Mezase! Pokemon Master” from Pokemon was in 36th place. RIca Matsumoto, who sang it and voices Ash in the Japanese dub of Pokemon, was a guest on the show.

Those who disagree with some of the entries on this list may want to keep an eye out for future opportunities to tell the world what the best anime song is.


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