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Top Three Favorite Anime Openings of 2019

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The end of the year is fast approaching, and because of that, I thought it would be good to do a little bit more reflecting. Now, it is safe to say that overall it has been a great year for anime, but it has also been good amazing for anime openings. Time to talk about some of my favorite openings of 2019.

3. Promised Neverland – Touch Off by UVERworld

It did not take long after I started watching The Promised Neverland that its opening became one of my favorite parts about the show. This is not to say that the show is bad, it is actually phenomenal. However, the more energetic nature of the music, combined with the visuals that foreshadow the events to come, make it one of my personal favorites of the year.

2. Dr. Stone – Good Morning World! by BURNOUT SYNDROMES

Dr. Stone honestly has two very good OP’s, but for the purpose of this list I decided to go with the first one, because to me, Good Morning World not only looks more interesting visually, but musically has the same sort of fast paced, fun energy that is present in the series itself, at least for the first half anyway.

1. Carole and Tuesday – Kiss Me by Nai Br.XX and Celeina Ann

Carole and Tuesday was probably the best musical experience I have had all year with an anime, and no I do not just mean that because it was centered around music. It could have been very easily messed up or made haphazardly without any thought and come out terribly. Luckily, sitting at the helm of direction for the show was Shinichiro Watanabe, the man behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, two other series known for their great musical scores. Kiss Me takes everything that the is great about the show’s music and combines into one animated sequence, perfectly demonstrating just why the show it is attached to is so great.


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Opening of the Week: No Pain, No Gain by Nano (Btooom! OP)

There are very few openings which I have repeatedly listened to hype myself up. Not that all OPs are meant to do this, of course, but of the more upbeat songs I’ve heard, most I just listen to once and for the rest of the show. No Pain, No Gain, however, is not one of those openings. It is an opening that not only has a great instrumental but an extremely powerful female vocalist.

Btooom!, like many of its battle royale contemporaries, has a sense of urgency and desperation in its action. Each of the characters is trying there hardest to survive, and all have a different motivation for what drives them to stay alive, be it selfish or otherwise. In Btooom’s case, that urgency and desperation are further emphasized by the weapons that players use to fight: bombs. Knowing that they could be used at any place and at any time means that the show’s characters are constantly on their toes. Naturally, then, it would make sense for the show’s opening to accurately depict that range of emotions.

And, in fact, Btooom’s opening does this quite well. The extremely rock heavy instrumental makes you feel the pressure of trying to survive while others are out to get you. One of the best parts of the song is during the opening seconds, where the guitar takes up the entirety of the instrumental, and the lead vocalist, Nano, who lends her vocal talents to add to the strained and extremely intense atmosphere.

Nano is definitely a lot of the reason this song works. Her deeper voice adds a level of seriousness that would not necessarily be present had it been performed by another artist. Her lyrics in the song also very much mirror the story of the show’s two main characters, Ryota and Himiko, who was very much thrown into a world they knew nothing about and were forced to fight there way out.

Probably the least impressive part of the opening overall were the lyrics, which definitely rang as a little bland sometimes, but still managed to get the message across well. Overall, definitely worth a watch/listen.


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Opening of the Week: Haru ga Kite Bokura by Unison Square Garden(Sangatsu no Lion 2 Opening 2)

If March Comes in Like a Lion is known for anything else aside from its terrific writing, It would be its surprisingly impressive openings, and Sangatsu no Lion’s second season second opening fits this description perfectly. Maybe not as visually impressive as some of the show’s other OPs, but still visually stimulating in its own right. For this week’s Opening of the Week: Haru ga Kite by Unison Square Garden.

The opening seems to largely reflect the recent events in the show, which as of the last episode has been signaling an end to Hina being bullied. It also reflects the changing nature or Rei, and how through his association with the Kawamoto sisters and others has gained a new confidence in himself.

The music, however, is what makes this opening. A somewhat classic rock sounding song backed by orchestral instruments, Hare ga Kite Bokura has a similar feel to the show’s first opening by the band BUMP OF CHICKEN.

