Posted by psgels on 8 May 2010 with categories: Top 10 Anime

Well, so this was requested a few months ago, and I finally got around to finishing it. I had a lot of fun scavenging youtube and compiling this list, so here are my 25 favourite anime OPs. Before reading, you should note that my taste here is rather weird. I don’t like generic J-pop and J-rock, bar a few exceptions.

What I look for in an OP is song or musical piece that I like, along with creative visuals, but perhaps the most important thing is its context with the series it’s based on. Is there symbolism? Does it capture the atmosphere of the series it’s based on? That kind of stuff. I’m also a big fan of shows that do something interesting with their visuals.

#25: Argento Soma

To start off, an OP that for me stands out as memorable in its simplicity. For a mecha-show you might expect something more hot-blooded, but the subtle vocals, with the visuals who just show what they need to show in order to introduce the the characters and what the plot will be about. Incidentally, Argento Soma also has some of the most interesting episode titles out there.

#24: Fancy Lala

As one of the better mahou shoujo out there, it does have the best OP amongst the genre for me. It’s able to capture the innocence of the lead character perfectly, while also playing to its themes as the big world of adults. The song is catchy and yet not obnoxious and it always was a great way to introduce this series.

#23: Gad Guard

Baccano may be for many people the show with the best Jazzy OP, but I do think that Gad Guard holds a candle over it, simply due to the incredible catchiness of the swinging soundtrack. A closer look at it also shows how much the creators just managed to show about the series within just ninety seconds. There are no spoilers, and yet instead of just showing one bit of every character, it shows a whole bunch of bits about the major cast. Neat.

#22: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Regardless of being an OP, this is just a terrific standalone song that we have here. Incredibly well produced by Yuki Kajiura, with excellent vocals, it really was an excellent way to open this show with every week. And the animation itself also kicks ass on top with the series’ excellent character-designs.

#21: Narutaru

The reason I picked this show was of course because of its irony. Not knowing anything about the content, you’d expect this to be some nice pokemon clone. Everything is brightly coloured and drawn with crayons. It looks like the perfect afternoon show to keep your kids busy. The song itself is a good and well built up rock tune combined with a harmonica. A definite contender for the most misleading opening ever and yet there’s a lot of truth in it: despite the horrible things that happen throughout the series, the lead characters remain innocent children. Also be sure to check out this… interesting Higurashi cross-over.

#20: Kurozuka

I’m a big fan of the metal music genre, so there’s bound to be a number of OPs on this list to reflect this. As Kurozuka was an action-horror series, it couldn’t have gotten itself a better introduction than this one, to pump up its viewers. It’s a bit repetitive, but full of adrenaline. The graphics themselves are way over the top like in the series, with a ton of eye candy to marvel at, even though not everything may make as much sense. There’s actually quite a bit of symbolism in it, but to talk about that would mean delving into spoilers, so I’ll refrain.

#19: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

As a parody of the shoujo-genre, even the OP didn’t miss any chances of poking fun at the genre. The lead four bishies are presented as some sort of catalogue models here, making the most ridiculous poses. Add a few sad scenes in the rain (which had absolutely nothing to do with the actual series), and an actual great song, and the picture is complete.

#18: Kodomo no Omocha (OP 2)

Kodocha’s first OP had to be cancelled due to copyright issues, so it was replaced with this one. The wacky visuals are one thing, but I mostly put it in this list due to the incredibly cheerful song. Heck, I’ve listened to this song throughout more than sixty episodes, and still haven’t gotten tired of it, that’s how much it sticks to your mind without getting annoying. Like the series itself, it’s very much a feel-good OP for me.

#17: Figure 17 – Tsubasa and Hikaru

I again love this OP for the song. It has a great use of instruments, it’s got great vocals, it’s varied, it’s charming, it’s nice and loud. Surprisingly heavy for a series that’s more than half slice of life, but I always found it a great introduction to the show and its unique characters. It’s an emotionally powerful song, especially when combined with the visuals.

#16: Shikabane Hime

I already talked about this one before, and how it was my favourite OP of 2009. Amazing vocals from Angela in a balanced, upbeat and intense song, along with a number of greatly animated action-scenes. It also has an excellent use of colours by the way.

#15: Ergo Proxy

I absolutely love what the creators did with the graphics here. It looks absolutely gorgeous and unlike any other OP that I’ve seen. The CG, filtered live action and traditional animation blend with each other seamlessly and create a great whole. Whoever put this together in the editing room was exceptionally skilled. The song is also down to earth (with actual English vocals, rather than the pretentious Engrish you often hear in OPs) and great for building up the show’s atmosphere.

#14: Beck

A rocking song that’s surprisingly complex for only 90 seconds and repetitive lyrics. It perfectly captured the essence of a show about an aspiring rock band, ranging from the touring, small concerts, and the big outdoor performances. Despite being repetitive, the lyrics symbolize the plot a lot, considering that America plays a big role in this series. This is one of those OPs that has almost nothing to do with the plot of the series, but yet fits it exactly.

