Usually at this time of the year I spend a few hours typing up a long review of the best anime of the year. Unfortunately, this year has been taxing both on my time and on a personal level. As such, I haven’t had the chance to watch nearly as many anime as I feel would warrant an end of the year review.
But don’t worry, I’m catching up! I expect a wrap-up in mid to early January after I finish my shortlist. I’m currently watching Your Lie in April – which is a fantastic series and highly recommended from me.
Even though I haven’t had the chance to watch as much anime as I usually would, I do want to end the year with something. So instead of my usual, I’ve done a little research and put together what I believe to be the best anime openings this year. Criteria is based on the song itself, the animation that goes along with it, and the cohesiveness of the opening.
Enjoy the songs! (some may be slightly off-key because Youtube)
15. Goya wa Machiawase – Hello Sleepwalkers (Noragami OP)
I really, really like the way this opening is colored and how well the animation goes along with the song. Just wish the show wasn’t as mediocre (or so I’ve heard – I didn’t get through the first episode).
14. Kimi ja Nakya Dame Mitai – Masayoshi Ooishi (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun OP)
This is an incredibly fun song – I love how they’ve done the manga illustrations. When it picks up with the tanuki explosions…well it’s just great.
13. Enigmatic Feeling – Ling Tosite Sigure (Psycho-Pass 2 OP)
I feel like this song really captures the cerebral nature of Psycho-Pass. I’ve heard the second series is even darker than the first and it’s way up on my list for shows to watch since I enjoyed the first season.
12. Rashisa – SUPER BEAVER (Barakamon OP)
This is my first entry in the “beautiful” category (this will be a large category). Once again, tying in the calligraphy here is great. Another series that I definitely want to watch.
11. This Game – Konomi Suzuki (No Game, No Life OP)
So, yeah – this song is pretty much generic J-Pop. I’m not denying that. But its animation really goes well with it…also No Game, No Life’s animation is just great anyway. Looking forward to the next season.
10. FLAT – livetune ft. Yuuki Ozaki (Hamatora OP)
Gawd, I love Galileo Galilei (Yuuki Ozaki is the singer in the band). I’ve always really liked the crazy colors in this opening and would like to think that I -might- like Hamatora if I got around to watching it.
9. Unravel – TK from Ling Toshite Sigure (Tokyo Ghoul OP)
I think this is the first song that really invokes some big feels. I didn’t get around to watching this series, but this opening is…haunting. Also, the part where it picks up is phenomenal.
8. Trigger – Yuuki Ozaki (Zankyou no Terror OP)
Ahhhh, more Yuuki Ozaki. This opening really captures Zankyou no Terror’s feeling so well. I watched 3 episodes but don’t have a Funimation subscription so I keep putting it down. I WILL be finishing this series.
7. EXiSTENCE – SiM (Shingeki no Bahamut : Genesis OP)
Don’t know how I feel about the weird CG dragon thing, but otherwise this song rocks and makes me want to watch this series. I like the controlled chaos of its animation and when the song gets cleaner it’s just great.
6. Shiver – Lucy Rose (Mushishi Zoku Shou OP)
This kind of song is a great spiritual successor to Sore Feet Song. The minimalism is perfect for Mushishi.
5. STAND PROUD – Jin Hashimoto (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders OP)
Not as good as Bloody Stream by Coda, but super anthemic.
4. ambiguous – GARDiNELiA (Kill la Kill OP 2)
If the blood-spray from Satsuki and Ryuko painting Kill la Kill doesn’t get you pumped, you’re wrong.
3. Let Me Hear – Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (Parasyte OP)
I’m a little biased because Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my favorite bands, but this opening really is done well. The clean vocal parts correspond well to the animation as do the screamed vocals.
2. Daze – Jin ft. MARiA aka GARDiNELiA (Mekakucity Actors OP)
This song is just great. I will admit that until about halfway the animation is a bit lacking. But it’s good where it’s good. I really need to watch the Bluray version of the show where they’ve done all the changes.
1. Hikarunara – Goose House (Your Lie in April OP)
This song feels nostalgic, and it’s new, so you know you’re in instant classic territory. The show is great and this opening – the song, the animation, the way it is so cohesive – really just captures a tiny fragment of the greatness.