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How do you judge anime openings?
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With extreme prejudice.
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ShawnHacaga wrote:

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.
One point that you didn't put down is something that, while isn't always present, when it is present can be a huge positive point to an opening. That being STORYTELLING. While there are many openings content to just show you characters and action sequences, there are some out there that in fact tell a full story within the opening themselves. My favorite example is the first opening for the Pet Girl of Sakurasou. While doing all the other things an opening normally does, it also tells a story of the residents of Sakurasou and their attempt to get rid of a hornets nest found on their front porch. The story tells itself without even the need for dialogue. The characters even refer to the event later on in the series, and it feels like part of the overall story even though the story was never told outside of the opening sequence.
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if i want to see it again. to love ru darkness, railgun, bodacious space pirates are the only ones i deem worthy of watching. otherwise, the opening and ending are a great way to waste 4 minutes of storytime.
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nemoskull wrote:
if i want to see it again. to love ru darkness, railgun, bodacious space pirates are the only ones i deem worthy of watching. otherwise, the opening and ending are a great way to waste 4 minutes of storytime.

Tonari no seki-kun opening and ending were pretty great. And if I may add, OP and ED is usually 1 and a half minutes each, isn't it?
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AsahinaInu wrote:

One point that you didn't put down is something that, while isn't always present, when it is present can be a huge positive point to an opening. That being STORYTELLING. While there are many openings content to just show you characters and action sequences, there are some out there that in fact tell a full story within the opening themselves. My favorite example is the first opening for the Pet Girl of Sakurasou. While doing all the other things an opening normally does, it also tells a story of the residents of Sakurasou and their attempt to get rid of a hornets nest found on their front porch. The story tells itself without even the need for dialogue. The characters even refer to the event later on in the series, and it feels like part of the overall story even though the story was never told outside of the opening sequence.


Ah, you're right about storytelling being present in some OPs. I usually associate storytelling with the opening sequence. I personally love when an OP tells you a story. The first one that comes to my mind is the opening for Beyond the Boundary. In the first seconds, we see Mirai on a train. You can tell she's got something on her mind and seems a little down. It's raining during this scene which adds a nice touch to her current emotions. But then that train goes through a tunnel and when it emerges out of it, the sun comes up. You see her look down at a picture of her friends and she starts to remember all the good times she had with them. The sun starts to go down and she starts to remember all the battles they've had. Finally, the train reaches its destination as night time rolls around and she gets off. In the distance, we see Akihito sitting outside on a bench waiting for her. I think it did a wonderful job telling a nice little story.
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I judge by how well it captures the overall "feel" of the show. Difficult to explain but I think everyone will understand what I'm talking about. The examples posted in the first post are all excellent. They "fit" the show your watching.
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In terms of music, I loved almost all of bleach's openings!!! The second one especially stayed in my head for a long time. There were a couple of ones I liked from naruto but the new one doesn't do much for me. Fate zero and OP has really good animations and tells A LOT about the characters in those two minutes. i get that some openings spoil things for some but for me, it makes me want to watch more. I guess it adds to the hype cuz it makes me want to get to that moment in the actual story. Kinda like a prize at the bottom of a box if done right
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I also take all these categories into consideration when viewing op and credits for an anime. I absolutely adore anime that has changing op and credits like Soul Eater, Bleach, or Fairy Tale that evolve with the story line in the show. I also love when an anime has changing op or credits like, the Bakamonogatari series or Oreimo.

It just feels like there isn't a piece of the show that isn't forgotten just because it managed to get on air. Any show can just edit on the basic op and credits for every episode and forget it. Anime that takes the time to find a song and animate a new scene is worth watching, every time.
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I normally don't judge an opening since there an opening to a show and that's it. The only opening that i don't like now that i am watching and its the Log Horizon one. Though i do find it interesting that most of the Clips in the Nichijou opening made it into the show with some variation.
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Any Intro\Opening or ending are the best Spoiler best ever.

What I do_ Skip them until when the opening change to a new one I see the old opening so I don`t get spoiled

There are very few opening that does not spoil like Tonari No seki kun.

I judge by Song, Creativity, Content Show time and unique.
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Dang you're one hell of a anime opening guru. I like the Angel Beats opening. A nice blend of piano, strings, singing, and a constant beat. The animation looked clean and aesthetic. Those two things are what I look at most in an opening, although Angel Beats did everything else pretty nicely too.
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For me, one factor is how well the OP songs integrate with the anime. Many feel like a completely separate unrelated JPOP song just attached at the beginning with an animated montage accompanying them. I really like when the compositional material is related to the song material actually present in the body of the anime. AoT's openings shared some thematic material with rest of the soundtrack, which added a lot for me.

Sometimes the songs really capture the mood right, such as in Fate/Zero's second OP:

Others that did a good a good job capturing the essence: Death Note's first OPs, Escaflowne's OP, Evangelion OP.

Special shout out for some of this seasons's OPs!

--The first Nobunaga the Fool OP captures the series well, and has the character Ichihime singing in it. The second Nobunaga the Fool OP is just awesome, with some gospel type singing in it, and some interesting rhythmic composition. Similarly to Attack on Titan, I think people are hesitant to like the new OP simply because it's not the first OP anymore.

--The Black Bullet OP highlights the show pretty well, once you get past the blatant similarity to Attack on Titan at the beginning.

--The OP for Brynhildr brings a unique atmosphere to the show (despite being a bit repetitive for my tastes)

--Blade and Soul has an OP that features a polyphonic section with the vocalist and the piano at the beginning that's worth calling out.

As far as the standalone staying power of an OP song, it usually comes down to whether it's monophonic or polyphonic. A single melody over a rhythm line, no matter how good it is or how well it captures the spirit of the anime, inevitably will get boring. Having different rhythms in the melodies, countermelodies, and harmonies keeps a song fresh much longer. Excessive key changes don't hurt either (e.g. Sunday without God).
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flashiness, catchiness, and whether or not it sets the right tone. started guilty crown yesterday and absolutely LOVE the 1st OP, for me it does ALL of those things so it gets my +1

the right tone:
AOT= makes you feel really hyped up, feel like the energizer bunny

chobits=nice, relaxed and calm
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I judge on a scale of 1 to Death Note's first opening.
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Posted 6/2/14 , edited 6/2/14

jtav001 wrote:

Sometimes the songs really capture the mood right, such as in Fate/Zero's second OP:

Others that did a good a good job capturing the essence: Death Note's first OPs, Escaflowne's OP, Evangelion OP.


i loved Fate/Zero's 2nd OP. I agree with you, it did a great job capturing the mood of the series. Death Note's 1st OP is another one of my favorites too.


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