I make reviews and lists relating to anime, music, and video games. Japanese media is part of my daily intake. Also a huge Vocaloid fan.
If you have the hobby of watching anime, chances are you have more than just a few anime openings spicing up your music playlists. A good opening can entice people to check out the show from where the opening comes from and can sometimes even make the entire process of watching the show a better experience in general.
What makes anime openings special is that whenever we listen to them, we get transported to a moment in the anime itself. We get to feel and experience the fictional world that we love again through its beats and melodies. These songs can invoke our feelings of love, adventure, passion, grief, and hope. These songs play with all our emotions and we love them for it!
So here’s a list of the top 10 best anime openings that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.
Ten Best Anime Openings
- 'Sora iro Days' – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- 'Hacking to the Gate' – Steins;Gate
- 'Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis' – Neon Genesis Evangelion
- 'Colors' – Code Geass
- 'Mitsu no Yoake' – Spice and Wolf 2
- 'Toki wo Kizamu Uta' – Clannad After Story
- 'unravel' – Tokyo Ghoul
- 'My Dearest' – Guilty Crown
- 'Kuusou Mesorogiwi' – Mirai Nikki
- 'Hello, World!' – Kekkai Sensen
10. 'Hello, World!' – Kekkai Sensen
Kekkai Sensen is a weird show. But it’s the good kind of weird. The world and plot doesn’t make sense for the majority of the time but the show knows this and manages to integrate the nonsensical feel of its world and uses it to effectively increase its charm. The show is unique and, unsurprisingly, a ton of fun to watch.
The opening for this show represents all of the mentioned above perfectly. The visuals show the many colors that this world has to offer. The upbeat yet calming music and vocals lets you know that this world is ready for you to jump into and experience its day-to-day adventures for yourself! “Hello, world! Here I am!"
9. 'Kuusou Mesorogiwi' – Mirai Nikki
Powerful, intense, and most of all, badass! This opening will remind you of these words as you bang your head to it. With awesome chords and fist-pumping beats, this opening had me replaying it over and over again when I first stumbled upon it on YouTube. Whenever this song comes up in my playlist, it always manages to get me pumped up. It blends both the feeling of hope and despair (well, mostly despair) into a chaotic cocktail of crazy.
Say what you will about the show itself but there’s no denying that this opening, with its intense beats and visuals, is definitely one of best.
8. 'My Dearest' – Guilty Crown
supercell has composed some of my all-time personal favorite Vocaloid songs such as 'World is Mine', 'Black Rock Shooter', and 'ODDS&ENDS.' So when I finally decided to watch Guilty Crown for the first time and heard this opening, I was not disappointed.
I loved everything from the beautiful melodies of the piano to Chelly’s angelic voice. While some parts of the visuals were a bit lackluster in terms of animation, the rest of it (especially the beginning) were nothing short of breathtaking. With all that said, this song will always stand out to me as one of supercell’s best musical pieces.
7. 'unravel' – Tokyo Ghoul
I gotta be honest here. The first time I listened to this song, I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it’s because of the hype from everyone I knew saying how this is the best opening of 2014. It didn’t leave the impact on me that I wanted it to make at first. However, as I listened to it again while indulging in its lyrics and emotions, I began to appreciate this song as it is. It’s an appropriately melancholic yet powerful song and the visuals are unique compared to most anime openings that came out within the same year.
If you somehow avoided this opening because of the hype surrounding it, do yourself a favor and give this opening a chance like I did. Trust me, you will not regret it.
6. 'Toki wo Kizamu Uta' – Clannad After Story
Alright everyone! It’s time to step aboard the feels train! The very beginning sequence of this opening will make you cry from both happiness and sadness with its entrancing visuals and melodies. Clannad After Story is a direct sequel to Clannad. The general theme for After Story is about growing up and the transition from the carefree life of a teenager to the hardships and struggles of the adult life.
There are a ton of tear-jerking moments in After Story (as if the first season didn’t have enough of those already). When you finish watching this show and then go back to this opening again, you will cry as all those moments come back to you and fill you up with so many emotions that you can’t even keep track of what it is that you’re feeling.
