Opening songs are especially important because they set the mood for the whole show. These teasers that last about a minute and a half give people a taste of what’s going to happen in that series.
And some anime opening songs are just way better than the rest in terms of animation, quality, and how catchy they are. Since each season has dozens of shows, the opening of an anime needs to be extra special to stand out. There are a lot of choices, but which are the best anime openings of all time?
10. Fly High!! (Haikyuu!!)
Haikyuu! opening !’s songs are always hot, so a few of them could fit into this list. “Fly High!!” by BURNOUT SYNDROMES is a great way to show how majestic the music in this sports anime is.
The opening theme for Season 2 is a blast of infectious energy that shows how passionate the anime characters are, and it is also very catchy.
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Even though it doesn’t show anything too strange, the video is also good and shows the season’s best players and games. Still, the song is the main reason why this one cuts.
09. Moonlight Densetsu (Sailor Moon)
Sailor Moon is about the adventures of Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Senshi as they try to save the world and do their schoolwork at the same time. And DALI’s “Moonlight Densetsu,” which is both mysterious and fun, is the best way to show this kind of struggle.
The melody and progression of the song, along with her secret missions against bad guys, are perfect for anyone who wants to go back in time.
08. Colors (Code Geass)
Zero’s mask, Lelouch riding a horse, and a lot of “jibun wo!” are what make Code Geass what it is. In Code Geass, Lelouch, an exiled prince, gets the Geass, which gives him the power to control people. He starts a rebellion against the Holy Britannian Empire with it.
Code Geass is a mecha shonen anime, but it has a twist: Lelouch has to fight his best friend, who is working for the enemy. “Colors” by FLOW tells the whole story of Code Geass.
There is a lot of mecha, a touch of flamboyance that makes anyone unmistakably awesome, and the battle cry of Lelouch fighting to get back his birthright.
07. Oath Sign (Fate/Zero)
The Fate series is about the Holy Grail War, which is a fight between seven Masters and seven Servants (Heroic Spirits) for the Holy Grail, which can grant wishes. In Fate/Zero, viewers see the Fourth Holy Grail War, which is a key event that sets up the main plot of Fate/stay night.
With a mysterious, everything-is-at-stake premise, it makes sense for Lisa to start with a captivating scene that sets the stakes.” Oath Sign” starts with a soft piano solo, and then it builds up slowly.
Slowly, other sounds join the thumping of the drums, highlighting the key players and hinting at a sad tone. “Oath Sign” shows off everything with a glamorous fight scene that makes you want to bang your head, and it ends with an exciting scene that makes you want more.
06. Dream Of Life (Bakuman)
Bakuman looks at the problems that manga artists-in-training face. It’s about a pair of artists and writers named Mashiro and Takagi who have been mangakas since they were teenagers.
Even though Bakuman has 75 episodes, “Dream of Life” by Ito Shohe is the only one that gets as much attention as “Dream of Life.”At its heart, the song is a bright and happy look at the mangaka’s everyday life and the different people in it.
But nothing beats the way it makes you feel like getting up and going after your dreams for another day. It fits perfectly with the anime, which is always inspiring.
05. Again (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
After hearing “Again” for the first time, anyone who has seen Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood will immediately think of YUI. The song went so well with the anime, which was full of different feelings. There’s the sad history of the Elrics, their commitment to their mission, and the epic nature of alchemy itself.
The beginning of the anime shows off everything it has to offer. Its sad beginnings do a great job of setting the scene. Its buildup, on the other hand, is a nice way to introduce all the main characters. Lastly, the chorus is full of action and shows how awesome battles are to look forward to.
04. Cha-La Head-Cha-La (Dragon Ball Z)
It’s one thing to watch Goku fight the evilest people in the universe, like in Dragon Ball Z. But seeing Goku and his friends turn their hair yellow and fire one energy blast after another is a whole different thing.
“Cha-La Head-Cha-La” by Hironobu Kageyama is a great fit for Dragon Ball Z because it has the same amount of happy intensity. Unlike other action anime opening songs, the one for Dragon Ball Z didn’t have to show any complicated buildups or stories that crossed over.
When a bad guy comes to Earth, Goku, Vegeta, and the rest of the crew show up to kick some butt. This simple but catchy song shows how the action in DBZ is both predictable and addicting.
03. Tank! (Cowboy Bebop)
The story of Cowboy Bebop is hard to forget because it is so interesting and different from other space westerns. The opening theme by Seatbelts, “Tank!,” showed right away that Cowboy Bebop liked jazz and blues.
This was another thing that helped make the anime a classic. In fact, “Tank!” will make you think right away of the anime’s very unique soundtrack.
Because of “Tank!,” fans can slowly get used to how the anime’s stories are a mix of being very serious and having a lot of energy. And at its heart, Tank! is a nice “throwback” to catchy jazz tunes from the modern music era we live in now.
02. Hikaru Nara (Your Lie In April)
When it came out, Your Lie in April raised the bar for drama anime. “Hikaru Nara” by Goose house is still a powerful opening song after all these years. The song starts with a fun guitar strum, which goes right into a strong but happy melody.
It has a strong build-up, and the chorus explodes with such force that fans will be out of breath when the song is over. When the opening song and its video are looked at carefully, they do give away the whole plot, but we won’t hold that against A-1 Pictures.
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01. A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Neon Genesis Evangelion is probably a must-mention when talking about anime openings. When Hideaki Anno first thought of Neon Genesis Evangelion, he wanted it to start with an opera singer.
But when TV Tokyo asked for something more catchy, Anno gave them Yoko Takahashi, who is a wonder. The famous song “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” perfectly summed up the biggest difference between two things in the series while also being a catchy headbanging song.
In the end, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” summed up both the anime’s intense action and its rather dark themes. After all, the plot’s deeper parts were already hinted at in the beginning, when images of sadness and destruction were shown next to giant robots.