The greatest anime openings of all time

Few moderators take their title sequences as seriously as animations. These slots usually run for 90 seconds and have become a name for the culture as a whole.

These mini music videos are essential to setting the stage – sometimes in a misleading way – by showcasing the characters and moments that (if done right) would completely define the series, even if the viewer didn’t know them yet.

Whether you are looking for a crime story, monsters or romance, SpectrumYour list of catchy intros is sure to lock you up at your next anime party:

“Cowboy Bebop” – “Tank!”

“3, 2, 1 let’s rip.”

As these words are pronounced, first-time viewers of “Cowboy Bebop” have no idea what will follow: an onslaught of aggressive jazz and the colorful silhouettes of Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed Wain.

Use “Tank!” By the seat belt only adds to the excitement of the sequence with some of the most resonant jazz ever recorded. With the images timed to the beat of the music, culminating in an epic finale, newcomers will be thankful to know that high-quality jazz of this caliber can be heard throughout the entire 26-episode “Cowboy Bebop” series.

Perfectly encapsulating the series’ high-octane energy while presenting each member of The Bebop in a particularly aesthetically pleasing manner, the opening “Cowboy Bebop” effortlessly sets up the show while directing viewers into the unknown, giving them an accurate taste of what’s to come.

“Baccano!” – “Pistols of roses”

In the context of the prologue to Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch,” he presents the opening of “Baccano!” The entire cast of the series. With each character given only a few seconds of screen time, writers and artists use their time wisely to make sure they make the right first impression, whether it’s friendly, cowardly, or threatening.

With “Gun’s & Roses” from Paradise Launch as the backdrop to the sequence, each frame appears skillfully crafted, seamlessly hinting at the character’s arcs without a single spoiler.

But the best part is that the different scenes of vastly different characters and locations display a plethora of ideas about to be woven into the epic crime story “Baccano!”

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“Neon Genesis Evangelion” – “A Cruel Angel Treatise”

No introduction has ever felt so misleading, but it is very appropriate.

It’s hard not to smile at the introduction to “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” With a delightful song in the form of “Thesis of a Cruel Angel” and exciting action shots of several characters – human or not – the unaware viewer expects an adventure of action, love and humor.

This is the greatest strength of this introduction.

The smile-inducing opening sounds and colors do nothing to prepare the audience for the chaos that comes with each episode. Whether it’s psychological trauma or excruciatingly violent fight sequences, “Neon Genesis Evangelion” is a very true story, not From heroes imagined in fairy tales, but from truly flawed characters that make up our population. Gone are the teenage heroes with unstoppable leadership and power. In their place, Evangelion offers a more realistic picture of how a human teenager would feel if humanity’s only hope was to fight monsters of epic power: fear, loneliness, and vulnerability.

This stark contrast in mood between the show itself and its opening only highlights the desolate feelings its characters share.

“Ouran High School Host Club” – “Cherry Blossom Kiss”

“Kiss kiss, fall in love!”

The first words you hear when watching “Ouran High School Host Club” are so cute that you just You have to sing with her. The lyrics are so compelling that you’d naturally ignore the incest-like likeness of the actual anime (did we mention it’s PG rated?).

The series, a straightforward romantic school comedy, follows the Ouran Host Club, where “the smartest boys in school who have a lot of time on their hands enjoy the young ladies who also have road A lot of time is in their hands.”

The introduction perfectly captures Wattpad-esque writing and the immaturity of the main characters. The “Maybe You’re My Love” line includes main character Haruhi’s multiple love interests throughout the show, from a young gang leader to the host club president Prince. It may seem awkward at first, but the anime deals with mature situations and has surprisingly progressive views.

Haruhi Fujioka, the “general” who auditioned at school, was welcomed into the club’s “beauty world” after an eight million yen ($72,600) vase was broken. At first, the club mistake her for a boy and made her pay off the debt as the “dog” of the host club. But as they slowly realize her potential – and her gender – she disguises as hostess, entertaining the other female students to pay off her debts.

If you are a Wattpad kid, or you are looking for a fun anime to spend time with, then this is definitely the show for you.

“Ping Pong the Animation” – “Tadaitori”

From First Scream, “Tadahitori” sets the stage for a high-intensity sports anime. The type of song that would be perfect for a heartfelt playlist, “Ping Pong the Animation’s” opening simply demands attention.

While the anime itself often focuses on steadily increasing emotional intensity, “Tadaitori” presents its audience with physical intensity and a lightning pace.

Set against the backdrop of the hand-painted and easily recognizable ‘Ping Pong’ style, ‘Tadahitori’ is just as unique as the artwork itself.

“Beck Mongolian Chop Squad” – “Hit in the USA”

With a catchy chorus and unapologetic 2000s style, “Hit in the USA” is the best earworm an anime opening could offer.

