All throughout the year I have given my own personal rankings of what my favorite openings of each season, and ultimately the entire year, were. However, I decided that I had my fair share in the spotlight, so I opened it to you, the Ani-TAY community, to vote on what your favorite anime openings from 2014 were, leaving it in your own hands to pick your favorites, with no restrictions, other than the opening needing to be from 2014. And I think I got a relatively strong response, at least for the first time doing this. In all, 26 people submitted their votes and in total 77 different openings had at least one vote. "But Koda, I thought this was supposed to be a Top 10 list?" I can hear the more annoying of your cry.
Well...it was, more specifically a Top 10 + Honorable Mentions list, but a rather funny thing happened in regards to the results, there were exactly 15 openings with more votes than the rest, and due to the number of ties I couldn't cleanly break it off at just 10, because there are 11 openings with enough votes to be in the Top 10. And because no one volunteered to help me discuss which of those 11 got cut, I just decided to make it a Top 15 with no Honorable Mentions list.
So here is how things will be going, in the sections where they are tied, they'll be listed in descending alphabetical order, and because literally all but one of these openings have appeared on one of my previous lists, I'm just going to keep things short and sweet by listing the name of the song(and its artist(s)), the season it aired in, and its number of votes. That being said, I am honestly both surprised by the results and not that surprised when I really think about it. I'll get more into this when I finish the list. So hopefully with everyone being on the same page, let's get started! Also, please forgive me on the quality of some of these videos, some of these openings were rather difficult to find. >_>
#12T - Sword Art Online II - Phantom Bullet
Song: "Ignite" by Eir Aoi
#12T - Sword Art Online II - Mother's Rosario
Song: "Courage" by Haruka Tomatsu
#12T - Ping Pong the Animation
Song: "Tadahitori" by Bakudan Johnny
#12T - HaNaYaMaTa
Song: "Hana wa Odoreya Iroha ni Ho" by Team HaNaYaMaTa
#9T - Noragami
Song: "Goya wa Machiawase" by Hello Sleepwalkers
#9T - Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Song: "Ideal White" by Mashiro Ayano
#9T - Aldnoah.Zero
Song: "heavenly blue" by Kalafina
#5T - Terror in Resonance
Song: "Trigger" by Yoko Kanno ft. Yuuki Ozaki
#5T - No Game No Life
Song: "This Game" by Konomi Suzuki
#5T - Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Song: "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai" by Masayoshi Oishi
#5T - Amagi Brilliant Park
Song: "Extra Magic Hour" by Akino with bless4
#4 - Barakamon
Song: "Rashisa" by SUPER BEAVER
Now I just want to say this before I get into the Top 3, all the openings in the Top 3 had a clear gap over the rest of the openings, with the Top 2 both being voted on by at least half of the voters.
#3 - Parasyte -the maxim-
Song: "Let Me Hear" by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
#2 - Your Lie in April
Song: "Hikaru Nara" by Goose house
#1 - Tokyo Ghoul
Song: "Unravel" by TK from Ling Toshite Sigure
It really isn't much of a surprise Tokyo Ghoul is #1. What is a surprise it is only beat out the power of Goose house, I mean Your Lie in April by a single vote. Now back to what I was talking about earlier. These results are surprising in that some of the seemingly really popular openings, at least from the discussions that happened on my own lists, didn't make the list. At the same time, this is also the logical conclusion to come from me giving only the most minimum of restrictions on the voting. Aside from say HaNaYaMaTa and Ping Pong, all of these were insanely popular shows, even Amagi Brilliant Park, which can't even be legally streamed, is rather massively popular. And HaNaYaMaTa and Ping Pong make sense because I know there is a small, but extremely dedicated fanbase for the two of them here on Ani-TAY. So of course the shows that have a lot of fans and have good openings would perform well.
That being said, I really hope that rumor of Netflix having Amagi Brilliant Park is true, cause that opening makes the show look great.
Also, before I wrap up here, I want to ask y'all one thing, how should I go about handling my Top 10 OP lists next year. Would you like to see a repeat of this year, IE my personal favorites each season and for the year with long winded explanations for why I like those OPs and one community voted overall list at the end of year, or would you rather see a community voted Top 10 list each season and then one for the entire year? I'm down for either, I'm just wondering if you'd want it to be overall a more personal thing with some community input at the end, or if you'd want it to be community based all year long? Regardless of how we move forward, I can't wait to do more Top 10 OP lists next year. Now let's just hope 2015's openings are as good as or even better than 2014's!