#13: Death Note, OP 2

When this series aired, I had already given up of there being any good metal in the OPs of anime. The first OP of Death Note also was a cheesy pop song, so really, when this suddenly blasted out of the screen caught my utter surprise. It’s not just the over the top vocals and grunts that make this OP so good, but the visuals themselves also just rock. A lot of imagination has gotten into portraying the characters (I especially loved Ryuk and his apple, but L’s quirks were also hilarious). To me it’s a very complete OP. But yeah, you really need to like this kind of music, the screaming WILL turn you off otherwise.

#12: Hakaba Kitarou

Now if this isn’t funky, then I don’t know any more. I remember that when I first watched this series, I expected a simple kids show, like what Kitarou became famous for. This OP blew me away with how surprisingly good it was. The manga frames also really capture the quirky nature of the original manga material, while giving a bit of a compilation of the stories that will be featured in the series in such a way, that you’ll only get it if you really end up watching the series. It’s been my favourite OP of 2008 with good reason, because very, very few anime can boast an OP that swings as much as this one.

#11: Niea Under 7

The previous entries on this list were upbeat and energetic, but this is an OP I love because of its simplicity. It just screams intrigue with all of the visuals it shows. Nothing is into context for the actual series, but the graphics and character-designs look gorgeous and very creative. The wanted posters were a bit of a weird idea, but they work surprisingly well. The vocals take a bit to get used to, but the vocalist has some strange charm over him with his weird yet raw voice.

#10: Paranoia Agent

So yes, this OP rocks because of its ideas: having the lead characters stand laughing in the most nonsensical situations. Satoshi Kon (or whoever came up with it) is a genius. It’s without a doubt something that catches your eye, and fits the disturbing nature of the series itself to a T. The yodelling vocals only make it better. It’s a shame that this guy doesn’t get to voice in more soundtracks, other than the ones for his Satoshi Kon movies, because he really is a good singer.

#9: The Legend of Black Heaven

Here is an OP that did just about everything right. Black Heaven is a show about nostalgia: longing back to the past days of glory. The entire OP is the personification of the feelings that the lead character has to the days in which he was a rock-star, the days filled with drugs, sex and rock and roll. This OP chose not to focus on the series itself, but rather its core essence, and made a music video out of it, with awesome results. And then there is the animation! Bold, fluid and out of control. And if that wasn’t already enough, the song itself also kicks ass beyond belief.

#8: FLAG

For the raw emotional power. FLAG’s OP isn’t just an OP, it also tells the story of the people that this series is about, and the staggering contrast between the lead character, who grew up as a regular kid in a regular Japanese household, and the people in the war-torn area that the series takes place in. This isn’t some kind of summary or introduction, it really adds something to the series in terms of storytelling, characters and setting, to a degree I’ve hardly ever seen before. The music lacks vocals, but it’s haunting enough already without them.

#7: Bokura no

Bokura no’s OP becomes especially engaging as the series goes on, but to explain why would include way too many spoilers. Despite the huge cast, the creators really gave all of them the chance to introduce themselves, unbeknownst to what would happen to them; it’s an OP that shines due to the incredibly strong cast that the series already has. The vocals and visuals give them ample time to shine. Not to mention that the song itself is also very haunting.

#6: Fantastic Children

What a ballad; these vocals seriously are something else. The song is beautifully and powerfully sung into a huge chunk of atmosphere. The instruments know to keep just enough presence to strengthen the song, rather than going too over the top, and it works wonderfully.

#5: Now and Then, Here and There

Seriously, this may just be a piece of music with a bunch of small photos; it may not seem like anything special, but I nearly get teary-eyed just from watching it. That’s how powerful the simplicity works in this case. This OP doesn’t try to be anything over the top, or it doesn’t try to lure in the characters with characters, trying to look cool. No. It’s just a prelude to a series in which enough horrible things happen already. It’s minimalistic, but with series as this one, such a simple OP is the best choice to show the best of the characters.

#4: Paradise Kiss

When I watched this (right before starting this blog, actually), I actually didn’t quite like the fully realistic series yet (yes, my taste has changed quite a bit in the past four and a half years). This really has been the only series, where I kept watching because the OP was just so damn good! I don’t like most of the J-pop, but for songs like this I’m ready enough to make an exceptions. The balance inside the song is excellent, the vocals are wonderful and the visuals are just gorgeous. After all these years, it’s still the Noitamina OP that I consider to be the best, and none of the series that aired after it featured an OP that impressed me more (hint, hint).

#3: Cromartie High School

Most of the OPs on this list have been serious… this one isn’t. I just love how everything comes together, and how this OP brings the cast of morons that the series focuses on to life. The instruments are beyond catchy, but it’s also hilarious how everyone is trying so hard to make a serious face. I’m a big fan of deadpan humour, and this really is the ultimate in it. It’s such a charming and feel-good OP that I couldn’t resist to put it among my favourites.

#2: Overman King Gainer

This OP is just synonymous to awesome. It’s over the top and hot blooded like your average mecha series, but what makes it stand miles above the rest is the choreography and the dancing. The dancing robots are exceptionally inspiring, but there are a ton of bold ideas that make this OP larger than life, it’s done in such an over the top way that it becomes incredibly charming.

