Namida no Mukou – by Stereopony
Yeah, sorry but I’ve gotta give the new opening the big ol’ thumbs down. Again I can’t help but feel this comes down to an issue of (and it pains me to have to make the comparison) the song not fitting with the flow of the video (moreso towards the last 1/3 of the sequence) much like with the case of Gundam Seed Destiny’s Wing of Words. Although I will say that the mixture does work out to a better degree then WoW did with GSD’s fourth opening video. Now I’ve personally got nothing against the nudity in the opening and I tend to think that anybody who professes to take offense to such a thing is just being silly, even if it is a little gratuitous, but really it’s a shame because this could have worked out better.
The music itself isn’t terrible if not great IMO (admittedly I don’t care much for this style of J-Pop at all so that’s saying a lot), and the video sequence is actually pretty solid, featuring the usual casual hints at developments to come within the series proper that we’ve come to expect from Gundam openings, it’s just that they don’t bloody fit well together, which is the whole damn point of an opening theme. I knew it the second I heard the song, there’s just no easy way to fit that type of beat to the frame rate of your average anime opening. If I could have suggested anything it would have been to pick a different song or to have used this Namida no Mukou as an ending since it sounds like it would work perfectly with a slow moving credit roll. Nevertheless this is one of those openings with the potential to grow on me so we’ll see how it goes over the next couple of weeks.