It’s hard for me to get excited when it comes to anime openings, maybe it’s because they always hold a theme depending on the genre, so for rom/com harem shows I expect it shows all the girls and the track will be sweet bubblegum J-pop theme; while action shows have a bit more punch, I mostly hear that male/female J-pop voice that just automatically makes me skip the whole opening.
Since we pretty much have listened to every anime opening this year, I have decided to write all my best openings season by season, I have already pick most of them but I have gone back to see if I missed I might be into, so without further or do, let’s jam:
Winter 2013/14 season
Hoozuki no Reitetsu
So hey, WIT Studio can succeed in making other shows that aren’t Attack On Titan hurrah! It’s good to see them make a silly fun comedy show and this opening indeed shows it, the theme song easily gets into your head, it’s hard to not sing “jigoku! jigoku!” during that darn chorus, I really dig it.
The animation is full of color showing plenty of characters, half being animated drawings, to characters dancing, it’s just really fun to watch and it’s a perfect opening for this show.
Nobunagun’s OP maybe cheaply animated but man I really do dig this song, it easily gets my attention with that hard guitar and the shouting of “RESPECT FOR THE DEAD MAN” and while it’s animated a bit poorly, the character designs & names look pretty ridiculous when they are shown in groups. I didn’t hear much praise from the anime as a whole but this is something that could fit on my music library.
This one I did skip quite a bit since the song isn’t as interesting until the mid-part when it kicks in but the animation is the main draw here, going for a more black & white style until the song finally hits the chorus and the screen hits with color during those action moments, it’s good stuff.
Of course I’m going to mention Space Dandy guys, it’s once again another fun OP that’s really hard to skip, well animated and with that darn funky track from Yasuyuki Okamura, I think this will be remembered in the years to come.
I could just link the actual OP but instead, just have the whole Yasuyuki Okamura – Viva Namida music video.
Spring 2014 season
Brynhildr in the Darkness
By the guy who directed Elfen Lied, Brynhildr in the Darkness is yet again another really well made opening, probably the creepiest on the whole list, it contains death, blood, explosions and unknown magic powers, the track also adds to the creepiness mixing orchestral with wub wub but it works, which is a rare feat to accomplish.
I also recommend you listen to the Ejectro version after, that is one of my favorite remixes of the year:
Kenzen Robo Daimidaler (NSFW)
“Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!, Daimidaler!”
It would be so easy to leave this off the list, especially considering some of the scenes are very questionable but credit is due for having a really kick ass opening, also there is a certain moment around the middle of the series where it is used as a ending theme to great effect. The song is brilliant, sung by Masaaki Endoh who also lent his voice to GaoGaiGar and Daigander.
So yeah TLDR: excellent song, questionable OP scene choices.
Ping Pong: The Animation
Yuasa’s Ping Pong The Animation has been praised to death by most of us and he has yet again supplied us with another memorable opening, however I wasn’t expecting such a energetic, in-your-face one.
It was slightly worrying during the first 2 episodes since it was a repeat of animation from those actual episodes but it finally fully showed during the 3rd, it was also during future episodes when the OP changed from time to time, mostly adding some extra detail to characters.
Excellent stuff from Yuasa yet again!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
I almost missed putting this on here due to Anichart not having it on previous season list’s but fear not since I did not forget greatness of the Stardust Crusaders opening, much like other Jojo openings, this was a grower, I’m still a big fan of David Production using CGI to animate these openings and the song is good overall, it’s again one of those themes that gets your attention so you can Stand Proud (sorry).
Summer 2014 season
This one gives me the fe-, It gives me the fee-, it makes me feel good *whew*, it’s just very cheerful every time I watch it, also it makes real good use of the music during certain moments in it, it’s very fitting to one of the surprise hits of the year.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/103254675″>Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Opening</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/martinhdeer”>Martin HDeer</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
My love for this show has been big over the past year and it thankfully has a really likeable opening that avoids the generic J-pop trappings and goes with a more funky theme, damn I love that acoustic guitar, it’s once again another fun theme with the cast showing there personalities, plus the opening animation shows great enthusiasm and color.
So yeah, season 2 better happen, this better not turn out to be a Giant Killing wai- ;_;
I’ll be mentioning this band again later but I really like Ling Tosite Sigure but this was a solo effort from lead singer TK and it shows since this is a bit more orchestral, this one is both beautiful yet tragic with fits the opening really well, since this is a dark fantasy.
Very stylized this one but I like it, reminds me that I will have to finish watching it soon.
Winter 2014 season
Patasyte ~the maxim~
Band Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas are hit & miss for me, I have no idea why they randomly appeared with a replacement OP during Brynhildr in the Darkness’s run with a pretty meh song but stuff like the Kaiji Season 2 is fantastic.
This to me is much like the latter, I like this opening personally, it gives use the basics on what the show is about and I really like the song when it kicks in midway through.
Actually, looking at all the openings I’ve included, there is a surprisingly lack of sequels on here, so including this is a bit weird. Still, Ling Tosite Sigure return to do the new opening to Psycho-Pass 2.
Much like Ping Pong, the further episodes you watch, you start to see some changes, which is probably hinting on what might happen during this season, the song is yet again fast and gets pretty crazy in the end, solid stuff.
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
Last but not least, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is just a really fun rock song with a pretty catchy chorus, it might not be the best considering I find the animation a bit average but I’ve hummed this quite a lot recently and that’s enough to get on my list