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Opening song - does it affect.....?
Posted 4/12/07
Opening song - does it affect the anime?

ok, i've been thinking alot of this subject lately and i really think the opening song of an anime affects the whole thing.
There are some moments i've just watched/listened to the opening song and just shutted the anime down.
But there are also many opening songs that are beautiful and really "cool".
I personally think that the whole character of the anime is based on the opening song.
The opening song mostly contains pictures and video clips of the anime, thats also 1 thing that i think is important (how its animated).
I have a few examples of my favourite opening songs here:

Bleach - Rolling star (YUI)
Gintama - Mr raindrop (ending song, but i love it)
Bokurano - Uninstall

I have many more but these are the ones i like the most.

Post your opinion and also your own favourite Opening songs


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You should probably edited out the favorite OP part. There are already a ton of threads for favorite theme songs. :)

I absolutely agree with you. Opening themes help set the mood and, oftentimes, give a good idea as to the genre (meaning that pop-rockish/punky songs usually go with shonen-type series, happy, bubbly pop songs tend to lean towards shoujo series, etc). I normally like OPs more than EDs (which, for me, tend to be a 'miss' more often than a 'hit').

Just as there are OPs that are perfect for the show, there are OPs that are just all wrong. Death Note is a good example of this. I know of only a few people who were pleased to hear the screamy rap song. To me, screamy rap =/= Death Note.
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Yeah I agree, too. A good opening (music and animation) usually indicates a good anime. I wouldn't apply that rule the other way around tough, cause most songs are rather soso or just crap. Also in longer animes they change the openings quite often and chances that all of them are good are pretty low. Most openings are showing the characters posing either heroic or emo anyways...

Good openings:

Cowboy Bebop, the music of course and it's damn stylish
Honey & Clover, cute song and I loved the dancing food, very original
Serial Experiments Lain, also nice song and beautiful scenes
I liked the NGE opening for the pictures
Gantz had awesome clips as well
There was at least one Inuyasha opening that was pretty cool
there's probably more which I can't think of right now...
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i think openings set the tone for the show, but in the end, the show will succeed or fail based on the quality of the actual show it self. a good opening can't hurt though.
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Posted 4/12/07

ahojcookie wrote:
A good opening (music and animation) usually indicates a good anime.

Not necessarily. There have been quite a few OPs that I thought were awesome, but the actual shows were pretty crappy.


Also in longer animes they change the openings quite often and chances that all of them are good are pretty low.

Shorter series do this as well, though not all the time. & not all long series change their OPs. MONSTER didn't, and that's a 74-episode series.
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I agree that the opening does affect the anime slightly.

I absolutely love the Ah My Goddess! opening! (First season)
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i dont think it does if i don't like the opening I just whiz past it

i like chobbits
GTO
AZu but I think the scenes help
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Posted 4/12/07

plutie wrote:

Opening song - does it affect the anime?

ok, i've been thinking alot of this subject lately and i really think the opening song of an anime affects the whole thing.
There are some moments i've just watched/listened to the opening song and just shutted the anime down.
But there are also many opening songs that are beautiful and really "cool".
I personally think that the whole character of the anime is based on the opening song.
The opening song mostly contains pictures and video clips of the anime, thats also 1 thing that i think is important (how its animated).
I have a few examples of my favourite opening songs here:

Bleach - Rolling star (YUI)
Gintama - Mr raindrop (ending song, but i love it)
Bokurano - Uninstall

I have many more but these are the ones i like the most.

Post your opinion and also your own favourite Opening songs




yes! i love rolling star - yui and the 1st 3 or 4 OP of bleach
first 4 naruto openings, iuno wat happen they just suddenly suck
Great Teacher Onizuka OP are the best
Posted 4/13/07
Yeah the naruto openings are also very good
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The best opening in my opinion is Cowboy Bebop's 'Tank!' also, Bebop's ending theme 'the real folk blues' I often skip the end credits theme, its usually quite weak, but Bebop's made me listen to it...every single episode.
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i think opening songs are just opening songs doesnt really affect anything in my opinion
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yea it doesnt affect xD i jus skip it. but if its nice sometimes i jus listen...
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the sixth naruto opening song was the BEST.
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The reason u skip the songs is that they are bad
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hm. i tend to skip all opening and ending scenes...not so much because i dun like them...but becoz they take up too much time...esp those that dun change. i quite like the bleach ones...coz they do give you a clue on what's going to happen...and a lot of times...you get to see the characters in different forms and stuff...which is cool. hm. other opening themes i think are good...are...the witch hunter robin one, the bakumatsu...and kamisama kazoku. eyeshield 21 is not bad as well.
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