Although anime music is fun to listen to on it’s own, many people like to manipulate the songs to fit their own interest. This is how we get anime remixes, nightcore, gender switched songs, covers. Each of these are activities fans enjoy to do to feel closer to an anime or just for fun.
Yui from Angel Beats (Found of Zerochan.net)
Anime song remixes/mash-ups are probably the most uncommon way to changing anime songs. Remixing requires a good remixing program and a musical ability to mix two songs together. When it is done really well it is amazing, but it ends in train-wrecks a lot. My friend, Issue.Shah, enjoys making his own remixes, and lately he has been taking anime instumentals and adding rap songs over them. It is really impressive, and I plan to share his music later.
Here is one of my favorite mixes: It is by Kino and it is a mix of Connect, the opening of Madoka Magica, and Be Starters, the opening of Mayo Chiki, mixed into one great song. Click Here to Listen.
Nightcore is a specifically speeding up the speed of a song, and it also changes the pitch of the song. This is the easiest and most popular way to change an anime song. Simple music programs can be used to just speed up a song. It does take some listening to make sure the song isn’t to high or to fast. Usually people make interesting videos on youtube to go with their nightcore songs.
Here is a nighcore version of Courage the second opening for Sword Art Online II by StrikeKanata Nightcore NEW.
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For anime songs, people enjoy pitching the song up or down to make it sound like the opposite gender sang the specific song. This can easily be done using a simple music program, like Audacity. It is a little harder than nightcore because you should make sure it doesn’t sound bad at the new pitch it got changed to. Some songs just don’t sound good pitched too. Gender switching usually happens for anime that usually has a group of a single gender group. One example is for the songs sung by the group µ’s from Love Live School Idol Project, many of their songs have male versions.
Here is a “male” version of Snow Halation from Love Live School Idol Project Season II (insert song), by zeir -chan.
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Here is a “Female” Version of Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi from Vampire Knight opening 1, by Varian.
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I believe there are less male versions made than female versions. I don’t listen to gender switched songs often, so if I am opening to learning more. Leave a comment on the bottom, and I will add it to this post and credit you.
There are many different kinds of covers people can make. A cover can either be sung or played by an instrument. For instrument covers, usually people have to write out the song themselves. It can be difficult or easy depending on who is doing it. A lot of people do drum covers and guitar covers. I personally find violin covers of songs interesting because I play violin. Anything that makes a sound can be considered an instrument too.
My two favorite instrument covers are a violin cover of Only My Railgun, the first opening of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun series. It is by TAM TAMUSIC. Click Here to Listen
My other favorite is a cover of Cutie Panter, a µ’s song that is sung by the BiBi group within µ’s. I enjoy this cover because it is all played on a metal ruler. This is by 陳威. Click Here to Listen
Another way to cover songs is either singers sing the Japanese version of a song or they translate the song into another language and sing it. From personal experience, translating songs can be fun, but it is also difficult. Also it can be hard to find someone comfortable with singing the song. There are many English voice actresses/actors that sing English versions of anime songs they enjoy or worked in.
Here is a cover of Brothers by Vic Mignonia, the voice actor for Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist. Brothers is also from Full Metal Alchemist. Click Here to Listen
Here is a cover of Renai Circulation from the Bakemonogatari series. The lyrics are written by Y. Chang and the vocals are done by Lizz. Click Here to Listen
Here is a cover of Every Heart from Inuyasha. This is by Nylon Pink, but I am not sure how good this cover is. I don’t listen to fandubs of Japanese songs because I am scared it could be bad. Click Here to Listen
There are many ways to have fun changing anime music to fit different people’s preferences. It can be fun to try it and add to the collection.