The various Japanese Transformers television shows each feature one or more opening and closing theme song.
Each Transformers series in Japan has featured its own opening and closing theme song. Many different performers contributed over the years, giving a wide variety of different styles, from rap to pop, from serious to silly. Typically, the same artist would perform the opening and closing songs for a given series, though there are exceptions. Occasionally, an artist would provide music for multiple series.
- Opening: The Headmasters (ザ・ヘッドマスターズ) by Hironobu Kageyama
- Closing: You Are a Transformer (君はトランスフォーマー / Kimi wa Toransufōmā) by Hironobu Kageyama
- Opening: Theme of Super God Masterforce (超神マスターフォースのテーマ / Chōjin Masutāfōsu no Tēma) by Toshiya Igarashi
- Closing: Burn! Transformer (燃えろ!トランスフォーマー / Moero! Toransufōmā) by Toshiya Igarashi
- Opening: Transformer V (トランスフォーマーV) by Koji Kaya
- Closing: Autobots Banzai (サイバトロンばんざい / Seibertron Banzai) by Korogi '73
- Opening: Theme of Transformer Z (トランスフォーマーZのテーマ/Toransufōmā Z no Tēma) by Ichirou Mizuki
- Closing: For the You of Tomorrow (未来の君へ / Ashita no Kimi e) by Ichirou Mizuki
- Opening: WAR WAR！STOP IT by Banana Ice
- Closing: FOR THE DREAM by Mickey
- Closing (special): Hello! Toughness (Hello！タフネス) by Victory Seiji & Stone Dynamic Fist Three
- Opening 1: Evolution of the Soul (魂のエヴォリューション / Tamashī no Evoryūshon) by Hironobu Kageyama
- Closing 1: BA-BI-BU-BE Beast Wars (バ・ビ・ブ・べ ビーストウォーズ) by Hironobu Kageyama & The Ba-Bi-Bu-Be Bombers
- Opening 2: Millennium Soldier (千年のソルジャー / Sen-nen no Sorujā) by Hironobu Kageyama
- Closing 2: HALLELUYAH by Hironobu Kageyama, Mitsuko Horie, & The Ba-Bi-Bu-Be Bombers
- Opening (special 1): Song of the Beginning (始まりの唄 / Hajimari no Uta) by Katsu Seiji & Isugi Kenzo
- Closing (special 1): To the Never-ending Skies (果てしないこの宇宙(SORA)へ / Hateshinai kono (Sora) e) by Katsu Seiji & Isugi Kenzo
- Opening (special 2): Off to That Dream (あの夢の彼方へ / Ano Yume no Kanata e) by
- Closing (special 2): Wa! Wa! Wonderland (WA！WA！ワンダーランド) by C.O.A.
- Opening 1: GET MY FUTURE by Cyber Nation Network
- Opening 2: SUPER VOYAGER by Cyber Nation Network
- Closing: Where Dreams Are (夢のいる場所 / Yume no Iru Bashyo) by Cyber Nation Network
- Opening (special): Space Dreamer: Distant Beast Wars (SPACE DREAMER―遥かなるビーストウォーズ― / SPACE DREAMER-Harukanaru Bīsuto Wōzu-) by C.O.A.
- Closing (movie): MY SHOOTING STAR by C.O.A.
- Opening: Love Forever: To Protect You (Love For Ever―君を守るために― / Love For Ever-Kimi o Mamoru Tame ni-) by M.C.R.
- Closing: The Universe in Your Hands (手の中の宇宙 / Te no Naka no Uchū) by Hitomi Yuki
- Opening: Blazing Overdrive: Car Robot Cybertron (炎のオーバードライブ〜カーロボットサイバトロン〜 / Honō no Ōbādoraibu ~Kā Robotto Saibatoron~) by Kōji Wada
- Closing: Marionette (マリオネット) by Mami Nishikaku
The Unicron TrilogyEdit
- Opening 1: Transformer - Dream Again by Psychic Lover
- Closing 1: Never Ending Road by Psychic Lover
- Opening 2: Transformers: Steel Courage (Transformers〜鋼鉄の勇気〜 / TRANSFORMERS~Kôtetsu no Yūki~) by Hideaki Takatori
- Closing 2: Don't Give Up!! by Psychic Lover
- Opening: Solar Transform!! (太陽のtransform!! / Taiyō no Transform!!) by Hiroshi Kitadani
- Closing: Calling You by Takayoshi Tanimoto
- Opening 1: Call You ... The Future of You and Me (CALL YOU・・・君と僕の未来 / Call You... Kimi to Boku no Mirai) by Shinji Kakijima
- Closing 1: Always (いつも / Itsumo) by Tomoka Issei
- Opening 2: Ignition! (イグニッション!) by CHINO
- Closing 2: Growing up! by Shinji Kakijima
Though each Transformers series featured distinctive music, the songs were not widely available in the '80s. Some of them were collected together with non-Transformers anime and sold as part of massive compilations. With the debut of Beast Wars, that started to change. CD singles of most Beast Wars-era songs were readily available, and eventually albums compiling many songs began to be released. By 2003, the Generation One series would see similar treatment.
Transformers Theme Song CollectionEdit
The Transformers Theme Song Collection is a two-disc CD set. It was released by Columbia Music Entertainment on August 20, 2003 in Japan. It features all of the Japanese theme songs from Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers through Micron Legend and runs approximately 2 hours.
Transformers: History of Music 1984-1990Edit
The Transformers: History of Music 1984-1990 is a five-disc CD set released by Columbia Music Entertainment on March 31, 2004 in Japan. It includes themes and background music for all of the various Japanese Generation One series. Running time is approximately 5 hours.
Transformers: Song UniverseEdit
The Transformers: Song Universe is a five-disc CD set. It was released by Columbia Music Entertainment on August 8, 2007 in Japan. Unlike the History of Music collection, it has no background music, though it spans G1 through the end of the Unicron Trilogy. In addition to theme songs, it includes karaoke version of many of the songs, B-sides of singles and Kiss Players radio dramas. It runs approximately 6 hours.