#1: Great Teacher Onizuka

I’m usually not a fan of L’Arc-en-Ciel; they’re often too cheesy for my tastes. But damn, talk about an exception here. The vocals here are just more than excellent: they’re well delivered and have a huge range. It’s very emotionally charged, and Studio Pierrot’s trademark style of animation only makes it better. The visuals are incredibly stylish and symbolic of what’s going to happen in the series. Because of that, I consider this to be the best OP I have ever seen.

So that’s my list. I really hope that I didn’t include too many youtube embedded videos in one post. Does anyone know if there’s a limit, perhaps? Preferably I don’t want to split up this post, to prevent it from becoming a bit of an disorganized mess. In any case, if there’s any desire for a top ED post, I’ll start working on it in the next months. So what are your favourite OPs?

61 Responses

  1. thomas says:

    This pretty much kills your front page, it loads way too slow now. Just a heads up.

  2. Shogun22 says:

    Interesting list, but i’m surprised the OP of “Eden of the East” didn’t make it to your top 25.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCGFoySGfMM

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Good point. Thank god there’s the more-tag that allows you to hide content from the front page. Is this better?

  4. Wow…the page doesn’t load slow….I dont see what the problem.

  5. Etrangere says:

    whoaw, what an awesome list of OPs. I don’t know a quarter of those shows, and now I want to watch a lot of them XD
    Love how many of those musics really hit that nostalgic / epic vibe I love so much. Also that Gad Guard OP literally made me dance at once, such good jazz

  6. Wyrdwad says:

    Great list! I agree with almost every one of your choices, and GTO is a fine choice for #1 – that OP is amazing!

    -Tom

  7. shirokiryuu says:

    I’m a huge L’arc~en~Ciel fan… I have to admit nothing beats the era around when Driver’s High was released. I loved hyde’s vocals so much back then. Pretty interesting and unique choices, I made me remember a few songs I enjoyed but forgot about (Ergo Proxy and Bokurano’s OPs). Looking forward to the next post!

  8. Wyrdwad says:

    Hmmm… actually, while we’re discussing anime OPs, here are three that I think MIGHT have made your list, if you’d yet seen the anime they come from:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8hdmAM6o44
    DNA2
    Another L’Arc~en~Ciel opening, and while I don’t think it fits as well as GTO’s – nor is the opening anywhere near as well-done – I like the song quite a bit better, and I think it fits well with the visuals, which fit well with the extraordinarily silly and over-the-top (yet somehow heartwarming) series. Been one of my favorite anime openings ever since I first saw it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRM585MVvyA
    Planetes
    This would honestly be a contender for my #1 favorite OP of all time, actually. Not only is the song really great, and not only are the visuals really unique and artistic (and highly reminiscent of the opening to Star Trek: Enterprise, but much more fitting of the show), but this opening also changes a good 12-14 times during the course of the 26-episode show, constantly updating itself with a few new elements, characters, or scene flashes as the story progresses. It’s also VERY appropriate to the show, briefly showing off a little hint at the personalities of all its characters, as well as a look into the history of the world they now live in. Amazing show, amazing OP.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry2n8A2mVtI
    The Daichis: Earth Defense Family
    This is probably one of the most obscure anime I consider myself a big fan of, but I really did LOVE this show… it’s the perfect mixture of silly, serious, and action-packed, and there’s never a single moment’s rest in its high-adrenaline, high-speed antics. And this OP… well, it may be the single most fast-paced anime OP I’ve ever seen, showing off bits and pieces of what makes this show so great… plus, the song is obnoxiously catchy, with some of the most thinly-veiled dirty lyrics I’ve ever heard. (: If anyone else would appreciate this anime, it would be you, Psgels – it’s great both as a comedy AND as a drama, and very few shows manage to light the candle at both ends like that.

    -Tom

  9. Hunter-Wolf says:

    I think the Baccano OP and Durarara OP1&2 deserve a spot in this list .. not only do they portray the style of story telling in both series .. but also have lots of subtle details and cool transitions.

    Also Eureka 1st and 2nd OP are excellent .. they capture they spirit of the show very well .. are vivid and have good music/songs.

    Also can’t agree more on the FLAG OP .. it is very powerful.

  10. Omurqi says:

    Great list, and it actually introduced me to a lot of OPs I didn’t know about :D

    I love how the vocals in the NieA_7 OP sound alike to Tom Waits. I pretty much disliked the entire show, but I couldn’t help but listen to that opening over and over.

  11. HENRCAST says:

    I wished you had watched Cowboy Bebop. It’s pretty far from being my favorite show, but it definitively has my favorite OP.

  12. Scamp says:

    Awww, no Xam’d? That’s my favourite.

    I’d seen the Gad Guard one ages ago but totally forgot about it. I’d probably put Baccano above it because Baccano is smarter with the way it portrays the characters. Then again, I haven’t seen Gad Guard so meh~

  13. Sapphire says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t pick Escaflowne’s OP. I love the song, Maaya Sakamoto’s voice and the whole presentation of the characters. I watched it before every single episode ^^

  14. Reltair says:

    Wow, I haven’t even seen the majority of the shows here, but talk about a blast from the past. Ergo Proxy and GTO, good times. As always, it’s cool to see your taste in things. ^^

  15. crazydave says:

    these aren’t in all particular order. just op’s that I consider in my top good

    Baccano! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msg8ypnLqaw

    Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AML7bKPNVTs

    Last Exile – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg_WdJql2sE&feature=related

    Mouryou no Hako – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9bQb3lwfTg

    Welcome to the NHK – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcjLT-EOrPA

  16. Hunter-Wolf says:

    @HENRCAST

    Agree about Cowboy Bebop OP, it’s one of the best Jazzy openings i saw .. great use of colors/animation too and fits perfectly with the style of the series.

