Anime means a lot of things to a lot of different people and it’s helped out its fans in many different ways. For some it has helped them find a community of people with similair interests for them to bond with, for others it has helped them get through tough times.
There’s also a surprising amount of people who have used anime as a sort of motivation to start working out and getting in shape. It’s not that surprising when you really think about it, with so many shows being about overcoming obstacles through hard work and training, it’s actually pretty easy to see.
The problem is right now in these troubling times it can be hard, even with Anime to find the motivation to workout. We thought we could help you guys out by making a list of the top 10 Anime OP songs to workout to so that you can push through your tough times, just like your favorite protagonist!
10. Fairy Tail OP 16 - Strike Back
Starting off this list of anime workout music with what might be a surprise to some. Fairy Tail has an absolutely insane amount of OPs and it’s hard to nail down one for this list but it goes to Strike Back. Strike Back is a perfect mix of Rap and Rock that kind of feels like a throw back to Linkin Park and the anime AMV’s of the good old days. This OP will get your blood pumping and get you through any workout you plan on doing.
9. Attack On Titan OP 1 - Guren No Yumiya
The current Attack on Titan opening that we have is pretty awesome, but in this writers humble opinion, it can’t match the overall hype that the first one gave us. In terms of working out, hype is what you want to get you through those hard reps and final pushes at the end of whatever you’re doing. This song just hits all the right beats to motivate someone, which is good as long as you don’t take the somewhat sketchy lyrics to heart and just care about the sounds.
8. Demon Slayer/Kimetsu No Yaiba OP 1 - Gurenge
While the opening doesn’t scream putting in work and sweating at the gym or wherever, when the guitar and drums start kicking in and the beat gets going, oh boy does it get going. The songs start can actually be used to get you in the right mindset before a workout and when it gets going so can you. LiSA absolutely knocks it out of the park with this song and her vocals only boost how epic this song is.
7. My Hero Academia OP 3 - Odd Future
My Hero Academia always has motivating openings that fit the theme of the show so really any one of those could make it onto this list but to be fair we could only chose one. Odd Future by UVERworld ended up winning out due to it’s solid combination of Rock, Hip-Hop, J-Pop and Techno that just works so perfectly. This song also has a good combination of softer and harder points, so it’s not like it’s going hard the whole time which is good to have when working out, because pacing yourself is important.
6. Dragon Ball Z - Cha-La-Head-Cha-La
Ok so we’re technically cheating with this one but we have a few reasons. One, this song is used as the OP for Dragon Ball Z, but in Japan and no it’s not this version of the song. This version of the song, being made by the bang FLOW, who are well known for doing anime OPs, was made for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie. The reason that this verison of the song amkes it to this list is that it is for sure the most intense version of an iconic anime song and 100% the best to workout to.
5. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind OP 1 - Fighting Gold
If there’s an anime that makes you want to workout just by looking at the main protagonist, it’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. That’s a sentiment that goes for basically every main protagonist of each animated part, from the massively swole Jonathan Joestar to the lean yet jacked Giorno Giovanna. Most of the Jojo OPs are pretty good but they don’t really get one hyped to get up and go but then there’s Fighting Gold by Coda. The heavy rock influence and hype lyrics are enough to get anybody ready for some Hamon training or ready to face any enemy stand.
4. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans OP1 - Raise Your Flag
Gundam OPs can be a little all over the place in terms of genre of music and the tone of the music. That’s largely due to the different themes and styles that each of the different series. This goes for Iron-Blooded Orphans, which is a much more intense series, so it must get a really intense OP. All of the series OPs are good but the first one, Raise Your Flag by MAN WITH A MISSION is an absolute banger that is amazing. Seriously just try to sit down while listening to this song, it’s basically audio coffee without the crash.
3. God Of Highschool OP 1 - Contradiction
God of Highschool has become an absolute smash hit and it’s only released it’s first 10 episodes. The series is going to be huge and fans everywhere could tell that it was going to be good just from it’s OP. This song is seriously something that you might hear in a club or at a rave. While EDM might not be on most poepl’s workout playlist, this songs beat combined with the images in the OP video itself, will make you want to take a marital arts class easily.
2. Baki OP 2 - The Gong Of Knockout
Just like we said with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, just looking at Baki will make someone want to workout. But it’s not just Baki, pretty much every male character that gets more than like 3 lines of dialogue and isn’t an old man is super jacked. This song is metal as hell and it has a good balance between its more standard vocals and it’s more screamo style that really blend together well with the instruments basically becoming one in the process.
1. Kengan Ashura OP 1 - King & Ashley
There’s always that moment in the middle of a workout where you just want to quit and go home. Those moments can be hard to push through,especially if you’re just starting to workout. So if you need a boost, this is the song that we recommend. King & Ashley by My First Story is basically free motivation that somehow doesn’t die down. The perfect combination of highs and lows in this song just make it the best option and a must have for any otaku’s workout playlist.