Ranking the 25 Ninja Slayer Ending themes.

vlcsnap-2015-12-31-16h46m14s721For me, there is no question that Ninja Slayer From Animation provided some of the best Ending themes of the year and should be recognized for that, sure all that is animated is a up crawl between some buildings with some of the characters that are featured in a certain episode and it’s nothing compared to something like Blood Blockade Battlefront ending.

So since I’m going to be home for all of New Years Eve, I’m going to finish the year off by ranking all the Ninja Slayer Endings and providing my thoughts on all of them, sadly I can’t link all of the tracks on here but you can check the TV versions out on Viewster or Funimation.

So lets start this WASSHOI!

#25 – Episode 12 – NEO CYBER MADNESS by skillkills

This is at the bottom because this song just goes over my head, plus rap isn’t my favorite genre to listen to, this song is just messy and I after multiple listens, I can’t get into it, there is nothing in this song that interests me, sorry Skillkills.

#24 – Episode 20 – Doro no Ame by Ningen Isu

One of the slowest endings of Ninja Slayer and one of my least favorite, not to say that this song is bad at all, the vocals are good and when it hits it’s groove, it can be entertaining but it hits a brick wall by the end of it, it’s a frustrating song and I just can’t get into it but that can just be my taste

#23 – Episode 24 – KHAKKHARA by Sawagi

The first of are instrumentals, the theme has a electronic build-up that succeeds in making you bang your head, the drumming is pretty frikken sweet as well, especially at the end of the song, it’s biggest problem is that the full version does the exact same thing twice which unfortunately makes this more forgettable compared to most on this list, thus why it’s at 24.

#22 – Episode 14 – Mondana (NINJA MIX)  by Akai Koen

Mondana is the closest being a ‘generic ED J-pop theme’ but it being a Ninja Mix helps the song alot, the mix of instruments you would here in Ninja media helps the song be more than that but all it does is make it decent.

#21 – Episode 21 – Hight Speed by MOJA

The last ‘decent’ song on my list is Hight Speed, it’s a nuts song at the start but it randomly fumbles around half-way until it picks up again, its just that bit that ruins an otherwise good hard rock song.

#20 – Episode 10: Jag Jag by Sawagi

I like this one more than Sawagi’s other entry but it’s still a bit bland to listen to, it’s got some good build-up, I like the riff and how the song explodes with instruments at the mid-point but that’s about it.

#19 – Episode 05 – RADIO by 6EYES

This one has grown on me, the vocals aren’t the best but I love the instrumental that happens at the end of the song, it has this pretty sweet guitar solo and with a hard hitting ending, I like it.

#18 – Episode 25 – JETT REASON by Guitar Wolf

I have no idea how this song has made it to this spot but hey, shows that I like mental punk rock, featured in the parody ‘re-cap’ episode, this song is insane, Guitar Wolf go all out with this theme, what you are listening to is actually the full song of it, I sometimes wish what a longer version would be like, maybe I shouldn’t be wishing for that.

#17 – Episode 19 – Alone by SCAM CIRCLE

Mellow as hell this theme, an electronic instrumental that features a interesting addition of xylophone (or chimes, i’m not 100% sure), it really sells the song, a good song to put on some headphones and relax.

#16 – Episode 13: “Purple My Ghost” by Drop’s (ep 13)

Some really cool soul rock next for anyone into that, Drop’s female vocalist sounds really good here and while it could be higher, I just don’t listen to it compared to others on here, it’s good stuff.

#15 – Episode 11: Aurashi No Ken by Boris 

I like Boris Instrumental track more for it’s full ED version which is full of YEEART’S and YEEEEEEEEEART’S, forgive me, at least it’s a good head banger.

#14 – Episode 09: Hide by 80KIDZ

Hide is a mechanical raw instrumental theme, it’s grown on me quite a bit, it can be a bit repetitive which is a slight flaw but I enjoy listening to it in my car.

#13 – Episode 18 – Dr.K by taffy

I like Taffy alot and hearing that they would be doing a 2nd ending, I was excited to hear what they would put out, it’s not as good as the 1st ED they did but it’s still a charming little song.

#12 – Episode 17 – TEAR OF THE PIERROT by MINE (ep 17)

Much like my thoughts on Mondana, this feels like another boring J-pop song however, this is such a guilty pleasure, I love this guitar in this song, it’s amazing, it’s also vocally pleasing and doesn’t outstay it’s welcome on the full ED, I really like this one.

#11 – Episode 07 – Ninja Prayer by Shinichi Osawa

What I really like about this theme is it’s simplicity, a very quiet theme that sounds really good, probably my favorite out of the electronic instrumentals, great to hum to as well.

