Might as well do one since I’m kind of tired of arguing about Code Geass for the moment. The perfect stress reliever. Anyway I should warn, there are a lot of mecha series on this one. That and I can get really passionate about my favourite anime openings Just a heads up. Oh and Deathie, you are required to comment on this article as part of your blogging duties. I don’t want to hear any dispute. Okay let’s go then…..
Trust You Forever – G Gundam
What a way to kick off the second half of this series. This is one of those songs I would actually dare describe as a somewhat epic in and of itself, but that only counts for the full version, and even then only when we are talking about the way it is used at the end of the series. It also has this heroic feeling to it that also serves to highlight the comraderie between the key characters that makes it a really fitting them for the 2nd half of G Gundam. “We’ll look honest world”. By the way, if you listen closely it also has that synthesizer sound in the background that was only ever popular during a brief period in the early 90’s between 1991 and 1994. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then listen to the Starlight Zone Theme from Sonic The Hedgehog as the sound is practically the entire song. God I miss that early 90’s sound…..
Hohoemi No Bakudan – Yu Yu Hakusho
Man this opening is so 90’s. Anyway, this song is the perfect example of a song so great that even when you have a series that is 110 episodes long there’s really no point in changing the music even if you change the video. It’s that solid. Ver 2. is better though because of the better animation quality and the somewhat epic city scape scenery in the beginning portion. Gives it a bit of nostalgic feel I suppose. Anyway, the music matches up great with the visuals as well. What can I say, I even have a midi version of this on my grandparents computer all the way back in Montreal. I took it with me one time because I needed at something to listen to when working on it during a visit.
The Winner – Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory
Mmmmmmm I love it when the music just matchs perfectly with the video in openings. The music matches Kou’s footsteps as he’s running through space and then the years since the end of the One Year War scroll by as he reaches his destiniation until the year 0083 comes up. Cut to title and then *fwoosh* the words Stardust Memory come on screen right as the song picks up. Greatness I say. My favourite part has to be the Earth Federation and Zeon flags fluttering in space as if crashing against it’s other. You kind of have to be a Gundam fan to understand I guess. Anyway, catchy song and some great visual make The Winner just that.
Over!: Overman King Gainer
This opening does what any opening should, gets people pumped up for the show. It’s so old school in how much it sells the title mecha and yes characters doing the monkey yadayada. It’s the energy that really sells it though. Trying to figure out just what was going on in Yoshiyuki Tomino’s head as he wrote, directed and planned this opening is also a lot of fun. It’s hard to deny that it worked though. Look for the “Metal” Overman King Gainer in Super Robot Wars Z coming out this September.
Sarah – City Hunter 2
First of all, no I have no idea who Sarah is in relation to this show so don’t ask. Anyway if Hohoemi No Bakudan is just plain 90’s then Sarah is just plan 80’s. It also serves to showcase just how manly Ryo Saeba is. How many…..well he can put an entire clip into the exact same hole on a practice target 50 feet away manly. This one also gives me a bit of a nostalgic feel. Anime could get away with being just plain cool and episodic back in the day. Now it has to have everything nice and neat and cookie cutter simple and/or gimmicky otherwise it just won’t fly. Sigh….halfway point break time.
Goes To Watch The Godfather Part II
Ai Yo Kienaide – City Hunter
I once listened to this song for 15 hours straight. No joke. I don’t even know why I like it so much. Maybe it’s because it practically embodies the 80’s and makes me really nostalgic for that era. Again we see how manly Ryo Saeba is and I love the part from 0:49-0:55. Still gets me every time.
Shonen Heart – Eureka Seven
Definitely the funkiest anime opening I’ve ever heard. I can’t help but get into the beat of this one and I kind of hope it get’s into SRWZ. Actually I can’t think of any other anime opening that even sounds like this period. Maybe the ending to Keroro Gunsou. Whatever, this is a valid reason for why Japanese people should be allowed to rap. Contrary to the popular opinion that is….
Galient World – Panzer World Galient
There’s a story behind this one. One day I was watching this series of videos featuring all the mecha anime openings from Tetsujin 28 to Gundam Seed, and then suddenly during one part this song came on. From the moment the beat started up with the slowing coming on screen I was like, “whoooooooooa” and then I was hooked right until the end. I was still kind of in a daze after it ended. That was the first time I had ever heard EUROX’s Galient World, but certainly not the last. The group is actually an English band hired to do the song and boy did they put in the effort. This and the number 2 and 1 openings on the list have kind of become an experience to themselves whenever I listen to them, kind of like an E.L.O concert. Nothing else must interfere during a listen of the full versions for me, they must embody the moment.
Hello Vifam! – Round Vernier Vifam
“Number 1 2 On, Number 3 4 On, Number 5 6 7 8 On” *Guitar and Title Kick In*. Holy shit…..they turned the opening of a simple mecha series from the 80’s into a bloody rock opera. Seriously that’s what it feels like as I am going through this, and there is pretty much no other opening like this. Part of the novelty is it being all in English as well. Again like with Galient World, the full version of this song is an experience in and of it’s and it takes the rock opera feel of it and multiplies it by 10. Bloody awesome……
Yakusoku Wa Iranai – Vision of Escaflowne
There’s a story to this one as well. One day I was browsing youtube looking up some anime openings and having only heard the mangled Fox Kids opening for Escaflowne I decided to look this one up. It feels like a destiny was fulfilled that day. I was kind of in tears by the end babbling “I didn’t know” because I had no idea how beautiful the original opening to Escaflowne was and what Fox Kids had robbed me of for all of these years. Here I met Maaya Sakamoto and her lower register singing voice that would carry her debut role as Hitomi Kanzaki as well. This should also put to rest the idea that I am some kind of Yoko Kanno hater as well. No I was merely crushed when I heard the opening to Macross Frontier since I was expecting something more like Yakusoku Wa Iranai. Even the visuals are beautiful from the graceful duel between Escaflowne and Scherezade with their capes sweeping back amidst a sunset in the background, to the Atlantians serenading Hitomi amidst a starlit background. It’s just stunning in almost every way imaginable and will probably never be bumped off of this list. Lastly it proves that Bishonen’s are not a detriment by nature.