5. 'Mitsu no Yoake' – Spice and Wolf 2
Spice and Wolf is a show about a man who meets a wolf harvest goddess and then takes said goddess on a journey with him around the world (or at least the continent). What follows after that, you ask? Maybe a grand adventure? A war deciding the fate of mankind? Nope. Just a whole lot o’ medieval age trading. This show basically focuses around our two main characters, a trader named Lawrence and the wolf goddess Horo. The series showcases their daily struggles that come with trading as well as a bit of romance sprinkled in between them. Which is great as both of them are excellently written characters and their romantic development is believable.
The reason I chose this opening over the song for season 1 is because I feel this one captures the sense of the journey better in both visuals and sound (although the opening for season 1 is still great in its own right). It’s a tune that you can listen to and relax as you take your supernatural wolf harvest goddess with you on a long journey around the world. What more is there to life other than money, love, and traveling?
4. 'Colors' – Code Geass
You knew this opening would make it on the list. Why wouldn’t it? It’s the first opening to one of the most legendary anime shows to ever grace the entertainment world (little bit biased there, eh buddy?). It marks the beginning of Lelouch’s rise to power and rebellion.
The opening shows off all of its iconic visuals accompanied by a track that just sticks with you even after you’ve finished the entire series. This one topples all of the future openings of this show. If you’ve watched all of the openings, you know that that is no small feat.
All hail Lelouch! “Jibun wo sekai sae mo kaete shimaesou na.” Alright, that’s enough bias for one day I think.
3. 'Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis' – Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion. Famous (or infamous?) for being one of the most influential, love it or hate it anime series. Personally, I neither loved nor hated it. It was an…interesting show, to say the least.
What made me keep watching the next episode was definitely the opening. The upbeat tone is kind of contradictory to the mostly dark and depressing themes of the show itself but the lyrics tell you everything you need to know about the series. It’s an extremely catchy song with a 90s disco pop vibe to it. A memorable classic.
2. 'Hacking to the Gate' – Steins;Gate
I absolutely love Steins;Gate. I have never seen any other anime about time travel that can match its feel and quality. Everything from the three-dimensional and likeable characters to its clever storytelling blended perfectly with suspenseful moments easily makes this series my number one favorite time travel anime of all time.
The opening for this show is just as great in every aspect. Fitting perfectly with the theme of the story, both the visuals and lyrics manage to make metaphors regarding time all the while cleverly referencing major elements of the story. It’s simply brilliant…but unfortunately not enough to take the number one spot.
1. 'Sora iro Days' – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
'Sora iro Days' isn’t just a song. It’s the track for an intense, over-the-top, and exhilarating roller coaster ride of a show titled Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. A show that is the very definition of awesome. It has fun, quirky, yet memorable characters mixed with a story that is as inspirational as it is epic.
What made this opening secure the number one spot is how it manages to incorporate itself into the entire experience of you watching the show. This song is played whenever the story reaches a high point and the credits of the opening change according to the events of the story as it progresses. Because of that, you grow more and more attached to it with every episode. When you hear this song being played as the background music for the final battle of the show, you will feel all those emotions flow through your body as you have goosebumps all over. Which is why this anime opening is my favorite one of all time.
“Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb! That's how Team Gurren rolls!” - Kamina.
As with any top 10 list, there are always great candidates that just didn't quite make it onto the list. So here's a brief list of some of the honorable mentions.
- 'Brave Shine' - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
- 'Bloody Stream' - Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2
- 'Daze' - Mekakucity Actors
- 'Guren no Yumiya' - Attack on Titan
- 'One Me Two Hearts' - Divine Gate
Recommended Anime Ending Songs
The ending themes for many anime series can be just as good or even better than the opening. Here is a list of some highly regarded endings that are iconic to the medium of anime.
- 'great escape' - Attack on Titan
- 'Namae no nai Kaibutsu' - Psycho Pass
- 'Styx Helix' - Re:Zero
- 'Ai wo Oshiete Kureta Kimi e' - Inuyashiki
- 'Silent Solitude' - Overlord
Did you like the list?
If you know of any more awesome anime openings that aren’t listed here, please don’t be shy to list them in the comments. Knowing more anime openings can never be a bad thing!
