We all have our favorite openings that get us pumped up for new episodes or simply something that reminds you of all the adventures you had with all these characters.
I’m gonna list my own personal favorite openings that I never skipped when the series was still airing and also some I maratoned through and still didn’t skip them no matter what! because even if the last episode you saw ended on a cliffhanger, you just can’t skip that awesome opening!
(un)surprisingly a very hard list to narrow down as I had to look at all of the anime I watched (or atleast remember I did haha)
Here’s my MAL if anyone’s interested:Izanagi-No-Kai and from this list, who knows, maybe you’ll find something new to watch haha.
All of the openings are in no particular order and the only “rules” I have for this list is one opening per series.
1. Major Season 1 OP – Kokoroe by Road of Major
This anime is truly underrated and should be watched by every anime fan out there (whether you’re a sports fan or not), I could argue and say that all the openings were unskippable but the first one feels special not just for the lyrics but also for playing in the final season at the show’s most climactic moment and you just feel nostalgia all over again. Also worth mentioning the final season’s opening was was the same song but made by Triplane instead, getting all those feels back as you saw the little boy Goro from his young adolescent years growing up and playing in the Mayor League.
2. Clannad After Story Opening – Toki wo Kisamu Uta by Lia
All the tears are coming back…
Not really sure how to describe what feeling this opening gives off, other than it basically breathes peace and maybe nostalgia? This anime is was truly got me into all the other works done by KEY and also made me cry more times that I can count. The animation is amazing, the lights, the music, just soaking it all in as you watch this and see what lies beyond that flower field.
3. D.Gray-Man Opening 3 – Doubt & Trust by Access
This was really hard because all the openings were really cool and hard to skip, but then i remembered 0:42 and just took this one haha. DGM have always been a dark show but I believe that this was truly when the series took a different turn as so many new things happened. The song is really catchy and the visuals are awesome.
4. Katekyo Hitman Reborn Opening 4 – 88 by LM.C
WASURETEE SHIMAUU DAROUUU
This really brings out memories… I don’t really know what to say about this one. The song is awesome, the transition as you see the characters switching with their 10-years-later counterparts are really awesome and you just gets psyched to whats going to happen to our dear Vongola familia.
5. Boku Dake Inai Machi Opening – Re:Re by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
This was almost kind of obvious it would go into this list haha.
Not only is the song awesome but the clever way at how they hint important things about the mystery the show surrounds is really clever. Just a really solid opening for a solid show.
6. Charlotte Opening – Bravely You by Lia
Holy shit this opening is beautiful.
This was definitely one of my favorite shows when it first aired and Lia as always didn’t disappoint. The visuals are truly breathtaking and I just love this opening *cries*
7. Parasyte Opening – Let Me Hear by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
This band have a distinct style that you easily recognise and probably have heard used in other anime as well, ex: Hunter x Hunter and Kaiji S2. I loved the visuals and how the song timed in, its just awesome.
8. Shingeki no Kyojin Opening 2 – Jiyuu no Tsubasa by Linked Horizon
LE GASP I DIDN’T PICK THE FIRST ONE OH MY GODDD
I really love both openings and I didn’t skip either of them but if I had to choose… I would have pick this one, sorry xD
Linked Horizon just really knows how to make epic music.
9. Boku no Hero Academia Season 1 Opening – The Day by Porno Graffitti
THE DAY HAS COOMMMEEEE
Right at the start it sweeps you in this adventure as you listen to the catchy song and visuals. Just simply awesome.
10. Shingeki no Bahamut Opening – EXiSTENCE by SiM
I have always loved rock music and this one is no difference. I love everything in this OP, the “wanted posters” ish montage at the beginning timing with the music, rest of the visuals, especially at around 1:13 are my favorite segment.
11. Log Horizon Opening – Database by MAN WITH A MISSION feat. TAKUMA (10-FEET)
DATABASE DATABASE JUST LIVING IN THE DATABASE WOW WOW
I don’t have anything to say, this kind of speaks to itself haha.
12. Guilty Crown Opening 1 – My Dearest by Koeda, Supercell
One of the prettiest openings I have seen. The song is calm yet puts pressure, it really fits with the animation as it slowly builds up to the end.
