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Monday, August 4, 2014

Masaaki Endoh -- Senchi yo, Tachiagare! (戦士よ、起ち上がれ!)

I remember when I was just a teenage watching an anime channel (Locomotion) for the first time and this epic song would come up every now and then in its short opening theme version. To be honest, I never liked Cybuster (魔装機神サイバスター), the anime it represented, but the song, the powerful “Senchi yo, Tachiagare!”, sung by Masaaki Endoh (遠藤正明), is just as glorious as in the first time I listened to it.

One of the things that I assumed right from the start was about the song’s age. For me, it really belonged in the early-to-mid 80s, but surely not in June 1999, the original release date. The arrangement seemed very outdated (in the best way possible) for the late 90s, and the same could be told about the strong vocals. Where were all the crazy synths, out-of-place guitar solos, typical elements of the anime song genre at the time? In the end, “Senchi yo, Tachiagare!” just screams power to me, and I really feel powerful trying to sing it. Of course, it’s been years since I tried to sing it for the last time, but I’ll probably try it again soon.

“Senchi yo, Tachiagare!” reached #78 on the Oricon charts. Lyrics were written by Tetsuo Kudo (工藤哲雄), while music was composed by Sakashita Masatoshi (坂下正俊). As for the arrangement, it was done by Kenichi Sudo (須藤賢一).


  1. Hi, Marcos, and thanks for putting this song up. I can hear you about feeling pumped up when you listen to it. I almost felt like saluting the video myself (but with a title meaning "Atten-TION, soliders!!", it's probably quite natural to feel that way). :) And yes, the arrangement sounds as if it should have been made for an anime back in the early 80s. From what I've heard from my anime buddy's music collection, there were a few themes that decided to turn back time.

    1. Hi, J-Canuck. "Senchi yo, Tachiagare!" is really a very powerful song, and it suits a mecha anime very well. I'd like to know some more anime songs with this kind of arrangement. In fact, the 90s, especially the late years, were a very great period for anime songs.


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