It’s finally time to finish off the year with our favorite openings of 2017! While the past weeks haven’t been in any particular order, many of us chose to save our favorites for last, and now, prior to the new year, we all wished to express our feelings regarding our favorite opening of 2017! As the new year approaches, have a happy and fun new year, and we’ll see you all next year!
Ace: You all saw this coming. My girl, Konomi Suzuki, only performed one opening this season, and this opening blew me away from the instant I witnessed it. Song aside, the opening performs all the duties of a normal anime of this type. It showcases the main character, in addition to providing some good screen time for each of the ‘love interests,’ and also contains a multitude of battle sequences and fights in time to the music. Additionally, it provides a few insights into Glenn’s past, as well as a major conflict within him that somewhat gets resolved in the series. While the opening doesn’t make use of numerous techniques in film and editing, Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records provides a solid anime with a generic, but awesome opening.
Mickey: Coming in at No. 1 for Best Anime Opening 2017, is Scum’s Wish! Also known as Kuzu no Honkai, its theme “Uso no Hibana” is not simply a magnificent song, but it fits the mood of the series to perfection. If you’re unfamiliar with Scum’s Wish, it’s about a girl and a boy, Hanabi and Mugi, who begin “dating” when the real objects of their affections are too far to reach. Its essence is unrequited love, as every character finds themselves in a mess of melancholy, confusion and frustrations over their feelings for someone they can’t be with. Its illustrated in the opening with rose petals scattering nearly endlessly, as if to say that perhaps the tragedy of roses isn’t that they come with thorns, but that the wind can so easily carry them away… Another thing worth noting, is the lack of smiling by the cast. We see it only done by two characters, ones that find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum of love, while everyone looks solemn at best. The music accompanying the images of the opening is sweet but sad, just as unrequited love is, so if you’re in need of a show that will hurt you in the best way possible, Scum’s Wish is a can’t-miss.
Mark: AND HERE WE HAVE IT FOLKS! MY LAST OP FOR THE YEAR! I definitely had a really hard time choosing just 3 openings to talk about for the year. Sooo Drum roll please!…………(please actually drumroll.)…..ALRIGHT! THANKS! ANIMEGATARIS! This show was just a complete treat for me. It was charming and clever in so many ways and it even reflected it in the OPs. Yes OP with an ‘S’ Multiple! There were a couple changes here and there to what the OP looked like. Some where blatantly obvious and some, not so much. But lets talk about the original one first. The opening just like the anime feels like its going all over the place. No rhyme or reason to the introduction of the characters, except you can clearly see who the underclassmen are compared to the upperclassmen. But! It then gets to a scene, where each character is sitting in front of a door. That door represents anime and the types of anime they all enjoy. We then get a scene where Minoa opens her door and she is basically pulled into it. I really don’t wanna spoil anything about the series, but! It actually foreshadows a lot of the actual story, and how Minoa herself becomes completely entranced by anything and everything anime related.
ENOUGH OF THAT THOUGH. LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW EPISODE 10 DID THE BEST THING EVER. AND CHANGED ALL THE ANIMATIONS TO HAVE THE BEST GIRL, YUI, (voiced by Rie Takahashi and also hardly shows up in the show) JUST GIVING US THAT SWEET FAN SERVICE.
SHE IS GREAT. THIS SHOW IS GREAT. YOU’RE GREAT. SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEXT YEAR!
Danny: My personal favorite anime theme this year was Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. A cute as heck show about a woman who gets her own Dragon/Human as her personal assistant maid. A simple premise slice-of-life with fantasy touches here and there. The opening has it all bright a bright cheerful melody with peppy sounding vocals to go with it. It has the character role call showing both their human and dragon forms, along with the supporting cast ending with a group shot of the main cast, A simple opening for a simple but adorable show