LordDiamond on August 28, 2020:
Where is Fairy tail, bleach and Gintama
Zach on August 24, 2020:
Who else thinks that nightmare (death note) should be number 1
Atherix on May 09, 2020:
Wheres odd future or the day from my hero?
korerek on May 07, 2020:
K-ON! OPENING SHOULD BE HERE 100%
Anonymous on April 25, 2020:
Crossing field- SAO
Ideal white- fate stay night UBW
Fairy Trojan on March 11, 2020:
Hikaru nara should also be added.
Zulaikha on February 16, 2020:
Where is blue bird from naruto
Anonymous on January 20, 2020:
I was disappointed not to see the Made in Abyss intro. It's actually really good, despite not being exceedingly well-known.
Subaki dies in silence on November 26, 2019:
The Evangelion theme is actually called A Cruel Angels Thesis.
Ondrej vole on November 13, 2019:
How could you put something like Unravel or Zankoku na Thenshi no Thesis at 7th and 3rd place. And you haven't included Attack on Titan Guren no Yumiya in top 10 what's wrong with you?!
Peanut Butter on October 16, 2019:
Yummy peanut butter unravel
くま！ on September 30, 2019:
I LOVE Unravel! When I first heard it, it sounded SUPER weird. But now it’s my favorite! And the Black Butler is really good too! Oh, and Durarara x2 is great! Let me think of others...
Your Lie In April season 1
And the Disastrous Life of Saiki K is really weird, but It’s actually upbeat!
Naruto4Life on August 24, 2019:
so no Naruto opening here yah smoking?
Lucemon Gurl on August 05, 2019:
My favorites are
Clattanoia the 1st opening for Overlord
Hydra the 2nd ending for overlord
the world the opening for death note
Let me hear from parasite
Liam on April 19, 2019:
I'm disappointed... Jojo has the best openings they have the tiniest details EVEN JOTAROS FINGER TWITCHING IN ONE SINGLE FRAME foreshadowing the fact he can move when dio uses za warudo to stop time.
-Op 1 jojo
-Op 2 jojo
-Op 3 jojo
-chase you op jojo
- fighting gold op jojo
Those are the best openings of jojo, jojo has the most detailed and foreshadowed intros in anime history and people have even made videos on it.
Anonymous on March 18, 2019:
my best is
-no game no life
Anonymous:) on March 16, 2019:
Black Clover op 6 - Rakugaki Page
Black Clover op 5 - Miyuna Gamushara
Black Clover op 2 - Paint it black
Black Clover op - Haruka Mirai
Black clover op 3 - Black Rover
Angel beats op - My soul, your beats
Erased op - Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi
Fullmetal alchemist op 1 - Again
Overlord op 1 - (I forgot what it was called :( Sorry)
Sage Of 6 Paths on March 11, 2019:
cow bebop opening is pretty good, "unravel" should have been higher, i like "blue bird" naruto, "the world" death note, i dont mind "the hero" 1 punch man, i also love "rock the dragon" dbz, and "limit break x survivor" db super and "the day" my hero, they would all be on my top 10, i havent watched that much anime in a while tho, so i might be missing out on some new good ones
:) on December 29, 2018:
Both Resonance and Papermoon are both great openings from Soul Eater
pure girl foo fighters on December 27, 2018:
wheres fighting gold
asdf on December 16, 2018:
Come on, where tf is blue bird
Gudboi on November 21, 2018:
The World (Death note)
Amin on November 14, 2018:
I thought that attack on titan was pretty well known for having great openings. They were pretty hype.
no one on October 01, 2018:
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood 1 ending should have been on this list
l on September 08, 2018:
martink on September 05, 2018:
aot opening 3 ?
p* on August 26, 2018:
Again - fullmetal alchemist brotherhood
im just a gest on July 28, 2018:
what about the fmabopenings? i thot they were good, and many did as well.
