We are more than halfway through the season, and it is more than time for us to take a look at the Top 5 Opening Theme of this Summer 2013 Season. It might be summer, the renowned season of bad shows, but we had some surprisingly good anime and opening themes this time so sit tight and enjoy the best this season had to offer.
Please note that all new opening themes were watched, but only one opening per show was selected if more than one appeared during the span of the season (usually the first one shown was selected).
Number 5: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyobi – Birth by Eri Kitamura
Unfortunately the reasons this opening doesn’t feature higher in our Top 5 is because the song is not nearly as catchy as some other songs (despite it being really good) and, most of all, the animation is rather static compared to others out there. None the less, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi managed to grab the 5th spot of our Top 5 and it deserves it.
Number 4: The World God only knows – God only knows – Secrets of the Goddess by Oratorio
Number 3: Free! – Rage On by OLDCODEX
Number 2: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! – Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba
We already reached the second spot of our Top 5 Anime Opening Theme for Summer 2013, and this time we have something rather unusual that really did something completely different than usual. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! is a gag show and while it is quite funny…it is just a gag show. You would never expect a show such as that to have such a great tailored made heavy song to be its opening. The visuals of the opening are definitively well made and great, but it can be seen that they are definitively sub par compared to just our 3rd position; however, both the style and sound of this opening has great audacity. It is really difficult to make heavy music like this and have it sound so good for a general audience.
What really makes this opening is its originality. It is one thing to have great animation, great art, and great music; but it is something else entirely to use artistic creativity to try something completely new and different. Here at 0-gate we cover this top 5 anime opening themes every single season and therefore it really gives us pleasant surprise to see such great new styles. Because of this novelty this opening makes it as the second best of the season and its song will definitively remain in my favorites for a while.
Number 1: Shingeki no Kyojin – Jiyuu no Tsubasa by Linked Horizon
Really no surprise here: we reach our Number 1 Opening of the season, and of course as everyone would have expected Shingeki no Kyojin is right there with its new opening. There were many who said that this new opening wasn’t as great as the first one, but I completely disagree with that sentiment. On the contrary I feel like this new opening is of much greater quality and intensity than the first one. Shingeki no Kyojin is really in a league of its own when it comes to soundtrack; the songs are epic like always and, while I will agree that the first few seconds of the song definitively isn’t as powerful as the one of the original opening theme, everything else about it is much better and therefore makes this Opening the best I’ve seen in a long while. The song is catchy-er than the first and is just as epic as the original; but where the greatest difference can be seen is in the animation. The first time I saw Armin drenched in his own blood I was amazed at how great and how well animated the opening was. In the first opening we had many different styles intersect to create a lot of variety, but this time around we instead had a very constant style throughout the opening and it helped it reach greater depth into its visuals.
The credit text is bended into the 3D animation, the music fits the changing pictures even better and the visuals are even more provocative and relevant then they used to be. All in all, this opening is by far the best of the season and the best of the year so far. Don’t let the pessimists blind you: this opening is definitively worth it and even better than what you had previously seen and it why it is at the top of this Top 5.
Here are some of the other great Opening of the season that unfortunately didn’t do well enough to deserve a spot in the Top 5. Yet they were interesting enough to deserve a mention in our list.