13. One Punch Man Opening – The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist by JAM Project
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one singing along as you watched the new episode coming out.
Too many things to appreciate in this OP!
– Saitama punches the crap out of that smiley face star and it makes me crack up everytime!
– Mumen Rider going sick on that bike!
– The last part sounding reminiscent of Guns n Roses
– Saitama holding the grocery bag at the end like the ultimate badass and it ain’t no thang!
– That animation!
– That chanting in english!
Just a great opening to get you pumped up!
14. Planetes Opening – Dive in the Sky by Mikio Sakai
I don’t know what it is that I liked about this opening so much that I didn’t skip it. Just at the start the music was amazing and pulled me in. This is another truly great underrated anime that takes a concept and truly goes all the way and makes it seem really realistic and possible!
15. Akatsuki no Yona Opening 2 – Akatsuki no Hana by Cyntia
This opening is just really cool haha, the song is really catchy and the visuals are awesome, it was also at the point of the story when this opening came that just made it that much more awesome when you had to wait for new episodes when this was first aired.
16. X’amd Lost Memories Opening – Shut Up and Explode by Boom Boom Satellites
Right at the start you feel the catchiness (kind of like those shose in the beginning xD) and I just kind of went along with it and didn’t bother skipping it? I just really like this song, ok? xD
17. Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening – A Cruel Angel’s Thesis by Yoko Takahashi
I don’t know if I need to explain this one, the opening itself have become a meme now xD It’s just so iconic and one of it’s kind.
18. Baccano Opening – Gun’s & Roses by Paradise Lunch
It’s so damn catchy! I just really loved this opening and I never skipped it. It’s so clever in so many ways and you haven’t watched the anime already, this opening will probably make you interested.
19. Utawarerumono Opening – Musouka by Suara
Ahhh memories… even though I love the opening as a whole, it was those 3 first seconds with the characters in red that made me stay every episode.
20. Tears to Tiara Opening – Free and Dream by Suara
The irony when this song was done by the same artist who did Utawarerumono’s opening, not that I’m complaining though, in fact it actually just makes it better. I found this anime purely by chance after having watched Utawarerumono and wanted something similar, so I found this and the opening was far too awesome to skip when I binge-watched it.
21. Subete ga F ni Naru:The Perfect Insider Opening – Talking by kana-Boon
This opening was just really stylish and catchy, hard to miss as you just want to get up and dance to the beat!
22. Black Jack Opening 1 – Gekkouka by Janne
This was really hard as it stood between this and Young Black Jack‘s Opening. Ultimately I choose this one, feeling a bit biased hahaha, but I still really love both OPs and never skip any of them when the respective series.
23. Durarara!!x2 Ten Opening 1 – Day You Laugh by Toshiyuki Toyonaga
One thing I love about the Durarara!! openings other than the fact that the OPs are incredible is that fact that every character happens to be in the same place/locality for these 90 seconds, quite similar to Baccano in sense as you see all these characters are connected to each other one way or another. What I really liked about this opening that made it unskippable was; Mikado. One of my favorite characters of the show, and at this point in x2 Ten, it focused on him and the Opening really shines that fact. Don’t believe me?
Mikado appears in:
-0:39(walking on zebra cross with face hidden)
-1:10(using phone when suddenly Shizuo appears carrying a motorcycle)
And if that wasn’t enough, The Opening is sung by his Voice Actor.
24. Sidonia no Kishi Season 2 Opening – Kishi Koushinkyoku by Angela
Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the first opening, especially the first words of the lyrics that really describes the story;
“I will fight for someone else, I will fall on the battlefield for someone else”
But if I had to choose one of them, the second opening wins my heart. I love Angela, she have made so many good songs that I love and she has this disctinct style that’s easy to recognize. The opening really has a sort of anthem vibe to it, making you pumped up for the incoming battle as you fight for humanity.
25. Haruchika: Haruta to Chika no Seishun wa Koi ga Suru Opening – Niji wo Ametara by fhána
This opening is so happy and makes me smile, the lyrics are also describing the joy of music that really fits with the show.
Aaannd that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this list, maybe you found something new to watch or you might have seen any of these and felt nostalgia again? Feel free leave a comment on your anime openings you never skipped!
Yami out~ (*＾▽ﾟ) /~