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How do you judge anime openings?
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One of the things I look forward to in any series I watch is getting to listen to its opening(s). I always enjoy composing a list of my favorite openings (and endings) every season. While many people are in it just to watch a particular series and skip the opening, I thoroughly enjoy watching the opening to any series every week. It is my firm belief that the opening is an important part of any anime series and should be treated as such. A good opening can get you excited for the series you're watching or might even influence you to watch a series you weren't sure about watching. I don't think there are any bad openings...just some are better than others.

This brings me to my next point - how do you judge anime openings? When I judge an opening, I don't just judge it for the actual song. Granted, the song plays the greatest factor in my criteria but there are a few other factors that I take into consideration when adding an opening to my favorites list. These factors are as followed:

Sound - the actual song that plays during the opening. Is it pleasing to the ears?

(ex. Love Live! 1st Season OP - "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" by μ's)

Hype - how excited it gets you before an episode. Does it get you hyped for an episode?

(ex. Attack on Titan 1st OP - "Guren no Yumiya" by Linked Horizon)

Animation - the art style used during the opening. Is it visually pleasing?

(ex. Heaven's Memo Pad OP - "Kawaru Mirai" by Choucho)

Lyrics - the words to the song. Do they fit the opening/series?

(ex. WataMote OP - "No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!"
by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba)

Representation - how the opening paints a picture of the series. Does it capture
the essence of the series? Does it do a good job in showing us what we're in store for?

(ex. Highschool of the Dead OP - "HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" by Kishida Kyoudan &
The Akeboshi Rockets)

Opening Sequence - the scenes that play during the opening. Does it take an
interesting approach or just throw in scenes/spoilers you'll end up seeing in future episodes?

(ex. Deadman Wonderland OP - "One Reason" by DWB feat. Fade)

Creativity - uniqueness of the opening. Is it creative or just generically thrown together?

(ex. Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis)



I am very well aware that I may be the only person crazy enough to take all those things into consideration when choosing my favorite openings.

That being said, I pose the question to you all once again - how do you judge an anime opening? Do you judge it solely by the song? Do you take anything else into consideration? Do you even like openings? Do you just skip them because you want to watch your episode ASAP or because they're just advertisements for a singer/band's new album?

Also, feel free to post some of your favorite openings and why you like them. My favorite opening is the Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis. It has a great song (love Oasis). It gets me hyped to watch the next episode. It has great aesthetics. I personally think it's one of the most creative openings I've ever seen.

Side note: I wanted to include endings in this thread but I think they should be judged a bit differently from openings. Perhaps that is a thread for another time.
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you're not the only one who loves anime op/eds. What I really care for more in these themes is how hyped up the theme makes me, the rhythm/beat/ sound, and the feeling the songs give off . It also has to make me repeat it SO MANY TIMES THAT I NEVER GET TIRED IT !

Most of the op/ed i love tend to have that j-pop/j-rock feel to them. I feel anime openings are a good way to decide on whether to watch an anime cuz they show you the characters who will be in them, give you a feel of what genre of anime they will be, and show you some of the plot.

Here is my # 1 anime op out of everything that aired in 2013 >.< ( gundam build fighters)
http://vimeo.com/82093958

If you rank anime openings/endings check out this guy's rankings. This ranker's name is llamaop. In my opinion he's the best anime op/ed theme ranker on youtube.

here's his spring 2014 OP rankings as an example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSmVILr9-qY
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I pretty much love them all...take Watamote's for instance...Who the HECK saw THAT coming?! Especially Episode 10!
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One of the things I look forward to in any series I watch is getting to listen to its opening(s). I always enjoy composing a list of my favorite openings (and endings) every season. While many people are in it just to watch a particular series and skip the opening, I thoroughly enjoy watching the opening to any series every week. It is my firm belief that the opening is an important part of any anime series and should be treated as such. A good opening can get you excited for the series you're watching or might even influence you to watch a series you weren't sure about watching. I don't think there are any bad openings...just some are better than others.

This brings me to my next point - how do you judge anime openings? When I judge an opening, I don't just judge it for the actual song. Granted, the song plays the greatest factor in my criteria but there are a few other factors that I take into consideration when adding an opening to my favorites list. These factors are as followed:

Sound - the actual song that plays during the opening. Is it pleasing to the ears?

(ex. Love Live! 2nd Season OP - "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki" by μ's)

Hype - how excited it gets you before an episode. Does it get you hyped for an episode?

