We are running a bit late for it, but it is finally time for the Summer 2013 Top 5 Best Ending ! In this top 5 we will feature the best the season had to offer in term of quality ending theme and while the ending are never as exciting as the openings, we had some really good competition this time around and the featured top 5 are worthy of being seen by everyone. Without further due, let us jump into that list.
Number 5: Kingdom 2 – 21 by The Sketchbook
In 5th place of our Top 5 we feature the ending for the second Season of Kingdom. The show isn’t that good looking and it translated into the ending. The art is pretty much standard and nothing special, but what really make this ending is the fact that about half of it was actually animated and the song, 21 by the Sketchbook, that goes with the ending is just great and epic. Ending are usually known to be a fixed screen with boring music playing over it, a simple excuse for the credits at the end, but Kingdom somehow made an ending that could have been an actually Opening theme in term of quality.
Of course the abundance of still shots near the end of the ending would not allow for this to make the very top for the season, but the 5th place is still quite impressive for a show that has been known to be visually disgusting in its first season. It is without saying though that this ending was still much more impressive than nearly every other one in the season and it is deserving of the 5th position.
Number 4: Brother’s conflict – 14 to 1 by ASAHINA Bros.+JULI
The 4th position of our top 5 Summer 2013 Ending Theme goes to Brother’s conflict. The show has a completely animated ending that features the dancing reverse harem crew and the main character. It is rather typical of the genre and unexpected, but it is always a rather showing and impressive ending compared to the plethora of other ending without any animation what so ever. The song that accompanies the ending is rather plain, so it is really the animation and choreography alone that pulled this show to the 4th position for the season.
There are some really annoying things with this ending though, like the fact that no efforts were put in to make the month of the characters and song match and be synchronized, but overall it remains enjoyable to watch if you don’t put too much attention to little details like those. Although from here on out, the 3 top-most position of this list are nearly all faultless and are something to witness, so be ready for their awesomeness.
Number 3: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou – Lemonade Scandal by Yū Serizawa
Our 3rd position is fully animated, mostly funny and it comes from a sadomasochistic bestiality harem anime. Dog x Scissors makes it into this top 5 with and ending that could have really well been an opening in most other comedy show. The opening is full of bright color and funny representation and reminder of the show kind of humour, scissors, dog and books. The song that goes with the show isn’t anything out of this world, but it is nonetheless quite catchy and does it job to give the ending the appropriate feeling and atmosphere.
Because the ending manages to surprises you with unusual image and because it is fully animated, it made it possible for Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou to make it this far up our top 5 ending theme list. Obviously it is nothing as genius as what you could see in an opening, but in term of ending it is definitively an odd but appreciated sight.
Number 2: Free! – SPLASH FREE by STYLE FIVE
We now enter the final 2 ending and they both stand apart from everything you have seen so far. The ending of Free! Makes it to the second place of our top 5 and with good reason. The ending manages to create a perfect metaphor for the show with the ending, illustrating the characters interest, dilemmas and drive in a completely different universe and setting. Artistically speaking the ending definitively makes great uses of many symbolism. It might not be such a subtle metaphor, it might not be the best way to express everything the show is about either, but it is still pretty damn good, even more so as an official ending theme.
The whole design and story told in this ending isn’t even the only reason why Free! scored so high our list (although it is a good part of it), the other major element is the super catchy custom song that accompanies all this great metaphor. By itself either the song or the animation of the ending could have carry it to our top 5, but combined together it definitively makes for a grandiose second position. It would have easily been in first if it wasn’t for the obvious choice that stole its spot.
Number 1: Shingeki no Kyojin – great escape by cinema staff
I don’t think anyone can be surprised here. Shingeki no Kyojin proved to be one of the more popular anime in a long, long time. Fate/Zero and Sword Art Online didn’t came close to generate as much attention as Shingeki no Kyojin and both of those show did took the eyes of many back in their time. Yet popularity isn’t what is evaluated to make this list, quality and execution (and personal bias) are what makes an ending great and worthy of our list and Shingeki no Kyojin gets major points for both quality AND execution.
The ending of Shingeki no Kyojin is clever…like really clever. In fact it is so clever that I can’t figure it all out without spoiling myself. The placement of the characters around a wall filled with drawing of past wars is all significant and has great relevance in the future of the show story. Most of the stuff in the ending gives huge hints as to what will happen in the future, even before the season of such event will actually occur. A symbolic wall is at the center of this ending, dividing two faction that have been at war since forever and Eren is the one who break this wall in his Titan form. You could probably read much more than just this from the ending (like for example the alignment of character based on the side of the wall they stand on) but this is where I will stop in my description as to avoid unnecessary spoilers. (Keep in mind I don’t read the manga, only watch the anime and therefore everything I mentioned was simply observation taken from the anime).
If everything I just mentioned wasn’t enough, the ending has a certain style and charm to it and the song is just so smooth and works so well for an ending to the show. It is nothing has catchy as Free! ending, but since the show have completely different purpose, both ending songs work just as well for the purpose of their shows. Because of all the awesomeness it represents, Shingeki no Kyojin’s Ending Theme is the clear leader, and by far, of the Summer 2013 Ending Theme. Praise our overlord !
Although it didn’t make it into the top 5, Watamote’s ending was well done and quite hilarious, I would recommend watching it with lyrics as the ending seems a bit meaningless without the understanding of the song.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! – Dou Kangaete mo Watashi wa Warukunai by Izumi Kitta