Title: Natsuiro no Present | Artist: Yuka Iguchi, Kana Asumi, Yoko Hikasa, and Yui Ogura | Show: Encouragement of Climb: Second Season
I made several people do their best SHAFT head tilt at the end of 2014 when I listed this OP as my favorite of the entire year, over greats such as the first OPs for Tokyo Ghoul, Your Lie in April, and GARO: The Animation. I still stand by the decision I made then, because how I judge OPs hasn’t changed in the time since. Time and again I’ve stated that while the songs in the OP do play a part in which ones I like, they aren’t the only factor I consider, as I look at the OPs like I do any other part of anime, and thus the visuals have a big factor for me. Particularly if they do creative things with the presentation of the credits, and in that regards there were absolutely no equals in 2014 when it came to the quality of their visuals in the OP, and it isn’t like the song is bad or even mediocre. It’s a pretty damn good song in its own right, which when coupled with the amazing quality of the animation and direction, just made things a no contest for me.
And like always with me, the full version of the song: