Clannad's ending is quite different to the opening. While the opening starts off slowly and quickly picks up speed, the ending's pace stays mostly the same thought. Having said that however, the ending is an absolutely beautiful song, both in terms of vocals and music. The song's lyrics are quite unusual, describing a family of dango (jam dumplings). I'm not quite sure what relation has to the main series, although i've heard that it somehow ties in with the main series - something to look out for.
The Angel Beats! anime has a fair amount of music associated with it - mostly thanks to the band 'Girls Dead Monster' within the series itself. The band had two vocalists, Iwasawa and Yui. When performing, their character voices where not used. Instead, professional artists sung the songs. Iwasawa's vocalist was marina and Yui's was LiSA.
My Soul, Your Beats! / Brave Song (Opening and Ending)
The opening song, My Soul, Your Beats!, was sung by Lia who has also sung other songs for other Key production - such as Air's opening theme - 鳥の歌 (tori no uta, Bird's Song). The opening is extremely upbeat, however the extended version is somewhat lacking in variety. The ending song, Brave Song, was sung by 多田葵 (Tada Aoi). Unlike the opening, Brave Song is much calmer. The combination of an upbeat opening and a calm ending suits the series perfectly. Both songs where released on an album which was creatively entitled My Soul, Your Beats! / Brave Song.
Girls Dead Monster released 4 CDs, in order of release they are;
Contains the songs Crow Song, Alchemy and My Song. All of these featured within the anime itself and where sung by Iwasawa/marina. My Song is very different to the other two as it is a ballad. marina is able to sing all of the songs perfectly and this is my favourite Girls Dead Monster album.
Contains the songs Thousand Enemies, Rain Song and Highest Life. Thousand Enemies features in the anime and was the first song that Yui sang. LiSA is a good vocalist, but I prefer Iwasawa/marina slightly more.
Contains the songs Little Braver, Shine Days and Answer Song. I felt that these songs where better than the ones on Thousand Enemies but still not as good as the ones on Crow Song by Iwasawa/marina.
This CD was released shortly after the end of the series and contains a mix of songs. It includes Yui versions of Iwasawa's songs, Girls Dead Monster versions of the opening and ending songs and 4 new songs - 23:50, Run with Wolves, Morning Dreamer and 一番の宝物 (ichiban no takaramono, My Most Precious Treasure). The first 3 songs are nothing special, just your standard Yui/LiSA songs. However, 一番の宝物 is a truly beautiful song which played over the end of Episode 10 ([spoiler]Yui's disappearance episode[/spoiler]). Unfortunately, I felt that the Yui version of My Song wasn't as good as the original version - it changed it from a beautiful ballad to a rock ballad. While it is still a fairly good song I much prefer the original version, especially considering the context within which it was sung.
The OST release totals 47 tracks (including the opening and ending songs), it was great to hear the full versions of them and there are a couple that I don't actually remember featuring in the series. Fans of the song 一番の宝物 (ichiban no takaramono, My Most Precious Treasure) will be pleased to hear that a background music version and one sung by karuta are present. Both are beautiful pieces of music that I really like listening to. The music which first featured in PV6 is also present on OST release - theme of SSS, not Angelic Angel Beats as some people had called it.
Angel Beats ending song is Brave Song, sung by Aoi Tada. Unlike the opening song the ending is very calm and slow paced but beautiful in it's own way. The animation is also somewhat simple, with all of the cast fading in, including members of both Class SSS and Girls Dead Monster. Like the opening, the CD single for Brave Song is also due out on the 26th of May.
Update: The ending changes every episode based on the events of that episode. That means that characters in it can appear and disappear.
Unfortunately, unlike the opening, the ending is nothing special. The animation used is quite simplistic and uninteresting. A good song would have made up for this, but unfortunately the ending doesn't even manage this. The song, Why, or Why Not is sung by Hiroyuki Oshima in English. While i've got absolutely nothing against songs being sung in English, this one hasn't been sung very well. I think i'll be skipping the ending of each episode rather than watching it like I do for most endings.
While waiting for my preferred fansub group to sub episode 15, I decided to check out the 2nd ending. In a word, wow! The 1st ending's song (Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he- by ELISA) was a nice song, but a little slow and calm for my liking. However, the 2nd ending song (Real Force by ＥＬＩＳＡ) hits you straight away. It's a fast, upbeat song and has some amazing vocals!
The the colour on the accompanying animation is a little strange, I think real-colour animation would look much better. We see the main characters all preparing to leave for school and meeting up. The point where they push against the door (0:47) and the camera flies through is simply amazing and really compliments the song - it's something you really need to see, video at the end of this post as usual.
The CD single for this will be released on the 17th of February, will be interesting to see what the other song on the single will be.