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By Kevin Matyi
Now that the winter 2015 anime season is fully underway, it is time again to judge which have the best openings. The same rules as last time apply: No continuations or second seasons and any changes to the openings over the course of the season are not considered. This list does not judge the quality of the anime, only the quality of their openings.
Every character given more than a few seconds of screen time was shown to be able to work with the other characters and fight well on their own. Every one of the characters was given their own fighting style with little-to-no overlap.
The song is soft and simple, but with a nice melody. The animation shows two girls having fun in a lively cooking-based world portrayed with bright colors. Sweet is the perfect description for this opening.
The first half of the opening is filled with scene after scene of striking imagery. I have no idea why the characters were naked, but it makes for interesting visuals. The second half unfortunately becomes a generic fight scene except for the final few shots.
The song uses fairly unique vocal and instrumentation styles and the animation clearly shows off the strength of the two male leads. Other than that, the audience is allowed a few seconds of quiet with each of the lead characters as their assumed love interests approach them before going back to the action.
The bright colors and high energy are enough to peak my interest, but the main draw by far is the song. Even without the visuals, I would gladly listen to it multiple times. However, the opening did not convey the premise of the show aside from a few basic elements.
This is easily the most visually insane opening of the season, but it manages to convey many of the basic plot points of the show at the same time. The song took some getting used to, but the second half has grown on me over time.
Despite having an enormous cast to show off, none of them felt over shown. The song, which is a rock-pop hybrid, is enjoyable to listen to, with energy to consistently match even the more over the top visuals.
The first thing that caught my attention was the strange syncopation and chord progression of the song. It is interesting to listen to and easily stands out, although I would not expect to hear it outside of this opening. The visuals are fairly standard, but a series of quick edits near the beginning show off the more unique and interesting ideas of the show.
2. Absolute Duo
The high energy of the song is a perfect match for the constant action and intensity of the animation. The only time the energy drops at all is during one of the most visually stunning transitions of the entire opening. Throughout, the main cast is introduced twice, once as they are fighting to show off their weapons and fighting styles and again in groups.
1. Death Parade
Death Parade’s opening is full of energy from start to finish with a song that I would gladly listen to on repeat. The visuals are colorful and show a myriad of activities from bowling to dancing and drinking. At the end I realized that I had almost no idea what the show was about, but I was excited nonetheless thanks entirely to the opening.