(ex. Attack on Titan 1st OP - "Guren no Yumiya" by Linked Horizon)

Animation - the art style used during the opening. Is it visually pleasing?

(ex. Heaven's Memo Pad OP - "Kawaru Mirai" by Choucho)

Lyrics - the words to the song. Do they fit the opening/series?

(ex. WataMote OP - "No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!"
by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba)

Representation - how the opening paints a picture of the series. Does it capture
the essence of the series? Does it do a good job in showing us what we're in store for?

(ex. Highschool of the Dead OP - "HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" by Kishida Kyoudan &
The Akeboshi Rockets)

Opening Sequence - the scenes that play during the opening. Does it take an
interesting approach or just throw in scenes/spoilers you'll end up seeing in future episodes?

(ex. Deadman Wonderland OP - "One Reason" by DWB feat. Fade)

Creativity - uniqueness of the opening. Is it creative or just generically thrown together?

(ex. Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis)



I am very well aware that I may be the only person crazy enough to take all those things into consideration when choosing my favorite openings.

That being said, I pose the question to you all once again - how do you judge an anime opening? Do you judge it solely by the song? Do you take anything else into consideration? Do you even like openings? Do you just skip them because you want to watch your episode ASAP or because they're just advertisements for a singer/band's new album?

Also, feel free to post some of your favorite openings and why you like them. My favorite opening is the Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis. It has a great song (love Oasis). It gets me hyped to watch the next episode. It has great aesthetics. I personally think it's one of the most creative openings I've ever seen.

Side note: I wanted to include endings in this thread but I think they should be judged a bit differently from openings. Perhaps that is a thread for another time.


This was a great Post, by the way. Thumbs up!
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I read the first post and immediately pictured the OP being one of those super analytical anime characters who just pushed up his glasses.
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Im a sucker for visual creativity and a catchy beat ! it doesn't matter what genre it is as long as it makes me feel pumped to watch the show
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For me when watching a series I tend to watch the opening sequence for only the first 3 episodes or so. After that I tend to skip them. What I tend to judge on is the sound, and opening sequence.

For sound if the song is unbearable I don't want to sit through 2-3 minutes of it. Hence Naruto Shippuden's new opening. That song...just feels out of place and doesn't sync well. Doesn't sound very pleasing for that matter either. As for opening sequences they tend to give out quite a bit of spoilers such as future enemies, or revealing character's powers or true form which tends to dwindle the "awesome factor" when the reveal finally happens in the series.

Surprisingly one opening I rarely skipped was the first season of Mushi-shi. It's a very simple opening. It's short and the animation and style is really simple. It's the song itself and the lyrics that I found to be most enjoyable. It truly felt like it was a part of every episode. Its an opening that didn't once change throughout the series. One that truly fit the main character and his role. In each episode we see him in a different location but through this song I can picture him traveling, almost as a time-lapse....if that makes sense...
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emanny-chan2713 wrote:

you're not the only one who loves anime op/eds. What I really care for more in these themes is how hyped up the theme makes me, the rhythm/beat/ sound, and the feeling the songs give off . It also has to make me repeat it SO MANY TIMES THAT I NEVER GET TIRED IT !

Most of the op/ed i love tend to have that j-pop/j-rock feel to them. I feel anime openings are a good way to decide on whether to watch an anime cuz they show you the characters who will be in them, give you a feel of what genre of anime they will be, and show you some of the plot.

Here is my # 1 anime op out of everything that aired in 2013 >.< ( gundam build fighters)
http://vimeo.com/82093958

If you rank anime openings/endings check out this guy's rankings. This ranker's name is llamaop. In my opinion he's the best anime op/ed theme ranker on youtube.

here's his spring 2014 OP rankings as an example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSmVILr9-qY


It's always good to see someone else passionately enjoy OPs/Eds like I do. I really liked that 1st Gundam Build Fighters opening. Always enjoy Back-On's music.


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

This was a great Post, by the way. Thumbs up! :D


I appreciate the kind words! Also, WataMote episode 10 probably had the best transition into an opening ever.


slinkeeking wrote:

I read the first post and immediately pictured the OP being one of those super analytical anime characters who just pushed up his glasses.





cancersaint69 wrote:

Im a sucker for visual creativity and a catchy beat !


You and me both.