This makes sense considering the instrumental comes from Unison Square Garden, a band that has done other openings such as “Counter Identity” from Soul Eater. Their rock edge mixed with an assortment of other instruments has always made their openings some of the most memorable.


Hopefully, the winter season brings us some other wonderfully openings to cover, but what did you guys think? Good? Bad? Mediocre? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

Opening of the Week: Tank by Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts(Cowboy Bebop)

Jazz is a genre not often represented in the music scene, even in its home of America. Granted, this is likely because of its declining popularity since its inception in the 1920’s, and that goes double for anime. There are occasional gems like the recent “Kids on the Slope,” but it is not prominent in the music landscape. It is a shame too because at the top of the genre’s musical givings are song’s like Tank. Welcome to Opening of the Week, where this week we’ll be looking at one of Yoko Kanno’s greatest musical accomplishments: Tank.

Cowboy Bebop hosts a diverse range of musical genres, but being one of the first songs you hear from the show’s soundtrack, Tank certainly leaves an impression that not many other songs do. The song opens with a voice saying “I think it’s time to blow this popsicle stand. Alright, one two three let’s jam!” Immediately the song goes from sounding like the opening of a spy movie to full-blown Jazz explosion.

Although, I guess you could say that most of the song after the initial build-up sounds like the soundtrack for a classic Bond movie, but this song sounds a lot better.


How do you guys feel about the opening? Is it a favorite of yours? Don’t really care for it? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

 

Opening of the Week: Tabi no Tochuu by Natsumi Kiyoura(Spice and Wolf)

Any opportunity to talk about Spice and Life is a good one, and the show’s phenomenal first opening is no exception. The show’s second opening is also quite lovely, but I chose this one because I think it also encaptures what the show it’s attached to is all about. Its slow, quiet build to an extremely beautiful chorus makes it stand out as one of best anime openings I’ve ever seen.

The title of the song roughly translates to “On a Journey.” This is obviously referring to the many journeys that Lawrence and Holo take in order to get her back to her home, but it also refers to their own personal journey, both in terms of their relationship and their individual personalities. Lawrence learns that he is often too uptight in his approach to the world and that he should learn to enjoy his journey more. Meanwhile, Holo learns that not all humans are bad and that learning to be more trusting is the first step in living in the human world.

The lyrics go into more details about their journeys to new places and their journey together. The song musically starts out as a slow Piano ballad, almost like a lullaby, but as the song goes on it changes and becomes more powerful as the song lyrics talk more about the journey that Lawrence and Holo will have together, symbolizing their excitement for the future.

The song’s tone is also set well by the female vocalist Natsumi Kiyoura. Her soft vocal tone, in the beginning, builds alongside the music and creates a feeling of power, of adventure.

If you haven’t seen Spice and Wolf, you should, but if you’re just looking for some new music, still check this out. It’s one of the best songs on Spice and Wolf’s OST and, in a weird way, kind of relaxing.


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Opening of The Week: Here by Junna (The Ancient Magus Bride)

In trying to establish at least some level of consistency on this blog, I have decided to start posting an opening of the week. Each week, I will share an opening that I think is awesome and that you guys should listen to.

The inaugural episode is being dedicated to not only one of my favorite shows, but not my favorite openings: The first OP from The Ancient Magus Bride, Here by Junna.

I remember the first time I heard this opening a few weeks ago, and within the first 10 seconds, I could feel an intensity in the music. It wrung with an incredible amount of power, and the singer Junna’s voice was impressive, to say the least.

Cut to a few days ago when I read that Junna is only 16 years old, and that her first album came out this year! Talk about talented. Her powerful voice, combined with the Celtic influence behind the musical production, and you get an opening perfectly fit for a show like The Ancient Magus Bride.

I don’t know about you, but this OP has got me jamming out every time I listen to it. In Fact, you might be able to argue the music is too intense for a show like this. Highly recommend!