Anime Openings Debate
The debate is finished. The distribution of the voting points and the winner are presented below.
After 3 votes and with the same amount of points on both sides...
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3 Openings Per Round
Brief Description of the Opening (50-100 words)
No opening can be used twice!
Judges should base on music + animation
(This opening screams hype. The old guitar strums with the rock style that is so fascinating to listen to. The intro itself is bizarre, unique, and extremely well done. The crazy fights and clean animation cleanly combine this series. The deep scam on the faces show how the series highlights the relationship of characters and how they progress. It’s also flashy and epic, like, it’s using legos spinning.)
(Another song by the queen of anime OP’s, this song uses strong emotions with an enticing piano that builds up. It uses a combination of great build up and magnificent vocals to deliver. And what can I say about the intro itself? It’s another ufotable masterpiece where it’s cleanly animated. The fight scenes feel impactful, you feel that the intro itself is telling a great series. I know whiteflame is also an avid fan of Fate/Zero series, so hope he appreciates this.)
(This opening is a musical masterpiece. A catchy opening that combines rock rhythms and pop catchiness, this song makes you bob your a little bit, as it should. The arc is themed around making a good rock concert, and the animation also exemplifies it. An arc centered around Jiro using her musical abilities for leisure, this arc is a fun arc that develops the characters' relationships by having them work together, while isolating the main characters as they go through their own struggle. It’s a fun intro for a fun arc.)
Onto the final 3! These are the three that are the most evocativeand dramatic. Like R2, this is a category with a lot of personal favorites, andI’ll probably end up posting two honorable mentions in the comments for thosewho are interested. However, also like R2, I am solid on this group.
Colors by FLOW - Code Geass
This doesn’t show much in the way of action scenes, but immediatelyblasts you with an incredible instrumental to throw you into a series that willhave you on the edge of your seat throughout. The music transitions betweenhigh intensity for dynamic scenes to quieter, more serene moments perfectly. Mostlyfocused on the character roster, it’s fascinating to watch the leads transitionbetween environments and roles as the OP proceeds, never losing sight of themind games inherent to the conflict at the center of the series, symbolized bythe fallen chess piece at the end.
Aoi Shiori by Galileo Galilei – Anohana: The Flower We Saw ThatDay
It’s incredible just how much this OP balances, includingjarring but effective color shifts and character transformations that showcasethe characters both as children and as teenagers, often showing the twotogether to show rather than tell how these characters are still affected bythose younger years. The soft rock sometimes rises in volume, but alwayslow-key to accompany the various slice of life moments and present a sombertone for a series that will have you in tears by the end.
OP/ED by See-Saw - .hack//SIGN
This right here is the OG of isekai, a classic with a strong OP. Starting with that amazing guitar chordand launching into some of the best singing/beat combination in any OP (YukiKajiura is personal favorite), it gives you a little bit to chew on from eachcharacter in this digital world, giving very little away aside from who is atthe center of the plot. While many series have tried to replicate this type ofvisual design, it still remains a personal favorite in design and execution, theincredible dancing of the avatar being the stand out for animation.