I love JAM Project and their offerings, but there have been times where some of them initially sounded strange or just different to first time listeners like myself, especially due to the rapidly changing tones and melody. I ended up really enjoying them over repeat listening anyway. The actual scene composition of an anime opening can also enhance the experience, so it’s not the song alone.
Cyborg 009 vs Devilman (2015)
Nine Cyborg Soldiers
This was another of these songs where I really didn’t know with the general tune that they were going with. I still enjoy it a lot also thanks to the gorgeous animation, but I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed when you consider that this OP came out around the same time of One Punch Man’s excellent OP. The ED, Devil Mind on the other hand was fantastic, but that will be for another time.
Garo Hoono no Kokuin (2014)
Different, but I loved it on the first few listens, but you have to admit that it doesn’t sound as typical as the rest. I already knew what to expect from them, so I think it was easier to really dig this musical offering. The animation is also very interesting, visually.
Nobunaga The Fool (2014)
One comment on this very video says this theme is awful. While admit I didn’t like it on first time and thought it was one of the weaker JAM Project offerings, my opinion of it totally changed after repeat listens.
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector (2010)
This was a hard listen for many people watching this show at the time. It’s really like two songs put together, but with repeat listens, I could really get along the tune and consider it one of my all time JAM Project favourites. The animation also oozed of Obari, and he actually directed the show himself. This show also had a nice OP in the last episodes, called Ryusei Lovers but it couldn’t match the vivacity of this one.
Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen (2009)
The Gardian (Intentional misspelling. That’s how they initially wrote it the first time the OP appeared in episode 16, I wished they left it at that)
This should probably not be on the list, because it actually sounds typical JAM, but when I first heard THE GARDIAN, before it was actually released in the show, it was without the OP animation. I couldn’t make any sense of it especially from KANJITE KNIGHT and It didn’t help that I was still new to JAM Project back then, having only watched stuff like New Getter Robo and Koutetsushin Jeeg at the time. When I finally saw the OP, the animation blew me away and I instantly fell in love. I’m not the only one who seem to really like this OP scene composition, considering that a quick search on nicovideo returns many fanmade versions of it.
Last year, the band finally got the recognition it deserved in the English speaking world, thanks to One Punch Man’s popularity. I hope this encourages more Japanese music enthusiasts to look out for both older and upcoming JAMs, and that the search doesn’t end with just one popular series.