Favorite Anime Openings represent many things about one’s taste, personality and probably one’s level of elitism (>_<). This post in directly triggered by Caraniel’s post on the same topic. I am not saying ‘inspired’ because this kind of post seems to be more or less obligatory for any blogger. I have been planning to do this for a while and thanks to Caraniel, I finally sit down and do it.
The chosen OPs displayed here are not perfect because I am not looking for the perfect OP. Instead, the ones I choose are those that strike me the hardest and have left irremovable impression in my mind. Looking at the list, it is all too obvious that I love new-age, classical and electronic music. But actually, I love any kind of music as long as it sounds unique. On the side note, I deliberately leave out Last exile, Eden of the East and Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex’s OPs because you can listen to them in Caraniel’s post.
Here’s the list arranged in alphabetical order.
1. Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Ask DNA by The Seatbelts
I always feel that Yoko Kanno’s musics are so diverse in style. They constantly give me surprise and Ask DNA does so as well. The music is fun, playful and solid at the same time. The animation sticks to basic black and white depicting daily activity of normal people, letting the music dominate for a while until the very last scene in which Spike stands on an empty street. It is simply awesome.
2. Daughter of Twenty Faces: Kasumi by 369 miroku
This one sounds generic and quite subtle at first but after repeated listening and paying more attention to the lyrics, I just cannot get over it. The song talks about the longing and the search for someone important which matches perfectly with the anime. I also love how the animation plays with lines and shadows making this OP the best part of the show.
3. Elfen Lied: Lilium by Kumiko Noma
Do I have to say anything about this one anymore? I don’t think so. The music breaks my heart every single time I listen to it and the animation is breathtakingly beautiful.
4. Ergo Proxy: Kiri by Monoral
This OP is all about building the atmosphere and it succeeds on that part without any doubt. The OP is depressing, sad and it deftly obscures the lines between sci-fi and fantasy. Ergo Proxy wouldn’t be able to achieve what it has without this brilliant OP.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Link by L’Arc-en-Ciel
‘Link’ is straightforward and blunt. The animation is very simple with images and texts. But it is also extremely fun to watch thanks to the way the images and texts move around the screen in the same pace as the song’s rhythm. It helps the viewer recall the original series and successfully rekindle the need for more of FMA.
6. Gun X Sword: GUNXSWORD by Kotaro Nakagawa
GUNXSWORD is unique with the combination of western feeling, exciting beats and chants. The animation also shows creativity by hiding the characters who are not yet introduced in the shadow and revealing them when they appear in the show.
7. Infinite Ryvius: Dis by Mika Arisaka
Dis display the power of the singer and nothing else. The animation sequence is generic with various characters showing up one by one. But the shear power of the song keeps it ringing in my head all the time.
8. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom: Karma by Kokia
This OP is one of my absolute favorite! As I have told you before, I am weak against chants and chorus. Karma pierces me with Kokia’s haunting and sad voice. The sequence with Zwei running and struggling while the female characters of the show, all masked, loom in the background subtly represents the anime’s main storyline; Zwei is helpless and he is manipulated or affected by these women.
9. Read or Die the TV: Opening theme by Taku Iwasaki
Contrast to Infinite Ryvius, the looks dominates the sounds in R.O.D the TV’s OP. With flashy editing and constant insertion of nude women and their painted bodies, this OP is already unforgettable. The music helps add the ‘spy flick’ feeling to it and the end result is the OP unlike anything I have seen before.
10. Tsukihime, Lunar Legend: The Sacred Moon by Toshiyuki Omori
Most OPs try to impress the viewers with movements and exciting sounds. Tsukihime does the opposite by emphasizing on the stillness and slow motion. Consequently, I was totally absorbed by this OP. Honestly, Tsukihime’s OP is far better than the anime itself.
I had fun making this post because I got to listen to all my favorite songs again. This post has already paid off before it was published. Feel free to share your opinions here :)