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
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.
|From||The Race of Thousand Camel|
16. Oath Sign from Fate/Zero
‘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.
|Released||Nov 23, 2011|
15. Dreamin’ On from One Piece
Dream’ on was one one of the best anime openings from One Piece. It came out as 23rd opening from Da-ice.
|Run||EP-935 to 999|
EP-1001 to 1004
14. Hikaru Nara from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
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.
|Run||EP-1 to 11|
|Released||Nov 19, 2014|
|Label||Sony Music Records|
13. COLORS from Code Geass
‘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.
|Run||EP-1 to 12|
|Released||Nov 8, 2006|
|Composed by||Takeshi Asakawa|
|Lyrics by||Kohshi Asakawa, Keigo Hayashi|
12. The WORLD from Death Note
‘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.
|Run||Ep-1 to 19|
|Released||Oct 18, 2006|
11. Cha-La Head Cha-La from Dragon Ball Z
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 by||Hinorobu Kageyama|
|Run||EP-54 to 184|
|Released||May 1, 1989|
|Composed by||Chiho Kiyooka|
|Lyrics by||Yukinojo Mori, Chiho Kiyooka|
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10. Dream of Life from Bakuman
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.
|Released||Dec 7, 2011|
9. A Cruel Angel’s Thesis from Neon Genesis Evangelion
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.
|Released||Oct 25, 1995|
|Lyrics by||Neko Oikawa|
|Composed by||Hidetoshi Sato|
8. Blue Bird from Naruto
Blue Bird is performed by Ikimonogakari and was presented as the 3rd opening for Naruto: Shippudin.
|Run||EP-54 to 77|
|Released||APr 3, 2008|
7. Unravel from Tokyo Ghoul
Unravel is the 1st opening of Tokyo Ghoul, performed by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. It was released on Jul 23, 2014.
|Genre||Post Hardcore, Alternative Matal|
|Run||EP-1 to 12|
|Released||Jul 23, 2014|
|Label||Sony Music-associated Records|
6. Inner Universe from Ghost in the Shell
Inner Universe by Origa was released on Jan 22, 2003.
|Released||Jan 22, 2003|
5. Battle Cry from Samurai Champloo
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.
|Released||Jun 23, 2004|
4. Kuusou Mesorogiwi by Yousei Teikoku
Kuusou Mesorogiwi is the first opening and the intro track of the anime Future Diary.
|Run||EP-1 to 14|
|Released||Jan 16, 2012|
3. Tank from Cowboy Bebop
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
‘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.
|Released||Jun 3, 2009|
1. Gurem no Yumiya from Shingeki no Kyojin
“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.
|Genre||Symphonic metal, Power matal|
|Run||EP-1 to 13|
|Released||Jul 10, 2013|
This was our list of The Best Anime Openings of all time. Don’t forget tell us yours.
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