Last week, I brought you my list of my top 5 favorite anime opening themes, you where very vocal in what you thought on them. In that same vein, this week I bring you my top 5 anime opening sequences. Now, this time, I’m sharing my criteria with all of you:
- Does the opening match the series well?
- Does the song match the opening, in timing as well as feel?
- Is the opening cheesy? If so, is it necessarily cheesy, or is it just plain stupid?
- Does the opening make sense? By which I mean, is it just some random amalgam of action shots or does it actually show the characters in their element?
- Is it a dub opening?
So, with that in mind hit the jump to catch the top 5, and why they made the list.
5. Allegro Cantabile – Nodame Cantabile
Up at number five is Allegro Cantabile, the first opening to Nodame Cantabile. The song itself matches the show perfectly, seeing as how it was written for the show. Now, to be honest, the sequence fits the anime in the way that a size 12 shoe fits a size six foot: Very, very loosely. The only reason it even matches is the fact that it has the characters and musical instruments. However, this one makes the list mainly based on the fact that the animation is effing awesome. I mean, it includes what is basically a piano crapping stars. It really doesn’t get much cooler looking than that.
4. Makka Na Chikai – Busou Renkin
Now, my number four pick is Makka Na Chikai, the opening from Busou Renkin. The opening sequence is one of the better ones, animation-wise, that I’ve seen in a while. However, it feels like it only starts getting its act toghether in the last moments of the opening. Though the song, the animation, and the action is excellent, it’s just not enough to truly make it top 3 material.
3. Mouse Chuu Mouse – Mouse
Now, a little warning: The next sequence is a tad bit NSFW. That is, if your boss hates seeing bouncing clothed anime breasts, he’ll probably fire you for this.
Yeah, that’s right. Mouse Chuu Mouse, the opening from Mouse, is number 3. Why? Well, first off, the song is effing PERFECT for the series and the opening. It feels a bit like a spy song while retaining that distinct Japanese style. The opening itself has great, fluid animation, and shows off the characters in their element. Meaning we see Sorata, the main character, being a badass and we see the three ladies, his companions, bounding around in tight outfits that somehow cause their chests to defy gravity.
2.Shut Up And Explode – Xamdou: Lost Memories
Just barely missing the top spot, again, is Shut Up And Explode by Boom Boom Satellites, from Bounen no Xamdou. (Man, I just love saying that. SHUT UP AND EXPLODE, MAN!) Anyway, this one gets number two due to a few things. It contains almost no action shots which is actually a redeeming quality, they are commonly overused. And the few it does have are short and justified to introduce the minor characters. The opening conveys the action shown in the series, not to mention that both the opening and the sequence get the viewer in the proper mindset for the episode.
1. Rise – Ghost In The Shell: SAC 2nd Gig
And finally, up at number one is Rise by Origa, the opening from Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig. Rise inches out Shut Up And Explode for the same reason why Shut Up And Explode got number two: The song matches the opening, both the opening and the song match the series, and they both get the viewer into the mindset for the episode. However, Rise beat out Shut Up And Explode in one very important place: the pace is better, with action scenes contrasting with calm set up scenes. It makes you get Goosebumps.
That’s it for this week! Whether you enjoyed it or not, let us know in the comments. Keep an eye out for next week’s list where I will list the top 5 most overrated anime ever!