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.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto OP
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.
Engaged to the Unidentified OP
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).
Nichijou - My Ordinary Life OP 1
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.
Sabagebu! Survival Game Club! ED
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.
Sweetness & Lightning OP
Season: Summer 2016 | Title: Harebare Fanfare | Artist: MimimemeMIMI
They never did tell us who was Sweetness and who was Lightning.
Amagi Brilliant Park OP
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Extra Magic Hour | Artist: AKINO with bless4
The clap gets me every time.
Servant x Service OP
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.
Blood Blockade Battlefront ED
Season: Spring 2015 | Title: Sugar Song to Bitter Step | Artist: Unison Square Garden
Happy dancing on stage.
Grand Blue OP
Season: Summer 2018 | Title: Grand Blue | Artist: Shounan no Kaze
What’s better than a show about a bunch of friends being friends? (NSFW)
Gabriel DropOut OP
Season: Winter 2017 | Title: Gabriel Drop Kick | Artist: Gabriel DropOut Cast
This OP is as hectic as the show, in a god way.
Three Leaves, Three Colors OP
Season: Spring 2016 | Title: Clover♣Kakumation | Artist: Triple♣Feeling
That buildup at the end is unbeatable.
Girls’ Last Tour OP
Season: Fall 2017 | Title: Ugoku, Ugoku | Artist: Girls’ Last Tour Cast
Their happiness given their situation makes me happy.
Humanity Has Declined OP
Season: Summer 2012 | Title: Real World | Artist: nano.RIPE
Nothing is happier than an OP run by tiny little elves. Poor elves.
Yuru Yuri OP
Season: Summer 2011 | Title: Yuriyurarararayuruyuri Daijiken | Artist: Nanamori Chu☆Goraku Bu
They’re not as innocent as they appear. Be aware.
Witch Craft Works ED
Season: Winter 2014 | Title: Witch☆Activity | Artist: Witch Craft Works “Evil” Cast
An AniTAY favourite. No joke you all said to add this one.
Himouto! Umaru-chan OP
Season: Summer 2015 | Title: Kakushinteki☆Metamaruphose! | Artist: Aimi Tanaka (Umaru)
You knew I wouldn’t leave this off the list.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid OP
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.
GUGURE! KOKKURI-SAN OP
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: Welcome!! DISCO Kemo Kemo Ke | Artist: Kokkri-san Cast
Heh, this list has more than 25 entries too.
Yuru Camp△ OP
Season: Winter 2018 | Title: SHINY DAYS | Artist: Asaka
CGDCT counter: 11?
A Place Further Than The Universe OP
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.
This Art Club Has a Problem! OP
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.
Shirobako OP 1
Season: Fall 2014 | Title: COLORFUL BOX | Artist: Ishida
A slightly functional workplace. They had to try really hard though.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War ED 2
Season: Winter 2019 | Title: Chika Dance | Artist: Kohara Konomi
This should’ve been the ED for the whole show.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun OP
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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