My Top Five Anime Endings

As promised, here are my top five anime endings!  This one was quite a bit more difficult.  If you are not very familiar with how anime openings and endings work, let me tell you all a bit about it.  For some odd reason, there are generally more endings than openings.  Animations for the openings tend to be more bright or dramatic to catch your attention.  Endings are more along the lines of a pretty “thanks for watching” sort of thing.  They tend to have softer colours and the songs tend to have more harmonies than just having a single voice singing the whole time.  However, that isn’t always true.  There are some out there that break that rule.  A couple on my list do.  So, without further ado, here is my list of top five anime endings.  Only one ending per series, just like last time.

Number Five: “Emerald Green” by See-Saw from .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet

I really like this song.  It is beautiful and is a nice contrast to the .hack franchise as a whole that it is borderline weird.  The flowing lyrics and soaring melody do not really fit with the cybercentric world that the franchise is based it.  Some friends and I sang it at a talent show when I was younger and it was fun and easy to learn the lyrics to.  As for the animation, I’m not really sure what to think of it.  I never am with the .hack franchise ending or openings in general.  It is beautiful though and it matches the mood of the song very well.  For a franchise known for the oddness yet almost believable, in the future of course, it is well done.  Compared to the opening though, it isn’t weird.  Also, compared to the rest of the franchise’s openings and endings, it is fairly normal in terms of endings.

Number Four: “Michi-to you all” by aluto from Naruto: Shippuden

Out of all the songs on this list and the one about the openings, this song I actually cry a smidge whenever I hear it.  The reason is because I can’t not translate the lyrics as I hear them when it comes to this song.  It’s just such a darn beautiful love song!  This is one of those songs that I will probably not get over.  I just won’t.  Here let me translate it for you.

Just as usual, whenever I turn around the corner

I merge into a sea of people and melt away into nothing

I lose myself completely and find no fair words to say to you

Yet one thing, your voice, it comforts me

It still remains with me forever

 

Everything about you, your smile and even your anger

Keeps me moving forward

If I just look up to where the clouds begin to break

I think you know what I mean, I think you know what I mean

I think a part of it that gets me violin part.  I actually learned that part.  It took me forever to figure it out without the sheet music, but I did it.  Actually, the song as a whole gets me.  It’s just so beautiful.  The animation isn’t really that special.  Also, just so you know, I am judging this based upon the standard ending and not the ending animations that were used as a promo for the movie that was released about the same time that this was used for the ending of the show.  I mean the art is nice, but it reminds me of reading a Dōjinshi.  That is effectively what it is too with some fan art thrown in at the end for good measure.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is really pretty, but it just isn’t that impressive to me as an ending animation in general.

Number Three:  “Trust Me” by Yuya Matsushita from Durarara!!

Oh my gosh you guys!  This song is now on iTunes!  You have no idea how happy I am about this.  You may or may not have heard of this anime, in fact, most everyone that I know hasn’t.  I recommend it whenever I can and they are making a new season that is due out next year!  Despite not many people in the States really knowing about this amazing anime based on the light novels of the same name, this is one of the most widely known endings because of all the parodies done of it.  They really aren’t even parodies either as they keep the same ending song and just switch the characters to those of a different series.  What makes this ending so amazing isn’t how beautiful the animation is, because it is beautiful throughout the series, it is how simple it is.  The most of the movement is the shifting of colours and panning down a long drawing of the main and supporting characters.  If you look online you can actually find the whole picture pieced together.  It is amazing and baffling to look at.  In terms of the song, it is catchy in a poppy almost Bieberish way.  Except it isn’t annoying and stupid like a Bieber song.  It’s the best of both worlds!  Fun and easy to sing and dance to without being dumb or annoying.  What’s not to love about that?

Number Two: “Stay Beautiful” by Diggy- MO’ from Bleach

I know that video isn’t the best in the world, but it was all I could find of the actual clip.  For some reason, people seem to have it stuck in their heads that when I say things on this sit along the lines of “stay beautiful” or “stay lovely and beautiful” that I’m making a reference to the Taylor Swift song.  Heck no!  By now you all should know how I feel about her.  I’m getting a bit sick of her.  This is actually the song being referenced.  I love this song.  It is upbeat and fun to sing along to.  The ending animation is just so goofy for Bleach and it kind of looks like it belongs an episode of Cowboy Bebop or Space Dandy.  However, it works in its own way.  The part of the series that this ending falls in is very dramatic and completely different than the fun and cute ending.  This ending, for those who are wondering, is the ending opposite the opening “chAngE” by miwa.  One thing that I love about this ending is that it actually has a fairly inspirational message.  With the English thrown in you can kind of catch some it too.  Basically it’s telling you to be who you are, don’t back down, and stay beautiful no matter what.  Love this ending.

Number One:  “Blue” by Yoko Kanno from Cowboy Bebop

If “Michi-to you all” makes me cry a smidge, this song flat out makes me sob.  I’m serious!  I’ve never been able to watch the final episode of Cowboy Bebop without crying.  It’s never happened.  This is quite possibly one of the saddest and well-done endings I’ve ever seen.  Yes, this ending is long, but it is also the only time that it is used.  This is the final ending of the entire series.  Also, it is completely in English and they use pretty much the entire song for it.  Cowboy Bebop was one of the first things I ever watched on Adult Swim and it will always be one of my favorites.  The animation on a whole is pretty much not there.  It is basically just a slow pan up to the sky and then one last shot of Spike before the screen goes to black and shows the words “You’re gonna carry that weight”.  It gets me every time and I have no idea why.  I can get through most of the ending with just the regular sad weepy crying, but it’s almost to the “gross sobbing” when the song ends and those words come on the screen.  The ending is almost profound and it is so unassuming.  It is also such a stark contrast to the ending of the show.  The ending of the series is just a “bam, in your face” action sequence and then this.  That being said, it is sort of the kind of song that I listen to when I need to feel better about the world in general.  It isn’t overly happy though, but it really makes you think about your life and where you want it to go.  That is what makes this quite possibly my favorite song from any anime of all time.

 

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