#10 – Episode 15 – Fantastic Magic by TK from Ling Tosite SIGURE

Top 10 is where it became very difficult to rank, Fantastic Magic is at number 10 due to it sounding like another TK track, it’s still a brilliant track though, it has that energy especially in the chorus. I was even surprised that he even had a ED on Ninja Slayer.

#9 – Episode 22 – Sick Hack- Ninsatsu Ver. by memento mori

I must again evoke again that I’m not a fan of rap but I do really like it in this track, it’s actually a rock song I would listen to in the 90’s, the full track is totally worth listening to, full of energy and soul, it’s really good stuff.

#8 – Episode 8 – Suicidal Bunny by taffy

The best Taffy song, at first I thought the drone guitars and the vocals didn’t fit this but it’s grown on my throughout the summer, I also like how the chorus builds up, worth hunting down the full version of this.

#7 – Episode 6 – Ninja Slayer by ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK

(Slayer)
I’M YOUR SLAYER
(Slayer)
I’M A NINJA SLAYER

#6 – Episode 1 (and 26) – Kilmister by Boris

Boris brought there A-game to the first Ninja Slayer ED, if this was going to be the only ending a Ninja Slayer, I would of been satisfied, full rock’n’roll which make me shout “WOO!” during it, love it.

#5 – Episode 16 – NINJA SOUL by GEEKS

This song is amazing, a bit of Queen in there surprisingly but it’s a full on rock song, it very rarely stops and I love it, one of the best ED’s of the second half of Ninja Slayer alongside one of my controversial picks…

#4 – Episode 23 – Body by Lillies and Remains 

… you see I love Interpol, Joy Division, Editors which are all similar in sound, same now goes to Lillies and Remains, this song is really cool and I love it to bits, it’s also one of the songs that is fully English, sure there is more entertaining tracks above but somehow I can’t stop listening to this.

#3 – Episode 3 – Gekijou Shihainin no Theme by The Pinballs

This was my overall favorite song for a long time, I would listen to the TV version of this song a ton and I still love it’s energy, after listening to the Full version, it hasn’t wow’ed me as much as the 1st listen but it’s still brilliant

#2 – Episode 2 – Halo Of Sorrow From ANIMATION by Melt-Banana

I thought Boris’s ED was great, then I heard this a week later and boy I was blown away, this is what I wanted to see more from anime endings and Trigger delivered by allowing Melt-banana to make a track, I love how insane this track is and I am firmly a fan of this band now.

#1 – Episode 4 – SRKEEN by 8otto 

This track is pure funk rock & I can listen to this track for months and never get bored of it, the full track of this song is phenomenal, the chorus is catchy which makes me shout “OH YEAH!, OH YEAH!”, it’s easily my favorite ending of Ninja Slayer.

Sadly I don’t think we will get a 2nd season of Ninja Slayer but if they do, I really hope they do something similar, most of the music is varied and fun to listen to, I have purchased both the ED compilation albums and will be in my collection for a very long time.

I just wanted to share my thoughts on this, Happy New Year to everyone!

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Thunderbirds are GO! episode 8 – 2060: A Space Odyssey

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Last episode we discovered that a rogue AI that John Tracy was working on has been set loose, now it has returned to Thunderbird 5 to cause John some problems.

The episode begins with the rogue AI named ‘EOS’ has fooled John into going outside of Thunderbird 5 and it locks John so he can’t get in, the AI then takes over the communication’s of the space station and uses a fake John hologram to report to the International rescue base, that everything is fine.

John himself tries to find way to warn that the AI has taken over Thunderbird 5,  including giving signals to Lady Penelope and after a couple of attempts, they finally figure of what has happened and Alan in Thunderbird 3 is launched to rescue John and to stop this AI.

This episode really did feel like a kids version of Space Odyssey, except for the ending I guess, it’s cool that we actually see John is danger in this episode, plus we see the way he lives on the ship which was nice.

I actually thought for a moment that this episode was going to be a 2-parter after they found out that the AI had taken over Thunderbird 5 but the episode resolved fairly quickly, I actually did like how it ended, even if it’s hard to believe on what John did to the AI.

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The show also did International Rescue base scenes pretty well, we also see a small glimpse of Thunderbird S doing some patrol, coming reboot, I want to see that darn thing in action!

Anyway, next week is a weekend double-bill, so more Thunderbirds to write about hurrah!

Thunderbirds are GO! episode 7 – Trains & Celebrity Alligator Wrestling

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Anyway, today’s rescue involves a runaway superconductor train in Japan, brakes won’t work, soon to bash into the nearest passenger train, you get the idea.

