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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 2010s

So far, anyway.

10. Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons, “Kindan no Resistance” by Nana Mizuki

Having the same director as Gundam SEED extended into having a very similar style of opening.

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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 2000s

Or “the rise of the series that change OPs really often and artists fond of caps lock”.

10. Gurren Lagann, “Sorairo Days” by Nakagawa Shouko

I love the way the third opening actually uses the later part of the song.

Incidentally, it just edged out the opening for New Getter Robo. Even on this list Gurren Lagann overshadows what it homages.

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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1980s

Martial arts and robots dominate this decade pretty heavily, so it’s no surprise what genres most of the best OPs are from.

10. Dragon Ball, “Makafushigi Adventure” by Hiroki Takahashi

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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1970s

Instead of doing the traditional single list of favorite OPs, I’ve decided to sort it by decade. Technically you can consider this my favorites of the 70’s and earlier, but the actual top 10 are all from that decade. (The older one that came closest to making the cut was the opening to Tiger Mask.)

10. Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, “Gatchaman’s Song” by Masato Shimon and Columbia Yurikago-Kai

This is actually the second opening…and the same song as the first ending. For some reason, the first season of Gatchaman used the slower “Defeat Galactor” as the OP and “Gatchaman’s Theme” as the ED; later seasons switched them and the songs definitely fit better that way.

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Awesome Music Thursday: Aozora no Namida

For some reason I haven’t really been feeling the Halloween spirit this year. So sharing a song from a vampire anime might be closest I’m getting to a Halloween post.

Aozora no Namida (Tears of the Blue Sky) by Hitomi Takahashi is the first opening to Blood+. I really like this song, and it’s by far my favorite of the four openings this series had.

(uploaded by RozenMaiden941)

Kannazuki no Miko: Overview

Honestly, I don’t even know if I should call Kannazuki no Miko a “modern classic”, “cult classic”, or just plain “classic”, and difficulties in describing it briefly go well past that. Two things I can say for certain are that there are still people who consider it greatest yuri anime, and that both its defenders and detractors often have very strong feelings about it.

Note: I have a lot to say and intend to spread it out over multiple posts. This one won’t have anything about the most controversial aspects of the series, or the biggest spoilers.

Someone could say that, based on the early episodes, calling it yuri as I did above is itself a spoiler, but to this I say the opening makes it pretty clear who the official couple is.

(uploaded by Kaichi44)

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Song Challenge Day 11: Summer song

“A song that reminds you of summer”

Summer’s either already over or almost over depending on what country’s definitions of the seasons you use. Summer used to be my favorite season but most of the recent ones have been hot enough to make me impatient for autumn.

“Second Flight” by KOTOKO feels pretty summer-y to me. Of course being the opening of Onegai Twins (Please Twins) contributes to that, but it’s not just that. Seriously, the other videos of this song that mix in winter imagery of the characters just feel wrong.

(Warning: video contains brief nudity)

(uploaded by kebabu556(some kana))

 

Song Challenge Day 7: A song with meaning

“A song that holds a lot of meaning to you”

I’m interpreting this one to have more to do with personal importance that might be outside of the song itself than just the song’s own meaning. Though I still don’t have anything especially personal to tell.

This is basically the song that got me into Japanese music in the first place, so that’s kind of important, and it remained my favorite song for a while. It’s the second opening of Gundam Wing, “Rhythm Emotion” by Two-Mix.

(uploaded by cvnzero)

Awesome Music Thursday: Kanjite Knight

It’s a little difficult to fully explain the greatness that is Mazinger Edition Z, but I’ll probably try eventually, after I’ve seen the whole series. But to put it simply, what I’ve seen so far is even better than what I’d expected from the hype.

I’m not sure who’s the biggest ham; Juzo Kabuto, Dr. Hell, Zeus, or the narrator.

And it’s only fitting that great anime should have great openings. Here’s the first one, Kanjite Knight by Ultimate Lazy for Mazinger. I cannot get this song out of my head.

(uploaded by Karu Chanel)

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