aizen sama on July 26, 2018:
Bleach opening 13(ranbu no melody)
Openig 12 (change)
aizen sama on July 26, 2018:
Bleach opening 13(ranbu no melody)
Avirou Senpai on July 22, 2018:
Just some Anime Openings that deserves to be remembered and known:
-Ajin op 1
-Bungo Stray Dogs op 1 TRASH CANDY by GRANDRODEO
-Bungo Stray Dogs op 2 Reson Living by Screen Mode
-91 days op SIGNAL by TK (the one who sang unravel)
-Psycho pass openings
-Kishida Kyoudan and the Akeboshi rockets songs(Nejimaki serei senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin op, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens op, Gate op)
-Gakusen Toahi Asterisk openings
-Yamada kun and the 7 witches op
Josiah on July 07, 2018:
idk on July 01, 2018:
how isnt Cowboy Bebop tank not on the list or mirai nikki even NORAGAMI hey kids what is life anymore
alchemist on June 12, 2018:
where is the opening 1 of full metal alchemist ?it deserves to be at the top
Most of my family on May 28, 2018:
one REALLY good anime opening is Odd Future, From my hero academia
All Star on May 14, 2018:
Bloody stream is my jam
Bleach on April 24, 2018:
I was not interested in Bleach until I stomped upon it's openings. Almost every single one of them are masterpieces, but opening 13 takes the cake for me! The symbolism, lyrics, animation and song in that particular opening is unbearable good!
Somebody on March 19, 2018:
Trust in You - SWEET Arms (Date a Live)
Zunn on March 18, 2018:
Bleach OP 10
SCANDAL - SHOJO S
Koyazoid on March 13, 2018:
Peace Sign- Boku no Hero Academia
Uxie on March 09, 2018:
Excel Saga - Love
Anon on March 01, 2018:
Death Parade OP/ Opening "Flyers" - BRADIO
Cole on March 01, 2018:
aozora no rhapsody- miss konoyashi's dragon maid
Hilton on February 26, 2018:
That's a very strong list you have made!
Here are some openings that went unmentioned that I like:
FMA:Brotherhood OP 1 & 4
Again - YUI
Period - Chemistry
One Reason - DWB
Bleach OP 13
Ranbu no Melody - SID
Psycho Pass OP 1
Abnormalize - Ling Tosite Sigure
Naruto Shippuden OP 16
Silhouette - KANA-BOON
Parasyte -the maxim-
Let Me Hear - Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
One Punch Man
The Hero!! - JAM Project
YeksLTD on February 16, 2018:
Naruto Shippuden OP16
"Silhouette (シルエット)" by KANA-BOON
Jon on January 18, 2018:
I really like the Terror in Resonance theme. I think it's worth checking out, it could make it onto your list maybe.
Anonymous on January 12, 2018:
FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood season 1 opening
Mitsuki on January 01, 2018:
I want No Game No Life Opening… -~-
Pokemon fan on December 30, 2017:
Where is Pokemon
Orochimaru on December 28, 2017:
First opening of Soul Eater is best :3
Iva on December 19, 2017:
Where are the Death Note openings?? The second one especially; the, eh, unique song choice and excellent animations really emphasise Light's increasingly psychotic mind and the music really gets you pumped for whats probably the best thriller anime ever
Kyra on November 06, 2017:
I love the Yuri on ice opening. But, my favorite is the attack on titan. Anyway, this is your list and it has a lot of good ones.
Yo on September 15, 2017:
Yuri!!! On ice's opening is lit
Zero Ways (author) from Indonesia on September 02, 2017:
Well this is my personal list, which means it's clearly based on own personal taste in music. I like that song too by the way. Just not so much as to put it on this list. But if you like it more than me, that's good! Support the artist in whatever way you can!
Crash on August 31, 2017:
Your Lie in April - Hikaru Nara
CanelleGalaxie on May 01, 2017:
One of my favorites is,
ReRe from ERASED
Feel So Moon - Space Brothers
Tank! - Cowboy Bebop
Rage On - Free!
Aoi Shiori - AnoHana
Dallintrix on April 23, 2017:
Masatoshi Ono - Departure - Hunter X Hunter
dawson on January 14, 2017:
problem children's opening - black † white by Iori Nomizu
BD on November 17, 2016:
Noragami aragoto OP & Handa-kun OP
really badass !!!
Troye on November 04, 2016:
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji - love good time
Troye on November 04, 2016:
FLOW - Kaze no Uta - Tales of Zestria