When looking back at the theme songs of tokusatsu and anime TV shows I enjoyed as a kid, I realize extra consideration seems to have been given to making the songs easier for children to sing with child-friendly melodies and lyrics including the choice of words.
When looking at today’s tokusatsu and anime shows, however, it comes as a surprise for me to find their songs completely unrelated to the contents of the shows even with no hero’s name sung in the songs.
The melodies sound sort of ostentatious for me featuring loud rock music while I’m not saying rock music is bad (as I love it) but that makes me wonder if they are liked by children.
While this seems to be a means to try to sell the theme songs even apart from the shows, I feel like I miss the old style of theme songs I was familiar with as a child.
When I was a kid, theme songs were an inseparable and integral part of the shows in which they were sung at the beginning of each episode and, depending on the show, at the end as well.
Funnily enough, the SFX and animation shows imported from abroad back then had their Japanese theme songs somehow.
It was not until my adulthood that I learnt, for example, the UK SFX TV series Thunderbirds doesn’t originally have its theme song while its Japanese theme song was sung at the beginning of each episode and it is widely known as the Thunderbirds theme song among Japanese even now.
The Japanese people involved in producing the Japanese version of the show dared to mix the Japanese vocals with Barry Gray’s original instrumental music of the Thunderbirds theme.
I love the audaciousness the people exhibited at that time.