Capturing the soul of a emaciated band with high hopes, the song “Beck Mongolian Chop Squad” lacks luster in animation, and makes up for it in its vocals.

For a movie that focuses on music and the band’s formation process, it delivers in its opening with a song that could be an easy radio hit.

One listens, and you too will sing, “I was made to strike in America.”

“One Punch Man” – “The Hero”

In exchange for power, I may have lost something essential to being human.”

These words were uttered by main character Saitama, also known as “One Punch Man”, in the first episode of the anime. During the show, Saitama searches for a worthy opponent to rekindle his love for battle – making this line a perfect summary of the show.

The movie “Hero” balances the folly of the actual anime with the seriousness of Saitama’s situation. The fist that appears for the first time is often the last scene seen by Saitama’s enemies, while in other shots the enemies look into the camera as if they were facing the scenes. The strong cinematography puts viewers in the poses of a villain and “One Punch Man” and implies that the viewer will never understand Saitama’s boredom. In almost every scene, Saitama can be found on his own, which introduces and indicates his sense of loneliness throughout the anime. In general, the anime and the intro perfectly complement each other in a way that no other prequel can.

“Samurai Champloo” – “Battlecry”

Only a good show could make Lo-fi Nujabes head the soundtrack. As the opening notes of “Battlecry” kick in, the three heroes – Mugen, Jin and Fuu – are presented with exciting shots that show off their awesomeness, but try not to betray too much about them.

Alternating motion footage of samurai Mugen and Jin is shown, bolstered by rapper Shing02’s lyrics that have the same intensity as the show. Art and hit style blend perfectly to show the two characters’ alternating fighting styles.

Shing02’s words are remarkably appropriate: “Although my mind is at peace, the world is out of order/missing internal heat, life is getting colder.”

As the lyrics fade to a relaxing cadence, the trio is seen walking their journey, before closing in on beautiful vinyl.

“Death Parade” – “Flyers”

Giving “Neon Genesis Evangelion” a run for the money in terms of tricky intros, “Flyers” presents viewers with a cheerful and lively opening set versus an engaging bar full of tempting gambling games.

Courtesy of Netflix

Death Parade is a Japanese television anime series.

However, while the main characters in “Death Parade” feel like a party and perform basic routines in the opening, the actual anime becomes more psychologically powerful as the recently deceased play various games that will determine the fate of their souls.

For a show that is often heavy, Flyers provides much-needed oomph and sarcasm to its viewers.

If nothing else, silly dance moves and colorful sequences will have viewers shake their heads and sing, “Hands up!”

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” – “Golden Time Lover”

The third opening to the much-loved series, “Golden Time Lover,” perfectly reflects the intensity and darkness of “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.”

The synthesized sounds act as an increasingly pressing backdrop to main character Edward Elric’s outstretched arm, as he stands among a field of white flowers as a dark gray sky looms.

The picture is completed with the opening closing with Edward’s hand hitting the ground, revealing an unbroken flower between his fingers.

It’s a bright spot of hope amid the chaotic and demoralizing landscape that has become “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” at this point in the plot.

As a result, “Golden Time Lover” is a pure representation of this balance between enduring optimism and perseverance against the corrupting forces of this anime’s world.

The honorable:

Alex:

“Mushishi” – “Song of Painful Foot”

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” – “period”

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” – “Rain”

Kara:

“Kakegurui” – “Dealing with the Devil”

“Sailor Moon” – “Moonlight Densetsu”

“Demon Slayer” – “Gurenge”

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” – “Again”

Jenna:

“Jujutsu Kaisen” – “Kakai Kitan”

“My Hero Academia” – “Today, Peace Sign”, “ODD Future”, “Make My Story”, “Polaris & Starmaker”

“Windup is great!” – ‘dramatic’

“Haikyuu” – “Imagination” and “Ah Yeah!!” and “I’m a Believer”, “Fly”, “Hikari Are” and “Phoenix”

Kara Anderson is a prominent art editor who can be found at kara.anderson@ubspectrum.com

Alex Walter is a Senior Art Editor and can be accessed at alex.falter@ubspectrum.com

Jenna Quinn is the Senior Post Editor and can be accessed at jenna.quinn@ubspectrum.com


Alex Walther

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Alex Walter Senior Art Editor at spectrum.


Kara Anderson

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Kara Anderson Senior Art Editor at spectrum. It is a double major in English and Spanish and is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies, procrastinating with solitaire and reality TV on the weekends.


Jenna Quinn

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Jenna Quinn is the Senior Associate Editor of spectrum. When she’s not scrolling on social media, you can find her watching Mets games on her laptop or crushing Jack Harlow.

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