Animes are generally known for their stories, plot, and characters… But some also win us over for their opening! This is the moment to present the proposal that each anime intends to pass on to the viewer, and often the animation and music of these openings stay in our heads for a long time.
Therefore, we have selected some of the best anime openings according to numerous searches around the internet, but if your favorite is missing from the list, feel free to leave it in the comments!
Cry Baby - Tokyo Revengers
Starting the list with a recent anime, Cry Baby was stuck in the minds of everyone who watched Tokyo Revengers. The song sends a great message of perseverance. At the same time, the imagery prepares the audience for all that is to come in the anime.
Dramatic scenes show not only the protagonist's changes but also moments of weakness, loneliness, and Takemichi's willpower to do his best to change the future and keep everyone he loves safe.
When Cry-Baby starts playing with its first verses, it's impossible not to recognize its melody and which anime we're talking about.
Blue Bird - Naruto Shippuden
Impossible not to sing this one, even knowing only the first 5 seconds of the song!
Blue Bird is always remembered when it comes to popular anime openings. The song starts subtly with voice and piano. Still, it soon becomes exciting with the instrumental turn, and it's difficult not to get carried away throughout this opening.
The animation makes a point of focusing on the duality between Sasuke and Naruto while both were still in search, either of their friend or of revenge. At the same time, it goes through characters that will be highlighted in the arc, such as Akatsuki, who appears complete in this opening.
Unravel - Tokyo Ghoul
I doubt you don't know at least this song! Everything in this song has been built to leave an impression on the viewer. Unravel is a memorable opening for those who like anime, from its first verses to the chorus...
At the same time, the opening animation shows characters as if they were reflected in mirrors, an allusion to what they are in the eyes of society and what they really are when they can be themselves.
The entire development of the series is linked to the opening. In addition, we have the changes of the protagonist, Kaneki, very well represented. From his version of the beginning of the anime to his white-haired and empty-eyed form...
Departure - Hunter x Hunter
Are any Hunter x Hunter fans online? This anime certainly has numerous outstanding openings, but Departure appears frequently highlighted by fans across the internet.
The music conveys precisely what you can expect from Hunter x Hunter: Happiness, fun, joy, and of course, lots of exciting battles.
Butter Fly - Digimon
Who doesn't remember that memorable opening that was part of our mornings when we were younger? Butter Fly is the original version of Digimon's opening. You probably place from the version sung by none other than Angelica.
But this original version is just as memorable as the BR one, as the music, in a very high-spirited way, talks about dreams, happiness, and adventures. At the same time, the animation walks between the characters and their Digimons.
Pegasus Fantasy - Knights of the Zodiac
The nostalgia of this one catches fans, from the oldest to the current ones, so it couldn't be out of the list!
The Portuguese version excites anyone who listens to it even today. Still, its original music manages to be as strong and impactful as it is. This soundtrack has everything to do with the Knights of Athena, their fights, and their armor. At the same time, we see Seiya having due prominence until he reunites with the other knights.
It's one of the openings that, even though it's old, it's a classic always remembered among anime fans.
Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku (Dragon Ball GT)
You may not even like Dragon Ball GT. Still, you can't say that this opening isn't among the most popular and exciting. The Portuguese version is widely known and sends a powerful and beautiful message. It's practically impossible to meet someone born in the 90s and doesn't know how to sing it. But his original version carries the same personality and charisma. The song has a great melody until it reaches the chorus - which is its high point - and the animation shows us the different adventures that Goku, Trunks, and Pan will face throughout the episodes.
Shinzou wo Sasageyo! - Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is undoubtedly an anime with countless openings that deserve to be on the list since several become memes or are always remembered in the otaku community. Still, Shinzou wo Sasageyo! is definitely the most exciting.
In addition to being the opening that is part of one of the favorite arcs of many fans, it already starts electrifying with an instrumental that we rarely see in openings. A more classic style mixed with traditional anime rock that explodes when it reaches the chorus and makes those watching want to Offer Their Heart like the troop members.
The animation is full of mini spoilers, riddles that would be developed in season 2, and the glow in the heart of the characters... Everything about it contributed to fans creating theories and keeping them in their heads for a long time.
Kaikai Kitan - Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime that has excellent openings and endings. Still, Kaikai Kitan is a small straw of everything the anime offers: shots, punches, and bombs!
Like a good shounen fight, the opening of Jujutsu carries a song that marks the rhythm of the scenes until they mix between the presentation of the characters and electrifying battles with many magical powers being released here and there.
Besides the beautiful animation, TOHO Animation knows how to differentiate the aesthetics of the episodes to the opening very well without taking one thing away from the other.
I only have one complaint to make: the character of Junpei as a Jujutsu student in this opening fooled me a lot (if you felt the same way, let me know in the comments!)
Again - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is practically unanimous when it comes to quality anime and complete work. Virtually every otaku agrees on how well-built it is, and its openness is included. It's impossible not to identify the anime as soon as the song Again starts playing, being cadenced and starting calmly and scaling up to the exciting chorus with scenes that marry very well with the frantic rhythm of the opening. The animation is beautiful and shows the trajectory of the Elric brothers from their mother was still alive until they became Federal Alchemists. In addition, the animation makes a point of fitting in with the mouth movements of some characters and even body movements during the fight, bringing very pleasant synchrony as we follow each frame.
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