A new season of anime means a new season of anime openings! Once again, I rounded up a list of my favorite openings of the winter 2015 anime season. Surprisingly, there weren’t as many songs that caught my eye like last season, but there was still always that one clear cut winner for me!
Due to copyright issues, I’ve tried my best to link to official streams. If there are any missing or dead links, I’ll update them with official links once they’re released.
Winter 2015 Top Anime Opening List
Normally I’m not a fan of these silly songs being sung by the show’s cast, but I guess the chorus combined with the characters jumping up and down made the song too catchy for me. Despite the topic of the show being of a more serious nature (murder/assassination), this opening sequence captures the feel of the show, it’s pretty darn goofy.
If you’ve ever heard a song by Konomi Suzuki, you’ll understand how amazing her vocals are. She can cover such a wide range, and match the pace of any beat. Every song I’ve heard from her just gives me the chills with how deep and powerful her voice can be.
I don’t have too many thoughts on this song. It starts off as a very somber and peaceful song, that slowly builds into a climax for the chorus, like pretty much any other song. I guess it’s very Aldnoah-esque, but I do miss Kalafina’s pop-opera style of singing to ring in the new episodes. Nonetheless, Sawano Hiroyuki’s pieces are always a pleasure to listen to, even if this one doesn’t stand out as much as his others.
The first season of Tokyo Ghoul probably had one of the most thematically perfect openings I’ve seen. At first, I was a bit disappointed that the second OP didn’t meet the same levels of epicness as unravel did. After giving it some time though, Munou really started to grow on me. Even if the animation isn’t fancy, the song and images are a reflection of Kaneki’s character in the second half, just like how unravel was about him at the start. The music itself gives off an eerie and painful vibe.
Kimi Uso had the best OP for me last season, so it was a shame to see them change the OP. Even if the song is completely different from Hikaru nara, it’s still a very calming song. I guess the opening change signifies an overall change in tone for the series. The song alone wasn’t anything outstanding for me, but combined with the visuals of the OP, it really made an impact on me.
It was hard for me to find the original version due to copyright issues, so for now you can preview the animation and a different pitched version.
I feel like I’m one of the few people who couldn’t get into Log Horizon’s database, but I really loved this song from the same band. I just found it to be really peaceful and soothing to listen to. There’s no real raising in volume or change in tone, and the song fits the series perfectly. On top of that, the animation combined with the music really gives off this sense of adventure as we embark on the second half of Nanatsu no Taizai.
BOOM BOOM BOOM It should be no surprise that many consider this the best opening of the season. Flyers is an insanely upbeat and groovy song, which is a pretty stark contrast to the mood of the series. Not only is the opening insanely catchy, but the animation matches the song perfectly. Creepy bartenders grooving to the beat, what more could you want?
That wraps up my list. There were plenty of catchy songs, but none of them really caught my attention like the seven I listed here.
What were your favorite openings of the season?