17 Best Anime Openings of All Time – Anime Crisp

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Sometimes, an extraordinary opening can just overwhelm the whole series. Openings have the quality to give the total experience of the storyline before even watching the series. An opening is one of the most important parts of a series. And without the opening, a series is just incomplete. An anime opening creates the vibe and melody, gives the feel and are like teasers for viewers.

There are lots of masterpieces made in the art of anime. But we are here to consider some of the best anime openings of all time.

Without wasting any further time and Let’s get started

17. Duvet from Serial Experiments Lain

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Duvet is a masterpiece from album “The Race of Thousand Camels” by Boa. The track runs around how people communicate and develop relationships. Director Chiaki Konaka chose Duvet as a theme song at the time when it was unusual to have an English song.

The song became so huge after the release, Boa was even invited as guests to conventions.

FromThe Race of Thousand Camel
GenreAlternative Rock

16. Oath Sign from Fate/Zero

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‘Oath Sign’ was the first sinfle LiSA (Oribe Risa) and scored as #5 on Oricon album chart. It was remarkable as opening theme for the First cour.

ReleasedNov 23, 2011

15. Dreamin’ On from One Piece

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Dream’ on was one one of the best anime openings from One Piece. It came out as 23rd opening from Da-ice.

RomanjiDorīmin On
RunEP-935 to 999
EP-1001 to 1004

14. Hikaru Nara from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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About this opening, we all know. As it was on of the viral opening from all the best anime songs. It is the first opening theme from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) and make its debut alongside the first episode on Oct 9, 2014.

RunEP-1 to 11
ReleasedNov 19, 2014
LabelSony Music Records

13. COLORS from Code Geass

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‘COLORS’ is the opening performed by FLOW. It is also used as opening in the movie Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Initiation. It was the FLOW’s eleventh single. It broke the table by scoring #2 on the Oricon charts and listed for 16 weeks.

GenrePop-rock, Dance-Rock
RunEP-1 to 12
ReleasedNov 8, 2006
Composed byTakeshi Asakawa
Lyrics byKohshi Asakawa, Keigo Hayashi
LabelKi/oon records

12. The WORLD from Death Note

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‘The WORLD’ was the 1st opening theme performed by Japanese Band Nightmare. The song was released on Oct 18, 2006 from Nightmare’s single ‘The WORLD/Alumina’. The opening peaked at #5 on Oricon charts. It is also to be included on their 4th studio album The World Ruler.

RunEp-1 to 19
ReleasedOct 18, 2006
LyricistYing-lun Cheng

11. Cha-La Head Cha-La from Dragon Ball Z

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Cha-La Head Cha-La was released in Japan on May 1, 1989. The opening was performed by Hinorobu Kageyama. it was also used as opening for Dragon Ball Z movies till Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming. In 2005, The song was re-done by Hinorobu Kageyama. It was also performed by FLOW for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Performed byHinorobu Kageyama
GenreElectronic Rock
RunEP-54 to 184
ReleasedMay 1, 1989
Composed byChiho Kiyooka
Lyrics byYukinojo Mori, Chiho Kiyooka
LabelColumboa Records

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10. Dream of Life from Bakuman

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Dream of Life by Ito Shohe, is the 1st opening for Season 2 of Bakuman. It was released on Dec 7, 2011 and scored as #142 on the Oricon SIngle Chart.

ByIto Shohe
ReleasedDec 7, 2011
LabelWarner Music

9. A Cruel Angel’s Thesis from Neon Genesis Evangelion

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A Cruel Angel’s Thesis is performed by Yoko Takahashi released on Oct 25, 1995. It peaked #17 at Oricon Album Charts, appearing 61 times and that’s how it made it to the list of the best anime openings.

ByYoko Takahashi
ReleasedOct 25, 1995
Lyrics byNeko Oikawa
Composed byHidetoshi Sato

8. Blue Bird from Naruto

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Blue Bird is performed by Ikimonogakari and was presented as the 3rd opening for Naruto: Shippudin.

GenreJapanese Rock
RunEP-54 to 77
ReleasedAPr 3, 2008

7. Unravel from Tokyo Ghoul

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Unravel is the 1st opening of Tokyo Ghoul, performed by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. It was released on Jul 23, 2014.

GenrePost Hardcore, Alternative Matal
RunEP-1 to 12
EP-24 (Acoustic)
ReleasedJul 23, 2014
Lyrics byTK
LabelSony Music-associated Records

6. Inner Universe from Ghost in the Shell

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Inner Universe by Origa was released on Jan 22, 2003.

ReleasedJan 22, 2003

5. Battle Cry from Samurai Champloo

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Battle Cry by Nujabes is the intro for Samurai Champloo. Shinichiro Watanabe expressed the impact of Hip-hop on the making of Samurai Champloo in one of the interviews. It is believed that Nujabes gave the beat to Shing02, and one of the best anime openings was born.

ReleasedJun 23, 2004

4. Kuusou Mesorogiwi by Yousei Teikoku

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Kuusou Mesorogiwi is the first opening and the intro track of the anime Future Diary.

ByYousei Teikoku
GenreGothic metal
RunEP-1 to 14
ReleasedJan 16, 2012

3. Tank from Cowboy Bebop

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Tank composed by Seatbelts is the main opening theme song of the anime Cowboy Bebop. It is a Jazz piece and that is what makes it one of the best anime openings.


2. Again from Full Metal Alchemist : Brotherhood

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‘Again’ by Yui, was released on June 3, 2009 by her label Studioseven recordings. It also appeared in Yui’s album Holidays in the Sun. It debuted at Oricon Weekly Single chart.

RunEP-1 to14
ReleasedJun 3, 2009
ProducerHisashi Kondo
LabelStudioseven Recordings

1. Gurem no Yumiya from Shingeki no Kyojin

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“Gurem no Yumiya (Crimson Bow and Arrow)” by Linked Horizon is the first opening theme from Shingeki-no-Kyojin. In 2013, It won the title of “Best Theme Song” from Newtype anime awards and the “Theme Song Award” from Animation Kobe Awards. And that’s what it makes the Best Anime Opening.

ByLinked Horizon
GenreSymphonic metal, Power matal
RunEP-1 to 13
ReleasedJul 10, 2013
Lyrics byRevo
LabelPony Canyon

This was our list of The Best Anime Openings of all time. Don’t forget tell us yours.

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