We’re midway into the season and I thought it’d be a good time to share my favourite openings and endings for the summer 2014 season! As always, these are my personal top 5 favourites based on the series that I’m following throughout the season. You can also check out my previous top lists for the Spring and Winter seasons.
My Top Summer 2014 Anime Openings
This one’s a bit different from all of my other top picks, but for a good reason! Hanayamata’s OP is probably one of the catchiest one’s I’ve heard in a while. That combined with the girls dancing along to the song makes it hard not to love!
Don’t really have any comments on this one aside from it’s Sword Art and pretty catchy to listen to. I really like how they balance the slower parts of the song with the faster paced chorus. The slower sections are a pretty good build up that amps me up for when the chorus drops.
I thought the first season of Hamatora was kind of lackluster and didn’t care too much for the second season. That is until I heard the OP song. The song just drew me into the series and hyped me up for whats yet to come for the series. I guess seeing all of the characters alongside this upbeat song got me back into the mood for wanting to see more!
This one had to be on the list of top OPs simply because it’s sung by Kalafina. Their vocal range reminds me a bit of opera singing. However, they combine that amazing range with a pop fusion which makes their songs hauntingly beautiful to listen to!
I was a big fan when I first heard Ling Tosite Sigure’s song for Psycho-Pass. “Unravel” was my top OP for the summer season because of how well it fits the show. From the lyrics, to the animation, you get the sense of Kaneki’s struggles and despair that the series focuses on. Just the way the song compliments the series perfectly, makes it stand out as my favourite OP of the season.
My Top Summer 2014 Anime Endings
Normally, I’m not a fan of ZAQ songs (they all sound pretty similar), but OVERDRIVER is just too dang catchy for me! While the anime may not be a masterpiece, they’ve at least managed to make me remember the series on this song alone (and Sakurai…).
A very beautiful song in my opinion for Akame ga Kill’s ending. It’s a slow and somber song with a very powerful chorus, which really compliments the series.
At first I thought “Innocence” sounded a bit funky, but that was due to the Engrish lyrics. After listening to it again, it became one of my favourites of the season because of it’s laid back and relaxing feel.
Even though I’m not really into Aldnoah.Zero, I can’t deny that it has great tracks! I find the ending song just really peaceful to listen to and helps wind down from the action of the series.
At first, I was a bit turned off by the lack of animation for this ED. But after listening to Seijatachi more, it began to grow on me. The song starts out with a bit of a depressing/dark feel to it but then it slowly builds up to a brighter chorus. Like the OP, the song really compliments Tokyo Ghoul as it fits with what Kaneki has to go through in the series.
Well, there you have it, my top 5 OP and ED songs of the 2014 summer season. Once again, there were a lot of great and catchy songs which made it difficult to narrow down my favorite picks. Feel free to share what your top songs of the season are!