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Tracking The Soundtracks: Best Anime OSTs

Sorted loosely by genre and composer.
1 Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Typically Kajiuran, defined by flutes and chants.

2 Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts

The best of Yuki Kajiura

3 Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

4 Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero

Yuki Kajiura - awesome fight songs

5 Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Yuki Kajiura - awesome fight songs

6 Shiki

Shiki

Yasuharu Takanashi - hauntingly beautiful tracks

7 Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Yasuharu Takanashi- Has some of the creepiest tracks ever.

8 The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

Takahiko Obata - Has this one track that I adore

9 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

Kevin Penkin - Eerily beautiful.

10 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Hiroyuki Sawano - significant in fight scenes

11 Aldnoah.Zero

Aldnoah.Zero

Hiroyuki Sawano 

12 The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Hiroyuki Sawano - fight songs and other touching tracks.

13 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Shiro Sagisu - A good score of arab influenced exotic tracks 

14 Bleach

Bleach

Shiro Sagisu - great tracks used in fight scenes

15 Black Butler

Black Butler

Taku Iwasaki - ominous chants and operatic compositions 

16 Black Butler: Book of Murder

Black Butler: Book of Murder

Mitsuda Yasunori - Dramatic and mysterious tracks

17 Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Yoshihisa Hirano - classical compositions, including chants

18 Black Cat

Black Cat

Taku Iwasaki - A good score of operas / arias

19 Blood+

Blood+

Mark Mancina - A good score of arias, such as

20 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Taku Iwasaki - Speaking of arias and operas, this show incorporates raps into operatic compositions which is pretty...amazing.

21 Noragami

Noragami

Taku Iwasaki - Interesting compositions that mix techno sounds with traditional Japanese instruments.

22 The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School

Taku Iwasaki - mostly techo songs, but my favorite track is this slow waltz :D

23 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Hitomi Kuroishi - dramatic chants

24 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Senju Akira - Absolutely worth purchasing the entire soundtrack.

25 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

Shiro Sagisu - Intense chants used in fight scenes.

26 Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Michiru Oshima - Classical compositions influenced by traditional Russian music. 

27 Snow White with the Red Hair

Snow White with the Red Hair

Michiru Ooshima - Very romantic classical compositions.

28 The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

Michiru Ooshima - Flowery orchestral compositions

29 Sound of the Sky

Sound of the Sky

Michiru Ooshima - a couple of enchanting tracks on guitar and the violin

30 Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Yoshihisa Hirano - this show is best known for the waltz composition

31 Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest

Michiru Ooshima - Ominous classical tracks of shakespearean tragedy.

32 Hyouka

Hyouka

Kouhei Tanaka - Mysterious tracks, definitely influenced by  Gabriel Faure

33 Glasslip

Glasslip

Akito Matsuda - The show may have been notoriously bad, but the classical compositions are very worth listening to. 

34 Simoun

Simoun

Toshihiko Sahashi - Lovely classical + tango tracks that are so worthy of purchasing.

35 Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

Kaoru Wada - lovely tracks influenced by ballet scores.

36 Sound! Euphonium 2

Sound! Euphonium 2

Akito Matsuda - noteworthy scores for the brass band

37 Romeo x Juliet

Romeo x Juliet

Hitoshi Sakimoto - It has a number of romantically beautiful tracks from the classical genre 

38 The Vision of Escaflowne

The Vision of Escaflowne

Kanno Yoko - Kanno yoko goes classical.

39 Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Evan Call - there is an antique and graceful feel to the tracks

40 Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Joe Hisaishi- Easily his best work.

41 Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Joe Hisaishi 

42 Summer Wars

Summer Wars

Akihito Matsumoto - the theme song is unforgettable.

43 Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Yasuharu Takanashi - Tracks that mix celtic music with classical music.

44 Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn

Kunihiko Ryo - Known for his oriental compositions that use the ehru

45 The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

Kunihiko Ryo - Tracks reminiscent of old time china.

46 Saiunkoku Monogatari

Saiunkoku Monogatari

Kunihiko Ryo - Beautiful oriental music 

47 Naruto

Naruto

Toshio Masuda - Tracks that use traditional Japanese instruments

48 Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss

Toshio Masuda

49 InuYasha

InuYasha

Kaoru Wada - his best compositions consisting of classical and oriental tracks. Loved it so much that I bought the entire track.

50 Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous

Yoshiaki Fujisawa - A number of beautiful oriental tracks

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