If you’re wondering if I’m still hopelessly devoted to Bandori…. I still am. So much. So much that I decided to do another post on it. And another post on it next week. I’m so sorry, you guys.
Yep, after ranking the characters of Bandori, this week and next week I’ll be ranking my favorite cover and original songs respectively. Today, we focus on the covers.
The fact that Bandori covers songs really sets it apart, at least to me, from many other similar games. It’s really fun to hear their take on so many well-known Vocaloid songs and anime OPs and EDs.
But which ones are my absolute favorite? Let’s find out together.
20. Guren no Yumiya – Roselia
(Cover of “Attack on Titan” OP by Linked Horizon)
Okay, okay, I know. This song gets spammed to the high heavens in Multiplayer thanks to its high scoring rate. Unfortunately it also happens to be one of the hardest songs to play in the game, so people are rightfully annoyed that they’re constantly forced to play it.
Yet… it’s a fantastic cover. As much as I hate “Attack on Titan,” its theme song is absolutely iconic, and Roselia is the most fit of anyone to cover it. The drama and darkness is perfect for them, and Yukina delivers with a theatric performance that, at least for me, eases the strain of all of those notes flying at you.
19. MOON PRIDE – Pastel Palettes
(Cover of “Sailor Moon” OP by Momoiro Clover Z)
“Sailor Moon” is one of those things I wish I had gotten into as a kid. I’ve tried to watch it a few times recently, but it’s obvious to me that it’s a very nostalgia-driven series for those who continue to be fans into adulthood… but I still really admire everything about it.
This theme is iconic, of course, and I love Pastel Palettes’ rendition. Aya’s vocals are so smooth and pretty. I love the little harmony on the last “Moon” they sing as well. A fun, upbeat, and gorgeous rendition of a classic.
18. great escape – Afterglow
(Cover of “Attack on Titan” ED by Cinema Staff)
I said I don’t like “Attack on Titan,” but here I am again, talking about another “Attack on Titan” song. Whatever. I love Afterglow, and I love their performance of this song. I’m much less familiar with this song because it’s not quite as iconic as the OP of the anime, so I think they may assist in my enjoyment. I can almost pretend it’s an Afterglow song.
And what a great Afterglow song it is. The guitar goes absolutely hard on this song, and Ran is there as always with the powerful vocals to back them up. I’m also fond of this song for its efficiency – it’s currently the shortest song in the game. Perfect for when you’re rushing to get those last event points in before the event ends.
17. Sugar Song to Bitter Step – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of “Blood Blockade Battlefront” ED by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN)
HHW is my favorite band, hands down, so admittedly I’m very soft on a lot of their covers. (I think most of the ones they’ve done appear on this list… oops!) This song was an early favorite in the game, and though it has dropped on my favorites list since then, I can still appreciate the fun, catchy chorus.
I know a lot of people aren’t fans of Kokoro’s vocals, and while I vehemently disagree in most cases, I can hear in this song how they might put some people off. She has a very distinctive, warbly tone. Personally, I think that makes her voice more interesting than your typical genki girl singing voice, but I suppose your mileage may vary.
16. Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoiko Dake – Pastel Palettes
(Cover of “Osomatsu-san” OP by AOP)
Another anime I dislike! I’m sorry guys, you’re just now finding out how critical I am of anime. I know a lot of fans of this anime, but the stupid humor has never really appealed to me. However! The theme song is a bop.
The slight swing adds interest to Pastel Palette’s usual cute-centric sound, and it’s just a fun ride overall.
15. Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru ♪ (Shite Yan Yo) – Pastel Palettes
(Cover of song by ika)
If you’re one of the many, many visitors (like, a ton every day, wow you guys), who come to my blog for my favorite Vocaloids post, you probably know already that I’m a big fan of Vocaloids. Miku Hatsune happens to be my favorite Vocaloid for reasons I’ll probably expand on one day in its own post, so I was happy to see Pastel Palettes paying homage to her in probably one of her most well-known songs.