    There is also Samurai Champloo OP (also by the same people who made Cowboy) … very stylish art/presentation and some wacky Jap Rap .. which fits perfectly with the series .. you will understand if you have watched it.

    Then there is Ghost in the Shell:SAC … just the fact that both OP are composed by Yoko Kano and sang by Origa makes them full of win .. they really get you into the mood too.

  17. shirofox says:

    bokurano and now and then here and there…
    two series that made me cry.
    great OPs

  18. JBM says:

    I believe Eden of the East’s OP deserve a spot on that list.. it’s stylish, slick, although the song isn’t J-rock, it surprisingly fits and complements not only the OP visuals but also the anime itself… it’s in the same vein as Ergo Proxy’s OP so I was surprised at its omission, but still, an awesome list and I agree with a lot of the choices..

  19. kagura says:

    So far I’ve only seen 7 of the shows you listed (GTO, Paradise Kiss, Bokura no, Death Note, Beck, Ergo Proxy and Shikabane Hime) and I agree that all of them have great openings.

    And this would be my list (at least for now):

    01. Mouryou no Hako
    02. Planetes
    03. Baccano!/Durarara!!
    04. Cowboy Bebop
    05. Bounen no Xam’d
    06. Michiko to Hatchin
    07. Samurai Champloo
    08. Ergo Proxy
    09. Witch Hunter Robin
    10. Bokura no
    11. Spice and Wolf (OP 1)
    12. Phantom (OP 1)
    13. Jigoku Shoujo (OP 1)
    14. Gankutsuou
    15. Monster
    16. Honey & Clover (OP 1&2)

    As for the mahou shoujo, to me it would probably always be Sailor Moon that has the best OPs out there; there are, if I remember correctly, 8 of them, and they all have really nice visuals (at least for a show that started in the early 90s), as well as two pretty much unforgettable songs. Of course, I mean the original Japanese OPs, and not some of those crappy dubbed, cut & censored international versions.

    Anyway, now I’ll be looking forward to your top ED list :)

  20. AlexS says:

    I think you would have probably put Rozen Maiden and Cowboy Bebop in that list, from what I gather from your tastes.

    Personally, I really enjoyed the Mushishi and Kaiba ones (and Kaiba ending is also excellent)

  21. krakbarr says:

    I would’ve put AKFG’s Rewrite in the first place, it really put the dot in the first FMA series and made me really sad about how the anime was about to end. I don’t usually watch OP’s but that was the one I watched every friggin time, so powerful.

  22. jcb says:

    PlanetES, Cowboy Beebop, for sure.

    Samurai Champloo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wScF2ufLBfk

    My favorite is the closing song to naruto season 1, but we aren’t doing closings.

  23. Houlgrave says:

    Hmmn, my list would be something like this-

    1. Requiem From The Darkness OP – The Flame
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_iWhyev5Uw

    Without a doubt, this is the best OP I’ve run across in any anime. Jazzy, poignant and funky in all the best ways possible. Compliments the series imagery perfectly too!

    2. Eureka Seven OP 2: Shounen Heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs2M2sAZpeU

    Love the energy and flow that permeates this particular opening: jazz-rap with a pop sensibility! :D

    3. Wolf’s Rain OP: Stray
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoQuu7GPxAI

    I’m not sure what it is about BONES, but they always nail things on the musical end of things for their anime. This track is no exception!

    4. Freedom OVA OP – This Is Love
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxGqQ0ZpZ0

    Most J-Pop annoys the hell out of me. Utada Hikaru, on the other hand, is wonderful. As close to a perfect pop OP as I’ve ever seen! :)

  24. Sam says:

    Cowboy Bebop

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC… couldn’t find a video of the opening with good sound quality, but the visuals are very good.

    Ghost in the Shell 2nd GiG

    Nodame Cantabile

    Gundam 00 first OP (more L’Arc~en~Ciel)

    Soul Eater

    FMA Brotherhood OP1

    Macross 7, an OP so good it can save the universe!

    Just listing some random ones I enjoyed off the top of my head. I don’t pay much attention to visuals, usually, so they are not really slanted that way I guess. I also enjoy some really cheesy openings like in Gundam SEED, but that’s probably just me… ;p

  25. Sam says:

    Cowboy Bebop

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC… couldn’t find a video of the opening with good sound quality, but the visuals are very good.

    Ghost in the Shell 2nd GiG

    Nodame Cantabile

    Gundam 00 first OP (more L’Arc~en~Ciel)

    Soul Eater

    FMA Brotherhood OP1

    Macross 7, an OP so good it can save the universe!