Kokirininja wrote:

Surprisingly one opening I rarely skipped was the first season of Mushi-shi. It's a very simple opening. It's short and the animation and style is really simple. It's the song itself and the lyrics that I found to be most enjoyable. It truly felt like it was a part of every episode. Its an opening that didn't once change throughout the series. One that truly fit the main character and his role. In each episode we see him in a different location but through this song I can picture him traveling, almost as a time-lapse....if that makes sense...


I love Mushi-shi's first OP. The simplicity of it is its charm. I'm not sure if you've started watching the sequel series yet but they adopted the same simplicity for its OP as well. It's probably my favorite opening of this current season.
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The music, graphics, and overall intensity of the video gets to me.
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I tend to use 3 main criteria:

1) The quality of the song.

2) The quality of the animation.

3) How well the animation represents the anime.

#2 and #3 actually carry more weight than #1 for me. A good song is important, but for example, I LOVE the song used in the second and third openings for Samurai Flamenco, but the animation in both openings were just awful, and thus neither opening made my personal Top 10 list for the Winter season. Which sucks because I'm a huge fan of FLOW and their song used in both of these openings is one of their best, imo. So they basically wasted the song.

I also put a LOT of weight behind creative visuals/memorable animation in the openings. So much so that Yowamushi Pedal's second opening was my favorite of the Winter openings simply because of its amazing use of the credits in the opening(similarly Kill la Kill's second opening was #2 for that season because of how Ryuko and Satsuki literally carve the show's name out of stone and then paint it red with their blood splatters).
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I also put a LOT of weight behind creative visuals/memorable animation in the openings. So much so that Yowamushi Pedal's second opening was my favorite of the Winter openings simply because of its amazing use of the credits in the opening(similarly Kill la Kill's second opening was #2 for that season because of how Ryuko and Satsuki literally carve the show's name out of stone and then paint it red with their blood splatters).

The sad thing is, these "upvote" buttons DO NOTHING! This is it exactly. This thing. You get it man.
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Koda89 wrote:
I also put a LOT of weight behind creative visuals/memorable animation in the openings. So much so that Yowamushi Pedal's second opening was my favorite of the Winter openings simply because of its amazing use of the credits in the opening(similarly Kill la Kill's second opening was #2 for that season because of how Ryuko and Satsuki literally carve the show's name out of stone and then paint it red with their blood splatters).

The sad thing is, these "upvote" buttons DO NOTHING! This is it exactly. This thing. You get it man.


I just think things like that make the opening memorable and make me want to see the actual opening over and over, rather then just listen to the song on its own.

I also think it is an absolute cardinal sin to reuse footage from the show itself. For example Chunibyo season 2's opening using clips from the first season, or Wake Up, Girls! first opening using clips from the film, or as already mentioned, Samurai Flamenco's second opening which uses both clips from a prior episode and the promotional character models(you know where they show each character in a bunch of static poses?). It's cheap and insulting, imo.

Oh! I also LOVE creative use of colors, which, going back to the Winter season's openings, is why Noragami was #3 for me and Nobunagun was #4. Beautiful uses of color, especially Noragami's. I'd KILL to see the entirety of Noragami done in that style, yes even the backgrounds done the same way.
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I actually look for most of the things mentioned in the opening post, but to different extents. I think I weigh representation and sound most heavily, followed by creativity. I do care about the other things, but mostly in terms of how well they fit with the anime and with the other factors. I can like these things on their own, but if they don't fit well, I probably won't like the opening as a whole as much.

Two recent examples of openings I absolutely love are "ebb and flow" by Ray (from Nagi no Asukara) and "Niji no Kakera" by Natsumi Kon (from One Week Friends).

To me, "ebb and flow" captures the mood of Nagi no Asukara's second half perfectly. By that point, things have taken a turn for the melancholy, and this is reflected in the opening in several ways. First and most obviously is the somewhat slow and heavy song (especially compared to the first opening). Next are the characters' body language and facial expressions; looking at them, you can clearly see they're feeling troubled, just as they are during this part of the anime. Third and a bit more subtle are the snow and ice, which are meant to convey the cold and uncomfortable setting (both literally and metaphorically) the characters must face at this point in the series. Fourth and most subtle are the many little touches, the combinations of very small details that portray the characters' new circumstances as the new "normal," as if to suggest that things will never be the way they used to; this also ties into the anime's main theme of changing vs. not changing. I should also mention that I like the bit of foreshadowing that was added in the second version of this opening. All of these things together have the effect of drawing me in and getting me ready to dive right into the anime itself.


