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Post Reply The First OP is almost always better
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Only when it's a 2 season (26 ep) run.

This could be because longer series tend to have a greater following and therefore maybe have more opportunities to perfect their OP, or they may have more money to spend on a bigger billing act.

Bleach and FMA had better openings later on.

The GITS franchise has been solid.

The rule of first OP being best is just a general rule though, and there will be exceptions.
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lorreen wrote:

I have to admit that I usually don't find OPs or EDs all that compelling, and forget them quickly.

But...it is true that in a couple of cases recently, even though I didn't think I'd grown particularly attached to the OP, I felt disappointed when they changed the OP, and a few episoded in I still don't like the new OP. I think it might be more having become accustomed to the old one, than that it was especially better, though I'm not completely convinced.

These two recent cases where I actually noticed the OP had changed and was disappointed:

Gintama (I miss the first OP a lot )
Samurai Flamenco (I miss the first OP song, but not a lot, but I LOVE the current opening animation sequence)

One thing I do find myself wondering though, is why some long-running shows keep virtually the same opening song forever (I'm talking about you HxH--yes there are minor lyric variations but it's really the same song), and others change frequently--like at least every 12 or 13 episodes.


First Op for Gintama was Tommy February... She's fucking hard to top.

Her songs were also used for the OP of Paradise Kiss (Lonely in Gorgeous), and with the Brilliant Green, her song "Stand by Me" has been used in A LOT.

(also partial to when THYME was used a lot... Different artist.)
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I like both Akame ga Kill openings.

The first Opening Skyreach is about Night Raid in general and what they are fighting for.

Liar Mask, the 2nd OP is more personal, and relates to Akame (Considering the Death Toll in the series, it actually makes sense)
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kill la Kill yet. I'm a bit of an opening enthusiast, and practically never skip them, but there was always the urge to for the first Kill la Kill opening. The second, by contrast, sometimes had me watching it multiple times per episode. It's one of my favorite openings even now.

Honestly, I don't keep track of trends like this. I know which openings I like more, but it's on a show-by-show basis, and I wouldn't be able to say how often I liked the first opening better than the second in general.
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Usually, I guess I'd say yes

Though there are cases when I can say I clearly like the second opening better

Fate/Zero (Kalafina is just too good)

Blood + (literally the only opening I remember is the second)

Persona 4 the Animation

Golden Time (I found it much more memorable honestly)

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (it counts right? The fact that we get the three previous singers going ORA ORA in unison is magical)

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Silver Spoon's season 1 opening is kind of lousy while the 2nd season's opening is awesome.
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the great first opening to attract viewers the good .
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i like the frist opening the batter you konw .
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Huh. I guess I'm not alone.
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I'm surprised there's only one mention of Naruto in this thread. I'm sure like 90% of people would say GO!! is the best Naruto opening, and it's not until the fourth. But my favourite opening of Naruto is probably Yura Yura.

Also Nurarihyon no Mago has a really good first opening, but the second one is even better. I'm not such a fan of the openings for Demon Capital though. Sket Dance is definitely a show where I like the first opening the most, way more than any of the ones after it.
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My Favorite Fairy Tail opening is the 9th.
I liked Kill la Kill's 2nd opening more than the 1st.

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I never thought about it.
Hmmm.... well I guess so.
But there are exceptions like the 2nd op of Golden Time
that song is epic.
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MP7373 wrote:

My Favorite Fairy Tail opening is the 9th.
I liked Kill la Kill's 2nd opening more than the 1st.

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I totally forgot about that one.

Kill la Kill OP 2 > OP 1

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Isn't it only because you get used to the first one? Once you're close to fully memorizing it, it changes and you call the new one inferior.
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I almost never skip openings, but 60% of the time, I do agree that the first opening is better.

Some exceptions:

Space Brothers- 4th opening (first OP was excellent though)
Fate UBW b/c there's more Gilgamesh and Lancer in it
Nanatsu no Taizai
Black Butler- Season 1's second opening is the same song, but the visuals are so much better. Then they just got better and better.
Fate/Zero
Kill la Kill
Mushishi Zoku Shou

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