What Makes An Opening or Ending “Good”?


Hakaze doesn’t know the answer! Help her out by clicking the break and finding out my opinion on the subject

This question has been stirring in the back of my mind for a while now and I’m not asking what people’s tastes are in music whether it’s J-Pop, J-Rock, or something else different completely. For me, it’s always been if the OP or ED encompasses what the anime is about. Does it “feel” like the show I’m watching and get me excited about the series? It’s an abstract manner of describing it but there’s really no other way to put it otherwise.

Some recent examples:

Guren No Yumiya by Linked Horizon for Attack on Titan

I think this latest sensation resonated with a lot of people because it establishes the tone for the series with bombastic choirs and GAR chanting following suit into the show with lots of yelling and over the top dramatization of its characters

Hunting For Your Dream by Galneryus for Hunter x Hunter

The Yorknew Arc in Hunter x Hunter has the trappings of a crime thriller in its tale of revenge of Kurapika against the Phantom Troupe. By starting the song before segueing into the visuals, it sets up dramatic tension for the audience leaving them on the edge of their seats for next week.

Shinryaku no Susume by ULTRA-PRISM for Shinryaku Ika Musume

I’m not much of a J-Pop person however I couldn’t help but fall in love with this song. It’s goofy, upbeat, and ditzy! All adjectives that describe the anime and its title character perfectly.

What do you think makes for a good OP/ED? Do I just have shit taste? Feel free to put examples of some songs in the comments section below


3 thoughts on “What Makes An Opening or Ending “Good”?

  1. lucky pirate

    well, I love mirai nikki op1 & steins;gate op is one of my “alltime bests” along with FMA BH op1 (again by yui)
    all those openings give me the feeling I felt watching the series episode by episode & thats the reason I love those songs for …. some do standalone tho

  2. torisunanohokori

    imo, a good opening is one that just is a good 90-second music video, one that can be watched 3 or 4 times without getting bored. Obviously, looking pretty/polished, having a good song, and syncing the video to the music all help. Bonus points if it sets a good tone for the show, though.

  3. SailorKagome

    KInda late to the party, but I will post my favourite openings and endings :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRHP5gwcZL The song is very refreshing, I don’t know if it’s good but I like it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VTpsfru0ak really catchy song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql0NtjXIv_s It’s simply awesome, I can never get tired of it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN_WgwEmRaw the video goes very well song, the whole journey theme of the anime is conveyed trough the opening
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O9hRcIAza0 good song, good animation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBup5tTEWAA both Toradora openings are awesome !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9CXmEUwvgM it fitas well with the anime series

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74fP4waPN9Q I love how the characters come out of manga panels, and the breakdance looks cool
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcigAiYTnbY really cute and funny
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8X2NXAKteE one of my all time favorites
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znM5fS5lYhM never get tired of this song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dYjJ3kOGoY & all code geass openings are good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zj4VQy9k30 dancing, singing and disco theme, love it !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW9BapLxwkw this one is a classic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY6QCX0HPxg really funny]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTMq5fERQAA realy fits the series and gives off that whole classy vibe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-eyIJRTzoM nice song + top notch animation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFRXVbYrTd0 somewhat original type of opening
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK05OU05Zig in top ten favorite j-pop songs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSX58TglZRs one of the beast anime openings out there !http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N0eyrE1oXc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vbuobfmBgE music simillar to trigun’s op

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6BKRkM41y8 Slayers op is really good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZTNAhYP2A4 good song and sexy girls !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkyoVTNSu8 the 70s are strong in this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuXct3Kc5J4 the most refreshing and optimistic op ever !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gncy4OCDyR8 a very delicate song with fitting animation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xczg_6v9Yc some good ol’ rock
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5gi9PH7j0 Lum dancing is cute and sexy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndu_UuCROZU it’s a very simple opening and that’s precisely why it’s so good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOHwVZc6QYY again, it brings something original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRaffCPcRkU very peaceful
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvbHvHsN_NI it has a strong Queen vibe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tT4Ijk6rZY this english version sounds good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5de5GriPMN0 yaii for japanese rap !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuvdizpP5zY one of the most gentle songs I’ve ever heard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDfxZ4NcE I love jazz !!!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b69Hyo31sI parody of all parodies !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRuaEvxPNtM kinda’ nostalgic for some reason

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwMHMg31h9Y high quality graphics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8aHESNyckw cute song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7gxjPdfgr0 again, a really good song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAZlXSZfA1U my favourite SM opening


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