25 Notable Tranquil Anime Openings and Endings from this Decade

(Left to Right) Shima Rin (Laid-Back Camp), Yamato Rinko (My Love story!!), Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom), Tanaka (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless), Kagamihara Nadeshiko (Laid-Back Camp)
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Anime theme songs span further than the fast-paced, the upbeat, and the energetic. Some of the greats are occasionally slower and mellow, yet still powerful. Let’s reminisce 25 of the most serene openings and endings this decade.

In no particular order, here we go.


Tanaka-kun is Always Listless OP

Season: Spring 2016 | Title: Utatane Sunshine | Artist: Unlimited tone

Tanaka-kun’s OP is a great way to start off this list. It perfectly defines serenity.

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One Punch Man ED

Season: Fall 2015 | Title: Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru | Artist: Hiroko Moriguchi

Everyone knows the opening theme when they hear it, but did you know the ED was also catchy?


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash ED

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Season: Winter 2016 | Title: Harvest | Artist: (K)NoW_NAME

A lot of the slower themes have simple visuals. This one is no exception, but it only amplifies the beauty.

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91 Days ED

Season: Summer 2016 | Title: Rain or Shine | Artist: ELISA

Themes with no lyrics are rare, but there are a couple on this list. This is the first one, and it’s great.

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KonoSuba ED

Season: Winter 2016 | Title: Chiisana Boukensha | Artist: KonoSuba Cast

This was a hard choice between the first ED and the second ED. listen to the other one as well, for sure.

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Mushishi Zoku Shou OP

Season: Spring 2014 | Title: Shiver | Artist: Lucy Rose

The main series may not have aired this decade, but the simplicity of this OP is unmatched.

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Yona of the Dawn ED

Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Yoru | Artist: vistlip


Haikyuu!! ED 2

Season: Summer 2014 | Title: LEO | Artist: tacica

An ED this slow is unique for a sports anime, but it works so well.


A Sister’s All You Need ED

Season: Fall 2017 | Title: Donna Hoshizora yori mo, Donna Omoide yori mo | Artist: Aira Yuuki

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Forgive me, this was the best video quality I could find for this ED. The music quality is still good though and the guitar is chill as hell.


The Pilot’s Love Song ED

Season: Winter 2014 | Title: Kaze ga Shitteru | Artist: Akai Kouen

This one is more unknown, but the emotion is bursting at the seams. Also super underrated show, in my opinion.

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Laid-Back Camp ED

Season: Winter 2018 | Title: Fuyu Biyori | Artist: Eri Sasaki

Most of these theme songs can be described laid-back, so it only makes sense for “Laid-back Camp” to make the list.

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Flying Witch OP

Season: Spring 2016 | Title: Sharanran | Artist: miwa (feat. 96 Neko)

For this OP it was a tossup between including it in the light-hearted list or this one. Either way it’s one you need to hear.

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Just Because! OP

Season: Fall 2017 | Title: over and over | Artist: Nagi Yanagi

For me, the OP of Just Because! was the saving grace. If the show itself missed some of the emotional marks, the emotion was amplified by the OP.

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Non Non Biyori OP

Season: Fall 2013 | Title: Nanairo Biyori | Artist: nano.RIPE

This was another theme that could have been included in the light-hearted article, but I placed it here because the show embodies tranquility.

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Kokkoku ED

Season: Winter 2018 | Title: Asayake to Nettaigyo | Artist: Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi

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NSFW.


Assassination Classroom ED

Season: Winter 2015 | Title: Hello, shooting-star | Artist: moumoon

This ending is so peaceful in contrast to the plot of the anime.


Kamisama Kiss OP

Season: Fall 2012 | Title: Kamisama Hajimemashita | Artist: Hanae

Both of the OPs for this show are sung by the same artist and both have such a peaceful feel.

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Amanchu! OP

Season: Summer 2016 | Title: Million Clouds | Artist: Maaya Sakamoto

I recommend this show if you’re a fan of Aria. If you haven’t seen Aria, then I recommend Aria.

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One Week Friends ED

Season: Spring 2014 | Title: Kanade | Artist: Sora Amamiya

This is one of those EDs that can make you cry every time.


Parasyte -the maxim- ED

Season: Fall 2014 | Title: IT’S THE RIGHT TIME | Artist: Daichi Miura

This ED complements the show so well despite the thematic differences.


After the Rain ED

Season: Winter 2018 | Title: Ref:rain | Artist: Aimer

Every single one of Aimer’s songs is amazing.


My Love Story!! ED

Season: Spring 2015 | Title: Shiawase no Arika | Artist: LOCAL CONNECT

When they show Rinko the shivers come out.


In Search of the Lost Future ED

Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Ashita Mata Aeru yo ne | Artist: Hatsumi Takada & Akane Tomonaga

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Probably the best visuals on this list.


Beautiful Bones ED

Season: Fall 2015 | Title: Uchiyoserareta Boukyaku no Zankyou ni | Artist: TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND

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Asobi Asobase OP

Season: Summer 2018 | Title: Three-Piece | Artist: Asobi Asobase Cast

This theme makes you think the cast are an innocent group of high school girls. Heh

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Space Patrol Luluco ED

Season: Spring 2016 | Title: Pipo Password | Artist: Teddyloid (feat. Bonjour Suzuki)

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This anime is short and sweet, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a great theme song.


Rakugo ED

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Season: Winter 2016 | Title: Kawa, Taredoki | Artist: Kana Shibue

Rakugo is another show that defines serenity and tranquility. I can’t recommend it enough.

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