Again, thousands of anime openings and endings have come out in the last ten years. Many have been forgotten. Many have been missed. Join me as I list 25 theme songs from 2010 to 2019 that I consider hidden gems.
Thanks to a bunch of you for helping me round up this list.
The MAL viewership count is there to give you an idea of how popular the show was. For comparison, Dr. Stone, Fire Force, and Vinland Saga (all of which started airing Summer 2019) are all more popular that the shows below.
In no particular order, here we go.
Princess Jellyfish OP
Season: Fall 2010 | MAL Members: 155,000 | Title: Koko Dake no Hanashi | Artist: Chatmonchy
The movie references are almost as good as the song.
Gatchaman Crowds Insight OP
Season: Summer 2015 | MAL Members: 58,000 | Title: Insight | Artist: WHITE ASH
Vote for this OP on your phones now. Standard message rates apply.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- OP
Season: Fall 2013 | MAL Members: 120,000 | Title: Savior of Song | Artist: Nano feat. MY FIRST STORY
I’d ship it.
Divine Gate OP
Season: Winter 2016 | MAL Members: 126,000 | Title: one-Me two-Hearts | Artist: hitorie
I dropped this show after the first episode. I haven’t dropped the OP yet though.
The Eccentric Family 2 OP
Season: Spring 2017 | MAL Members: 43,000 | Title: Nasugamama, Sawagumama | Artist: milktub
Silver Spoon 2 ED
Season: Winter 2014 | MAL Members: 103,000 | Title: Oto no Naru Hou e→ | Artist: Goose house
Yup, Goose house. It’s impossible to make a list without ‘em.
GARO: THE ANIMATION OP
Season: Fall 2014 | MAL Members: 104,000 | Title: Honoo no Kokuin: DIVINE FLAME | Artist: JAM Project
By all means, go watch the second OP as well. I could hardly choose between the two of them.
Captain Earth ED 2
Season: Summer 2014 | MAL Members: 56,000 | Title: The Glory Days | Artist: Tia
The purpose of this article is to showcase great openings and endings from this decade that you might not know. I did not know this one until 6 days ago. It is great. This is the reaction I hope you guys have as well. (Thanks, chef).
Children of the Whales OP
Season: Summer 2014 | MAL Members: 122,000 | Title: Sono Saki e | Artist: RIRIKO
The Junji Ito Collection OP
Season: Winter 2018 | MAL Members: 69,000 | Title: Shichiten Battou no Blues | Artist: THE PINBALLS
NSFW - Gore.
The Perfect Insider OP
Season: Fall 2015 | MAL Members: 122,000 | Title: talking | Artist: KANA-BOON
How the hell have so few people seen this show? The ED is awesome as well.
KADO: The Right Answer OP
Season: Spring 2017 | MAL Members: 84,000 | Title: Tabiji | Artist: Mao Ichimichi
KADO, as suggested by KODA. heh.
Season: Fall 2013 | MAL Members: 98,000 | Title: ANGEL | Artist: angela
Fall 2013 was good season for this article.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior OP
Season: Spring 2014 | MAL Members: 257,000 | Title: Itsuka no, Ikutsuka no Kimi to no Sekai | Artist: fhána
Plus the other 3 fhána songs from low-popularity shows. This is the most popular show on the list btw.
Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation- OP
Season: Fall 2015 | MAL Members: 150,000 | Title: Dear answer | Artist: TRUE
Selector Infected WIXOSS OP
Season: Spring 2014 | MAL Members: 115,000 | Title: killy killy JOKER | Artist: Wakeshima
This one might be more of a personal preference, but I hope you like it anyways.
Season: Winter 2018 | MAL Members: 119,000 | Title: Flashback | Artist: MIYAVI vs. KenKen
This is my best example of an amazing theme song from a mediocre show. So good that 6 million people have seen it on YouTube, but only 119,000 people added the show to their MAL.
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. OP
Season: Winter 2017 | MAL Members: 99,000 | Title: Shadow and Truth | Artist: ONE III NOTES
Season: Spring 2012 | MAL Members: 125,000 | Title: Tsurezure Monochrome | Artist: Fujifabric
These guys were dabbing before it was cool.
Sakura Quest OP
Season: Spring 2017 | MAL Members: 103,000 | Title: Morning Glory | Artist: (K)NoW_NAME
Yuri Kuma Arashi OP
Season: Winter 2015 | MAL Members: 75,000 | Title: Ano Mori de Matteru | Artist: Bonjour Suzuki
NSFW - standard issue.
Season: Fall 2011 | MAL Members: 116,000 | Title: How to go | Artist: school food punishment
Yeah, there are more than 25 in this article too.
Galilei Donna OP
Season: Fall 2013 | MAL Members: 47,000 | Title: Synchromanica | Artist: Negoto
There are a lot of shows on this list with low scores. This is one, but I didn’t think it was too bad.
Nobunaga Concerto ED
Season: Summer 2014 | MAL Members: 41,000 | Title: Fukagyaku Replace | Artist: MY FIRST STORY
All I remember about this show is that the guy likes hamburgers.
Samurai Flamenco OP
Season: Fall 2013 | MAL Members: 105,000 | Title: JUST ONE LIFE | Artist: SPYAIR
An absurd show and an absurdly good theme song.
Joker Game OP
Season: Spring 2016 | MAL Members: 158,000 | Title: Reason Triangle | Artist: QUADRANGLE
This OP is no joke.
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace ED
Season: Summer 2015 | MAL Members: 92,000 | Title: Mikazuki | Artist: Sayuri
Another mediocre show with a great ending theme.
Season: Fall 2013 | MAL Members: 123,000 | Title: Koko | Artist: Tamurapan
I promise that this is the last Fall 2013... and the second last song.
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju OP
Season: Winter 2016 | MAL Members: 178,000 | Title: Usurahi Shinjuu | Artist: Megumi Hayashibara
I beg you. Please watch this show.
Thank you for reading!
Did I miss or forget any good ones? Comment some of the songs you think are hidden gems!
PS: I encourage you to make your own OP/ED list, or any decade in review article for that matter. I’m sure I keep missing some of your favourites.
Here’s last week’s list!
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