"Niji no Kakera" is a bit different. It does convey the overall atmosphere of the anime (the "fluffy" atmosphere that Shogo likes to complain about), but it's much more abstract than "ebb and flow." It starts out just showing Kaori in a few different but similar situations (which probably symbolizes something but I'm too tired at the moment to think of what that might be), but then goes on to show the characters, including Kaori herself, in surreal situations that represent the characters' emotions and the bonds that develop between them. The song is fairly positive and peaceful in its first half, which corresponds to the lighthearted atmosphere of the anime, but then it changes to having something more powerful behind it. Not powerful in an oppressive way, but in more of a supportive and determined way, as if some unseen force is lending its strength to the song. This corresponds to the unseen force that drives the characters, especially Kaori and Hase. I don't know much Japanese, and I haven't seen either of these openings with English subtitles (nor have I searched for English translations of the lyrics), so I can't comment much on this factor. But I know that, in "Niji no Kakera," I hear the word for "important" in the moment between Kaori closing her diary and Kaori and Hase appearing, standing next to each other. I don't think I need to explain the connection there to anyone who's been watching (and enjoying) One Week Friends.


I just want to say it was hard to find pictures I liked for "Niji no Kakera." I suppose it's still too recent.

This always happens to me. I look at the time, I start writing, I finish writing, I look back at the time, and it's suddenly 1 AM. *sigh*
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One of the things I look forward to in any series I watch is getting to listen to its opening(s). I always enjoy composing a list of my favorite openings (and endings) every season. While many people are in it just to watch a particular series and skip the opening, I thoroughly enjoy watching the opening to any series every week. It is my firm belief that the opening is an important part of any anime series and should be treated as such. A good opening can get you excited for the series you're watching or might even influence you to watch a series you weren't sure about watching. I don't think there are any bad openings...just some are better than others.

This brings me to my next point - how do you judge anime openings? When I judge an opening, I don't just judge it for the actual song. Granted, the song plays the greatest factor in my criteria but there are a few other factors that I take into consideration when adding an opening to my favorites list. These factors are as followed:

Sound - the actual song that plays during the opening. Is it pleasing to the ears?

(ex. Love Live! 2nd Season OP - "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki" by μ's)

Hype - how excited it gets you before an episode. Does it get you hyped for an episode?

(ex. Attack on Titan 1st OP - "Guren no Yumiya" by Linked Horizon)

Animation - the art style used during the opening. Is it visually pleasing?

(ex. Heaven's Memo Pad OP - "Kawaru Mirai" by Choucho)

Lyrics - the words to the song. Do they fit the opening/series?

(ex. WataMote OP - "No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!"
by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba)

Representation - how the opening paints a picture of the series. Does it capture
the essence of the series? Does it do a good job in showing us what we're in store for?

(ex. Highschool of the Dead OP - "HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD" by Kishida Kyoudan &
The Akeboshi Rockets)

Opening Sequence - the scenes that play during the opening. Does it take an
interesting approach or just throw in scenes/spoilers you'll end up seeing in future episodes?

(ex. Deadman Wonderland OP - "One Reason" by DWB feat. Fade)

Creativity - uniqueness of the opening. Is it creative or just generically thrown together?

(ex. Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis)



I am very well aware that I may be the only person crazy enough to take all those things into consideration when choosing my favorite openings.

That being said, I pose the question to you all once again - how do you judge an anime opening? Do you judge it solely by the song? Do you take anything else into consideration? Do you even like openings? Do you just skip them because you want to watch your episode ASAP or because they're just advertisements for a singer/band's new album?

Also, feel free to post some of your favorite openings and why you like them. My favorite opening is the Eden of the East OP - "Falling Down" by Oasis. It has a great song (love Oasis). It gets me hyped to watch the next episode. It has great aesthetics. I personally think it's one of the most creative openings I've ever seen.

Side note: I wanted to include endings in this thread but I think they should be judged a bit differently from openings. Perhaps that is a thread for another time.


Yeah, that's pretty much how I judge an anime opening. Which if why I prefer Black Bullet's first opening over the new one. It had more hype to it than the new one. Yeah, there are some new characters, but the first one had a bit more to it.

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I love OP and ED but ever since I got my Roku, I skip 95% of them.
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