Mobile Suit Gundam AGE is the 12th incarnation in the beloved Gundam franchise, received with mixed reviews. While some love the animation style and storyline structure, others feel it’s quite simplistic and perhaps thematically childish. Admittedly, there’s no clear consensus on the show, yet few deny the quality of Gundam AGE songs. Considering that bands like Negoto, Spyair and ViViD are among the performing acts, it’s safe to say the anime has some great music. However, it can be a daunting task to pick a favorite, so I decided to choose 5 and rank them instead. So, feel free to scroll down and enjoy the 5 best Gundam AGE songs, according to The Hergula!
*The lyrics have been translated into English, so there might be some translation errors.
5. “Sharp” – Negoto
Negoto, the all-girl Japanese band, perform the second opening song for Gundam AGE, titled Sharp. With an uplifting tempo, an energetic melody and the soothing voice of Sachiko Aoyama, the song comes together nicely. It’s fun, playful and makes you feel like a kid again. In addition, the lyrics are quite meaningful as well. “Now before an era of strobes sweeps you away / I’ll break out of the confines of my fate / and begin dashing even faster / for I wish to become that star”. While these lines are in English, they sound much better in Japanese, especially the way Sachiko Aoyama elongates the words. So, with that being said, it’s an all-around enjoyable song, setting the stage for Asemu Asuno’s story arc. It’s heartwarming and fitting, making it easily one of the most noteworthy songs of Gundam AGE.
4. “Asu E (To Tomorrow)” – Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei was given the responsibility of composing the first opening song of Gundam AGE, titled Asu E (To Tomorrow). Musically, the wheels are set in motion, with a lot riding on the success of the song. Simply put, greatness is expected, if not demanded, from the opening song of every anime TV series. I mean, if the song fails to garner appreciation, the show might lose some love instantly, yet it could be elevated if the song’s praised. However, in this case, Galileo Galilei came through with a melodically beautiful song that fits the first arc of Gundam AGE. It’s catchy and relaxing, with some distinct lines that might hit your Gundam-loving heart. “We looked up at tomorrow’s sun / the clouds in the sky dropped freezing rain / a song that pierces a hole in my heart / stopped time starts moving / on the road that leads to a ray of hope”. In all fairness, it’s a well-mixed song that’s catchy, starting the anime off on the right foot!
3. “Real” – ViViD
The song is easy on the ears, yet heavy on the heart, mixing a meaningful message with a great pop-rock sound. Furthermore, the song has great lyrical structure and an energetic flow, with the performance tying it all together seamlessly. In turn, there are some truly noteworthy lines that make this a great fit for the show. “Make it reach out to my heart / your faint lingering voice / I am continuing to search for you / not in my dreams but reality”. With a clear-cut message and a catchy chorus, Real stands out among the rest. However, the main reason it’s a few steps above is because of the superb 30-second guitar solo, making it all the more special. It’s simple in nature, yet well-produced, making it a shoe-in for the list of the best Gundam AGE songs.
2. “White Justice” – Faylan
White Justice isn’t only a great Gundam AGE song, it’s an excellent song in general. Together with her amazing performance, Faylan’s able to bring a rather simplistic message to life – fighting through struggles and standing for your beliefs. It’s the delivery of the lyrics that can hit your core, with memorable lines such as the following. “Determined warrior who lived through sorrowful times / once you believe in the path you have chosen / just charge through everything”. It’s an empowering song, with focus on lifting your spirits when you’re at your lowest. However, the following line should be noted as well: “Realize that lives cannot be saved by taking others away”. While it’s obviously a polarizing line, fitting of many anime, Faylan’s up-tempo song is a great way to lift this particular message. In closing, White Justice fits the themes and topics of Gundam AGE, making it a wonderful entry overall.
1. “My World” – Spyair
My World is the sedong ending song of the anime, and it stands tall as the greatest song from Gundam AGE. The lyrics have depth, with purposeful word selection, and together with the heartfelt performance, the song can send shivers down your spine. When you consider what happens on the show, it makes perfect sense for this song to be associated with Asemu Asuno’s arc. Here’s an example: “For me to be myself / what is the thing I cannot lose / the answer that doesn’t come easily is painful and agonizing”. What makes this beautiful, is that Ike (the lead vocalist) performs this song with so much raw emotion that every word lands perfectly. “Don’t worry about that one miss / if I can move on, maybe I’ll come to love, my world”. These lines are capable of pulling at your heartstrings, not merely because of the relatable message but because of the sensational vocal performance. In addition, the song is well-mixed, with tons of energy, grabbing you from the second the song starts and doesn’t let go before it’s finished. Together with a remarkable chorus and an uplifting instrumental, Spyair takes the cake on the Top 5 Gundam AGE Songs list!