Hi everyone! After reading Koda's Top 10 Summer 2014 Anime Openings, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, those are all pretty good, but what would I consider my all-time favorites?" So after organizing my thoughts I decided that I'd share them with everyone. I decided on these openings by measuring how well I think they fit their respective series, how much I like the song, how much I like the visuals, and, of course, how biased I am towards the show to begin with. I also have the bonus criteria of "Would I put it on my ipod?" For some more ground rules, only one opening per show and I have to actually have seen the show. It is MY list after all, so you'll have to forgive my heavy personal bias towards my favorite shows and their openings. Keep in mind that it was very hard to rank these from 10 to 1 because I like them all very much, and on a different day they might be in a different order. Now onto number 10!
10. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP1- "Again" by Yui
Now, this entry probably doesn't surprise anybody. FMA: B is an immensely popular show, and this opening fits it perfectly. Its visuals aren't particularly flashy, but they complement the absolutely fantastic song. In fact, I feel bad for putting it this low because I love the song so much, but while the visuals are good, they aren't jaw-droppingly awesome, so I grudgingly leave it here.
9. Kyousougiga - "Koko" by Tamurapan
Here's one most people are likely to have never seen before. Kyousougiga is a show that sadly went under most people's radar during 2013, but in my opinion it was one of the best shows of last year. I liked its opening the first time I heard it, but as I kept listening to it and watching it more and more, it became one of my favorites. Its visuals are mesmerizing and the song is pleasant. This is one of those openings that is even better after you finish the show because you can truly see how perfectly it complements it. I was blown away by how much is hinted at in it after finishing the show, which is the main reason it's on here.
8. Soul Eater OP1 - "Resonance" by T. M. Revolution
Oh Soul Eater. How I love you so. Honestly, I had a really hard time choosing between this song and PAPERMOON, but this one gets me more pumped, so it won out in the end. Soul Eater's style stands out on its own, even without playing with the visuals, but I really like the way the camera winds through the streets, even if it isn't that unique. In short, the song is fucking awesome and everything is put together solidly enough for me to never forget it.
7. Ping Pong The Animation - "Tadahitori" by Bakudan Johnny
I love Ping Pong the Animation and its opening is no exception. The opening is exploding with visual flair and everything about it oozes style, from the high contrast black and white scenes, to the sweetass charcoal-looking segments. The song gets me excited every time I hear it. This is one of the newest entries on this list, but being new doesn't detract from its quality in any way. Awesome is awesome, no matter how old or new.
6. Psycho Pass OP1 - "Abnormalize" by Ling Tosite Sigure
Psycho Pass' first opening is completely in sync with the tone of the show. It's dark, the lyrics feel like they could be uttered by the main cast, and the visuals are phenomenal. The violence and the shots of falling, blood cells, and weapons work very well at establishing that it is not a happy show, and the ominous falsetto of the singer, along with the tempo changes bring the opening to great heights.
5. Samurai Champloo - "Battlecry" by Nujabes and Shing02
Goddamn does this song radiate cool. The visuals are nice and all, but the song is absolutely amazing. Nujabes, God bless your soul and may you make sweet beats for the angels to rap along to in heaven. It truly is a shame that his life had to end so early. I don't know how many hip-hop fans there are in TAY, but Nujabes could piss on a beat and it would still be gold. Pair his laid-back, jazz influenced style with Shing02's liquid flow and a masterpiece is just waiting to happen. This is just one of many.
4. Cowboy Bebop - "Tank!" performed by Seatbelts and written/arranged by Yoko motherfucking Kanno
Everybody loves Tank! Yoko Kanno is a genius and deserves way more credit from people who aren't anime fans. Whenever she creates something good an angel gets its wings and Jesus sheds a single tear of joy. I love the whole James Bond vibe the song and visuals have going on. This opening is a classic and I have never met a person who openly detests it.
3. Kids on the Slope - "Sakamichi no Melody" by YUKI
This opening is beautiful. Yuki's unique voice over the lovely track, also composed by Yoko Kanno, makes for a wonderful song. It makes me nostalgic for a time I wasn't even alive for and almost brings tears to my eyes. The accompanying visuals are beautiful, it's as if music is in the air and the notes are being carried along by the breeze. Many people say that Kids on the Slope's soundtrack isn't some of Yoko Kanno's best work, but I will always disagree. She manages to take so many classic jazz tunes and put her own twist on them, making them unique yet familiar at the same time, and while the opening is original, it has that same quality, unique but familiar, like your grandfather's old suit jacket that you never saw him wear, but just one look at it lets you know that it was his.
2. Baccano! - "Gun's and Roses" by Paradise Lunch
Have you ever seen Snatch? You know, the Guy Ritchie movie? That's one reason that I love this so much. The other reason is that the song is one of the catchiest, most upbeat pieces of jazz I've ever heard. I'd say more, but honestly I don't think I need to. The opening is so good that it speaks for itself, improper punctuation aside.
1. Tokyo Ghoul - "Unravel" by TK of Ling Tosite Sigure
THAT'S RIGHT, NO CRUEL ANGEL'S THESIS ON THIS LIST! One might be surprised that my number one opening is from a show that's currently airing. Well too bad, because that's how good this opening is. It's absolute perfection in my eyes. A great song, jaw-dropping visuals, with the added bonus of fitting the show perfectly. This is the best opening I have ever seen. I was already a fan of the band because of Psycho Pass, but it's like they took everything good about Psycho Pass's opening, improved upon it, and then blasted it with a concentrated ray of pure awesome, resulting in a simultaneous ear and eyegasm that may or may not have caused some people's brains to melt because they couldn't compute the wonders that were assaulting their ears and eyes. If you don't agree with this choice that's fine, but there's no better opening in my eyes.