Since the train can’t be shut down functions are blocked from the outside after John’s attempts to turn the brakes back on, so the train needs to be manually stopped, Scott who is the only one free to attempt the rescue asks for Brains help, not just as vocal support but personal as well, Brain’s response to coming along for the rescue takes much convincing but they head off in Thunderbird 1 to stop it.

From what I remember from this episode, Brain’s was slightly annoying, sure he show’s signs of nervousness and that’s understandable but just talking all the time got real tiresome.

Another thing that’s slightly frustrated in this reboot is the side-character voice acting, for example the train driver never sound’s Japanese, instead he has a Italian wise-guy voice that sounds really out of place.

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However, there was some good stuff in this episode, while I like The Hood a lot, I’m glad that he wasn’t involved in this scenario, instead the cause of it was some kind of rogue AI that John attempted on a while ago & now it’s loose.

As for the rescue, I still can’t complain about this one, so far they continue to be thrilling although I always know that everything is alright in the end, again I just feel like Brain’s ramblings made me dislike bits of the episode.

So another good episode of the reboot, next time we will be heading back to SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE.

Thunderbirds are GO! episode 6 – Power out, not really something to shout about.

Virgil & Parker have so far been my favorite characters in this current reboot, so seeing them involved in this episode should mean this should be one of the best episodes, right? Well….no, it ends up being one of my least favorites for a number of reasons.

The episode starts off with Virgil & Grandma Tracy heading to London on Thunderbird 2, after some banter all of the sudden both the City of London & Thunderbird 2 suffer a unknown power outage, Virgil somehow manages to land his aircraft on the street without crashing into anything (Yeah, the wasn’t really believable) and starts to worry about his non-working electronic gadgets, however Grandma Tracy gives him vocal support, saying that you don’t need to rely on electronic vehicles or gadgets to save everyone, so with a map & compass, they start to find what caused the power outage.

TB51On the other side, Lady Penelope & Parker are also in London during the power outage & also start investigating, they find posters of a group called ‘The Luddites’ who are a anti-technology group. They manage to find a couple of the henchmen & disguise themselves in order to find out this groups master plan.

Obviously the message to kids here is simple, we are starting to see them grow up in an age of electronic devices that can help people and this has lead to somethings forgetting about physical survival skills, it’s most likely the only reason why Grandma Tracy is in this episode at all, I get it but I wish her character would stop being 75% comic relief, I’m worried that the bad cooking joke will continue through out the season.TB52As for the episode it self, because most of it was on foot, the episode ended up being less exciting on my end, the CG was alright here actually but no cool stuff was shown in this episode I think, even Parker was pretty quiet I’m afraid. The twist at the end was predictable as well.

Ah well, it was alright episode anyway, at least we saw more badass Virgil climbing construction cranes without any safety gear..wait…VIRGIL YOU CRAZY GUY.

Thunderbirds are GO! episode 5 – One Escape Pod

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Episode five was pretty entertaining for the most part, since this was a basic “steal an airplane” episode, it also featured our new protagonist “Kayo” in her individual international rescue.

The Plot is simple, A new developed plane has been stolen soon after take off and is blocked by sonar soon after, we find out that The Hood was disguised as the captain and changes the course to his lair so he can get his hands on the new tech on the plane, as captain he tell’s the passengers to put there gas masks on but is filled with sleeping gas, he fool’s everyone but Kayo, who has been on the plane but hinders his plan.

Kayo attempts to stop The Hood which end’s up near the fuel supply but Kayo accidentally hits it and causes a fuel leak, causing damage to the plane, it is here that The Hood escapes in ONLY escape pod on the ship and it is up to her to safety land the plane with the later help from the Tracy family.

What I continue to really like about the reboot is the ship designs, they remain faithful to the ships from the old show, these futuristic ships always seem cool to me, good on you reboot.

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Also reboot, thank you for bringing back the old fast danger music, it’s also nice to see it used once rather than multiple times, while I personally don’t like the reboot soundtrack, good on them for not relying on nostalgia all the time.

I also liked the attempted landing sequences, the one that involved Thunderbird 2’s landing pod, to help land the plane was really tense, so yeah, another great moment.

Negative moments are easy for me, “WHY WAS THERE ONLY ONE ESCAPE POD”, sure it’s a plot device to let The Hood escape but if there was a real emergency with no chance to land, who gets the escape pod?

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Secondly, I know Kayo is new & all but her speech on giving up was lame, with all those sleeping passengers on board, I thought that was a lame part of her character, hopefully Thunderbird S will sort that out soon, thank god Virgil was there as usual to save them.

