21.) “Bouken Desho Desho” by Aya Hirano
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OP 1
For an anime as colorful as Haruhi, an appropriate opening theme is, of course, in order. That is exactly what “Bouken Desho Desho” does. Colorful and pretty animation set to an addicting tune makes this opening Haruhi-approved. Sure, some people may prefer the opening theme of the second season, but this one goes into this spot because of an added nostalgia effect for me. That and the Mikuru boob-physics. Okay,so that last part isn’t ENTIRELY true, but you get the point.
20.) “Colors” by FLOW
Code Geass OP 1
Similar to the last entry, this opening has lots of contenders from the same anime, and I had quite a difficult time choosing over which ones to put on this spot. In the end, they were all equally good in some way or another, but I chose “Colors” to go on this spot because of how I loved this opening even before I watched the show. I didn’t think it was anything too special, but when it wanted to fit into the show, it did so with style. And, seriously, who doesn’t love them first few lyrics? “JIBUN WO, SEKAI SAE MO…”
19.) “Light My Fire” by KOTOKO
Shakugan no Shana FINAL OP 1
Another anime that has multiple brilliant opening themes, I had a tough time deciding which Shakugan no Shana OP would go on this list. For the longest time, I figured it would be Shana’s 1st opening for the second season, “Joint”, but, as I contemplated, I figured that “Light My Fire” had a bigger dose of epicness to it. Especially them last few seconds of the opening. THEM. LAST. FEW. SECONDS. Plus, it’s supercell. Can’t go wrong with supercell.
18.) “Pre-Parade” by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie
Toradora OP 1
Catchy song? Check. Unique ripple-style animation at points? Check. Lyrics that are too fast to follow by the average man? Check. How could I not love this opening song? It’s too bad that they replaced this OP halfway through the series, not that the second opening theme was bad, but I just wished that this OP had more screentime. But instead we got what we got, and we got was an energetic ear-candy that compliments a show such as Toradora.
17.) “Toki o Kizamu Uta” by Lia
Clannad: After Story OP 1
Apart from the obviously BEAUUUUTIFUL animation, this song doesn’t have anything too over-the-top. So why is it placed this close on the list? Its grace. “Toki o Kizamu Uta” isn’t too dramatic, but rather, very soothing and graceful. It gives this calming effect that’s sorta similar to a cup of hot coco on a cold wintry day: it warms you up right down to your toes. And, to be honest, for a brick-hearted being such as myself, there aren’t many opening themes like it.
16.) “Crossing Fields” by LiSA
Sword Art Online OP 1
This may be one of the most generic anime themes that I have placed on this list. And for good reason, too. “Crossing Fields”, with its fantastical song and gorgeous animation that showcases what the animation looks like within the show, is a definite must-add on this list. Doesn’t matter if it’s generic. It’s awesome, okay? Plus, you can’t go wrong with that climax before the chorus.
15.) “Sparkling Daydream” by ZAQ
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai OP 1
Back to the trend of really cute anime opening themes, Chuunibyou’s OP defnitely takes a spot on this list for being CUTE AS HELL. With a hella catchy song and easy-on-the-eyes animation, “Sparkling Daydream” counts as one of the cutest opening themes I’ve seen in a long time. Just look at that Rikka, twerking before it was even cool. Who doesn’t think it’s adorable?
14.) “What’s up, People” by Maximum the Hormone
Death Note OP 2
OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHKAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY…..hmmm……how do I start explaining……..okay, so first off, before you go on an all caps rage, Death Note’s first OP theme was a really good opening. Had it been the only opening for Death Note, it would’ve been on this spot instead. HOWEVER! “What’s up, People” is………unique. It has a heavy metal thing to it, something I generally don’t like, but in this case, I do. So much craziness and awesomeness happens during this opening theme that I can’t even begin to count them all. It just makes me wanna death-metal scream along with it, something that I have tried and failed. Oh well…
13.) “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi
Neon Genesis Evangelion OP 1
Of course, I can’t let this list slide by without putting something that’s even REMOTELY similar to Evangelion. To be honest, I really can’t place a finger on why this opening theme is on this list. Maybe it’s because of its catchy-ness, or maybe it’s because of the cool transitional elements they used, or maybe it’s because of the awesome background choir? In any case, this opening may not be popular with everyone, but I believe that this opening theme deserves credit.