After days of inactivity in this blog, it’s feels awesome to be back! And here I got you guys a little something to make up for the post-less days passed: my top 15 anime opening sequences just for you to watch! If you viewed my Anime List page and liked what you saw, then I guess you’ll have no qualms with me saying that you’ll also love what’s in store for you here.
These are my personal top 15 and no, they are not in order. I really love them all but I just couldn’t decide how to rank them since they all have varying pros and cons. An opening or closing sequence, even an insert song, may be rated on its musicality, fancy visual effects, creativity, relation to the plot and characters, moe elements, weirdness factor, the fact that it doesn’t appear too scripted, and god knows what else.
Heck, there are even those that you’d just ignore at first. But after coming to know the show and its surprisingly interesting plot, it suddenly takes your no. 1 spot. That is, until a new awesome series shows up – thus repeating the cycle. And I guess that brings birth to us feeling irritated when people just dismiss our anime by judging them halfheartedly – “They don’t know what they’re missing since they haven’t watched everything yet!” is probably what we wanted to say. LOL
Of the thousands of anime series out there, I guess it’s really impossible to account a perpetual top 15 of such. So yeah, these are mine as of the time being, and I hope you enjoy them! Also, share your favorite OP sequences by commenting below! :)
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni – Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni
In all seriousness, this OP from Higurashi got me watching anime again after I went on hiatus from such a lifestyle for 4 years in college. And of course, one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I had tons of anime queued on my list.
I really loved this one because of the very unusual genre they used, as well as how both the video and music really captured the initial theme of the show – mysterious and scary. The 2nd season OP, which focuses more on the sadness and tragedies that befell the characters, will be in part 2 of this post.
When the evening cicadas cry in the forbidden forest, you cannot turn back anymore.
Welcome to the NHK – Puzzle
This song from Welcome to the NHK is just so refreshing. I really can’t put it into words, so just watch it and see what I mean. How the pop art-ish video blends with the characters’ portrayal and music is spot on!
Reaching out with both hands, a puzzle making no progress / It gets left behind until us two meet by chance / Something’s gone missing; we need to get back that final piece / In order to walk forward
Serial Experiments Lain – Duvet
Really cool intro for the legendary anime Serial Experiments Lain. ‘Nuf said.
And you know I don’t mean to hurt you / But you know that it means so much / And you don’t even feel a thing /
I am falling / I am fading / I have lost it all
Death Note S2 – What’s Up, People!?
Well, we all know how deranged the anti-hero Light from Death Note is, right? This is him personified through OP!
Convenience, convenience hurray! / Is the meaning to living boring? / Let’s slander the war debate amongst idiots
Ghost in the Shell S.A.S. 2nd Gig – CHRistmas in the SiLenT ForeSt (Alternate OP)
Not many GITS S.A.S. fans have seen this alternate OP, but the visual execution is just too awesome! This is definitely not your usual anime opening. POV of Motoko waking up in a hospital, with everyone on fast-forward except for the other major characters, who are seen engaged in either work or war. The location drastically changes via 3D morphing. As expected from those who concocted the Stand Alone Complex!
Seeing colors / Ribbons of their truth / Can I touch to reconnect? / See beyond the light
In Bubbles rise — to surface in someone’s eye / Synchrons that dwell
Shakugan No Shana S2 – Joint
For this OP of Shakugan no Shana, I especially loved the rockin’ guitar riff which I can’t seem to get off my head. And to top it off, Shana looks so awesome in her burning Flame Haze outfit!
In the world that I see again / There is dust, afterimages, and faint shadows / You have the determination to carry everything
On your valiant back / What do you want to do? Why? / A lonely journey- Even though you must have decided on it
Nodame Cantabile – Allegro Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile – a very fun classical music-themed anime, indeed. So is this very catchy song!
Eighty-eight dreams and stories / Missing rests, changing harmonies
Softly and quietly, I catch my breath / Until I become who I’m supposed to be
Minami-ke – Keikenchi Joushouchuu
Taking slice-of-life to the extreme, the three sisters from Minami-ke takes the cake with a very fun and opening song! Those chibi characters that pop up every now and then to just shout Yey!, Whoohoo!, Fu!, Hoo!, Hai! and one-word or one-phrase lyrics are just so darn cute!
Let’s carry happiness / and have a great time / What’s important lies gently besides our hearts
Towards the shining light / The southern wind speeds up / Watch me gain EXP points!