And they do her justice, I think. It’s a slightly different take on the song, since it’s being sung by real people and not a computer program, but I think it’s a lovely take.
14. Tentai Kansoku – Afterglow (ft. Toyama Kasumi)
(Cover of “BUMP OF CHICKEN” OP by BUMP OF CHICKEN)
Another early favorite in the game, this cover makes me wish the game would let the bands cross over more often. Kasumi has a voice that works surprisingly well for Afterglow’s rock sound. Well… I mean, she is also in a rock band, but not in a ROCK band like Afterglow.
Anyway, this song is a beautiful mesh of both Ran and Kasumi’s talents with a gorgeous and jamming background. It’s almost a little atmospheric, the way the sounds all come together.
13. Dragon Night – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of song by SEKAI NO OWARI)
For a while I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about this cover. But, due in part to my massive HHW bias, I’ll admit, I grew to like this song. It’s that… autotune. Yet, it’s obvious that it’s a stylistic choice, and it kind of gives an interesting tone to Kokoro’s already interesting voice.
And come on, it kind of sounds like a song by a super bland white producer dude and his equally bland indie band that would get super popular for no reason over the summer and… I’m not sure why that’s a vibe I’m digging in Bandori, but it really is.
12. Karma – Afterglow
(Cover of song by BUMP OF CHICKEN)
I love Afterglow. Have I mentioned I love Afterglow yet? I love Afterglow. I love when Afterglow gets to do their Afterglow thing on a nice, upbeat, rockin’ track like this one. There isn’t that much to say here – as far as I’m concerned, this song is great for how simply it fulfills Afterglow’s entire premise.
It rocks, the music all builds up into an exciting chorus that keeps the energy going, it’s just a great cover all-around.
11. God Knows… – Poppin’ Party
(Cover of song by Aya Hirano for “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”)
My boyfriend really loves the anime “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” but either it has one of those plots that is really hard to sell or he’s just bad at selling it, but either way I’ve never been particularly motivated to watch an anime that (apparently) has an entire string of episodes that just repeat over and over again.
However, I cannot deny that this is a jam. I love the guitar at the beginning and the intensity of the vocals and the melody. It’s just gorgeous, and I’m super happy it’s one of the few covers that has a full version.
10. Koi wa Chaos no Shimobenari – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of “Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W” OP by Ushiro kara Haiyori-tai G)
I have… no idea what’s going on in this cover. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. There’s just so much going on here. There’s the repeated “SAN shi PINchi!” in the background, there’s Kokoro’s rapid-fire performance of the lyrics… it’s just wild.
And it’s just super catchy, also. HHW is at their best when they’re at their most chaotic, so a cover like this is exactly in their wheelhouse. Even if I’m not entirely sure what’s happening here, I’m enjoying it all the same.
9. Silhouette – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of “Naruto Shippuden” OP by KANA-BOON)
Okay, I know I sound like I’m constantly repeating myself at this point, but I’m not a “Naruto” fan by any means. I’m not usually into the animes that have like a million episodes and 90% of them are filler. (Do I like any anime? At this point, I’m not sure.)
Yet, this cover is super charming. It’s HHW, so it immediately earns points for me in that regard, but it also kinda rocks? And that’s not a common sound for HHW, but they flourish regardless. It’s a pleasure to hear.
8. 1, 2 Fanclub – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of song by MikitoP)
This song is just a load of fun. You could probably say that for every single one of HHW’s songs and… well, everything they do. But it’s still important to say. Especially for this song, which has a cute little call-and-response motif, as Kokoro shares a few Japanese to Chinese translations.
This was an early favorite for me. Even before I knew the names of most of the songs when I could only play the game in Japanese, I would repeatedly come back to this song because it was just so cute and catchy. Because of that, it holds a special place in my heart.
