So far we’ve remembered the great, the unheard, and the best of the worst. Now it’s time to reminisce the amusing and whimsical. Which themes this decade were sure to leave you with a smile on your face?
In fact, that’s how we judged these openings and endings. A metaphorical tape measure was used to determine which themes generated the largest grin.
In no particular order, here we go.
Season: Summer 2014 | Title: Rashisa | Artist: SUPER BEAVER
The freedom of youth.
Season: Spring 2016 | Title: COOLEST | Artist: Customi Z
There are probably other OPs that only show one character, but none that do it in Sakamoto’s style. It’s a great parody of traditional OPs where each new shot is supposed to highlight a character or a story point, except it’s all just Sakamoto.
Season: Winter 2014 | Title: Tomadoi→Recipe | Artist: Mikakuning!
Cute girls doing cute things and this list. This is the first of many. You can’t escape. (Slight NSFW for the first 10 seconds).
Season: Spring 2011 | Title: Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi - C | Artist: Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada)
Not too many people remember the second OP which is also great.
Season: Summer 2014 | Title: Piti Pati SurviBird | Artist: The Sabagebu! Cast
Catchy song + dance + CGDCT = on the list.
Yes, this website was the only place I could even find the ED.
Season: Summer 2016 | Title: Harebare Fanfare | Artist: MimimemeMIMI
They never did tell us who was Sweetness and who was Lightning.
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Extra Magic Hour | Artist: AKINO with bless4
The clap gets me every time.
Season: Summer 2013 | Title: May I Help You? | Artist: Servant x Service Cast
This OP does a good job at capturing what a dysfunctional workplace looks like. Note: this is not be the last theme from a show about a dysfunctional workplace.
Season: Spring 2015 | Title: Sugar Song to Bitter Step | Artist: Unison Square Garden
Happy dancing on stage.
Season: Summer 2018 | Title: Grand Blue | Artist: Shounan no Kaze
What’s better than a show about a bunch of friends being friends? (NSFW)
Season: Winter 2017 | Title: Gabriel Drop Kick | Artist: Gabriel DropOut Cast
This OP is as hectic as the show, in a god way.
Season: Spring 2016 | Title: Clover♣Kakumation | Artist: Triple♣Feeling
That buildup at the end is unbeatable.
Season: Fall 2017 | Title: Ugoku, Ugoku | Artist: Girls’ Last Tour Cast
Their happiness given their situation makes me happy.
Season: Summer 2012 | Title: Real World | Artist: nano.RIPE
Nothing is happier than an OP run by tiny little elves. Poor elves.
Season: Summer 2011 | Title: Yuriyurarararayuruyuri Daijiken | Artist: Nanamori Chu☆Goraku Bu
They’re not as innocent as they appear. Be aware.
Season: Winter 2014 | Title: Witch☆Activity | Artist: Witch Craft Works “Evil” Cast
An AniTAY favourite. No joke you all said to add this one.
Season: Summer 2015 | Title: Kakushinteki☆Metamaruphose! | Artist: Aimi Tanaka (Umaru)
You knew I wouldn’t leave this off the list.
Season: Winter 2017 | Title: Aozora no Rhapsody | Artist: fhána
fhána will not be beat.
Season: Summer 2014 | Title: Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho | Artist: Hanayamata Cast
This is such a happy OP, but I kinda want to cry right now.
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Welcome!! DISCO Kemo Kemo Ke | Artist: Kokkri-san Cast
Heh, this list has more than 25 entries too.
Season: Winter 2018 | Title: SHINY DAYS | Artist: Asaka
CGDCT counter: 11?
Season: Winter 2018 | Title: The Girls Are Alright! | Artist: saya
This and Yuru Camp are two of the most meaningful CGDCT shows and they came out in the same season. What a time to be alive.
Season: Summer 2016 | Title: STARTING NOW! | Artist: Nana Mizuki
A lesser known series, but an entertaining OP nonetheless. (Slight NSFW for like 5 seconds).
Season: Winter 2014 | Title: Stalemate! | Artist: IOSYS jk Girls
This one’s a personal favourite.
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: COLORFUL BOX | Artist: Ishida
A slightly functional workplace. They had to try really hard though.
Season: Winter 2019 | Title: Chika Dance | Artist: Kohara Konomi
This should’ve been the ED for the whole show.
Season: Summer 2014 | Title: Kimi ja Nakya Dame Mitai | Artist: Masayoshi Ooishi
Is this one the best? I very well could be.
Season: Spring 2010 | Title: SOMEONE ELSE | Artist: Working!! Cast
By far the most dysfunctional workplace.
Season: Fall 2017 | Title: Bon Appétit♡S | Artist: Blend A
A workplace where dysfunctional people is the service.
Thank you for reading!
Did I miss or forget any good ones? This one had the largest short list yet. It was very difficult to narrow it down and I’m sure I left off some of your favourites.
Here’s last week’s list!
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