    Just listing some random ones I enjoyed off the top of my head. I don’t pay much attention to visuals, usually, so they are not really slanted that way I guess. I also enjoy some really cheesy openings like in Gundam SEED, but that’s probably just me… ;p

  26. c160 says:

    I love how I have only seen like half of the shows that psgels listed,more series to check out from their awesome openings!My favorites in this list are Paradise Kiss’ op,Niea 7’s,Paranoia Agent’s,Beck’s and Bokurano’s .While some of my favs that are not in the list are Xam’d,Baccano’s and Zetsubou Sensei’s 1st and 2nd season’s opening.My favourite ending ever would have to be Noir’s Kirei na Kanjou and Nana’s a little pain ^^

  27. aquagon says:

    And not even a mention to Shikata’s Katahane no Tori (Umineko) and Rurutia’s Traumelai (Popolocrois 2003)…

  28. Wyrdwad says:

    Aquagon: Traumelai is good, but Tomodachi no Uta (the second OP) is better – especially the second variation, where Pietro’s playing with the toy boat. (: That’s my favorite PopoloCrois OP by far.

    -Tom

  29. blah says:

    Best post ever psgels!

    Two ones I think should be on there. Kaiba opening and Spice and Wolf op 1. God i love Spice and Wolf op 1.

  30. sheratan says:

    What about “Lilium”, the opening of Elfen Lied?

    Spice and Wolf’s opening too?

  31. Jaen says:

    Higurashi opening where?
    I’m kind of surprised to not see it here. It has that eerie air around it (both visuals and music) that make it really stand out for me.

    BTW: It’s Katayoku no Tori not Katahane.

  32. Michael says:

    Yeah I have to agree with blah. The Spice and Wolf op 1 for me just sums up the whole “feeling” of travel and adventure in 1 minute and 30 seconds, and the visuals and music match perfect.

    Also, the Cowboy Bebop opening is probably the best Jazz OP in anime, though I was impressed with Gad Guard.

  33. Kalandra says:

    As a fan of English anime songs, I am terribly disappointed that none the song are in English.

    Would really like to know why you excluded
    Kaiba OP, Serial Experiment Lain OP, and Gunslinger Girl season 1 OP.

    All three in my mind are very good OP.

  34. Dorienn says:

    33.

    What are you talking about, both Ergo Proxy and BECK are in English. Great animes at that.

  35. Kalandra says:

    Ok, I admit I didn’t know all the theme songs and just wanted my favorites to be the list.

  36. treble89 says:

    I rather not think that your taste is weird, thing of favor is personal after all, great list, love the one from BECK.
    For me,I had to give it to Code Geass R2 second OP, “World End”, I sing it every episode I watched. Also Durarara and FMA are quite good too.

  37. Shippoyasha says:

    I’ll keep this post simple, because posting a whole list of others is rather pointless to me.

    But great to see some people appreciate Kodocha and Cromartie so much. LOVE those shows from head to toe.

  38. anime short says:

    that is nice i like this post

  39. AKI says:

    Mushishi’s The Sore Feet Song is not here but I don’t have the right to complain in the slightest. Glad to see Uninstall and Fancy Lala on the list. Thanks for the time for making this post.

  40. thomas says:

    Agreed on Mushi-shi, Cowboy Bebop and Baccano.

  41. lostty says:

    Good list.
    None of the opening that would make it on my favourite are on yours, but your selection is good too.

  42. Steelman says:

    As always psgel avoids all popular shows :) (typical best op online polls usually have a combination of openings from shows like Evangelion, Card Captor Sakura, Nanoha, Cowboy Bebop etc. at the top).

    I don’t really have a list of best OP, but here is my list of favorite anime songs, where #1, 3, 6, 7, 9 happen to be OP.

    1 You wa shock (Hokuno no Ken – 1984)
    2 Chiisana te no hira (Clannad – 2009)
    3 Zankoku na tenshi no teze (Evangelion – 1995)
    4 Voices (Macross Plus – 1994)
    5 Hime Murasaki (Basilisk – 2005)
    6 Ash like Snow (Gundam 00 – 2007)
    7 Inori (Romeo x Juliet – 2007)
    8 The real folk blues (Cowboy Bebop – 1998)
    9 Wish (Nana – 2006)
    10 New Future (Full Moon wo Sagashite – 2002)

  43. yuu says:

    Please do a top ED post! My top 20 will look something like this.

    1. Princess Tutu – Morning Grace
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTu5FRgKm7U

    2. Texholyze – Guardian Angel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3SzOzm8lmo

    3. Hajime no Ippo – Inner Light (OP2)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1VNM57PHms

    4. Zeta Gundam – Mizu no Hoshi (OP2)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iyinXugttI

    5. Bokurano – Uninstall

    6. Elfen Lied – Lilium
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BMMAUNlNGw

    7. Hajime no Ippo – Tumbling Dice (OP3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vbuobfmBgE

    8. Cowboy Bebop – Tank
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDfxZ4NcE

    9. Gintama – Donten (OP5)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I26tLxJg0uA

    10. Mushishi – The Sore Feet Song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as_s919siGk

    11. Evangelion – Cruel Angel Thesis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXoIEDYCF-A

    12. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (OP1)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvE8XO6YH6o