So yeah, sorry for the delay on this, I’m hoping to get episode six done this week!

Thunderbirds are GO! episode 4 – I’M (not that) NUCLEAR.

Episode 4 was a bit of a whimper here, it was terrible by any means but it lacked on what made the last episode exciting & thrilling.

This disaster starts with an unknown person entering a closed nuclear facility in the middle of a desert which has been closed for 20-years, this cause’s the radiation to leak outside of the building which gets Thunderbird 5 – John Tracy’s attention, so both Thunderbird 1 & 2 are sent to investigate & shut down the place before a storm carries the radiation to a nearby city.

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This is a Scott Tracy episode for the most part, since he goes into the nuclear facility in person to investigate the facility & find out why this unknown character entered it, which leads to him to discover a female scientist who wants the uranium pods to sell them to The Hood. This is honestly an unlikeable character even though she does receive some back story about how nuclear power was abolished & how it destroyed her family business, I didn’t really care.

I do kind of dig the message to kids although I’m not deep into Thunderbird lore, in a world that stopped producing nuclear power – radiation is dangerous yo, plus the usual “Don’t sacrifice yourself for this” message that has been done a million times in other kid shows.

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Scott wasn’t really good in this either, I’m not honestly a fan of his voice actor, plus the jokes that are attempted here fall flat, except for one adult joke (if that was one, I dunno), Vergil was cool as heck for the short time his in it though, maybe he should become the leader. Also I couldn’t ignore the plot-holes in this episode, sure it is explained that Scott’s suit can withstand the radiation but I don’t think finger-less sleeves is a good idea.

I liked The Hood’s reaction at the end of the episode though, that was another decent bit of humour. Still, I got through the episode fine but I hope for a bit more improvement next time.

Thunderbirds Are Go! episode 3 – Slow and Steady wins the Space Race.

I’ve decided to cover the new ‘Thunderbird’s Are Go’ series due to nostalgia reasons and curiosity, I was a huge fan of the old puppet Thunderbird’s show when I was a kid, so much that most of my childhood video’s show me shouting “THUNDERBIRD’S ARE GO!” because I thought it was the coolest thing ever and hey, I think it still is, the disaster music still give me goosebumps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mdFtE7UTo

So first of all, my thoughts on the debut episode of this reboot, it was alright, it definitely felt Thunderbird’s in spirit, the launch sequences were fantastic, we had two disasters to deal with, The Hood still looked menacing and Virgil in a mech suit, pumped my fist right in the air I did. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h18m12s201However, I did have some concern’s after it, not about the CGI, since I found it to be used alright, it’s more about the pacing, I felt that the show rushed into introducing most of the characters, there wasn’t any time to talk and when it was, it was only around 2 minutes during an hour episode, this was my main concern for the series, sure I understand that this show is geared towards this generation of kids but I just thought they could of slowed down. I had a few more nitpicks like poor comedy & slightly jarring CGI but overall I liked the opener.

Episode 3 is much more focused and dim’s any worry that this reboot will be failure, hurrah for SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

The episode is focused on Thunderbird 3 & 5, Alan is sent to space collect any metal debris he finds, bemoaning that it’s less exciting than doing a rescue, however he notices that he has latched a space nuclear mine and activated it, the mine uses a camera and follows any nearby space shuttle that it finds, it is here that Thunderbird 5’s John Tracy tries to figure out the number combination to disarm this bomb, he finds the digital source but the last digit is unreadable, John most locate the original paperwork from the company building that made the mine bomb, with the help of Lady Penelope & Parker. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h13m39s246Unlike the debut episode disasters, this one felt more like a threat, Alan’s attempt to keep the mine from latching onto any other ship was harder than he thought, since there was multiple times that he ran into large fleet of ships, which the mine would easily target any of them, it makes for more tense scenes than the previous ones.

The dialogue felt much more natural as well, didn’t rush to explain situation’s, sure there was the cheesy attempts at humor but I actually thought some of them worked this time, from John’s commands to Brain’s instructions.

My highlight though was Parker’s break-in into the mine companies archive, he gave his best Solid Snake impression and it showed one of the best reason’s why it was a good idea to do this in CGI, it was highly entertaining to see Parker do his spy shite. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h21m15s22Lastly, some of the visual in this episode were surprisingly great, mainly the large fleet ones, I hope space episodes continue to be like this.

So yeah, I liked this episode a lot, I was expecting an introductory episode to Thunderbird S so maybe this is saved for next week, so I’ll see you next week reboot, hopefully you give me more episodes like this!