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Post Reply The First OP is almost always better
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I've always noticed that when I watched anime that went for more than 12 episodes and had at least two opening themes (most noticeably, Sunrise and JC Staff series), that the first opening theme (OP) is almost always the better of the two (or more).

For series that take breaks between seasons but end up having more than 12 episodes per run anyway (i.e. Code Geass), the rule still seems to follow (O2 v. World End; Gundam 00's Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi v. Namida no Mukou). As for long runners like One Piece or Naruto, well... I'm none too sure what to say.

I do think this is largely subjective, but I do want to hear what everyone else thinks of this trend.

As for endings? I think they're all over the place (i.e. Rurouni Kenshin, where I think "Heart of Sword" and "4th Avenue Cafe" were the best of the bunch).
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I would have to agree, for the most part. Second opening themes never quite live up to the awesomeness of the first, which is quite disappointing. It's almost as if they don't really try with the second opening and just throw whatever song in! (Not for ALL anime, that is.)
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People tend to get familiar with the first OPs I think. I love all the Fullmetal Alchemist later OPs but I do remember their first ones best.
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I've also noticed this, but I've always wondered if it was simple a matter of perception due to the First Exposure Effect, or if most companies actually chose a better OP the first time around to make the best first impression.

For two cour series, there have been those where I would quickly identify the first OP with the series, but might not even associate the second if I heard it a few months later. (Railgun and Darker Than Black are two examples of that).
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Nope

TWGOK2 > TWGOK1 in everything, not just OP
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I prefer the second Toradora opening to the first (I prefer a lot of things to the first Toradora opening), but I have definitely noticed this too. Maybe it's because we don't like change or something
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Posted 1/3/14
I would not say so.
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One of the Anime Rules of Thumb. The first opening (in the anime series that follow the ~2 season run) are almost always better. The beginning is where it counts, and the opening is really the first thing you hear. Therefore, it has to be memorable enough to leave a lasting impression. The openings that follow are good too, but it sometimes feels too similar to the first to be remembered as an individual opening.
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Yeah. I loved Guilty Crowns first op but the second, I usually skipped on to the story.

But Durarara, the first op was good but I loved the second opening better though...
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pokemon's theme changed and i think the origanal was better suited to the whole story plot and idea
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Sometimes I find that is the case, but quite a few shows I know are better later on. I think we remember worsenings more than the improvements.
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Magic Knight Rayearth OP2 was better than OP1, and OP3 is better than both OP1 AND OP2 combined.

The series itself gets better and better too
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Posted 1/3/14
Not always for me. I personally liked Gundam Seed Destiny's OP song 2 and 3 better than the first one.

Funny how there's a news article on CR front page with similar character designs with that actually.
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I'm trying to think of second OP's in a long season that I prefer over their original counterparts and it is indeed a short list.

There are some second season OP's that I definitely prefer, but I don't think that counts.
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I imagine they put a little more effort into the first opening to attract viewers, yeah.
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