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Awesome Openings In Anime

By Chris Beveridge     March 08, 2010

10 Awesome Anime Opening Sequences
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While opening sequences are rare in the world of Hollywood, they’re still one of the mainstays of the anime world. In these short opening sequences, a show has to work hard to keep your attention, dazzle you with probably the best animation of the entire show as well as potentially sell you on a musician or group that put together the music on it. We’ve looked back on the shows that have been released in the US to find what we think are the most awesome opening sequences that capture your attention and hold onto you for the show itself:

10. Baccano!

Released by FUNimation

9. Overman King Gainer

Released by Bandai Entertainment



8. Record of Lodoss War

Released by Central Park Media and Media Blasters

7. Serial Experiments Lain

Released by Geneon Entertainment


6. Azumanga Daioh

Released by ADV Films

5. Princess Tutu

Released by ADV Films

4. Black Lagoon

Released by Geneon Entertainment

3. Urusei Yatsura

Released by AnimEigo

2. Revolutionary Girl Utena

Released by Central Park Media

1. Cowboy Bebop

Released by Bandai Entertainment



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audioslave69 3/8/2010 12:37:22 AM

 I think Baccano sounded similar to Cowboy BeBop

LooneyBinJIm 3/8/2010 4:59:16 AM

Yes! I've been waiting for this list. Please tell me this is Part 1 of an ongoing series. There are so many openers (and closers) that can be included on this list. Here are some suggestions if you do a follow up:

Witchblade Op 1: (This opening should be rated PG-13 LOL)

Gatchaman (FTW! This one screams action movie opening)

Deathnote (both openings were good)

Berserk (Don't know why (no pun intended) this one didn't make this list)

GaoGaiGar (The theme alone draws you in)

Speedgrapher (Although the US music fits the tone slightly beter than Girls on Film ironically)

Wolf's Rain (Stray really fit the opener here)

Godannar (Again, the way he sings that theme is worth it alone)

BECK (Another one where the song fit opening)

Mazinkaiser (Another one that looks like a movie opening)

I hope this was enough to convince you this list deserves a series.

u_nick 3/8/2010 5:58:02 AM

BECK and Tsukuyomi Moon Phase defintiely top my list. I always dug Kannagi's too.

BeerBastard 3/8/2010 6:38:49 AM

 The most awesome OP is from Ergo Proxy. Awesome song and great visuals.

Ghost in the Shell SAC

School Rumble

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Casshern Sins

Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu

Samurai 7

Jezzy 3/8/2010 6:44:25 AM

Tenjho Tenge's "BOMB A HEAD V" isn't here?  The song alone is epic...even though it's technically an old song.  You're missing the "Monster" opening as well.

BeerBastard 3/8/2010 6:48:31 AM

 Another good one is from the under-appreciated anime Kaiba.

BeerBastard 3/8/2010 6:55:54 AM

 Just in case, all my mentions are from the Japanese version.

Calibur454 3/8/2010 7:14:54 AM

I thought Samurai champloo was a great opening- i also think Shuffle! should have also been added - i aslo agree with Lonelyhim about Beck

Bedlam 3/8/2010 7:55:50 AM

For the most part I hate anime openings, mostly becasue I don't think I've heard a theme song for an anime that I really likeed.

TheWORstFan 3/8/2010 8:30:09 AM

Code Geass and Samurai 7

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