Opening of the Week: The Girls Are Alright by Saya(A Place Further Than The Universe OP)
A Place Further Than The Universe has been slowly becoming one of my favorite shows of the Year, even though its only been one season. It has a lot of charm, the characters are all likable, and the message it sends about following your own path in life is something that really resonates with me. Its opening has a similar element of cheery, exploratory spirit that permeates through the rest of the show. For today’s opening of the week, The Girls Are Alright by Saya.
As I said before, the show’s wonderfully adventurous spirit is largely reflected in its opening. The music consists of a J-Pop tune whose instrumentation is made up largely of classical instruments. What sounds like a wonderful string section carries most of the song to the end, giving it a calming, and yet at the same time exciting feeling. It also sprinkles in a bit of J-Pop magic for good measure.
Saya, the singer in the OP, does a fairly good job at selling her part of the song. Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of her vocals overall, but the way she delivers the lyrics adds to the atmosphere and makes it that much more bright and cheerful.
The visuals are actually a key element to the opening, as they add a lot to the characters personalities, showing off a lot of their individual quirks, as well as hinting at their development through the story. Mari especially seems to be the focus at the beginning, as The opening shows her laying down, and then rolling over, flipping the camera over with her, as if to take those watching along for the journey.
Overall, It is probably going to remain one of my favorite openings of the year as well. I would encourage you to give it a listen and watch the show as well, which you can do on Crunchyroll. Not sponsored, just honestly the most convenient legal place to watch it.
How do you guys feel about this opening? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!