(In Alphabetical Order)
UPDATE: We added five more for a total of 20.
A very lovely, moving theme accompanies an opening that still manages to efficiently unveil the sizable cast and the show’s purgatorial school setting.
(Yui’s J-Rock Arrangement)
A rippin’-good remix with electric guitars and a bolder, edgier palette.
We once watched a lot of Bleach…too much, in hindsight. But we won’t deny it had a good start, and we still consider its first (of many) OPs to be the best.
We don’t know why, but Ishikawa Chiaki’s
powerful, mournful yet hopeful vocals that open this GONZO series always get us a bit choked up. Pass the tissues, damnit! (This talented lady also sang the themes to Majestic Prince and Kamisama Dolls.)
Chrome Shelled Regios
This is what happens when an OP washes down some adderall with a half-dozen Red Bulls. The booming energy is infectious.
One of the best anime ever made also has one of the best – and most iconic – openings.
Darker Than Black
This was a pretty good series partly due to Yoko Kanno’s participation in the soundtrack, but the OP is handled by a band rather amusingly called “Abingdon Boys School.” Our favorite part is how it so abruptly ends, which unfortunately this YouTube video cuts off.
Yoko Kanno’s stirring, epic instrumentation, paired with a young Sakamoto Maaya’s strong, buoyant vocals make this entire OP shimmer and soar.
Eden of the East
We’re not what you’d call super Oasis fans (we’d never put a name to the song before watching this), but it really works here, and the complex, easter-egg-filled visuals still enthrall us today. A feast for eyes and ears.
Considering how dark this show gets, it has a mighty upbeat theme! Another great GONZO OP.
We’ve seen a lot of Gundam OPs, but this is our favorite, with a very serious and mature tone to it.
Despite an abysmal ending due to running out of material and/or money, this remains hands-down our favorite romantic comedy series. Nothing else has been able to get into the heads of two crazy kids in love quite like this show did. Its (literally) uplifting OP is one of our favorites as well.
Yet another GONZO series. Pretty much OP perfection, starting off with bagpipes and digeridus, then giving us Napoleonic sky battles and creepy starfish mechas. Claus’s touching down on the flight deck brings things to a tidy close.
Another very well-balanced and captivating OP, with an incredibly catchy theme tons of sci-fi action, love trangle themes and a few military salutes for good measure.
Crisp, sparse, dramatic, fantastic.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Evangelizin’ it old school.
Six Years after Escaflowne, Kanno and Sakamoto strike again and prove they’re a match made in heaven. The theme starts quietly, then progresses to a utopian/futuristic sound, and finishes with a nice acoustic guitar.
Some days, some nights, some live, some die, in the way of the samurai.
Serial Experiments Lain
In our opinion, another successful use of an english-language song, along wih lots of weird multiple-personality imagery and general malaise.
Weird-ass vampiry goodness, with a grinding, snarling, and rousing Buck-Tick song laced with appropriately dark lyrics.