    13. Excel Saga – Ai (Chuuseishin)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwCYHXRB50U

    14. Juuni Kokki – Juuni Genmukyoku
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93IbHkqRIwA

    15. Gundam 00 – Daybreak’s Bell (OP1)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NHrmTeE9RQ

    16. Death Note – What’s Up People?! (OP2)

    17. Monster – Grain
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt-i-6N4Uyk

    18. Gunslinger Girl – The Light Before We Land
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTxkOM7PMRE

    19. Shaman King – Northern Lights (OP2)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiTvvZvnQjI

    20. Initial D First Stage – Around the World (OP1)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPeO5VQmA6c

  44. tk007 says:

    My own all time fav is Kiseki no Umi from Record of Lodoss War TV Series. It’s been more than 10 years since I first seen it, but it still give me goosepimple even today.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PLUD7gEqTA

  45. signorRossi says:

    Interesting that you included the OP of Fantastic Children, which was almost completely disregarded when the show was airing. The OP of FC is better of course, but I liked the OP almost as much.
    One OP I would have thought to seen in this list was the one from Junni Kokuki, which is just an awesome piece of music. Inner Universe from GitS-SAC is also quite a good OP.

  46. blah says:

    Ahh yuu, i forgot about the hajime no ippo openings. They’re all so good.

    Especially Tumbling Dice for me. I loved that opening. Especially when it shows Date’s back with his glove held up (with that music). So good!

  47. inkka says:

    Nice list again psgels.With this.I begin to know many rare anime.Interesing that most anime OP in your list look rather old.But no doubt that all of them look very charming and appealed
    My favourite OP(That Watch form your list) is Shikabane Hime,Ergo Proxy,Cromartie High School,Hakaba Kitarou.

    But above of them I really love Death note OP the most!! in the symbolic meaning I think it’s the one that can portrays it nicely and easily to understand.Mostly when I watch anime I didn’t interested to decode symbolic in the OP too much. But with this Death note OP.It’s make me think about that side.Along with Great Teacher Onizuka. That has some nice symbolic and nice visual too.

    Usually when I watch OP I watch it mostly because of catchy song,Catchy visual that fit nicely with beat that its song has.

    Hmm..for me I suggest you to watch Nabari no ou and Soul eater OP.It’s simple.But very catchy to make you watch it every time.Most of FMA OP are good too!! But you don’t like generic J-pop and J-rock right?..So my taste maybe different from you.

  48. Wyrdwad says:

    Ooh, good call from Kalandra: serial experiments lain’s OP is AMAZING. That’s one I’d forgotten about, but it’s definitely worthy of ANYONE’S list, I think.

    -Tom

  49. astro says:

    I am surprised that “lost in blue”, op of mouryou no hako is not included in your list. To me, it’s the perfect example of a fitting opening, simple yet a lot of substance if you dig deep, nothing is too bright and the light and shadow is beautifully interpreted. It has a touch of summer’s breeze. During this 1:16, it seems it has told all, yet it didn’t. Everything is under your eye. When it ends, you don’t want it to. Talk about intruding!

  50. aquagon says:

    @Tom: Yeah, I agree with the visuals (and on the second variation, not only the part of Pietro playing with the boat is good, but also the little part that seems to be a reprisal from a Popolo2 battle), but for some reason, Traumelai had more impact in me in the aural department. That’s not to say that Tomodachi no Uta is bad: to me it’s an excellent song.

    @Jaen: Definitively it’s not Katayoku, since Shikata herself sings the song title as “Katahane no Tori” in the full version of the song. Katayoku is no more than a generalized erroneous romanization.

    And well, here it’s my selection of Anime OPs:

    Traumelai (Popolocrois 2003 1st)
    Natsu Kikyuu (Popolocrois 1998)
    Tomodachi no Uta (Popolocrois 2003 2nd)
    Katahane no Tori (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
    ALMATERIA (Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant Chapter)
    Kiseki no Umi (Record of Lodoss War TV)
    Butterfly (Digimon Adventure 1st)
    Kimi ga Ita Monogatari (.hack//Liminality 3rd)
    Believe (Gundam Seed 3rd)
    Obsession (.hack//SIGN)

    Let’s just say I have a pretty weird mix of tastes when it comes to music.

  51. astro says:

    Here’s some my favourite OPs. It’s kind of hard to rank them, because I consider they all have their own characteristic.

    “dis-” – Infinite Ryvius op
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LwO7v7B8oI
    It also has an English version, which I prefer.

    “ikitekoso” – Mushiking op
    http://circle.zoome.jp/sakuga/media/39

    “Oh Edo Nagareboshi IV” – Oh! Edo Rocket op
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGTAJh_b0e0
    I love this op! Pretty, funny, has its ups and downs.

    “GAIKING” – NEO Gaiking op2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4VNt2olbNQ&feature=related
    This op marks the come back of kingcraft(I’m not sure this is the right way to put it in English = =) of robot anime, Toei style.

    “REASON” – Tekkaman Blade op1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1f_mfN-gWE
    One of the saddest anime in the anime history. Not like “NTHT”‘s darkness, the tragety of Tekkaman Blade is just like how it sings in this and the following opening, no need for yesterday, fight to the end is the destiney for the lead character, all alone.

