The end of season is closing in, and we simply thought we’d entertain you a little bit with this Top 5, one which we (ZeroGhj and Myst) had to debate fiercely to decide the best OPs of the season. When a season with so many gorgeous openings pops up, it’s hard to choose…
When we reviewed the openings, we took into consideration the choice of song, the quality of the animation and how well they both worked with each other. Whether you agree or not is a matter of opinion, therefore feel free to discuss in the comments how you think the top 5 should go.
Number 5: BTOOOM! No Pain, No Game by Nano.
This opening has everything an opening needs to be awesome. No Pain, No Game is an excellent, catchy song that will remain stuck in one’s head for a really long time after listening to it for the first time (and all other times after that, also). Not only that, the song really characterizes an important part of what the show is about, giving the action-packed and intense feeling of the show(just like any OP song should do). Add to that the beautiful art of BTOOOM! and specially made frames and animations to complete the video, and you have a magnificent opening that’s definitely worth being in our top 5.
But then, why have this as number 5 on the list? There’s nothing wrong with it…. Everything about this opening is absolutely awesome, and it could easily have become a number 1 or 2 in any other season. This is what it means to have an amazing season of openings. If this is perfection, then surpassing perfection has been done… 4 times in a row.
Number 4: Project-K – Kings by Angela
Have you just seen this show? Just the opening can give you a hint at how beautiful it is. K is by far the prettiest show of the season, and this alone gave it a head start in the Opening Theme Top 5, since the visual elements of the opening are simply stunning. The opening didn’t simply put random fight scenes and characters in there in order to make it a generic opening. It would have been more than enough to give the show something decent without much trouble, but instead, the backgrounds are constantly changing, and artistic animations are ever present throughout the intro. The song Kings is actually much better in its full version, but it still isn’t bad for the shortened version of the intro. This is definitely the prettiest opening of the season, and among the prettiest of all time.
While K‘s opening song is not as strong as BTOOOM!, the quality of the art and animation in the opening is simply too overwhelming. After all, K‘s opening has little to no relation between music and pictures and only half relates to the show, so it cannot reach the top of this top 5. Even so, the art alone brought it to the fourth position of this contest, which is no small feat.
Number 3: Robotics;Notes – Junjou Spectra by Zwei
The Robotics;Notes opening barely wins over K, but it does so for a reason. While this opening is not as artistic and beautiful as K, it still manages to get the second best spot in terms of animation and art. The music actually fits better with the animation than K does and the song itself is way catchier than Kings (way, way, waaaaaay catchier). The song has this way of entering your head and never leaving, giving it a much more addictive nature than even BTOOOM!. It is among the best opening songs this season. Also, contrarily to the past two openings, this one actually relates animation and music together much better. Finally, the actual scenes shown in the opening remind us of the show very much, and one can easily find himself smiling while thinking about Frau’s craziness or Senomiya’s energy.
Since this opening is second only in art but with such a better song and a better integration of it with the animation, it deserves a third position on this top 5 of the Fall 2012 Anime Opening Themes.
Number 2: Psycho-Pass – Abnormalize by Ling Tosite Sigure
The Psycho-Pass opening is a real piece of work. While K definitively won in terms of beauty of animation, it doesn’t hold a candle to Psycho-Pass’ artsy opening. The dark theme and psychotic nature of the show is well represented in the opening and you really get to understand what Psycho-Pass is about with the opening alone. The song is catchy, yet really dark and unusual for an anime opening, drifting away from usual, generic songs, which gives even more flavour to the opening. As for the animation, it is simply mind-blowing and out of the ordinary. The style is unlike anything we usually see and it fits so well with both the song and the show itself. This whole opening spells out quality in big fat letters. A lot of work was put into it, and it paid off.
One could watch a whole movie about this opening alone. We believed for a long time that it was the best of this season by far. While in the end we found out that it wasn’t the case, Psycho-Pass‘ opening still holds the second position of this top 5, with quite the lead over the other three lower positions.
Number 1: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ by Hiroaki Tominaga
Let us tell you a small story before we rate. Once upon a time, Myst and Zero were busy looking at every single opening coming out this season. At that time, persuaded that all goodness had come out of this season and that Psycho-Pass would win this easily, then they came across Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. One viewing of this opening gave it the first position, and later viewings only confirmed it. If this doesn’t say anything about how great this opening is, then watch and understand with us.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure‘s opening wins this top 5 hands down. While the song for the opening is weaker than some of the other songs of the top 5, the style of the animation and the way it flows perfectly with the music is unbeaten. I had yet to see any opening use such a fluid and original comic-style approach. It really gives a surreal and overly shounen approach to the opening. While this show’s music is not as great as some other shows, it still manages to be overly catchy, and the originality that flows from it is overwhelming. What an amazing concept it is to remind us of early 90’s shows nostalgically with the jazzy music while still giving us some insane 2012 quality of animation, all the while having everything perfectly timed with the song. The first episode didn’t feel like something this good would come out of it, however this opening makes us want to actually start watching the show just from it.
This season was a fierce fight for the best opening. There were just so many great ones that it is sometimes cruel to see how many good openings didn’t even make the top 5. Jojo’s was number one from the first time it aired, leaving no competition for the first spot in this Top 5 Opening Themes, and it definitely deserves all the praise.
There were two more openings which should have made it into this top 5, but unfortunately were simply outclassed by the intense competition. Thinking how good they were, they had to be at least mentioned, despite them not placing a rank. It just wasn’t the right season for them to show up at all… There is no particular rank in-between both, we just thought they had to be there.
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