7. Don’t say “lazy” – Afterglow
(Cover of “K-On!” ED by Sakurakou K-On Bu)
Major shocker! Are you guys ready? I actually love “K-On!” I haven’t finished it, but it’s legitimately a delightful little anime. And I’m so, so happy that Afterglow got to cover my current favorite song from it.
This ED just ABSOLUTELY slams, and Afterglow is the absolute perfect band to cover it. I mean, it’s a match made in heaven. Both the band in “K-On!” and Afterglow are rock bands that formed in school… I love them both… so many similarities. And the cover is great!
6. Happy Summer Wedding – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of song by Morning Musume)
I seriously enjoyed this song from the moment I heard it. It’s HHW again (my biases are clear), but it’s also just… adorable. I love Kokoro’s little “Pala Pala”s, and all the little vocal interjections, and it overall just has a really cute and pleasant sound. And then I read the lyrics.
Guys, drop what you’re doing and read the lyrics in English to this song. They’re just so adorable. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for weddings, but holy crap. I maybe wanted to tear up a little.
5. Asu no Yozora Shoukaihan – Afterglow
(Cover of song by Orangestar)
One of the select few songs on this list to get a full version, this cover brings me great joy. Afterglow is my second favorite band in the game (and honestly, if I wasn’t so partial to the shenanigans of HHW, could easily take first just in quality of music and characters alone). I love their style, of course, but it’s still good to hear them branch out into something a little more polished and less punk rock.
Ran’s vocals are just gorgeous here. I think she’s one of my favorite vocalists in the game for just raw emotion. It works so well for the crescendo into the chorus and the more tender, quieter parts of this song.
4. Red Fraction – Roselia
(Cover of “Black Lagoon” OP by MELL)
I had absolutely no idea that there was an entirely English song in Bandori. So when I was looking through all the covers, I was really surprised to find this song. And, I was even more surprised to find how much I loved this song.
It’s surprisingly dark in the lyrics, which, let’s be honest, makes sense for Roselia. But I still think it differentiates itself well enough from the rest of Roselia’s discography to be notable. I sometimes have an issue with all of Roselia’s songs sounding very similar, but this one has a grungy feel to it that sets itself apart from the usual polish.
3. Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai – Poppin’ Party
(Cover of “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun” OP by Oishi Masayoshi)
I’ve definitely already talked about it, but I absolutely adore “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun.” It’s my absolute hands-down favorite anime, and I always come back to it if I need a laugh. It’s truly a treasure, so you can imagine how excited I was to see that Poppin’ Party covered its incredible OP.
And hoo boy did they nail it. That same fun energy and touch of sassiness is definitely here, plus it really shows off Kasumi’s beautiful vocals. So glad to say this one is one of my favorites.
2. Senbonzakura – Poppin’ Party
(Cover of song by Kurousa-P)
I’ve known about this song for a long time, but I didn’t really know this song until I heard the Poppin’ Party cover of it. After hearing this cover, I went back to the original and was able to fully appreciate it for what it was. You know a cover is strong when it can do that.
I don’t know if I appreciate Kasumi’s vocal work enough, but her strong voice is perfect for this folktale-like musing on the Westernization of Japan. I love the slight edge and tension in it during the chorus, and how it wavers on certain notes. So beautiful.
1. Romeo – Hello, Happy World!
(Cover of song by Honeyworks)
I feel like “Romeo” is everyone’s favorite cover in this game… and for very good reason. The source material itself is great right off the bat – grand and sweet and also definitely catchy. Then, the stroke of genius having Kaoru sing it as opposed to just letting usual lead singer Kokoro cover it… it’s just perfect. I mean, of course Kaoru would be the one to sing this suave love song to a princess.
This cover is just full of gorgeous moments. From the beginning’s wind up to the whispered “Romeo!” to each singer cheering the other on in the chorus. I’m way too excited for the full version of this cover to drop, because Hello, Happy World! is my absolute favorite band and I think this cover just puts what makes them great on full display.