    “Melos no Yōni -Lonely Way-” – Blue Comet SPT Layzner
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoAoW_AxhFM&feature=related
    A very good piece of 1980’s J-pop. The lyric is also very well written. Notice the name of the song? It came from “Hashire, Melos!”

    “For Fruits Basket” – Fruits Basket
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iq37xdXtLc
    Simple, quiet and sweet. Ritsuko Okazaki, rip.

    “Alsatia” – Mnemosyne
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak306Cs8gak&feature=related
    Galneryus is epic! It’s a shame that YAMA-B left the band. Never been the same after his departure… Galneryus made two songs for this anime, both op and ed. It’s hard to tell which one I like better. And for Mnemosyne the anime itself, there is one commet on youtube that I can’t agree more: “It’s like I went through so much shit through that anime, it was beyond amazing, so epic and beautiful”. I actually cried a little bit at the end. It’s understandable why people turn away from this anime, but the “fan service”, and a lot of other stuff this anime provide, it can actually explain itself. And the sense of violence mixing humor, wow… Let’s just say it hit my spot. The only thing that didn’t satisfied me is its length. 6 episodes, that’s too damn short.
    p.s. my favourite song in Galneryus’s single “Alsatia/Cause Disarray” is actually “the awakening”. Blows me away.

    “Kaidoku Funou” – CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion OP 2
    http://zoome.jp/ANIMEside/diary/9
    Love it or hate it, either way, it leaves an impression.

    “Kiseki no Umi” – Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICAtAbQsd5Y&feature=related
    One of my favourite since I first saw it. Unforgettable.

    “Big O” – Big-O-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdA6iRk94Hc
    When I first heard this, I was like “Whaaat?!”
    After I finish the anime, I was like “Give me moooreee!!”

    “dramatic” – Honey & Clover op1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBGg9yZKGxE
    I actually didn’t like the song. It’s a little bit over the top. But again, it’s named “dramatic”.

    “Attack! Gag manga biyori” – Gag manga biyori 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5hesLjTIo4
    Believe it or not, the OPs of Gag manga biyori is very hard to draw(except for the 3rd one). And it’s sang by my favourite voice actor, youji ueda.

    “shangri-la” – Fafner in the azure
    It’s obivous that Heroic Age’s op is much more finished than Fafner’s, but I still like to check Shangri-la every once a while. That’s very wierd. There is something in the tempo of this op’s visual, a taste only Xebec can pull off.

    “revolution” – Revolutionary Girl Utena
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyYs1Mc_XAg&feature=related
    One of the best interpretation of perfect bond of song and visual. Very charming.

    “Allegro Cantabile”- Nodame Cantabile
    I was blowed away when I first saw this op. So clean and flawless stylished, very unique. Love the expression on Chiaki and Nodame. Can’t think of any better conclusion of this op.

    “jounetsu” – Tokyo Underground op1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZAOiKhgELc

    “Lost in Blue” – Mouryo no Hako
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMkOplFZZ6U&feature=related

  52. scytheslash says:

    How come no one mentioned this……
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rqS9Psi4xM&feature=related

    :D
    Evangelion meets kodomo no omocha…..

  53. Face says:

    So what did the Overman King Gainer OP “inspire” you to do?

  54. Wyrdwad says:

    Ooh, forgot about “dis” from Infinite Ryvius. That IS a damn good opening, as well!

    Aquagon: there’s a sort of “nautical” sound to Tomodachi no Uta that I just find really, really awesome. I can’t explain it, but it gets me every single time I watch that intro… it’s definitely my favorite of the Popolo intros, by leaps and bounds. But yeah, they’re all pretty good, even if the 1998 intro doesn’t make a lot of sense. (:

    -Tom

  55. Ebod says:

    The opening of Utena isn’t on here? For shame! xDD

  56. aquagon says:

    @Tom: Hehe, I kind of understand what you mean, especially given the context under which Tsuki no Okite no Bouken happens, and the way the song is.
    It’s just that Traumelai has a more… nostalgic feeling, that actually hits me very deep in the heart, and it also was what served as my inspiration for the finale of an story I’m writing right now (in Spanish only, unfortunately…)

    And really, Natsu Kikyuu is a cute song, though the lyrics really are very nonsensical (at least from what I understood from your translations, and from what I have translated myself while listening to it). ^^

  57. Mgz says:

    Ha, few songs are quite WTF materials @_@

    From your list

    Song that I know and

  58. Johnson says:

    No Haibane? I thought that opening fit the series perfectly.

  59. psyanotickillian says:

    no UTENA,
    or KALEIDO STAR,
    or HAIBANE RENMEI?

    and in terms of atmosphere-setting,where’s MONSTER?

  60. Firechick says:

    Wow. I’m actually quite surprised that the OPs for Les Miserables and Haibane Renmei aren’t on there. I actually thought those were absolutely wonderful.

