My Top Five Anime Openings
I have been thinking about doing this for a while and people seemed to really enjoy my not posts that don’t have to do with just one song. I have quite a few friends that have been bugging me about what my top five songs from various anime shows are. With the way Japanese anime shows are set up they have both an opening song and an ending song. The easiest thing to do is to make a list for each since there would be far too many to choose from otherwise. So here you all go. My top five anime opening songs. I will only be doing one per series. This should be interesting.
Number 5: The English Opening for the Anime Shaman King
Who remembers the show Shaman King? I loved that show. The English translation was horrible though. I get that it aired during a block for children, but the show was really not made for children. There was some pretty dark and heavy stuff in the original. Now, before you all go griping at me for starting the list off with a song that isn’t even the original song or in the original language, let me make defend myself. I’m not really fond of the Japanese Opening. “Oversoul” by Megumi Hayashibara is okay and “Northern Lights” by the same artist is a bit annoying. The English opening does a lot better job of capturing the spirit of the show even if the translation of the show itself was bad. Now when it comes to the opening animation, the Japanese just blows the others out of the water. Kudos the English version for actually using quite a bit from the Japanese opening though. It just looks a bit out of context. I wish the English opening had an actual name though. As it stands, it doesn’t have one. I also wish this series as more popular than it currently is in the States. It is really underrated because it got a bad translation for the Anime and had quite a bit cut from it. The manga was printed by Viz media in the States and they did a pretty good job of leaving it alone. The series also had quite a few games. Not many of them had an English release, which is pretty sad. The characters were memorable and I still love the show and the catchy as I’ll get out English opening. For those who know about this series and love it as much as I do, my favorite character has, and always will be, Tao Ren.
Number 4: “Distance” by Long Short Party from Naruto: Shippuden
This song is delightful to listen to. Especially the full version of it. It has some really random English in it. However, a lot of Japanese songs have that. It works for this show though. It is quirky as a whole. The ending starts out pretty and light. Then it just gets dark and weird. Seriously. This is one of the strangest openings of either Naruto series that I think I’ve ever seen. Despite the oddness of it all, I can’t help but watch it. Kind of like a train wreck. It’s strange and I don’t want to watch it, but I have to because I am just so intrigued by it. Yes, I will sing along to it. Yes, I will smile at the same time that Yamato does in the opening. He’s adorkable. So is Sai. Sasuke is just a bit odd in this opening and, not gonna lie, he kinda bothers me in this. Either way, this quirky opening does it’s job at making me want to continue watching if only for trying to figure out the actual opening animation and how it may or may not fit in with the story as a whole.
Number 3: “Rewrite” by Asian Kung-fu Generation from Fullmetal Alchemist
This is from the original Fullmetal Alchemist series. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this version of the anime. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is amazing and I love how well it stayed true to the manga, but this was my first exposure to the series. This song is in your face in a subtle way. It is dark, but it knows how to hit you right in the feels if you have seen the rest of the show. The song matches the animation well, but when you watch it on a larger screen, the motion sort of gives me a head ache. That being said, I still think it is the best opening from either series. I can honestly not say that I really enjoy any of the openings from Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood. I like the other opening from the original series though.
Number 2:”Resonance” by T.M. Revolution from Soul Eater
I love this song! I really do. The animation is awesome and catches one’s eye. I mean whenever I see it on the telly, I watch it. It draws you in with the colours and fun action. I love T.M. Revolution as well. This song is so catchy that I actually went and got it on iTunes by itself. So, what makes it number two and not number one? One thing really. I actually don’t watch the show on a regular basis. If you asked me the names of the characters I probably couldn’t even do that. Apart from Death the Kid. I know who he is. Like I said, I do watch it when I see it on the telly. That isn’t very often though. I have a younger cousin that just loves the show and I do like what I’ve seen. That being said, there just isn’t that much that really sets the series apart from others in the same genre. This opening though, it just rocks. I love it. Then there is this English dub done by NateWantsToBattle and it just makes me smile because he does it so well.
Number 1: “Velonica” by Aqua Timez from Bleach
If “Rewrite” is subtle about being in your face, this opening isn’t subtle about it. Bleach has so many awesome openings that is hard to pick just one. It really is a toss up for me. One one hand I love the song “Tonight,Tonight, Tonight” by Beat Crusaders and I also love “chAngE” by Miwa. Since I have already done a whole thing on the song by Miwa and the opening for “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” was from one of my least favorite story arcs from the Bleach anime, I’m going to go with “Velonica” by Aqua Timez. Holy calamari! This opening is beautiful. The stark contrast of colours and motion are done so amazingly well that it practically blew my mind when I first saw it. It is just so dang beautiful. What I mean by that is that of all the openings Bleach has had, and it has had quite a lot, none have really stood out to me quite like this one. If this opening doesn’t catch your eye with it’s sudden movement and bright flashes of colours, surely the song will. It’s fast and goes so well with the animation. It is just executed so beautifully that, despite me loving the other two songs I mentioned in this section, this particular one just takes the cake with how amazing it fits together. Not that the other two don’t, but none of the songs from Bleach do the job of capturing your attention quite like this one.