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Years active1996–2006
LabelsSony Music Japan
Cutting Edge
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website at Sony Music Japan
Past membersEizo Sakamoto

Animetal (Japanese: アニメタル, Hepburn: Animetaru) was a Japanese heavy metal band who specialized in metal covers of theme songs from classic and modern Japanese anime and tokusatsu television series.

They were composed of several luminaries of the Japanese metal scene, most notably vocalist Eizo Sakamoto, who has been involved off and on with Anthem as well as participating in various other projects including the pop rock group Nerima, the JAM Project, and a successful solo career where he also plays lead guitar as well as vocals.

As of 2006, the band is currently on indefinite hiatus.[1] Sakamoto has since begun a similar project called Eizo Japan,[2] but in 2013 he announced that he and She-Ja were reforming Animetal as Aisenshi (哀旋士).[3]


Their music can be classified[by whom?] as speed metal and power metal with a very high level of musical virtuosity,[citation needed] especially on the guitarists' (initially She-Ja for the first four albums, then Syu from Animetal Marathon V to the present) and bassist Masaki's parts. Masaki, in particular from Animetal Marathon IV onward, has shown an intensely active and aggressive approach to his instrument with fluid soloing, manic slapping and popping, energetic fills, and crashing chords for punctuation.[citation needed] The albums are structured as nearly seamless barrages of short songs woven into well-structured medleys that sound as though the band simply enters the studio and lays down virtually the entire album from start to finish in one go,[citation needed] with occasional overdubs and breaks in the action here and there.

Part of the band's nostalgic factor is their incorporation of popular rock-metal instrumentals into some of the songs. For instance, their version of "Choujuu Sentai Liveman" is played to the tune of Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law".

The lyrics are almost entirely in Japanese with occasional lines of "Engrish", which may partly account for why they are virtually unknown outside Japan, except that they admittedly are playing to a very small niche market. For a short time, they incorporated Pink Lady member Mie into the band, hence the name change to "Animetal Lady", and recorded two albums with her distinctive and melodic vocals that are much more commercially accessible than the rest of the Animetal discography.

While they're known more for their covers, the band has a few original songs, including the ballad "Eternal Future" (永遠の未来, Towa no Mirai) from the Rurouni Kenshin film.

Animetal the Second[edit]

A project titled Animetal the Second, centered around anonymous female vocalist Queen.M, was started in 2015 to continue the Animetal tradition.[4] Its self-titled debut album was released on March 25 by Gr8! Records and features musicians such as Akira Takasaki, Masayoshi Yamashita and George Lynch.[4][5] It was followed up in April 2016 with Blizzard of Animetal the Second, which features Paul Gilbert, Luke Takamura and Saki (Mary's Blood).[6]




Studio albums[edit]

# Title Label Release date
1 Animetal Marathon Sony Music Entertainment Japan 1997 March 21
2 Animetal Marathon II 1998 February 21
3 Animetal Marathon III 1998 October 21
4 Animetal Marathon IV Cutting Edge Records 2001 September 12
5 Animetal Marathon V VAP 2003 June 25
6 Animetal Marathon VI 2004 September 22
7 Animetal Marathon VII 2005 October 21
8 Decade of Bravehearts 2006 August 02

Live albums[edit]

# Title Label Release date
1 Complete First Live Sony Music Entertainment Japan 1999 October 01
2 Complete Last Live 1999 October 01
3 The Animetal -Re-Birth Heroes- VAP 2004 June 23


# Title Label Release date
1 This Is Japanimetal Marathon Sony Music Entertainment Asia 1998 April 7
(Asia only)
2 Best of Animetal Sony Music Entertainment Japan 1998 May 21
3 And Then... The Legend of Animetal 2011 October 12


  • "Animetal" (アニメタル, Animetaru)
  • "This Is Animetal"
  • "Tokusatsu de Ikō!" (特撮でいこう!, Let's Go With Tokusatsu!)
  • "Animetal Summer" (アニメタル・サマー, Animetaru Samā)
  • "Sentimetal" (センチメタル, Senchimetaru)
  • "Shukuteki Kenzan!" (宿敵見参!, Meeting the Old Enemy!) from Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots
  • "The Juppongatana" (The 十本刀, The Ten Swords) from Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots
  • "Towa no Mirai" (永遠の未来, Eternal Future) ending theme of Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots
  • "Yūki no Akashi" (勇気の証, Proof of Courage)
  • "For The Bravehearts Only!"


  • Animetalive
  • Animetal Live at Nissin Power Station 1998
  • The Fourth Marathon
  • The Psycho Marathon
  • Songs for Everlasting Future

Animetal Lady[edit]


# Title Label Release date
1 Animetal Lady Marathon Sony Music Entertainment Japan 1998 February 21
2 Animetal Lady Marathon II Cutting Edge Records 2002 April 10


  • "Animetal Lady Sanjō!" (アニメタル・レディー参上!, Animetaru Redī Sanjō!, Animetal Lady Has Arrived!)
  • "Animetal Lady Kenzan!" (アニメタル・レディー見参!, Animetaru Redī Kenzan!, Animetal Lady Has Been Found)


  1. ^ Animetal Official Site
  2. ^ Eizo Japan Official Site
  3. ^ "【ピックアップ!】哀旋士…声明文! - Web Rock Magazine BEEAST". 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  4. ^ a b "二代目アニメタル、歌うのは謎の女性Queen.M". Natalie (in Japanese). 2020-02-04. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  5. ^ "二代目アニメタルとLOUDNESS高崎&山下「アクエリオン」カバー". Natalie (in Japanese). 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  6. ^ "ANIMETAL THE SECOND、新アルバムに二井原実作詞のオリジナル曲". Natalie (in Japanese). 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2020-09-25.

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