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AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I don't care much for the male character that leads some of the episodes in this new adaptation.
@Niello: Its a non-mainstream shoujo that isn't set in a school, moves at a quick enough pace and has some nice background art/chara design, I grew up on shoujo fantasy manga also so theres that.
Amagi
I mean there are parts I like. I enjoyed the first episode, and the part about the country of liars. But many other things annoy me and the last episode was the worst. I also feel like the edgy bomb loli and slapstick Kino don't fit to the rest of the show somehow. Maybe I forgot everything, but the "old" Kino felt like a better character to me somehow, this one is more faithful to the LNs though
Amagi
@Kaiser: I honestly gave up on Kino and I think it's only partly the fault of the new series. I am just so tired of how stupid most of the episodic-characters are unless their are friends of Kino, how everyone gets bent being irredeemable evil for plot's sake and how everything Kino and her friends do gets justified. Maybe I am just too old or boring for this fairy tail like moral bending.
SuperMario
Still have Night is Short review to write... i will get there. I will get there
Anonymous1612237
It's like having potty mouth characters. If you have one, it can be funny and a good comedic relief. If everyone does it, it can come out as mean spirited or trashy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I haven't watched A Bad Idea Gone Wrog, as for now my top priority is to catch up with 2017 anime for the Yearly summary. But I will get on to it when I have some free time
Anonymous1612237
Amagi - Chibi stuff I've seen it mainly work in anime comedies with low budgets like Those Who Hunt Elves, Ranma, Excel Saga, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nanbaka, etc. I think if you really have to use it in a more serious anime, I think it might work if it was part of one character's gag.
SuperMario
Children of the Whales, along with Juuni Taisen, keep falling out on me. Kino is pretty a hit-or-miss at the moment. I don't mind the last episode's multiple tales though
Niello
Problem about AMB chibi jokes are that they arwn't funny in the first place nor do they have a punch line.
Niello
@Eoghan, Really surprise you put Children of the Whales so high, I'm falling behind on some shows but it is still near the bottom of my list (the absolute bottom remains Kino).
Kaiser-Eoghan
The latest Kino episode was a real slap in the face/insult, really really thought that one segement would carry on for the whole episode and be a redemptive one/getting the series back on form but then it followed it up with crap comic relief segement.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: For now yes.
Lenlo
Droppin Mahou Kaiser?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I no longer care what Dia's gender is, no longer I will lie to myself and deem them female.
Kaiser-Eoghan
5. would be juuni taisen
Kaiser-Eoghan
My rankings for the season based on what I am following: 1. Houseki no kuni 2. Children of the whales 3. inuyashiki 4. girls last tour dropping mahou and Kino.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't remember Joseph being all that present from what little I read of the manga.
Amagi
Fear so too. I mean it has a bunch of good ideas and good quality and such, but it feels like it won't be much more than the magical being of the week (or two weeks) and some Elias highjinks inbetween
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still say, I've got the feeling mahou will be wasted potential that won't really go anywhere much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you watch that indie film you recommended yet? Bad idea gone wrong it was called. I just finished it there, budgetary limitations and outside of Matt Jones the acting isn't great, theres a few limp/dead bits too, nonetheless it has its amusing moments here and there to make for an okay comedy that isn't all that essential but amusing enough in moments if your bored.
Amagi
Yeah I think Mahou has some pacing issues. But I also think it would work way better if it was less episodic or semi-episodic.
SuperMario
I normally don't mind the chibi stuff that much but I agree in Mahoutsukai they break the tone and pacing. Serious at one time, fluffy at another...
Amagi
@Vonter: I honestly never like chibi stuff I think. Didn't care back then but nowadays I consider it annoying. One reason is that jokes only work when they aren't pointed out but just happen, sometimes even so casually that you almost miss them. Turning everyone into a chibi for a joke makes it as fun as repeating, explaining or shouting it again (which many series also do)
KTravlos
I have to give it to Altair. It got me reading the manga. The episode this week did skip over a whole manga story, but to be frank it is not too much of a loss. Pacing issues still exist. One thing I noticed was a degrading in animation. They are probably hoarding for the next two episodes which are the major battle.
Anonymous1611511
Just dropping my 2c here: Isn't it too late for the studio to correct such inherent design issue once eps start rolling out?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Angel: The dub wasn't all that impressive in the first place however.
Angel
When Will fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub come out?
Vonter
The chibi stuff sadly, is like watching someone make the same mistake over and over again, without acknowledging that thing isn't coming across well. At this point it seems like an intentional choice rather than just cutting corners. Kinda like when an anime has a decent dub but has that one character with a really annoying voice.
Lenlo
Its continued this willful ignorance, this virtual refusal, to actually address the issue. Thing about the chibi is, the first scene with Silver worked. Then it just got overused.
KTravlos
Mahoutsukai continues denying itself. We finally had some tough questions asked, but the show just ignored them in the 2nd half (with generous doses of chibi). That said Elias true form is terrifying.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: If you enjoy The Scent of the Green Papaya and Cyclo, you can also check out his unofficial third film about Vietnam: The Vertical Ray of the Sun, which is about the modern day of Hanoi. It's my favorite film of his, although I know that artistically it can't compare to his earlier films
SuperMario
And I can say the mafia aspect of Cyclo is more like Hong Kong than Vietnam. But, whatever. I like this one well enough
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I particularly love the score in Cyclo. No wonder later on Tran Anh Hung asked Joony Greenwood from Raidoohead to score his films. His score has the same uncomfortable feeling with this one
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would have watched an entire story based around that old man in the new Kinos journey episode.
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