Beautiful Anime Soundtracks from K-Pop Idols
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In this article, we are going to talk about some of the K-Pop idols who sang for anime soundtracks. What does “anime” mean? “Anime” is the popular way the Japanese refer to “animation”, hand-drawn and computer animation, which means all forms of animated media. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastical themes.
There’s no doubt that one of the important aspects of a good anime is its soundtracks. Usually, the soundtracks for anime are catchy songs that make the audience jam into it or a song that slightly refers to the anime’s story. It’s no unusual nowadays to have K-Pop idols or soloists to sing for the anime soundtracks, too. And now, without any further ado, let’s get to the list of anime songs that sung by our beloved K-Pop idols and soloists! Stay tuned with us, and keep scrolling down!
Kwon Bo-ah, or people known her as BoA (권보아 in Korean), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Dubbed the “Queen of K-pop”, BoA has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers throughout her career. She was born in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on November 5, 1986.
She became the first Korean pop star to break through in Japan, following the fall of the barriers that had restricted the import and export of entertainment between the countries since the end of World War II. Then, BoA did so many beautiful soundtracks for animes. Let’s check out the list of her songs for the animes.
- Every Heart for Inuyasha on March 13, 2002
- Masayume Chasing for Fairy Tail on July 23, 2014
Younha, or Go Youn-ha (고윤하 in Korean), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer. She began her career in 2004 in Japan, where she was nicknamed the “Oricon Comet” for her success on the Japanese music chart, according to some news portals. Then, in 2006, she debuted in South Korea, where she is regarded as one of the country’s best singer-songwriters. Younha was born in Seoul, South Korea on April 29, 1988.
As a teenager, Younha said she went to as many as 20 auditions with South Korean record labels, but was rejected because she wasn’t “pretty enough to become a star.” As a result, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue a singing career in Japan. Younha later attended Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where she majored in Japanese. Here are some of Younha’s songs that became anime soundtracks.
- Houkiboshi for BLEACH in 2004
- Hakanaku Tsuyoku for Kiba in 2006/2007
- Kioku for RIDEBACK in 2009
TVXQ is a South Korean pop duo consisting of Yunho and Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki (東方神起 in Japanese) in their Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an abbreviation of their Korean name, Dong Bang Shin Ki (동방신기 in Korean), which means “Rising Gods of the East.”
TVXQ began as a five-member boy-band composed of members U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. But then, unfortunately, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu attempted to split from their Korean agency S.M. Entertainment in 2010.
Like BoA and Younha, TVXQ has done songs for anime soundtracks. Here are the songs that TVXQ sang for them.
- Asu wa Kuru Kara for ONE PIECE in 2006
- Share The World for ONE PIECE in 2009
- We Are for ONE PIECE in 2009
F.T. Island (에프티 아일랜드 in Korean) is short for Five Treasure Island. F.T. Island is a South Korean rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2007. The band currently consists of main vocalist Lee Hong-gi, bassist Lee Jae-jin, and drummer Choi Min-hwan.
Here are the songs from F.T. Island that became the soundtracks for anime.
- Satisfaction for Toriko in 2011
- Neverland for Azuma in 2012
2PM is a South Korean boy-band formed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Jun.K (formerly known as Junsu), Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho, and Chansung. According to some news portals, actually Park Jin-young (or JYP) formed an eleven-member band known as One Day, but eventually the band was split into 2PM and a similar, but independent group known as 2AM.
Here is the song that 2PM did for an anime.
- Take Off for Ao no Exorcist in 2011