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Anime Intros, outros. [Oct. 1st, 2006|06:56 pm]
Geoff
I got this from Eryn weeks ago. Been too lazy to actually do it. It is basically, post your 5 favourite anime openings and endings.

As, openings are my favourite part of anime, this was a very hard task. So, these may not be my top favourites, and, I absolutely love at least two dozen more than there are here, but, I think I picked some good ones, and, I'll explain why they made the list. More opinions on openings than closings though. It's time...

OPENINGS

5. Wild CHallenger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYr81VXRLu4

Coming in at number 5 is the opening for Bobobo-bo-bobobo, the crazy random anime with really a varied fanbase. I really loved it for a while... but, the righting kinda drifts off after a while. It's still good, but not amazing. However, the intro has a lot going for it, and I mean a lot. It's only 1:00, more than the average 1:30, which means it has about an entire third less animation. However, the animation is all tight, the normal "better than the anime" quality, and most importantly, it flows. There is NO still shots to fill time, the opening is ALWAYS animated, and it suits the show perfectly. It syncs with the song, which is something, believe it or not, some intros don't have.

4. Biggest Dreamer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6dp4prWkls

Probably one of my favourite songs of all time. I don't really mean it's the song I think is the best, but, I have liked it for the longest, and havn't grown tired of it. This is the intro for Digimon Tamers, or the third season. Why does it win? Well, for a lot of the reasons Wild Challenger does. Fairly constant animation, good syncing (although not AS good) and, good flow. Flow and direction are probably it's biggest advantages. It has some really neat visual affects, and the timing is really nice. A "classic" shounen anime intro as far as the song goes.

3. Haruka Kanata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cy4Sh9lXts

Second Naruto opening. Well, to be honest, I don't really like the song. However, I can't ignore how unbelievable the animation is. While I like "Go!!!" the most out of the Naruto openings for sheer creativity, this opening has the best production values by far. Really interesting colours and lighting, really creative cuts and editing. It has a few still shots, but even these, amazingly are animated, and edited to be really interesting. The focus on the teams and the battles, while still giving a really nice touch of story, even if I don't like the song, it's always a treat to watch. Favourite moment has to be Rock Lee's head snap. I always tingle a bit.

2. Daia no Hana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uboz3wr56dU

From Black Cat. A beautiful song in my opinion. It has a really nice music box ending in the full version, it's a shame it was cut in the opening. It should be noted that the "B" version of this OP sucks. The flow, which isn't perfect to begin with it ruined. Well, although I said it isn't perfect, all I mean is that it could be done better. It still syncs up a thousand times better than some intros. But, what I like here, is largely in the first section, and the enemy "fall back" section. The opening part with the cat running, while cutting to the main characters running is really nice to me. And the enemy "fall back" Is awesome, and it directed and animated really well. The colours are dark and odd, but, it ends up working nicely. You get a real feel for the characters too.

1. Northern Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X3fEyJjxA8

I think oversoul is a better song, (Unless maybe if we're talking the Okui version of this one, I just prefer her voice) but the Northern Lights Opening is probably my BASE for what I consider a good, staple anime opening. For one thing it has ALL the anime opening stereotypes. And, in the case of animation, comics, and the like, stereotypes are a very good thing, it's just how they are twisted which makes series stand out. Cliches of Anime intros include, but are not limited to....

Characters looking down, contemplative, romance based female characters seeming more sensual than they ever do in the show, "fall backs", young girl crying, the tear, and or hair drifting off screen, main character lunging at final enemy in a way that obviously wouldn't work, random symbolism that plays no real role.

These are a few, and I just listed them because, in most Shounen anime intros, you usually have at least two of them. Oh, and for the record, "fall backs" are when certain characters come on screen, and move off it in place of new characters of equal or greater standing. These images usually overlap in one way or another. I just made it up, but it's present in almost every OP where there is high energy.

Anyway, I wanted to add some others to this list, mainly from Pokemon, Rockman, and Law of Ueki...  but, while some of them have VERY good aspects, and in many cases better songs, I just couldn't bring myself to ignore some of the feats that the above achieved.


ENDINGS


Tamashii Kasanete http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJRmaAYp3go

Ending to Shaman King, I like the story conclusion, static images, but some very nice.

Vivid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1YJIZdRe1M

Ending to FFU, not... much in the way of animation, but a good minimalist approach. And an awesome song.

Deep Forest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNFHtihTDo

This is the best example of a "staple" anime outro. It's a pretty song, with pretty slow, calming animation. Adds a bit of character depth not present in the story at the time of airing, quite nice.

Hanabi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMtDNjzC3ADeep

High energie for an ending, while still being fairly calm. Focuses on some odd characters considering the point in the series, but it is well done. Maybe a little too literal to the title.

***Houki Boshi***   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krEeEmYRwL4&mode=related&search=

Hope that Link works... if not, search for it yourself. Heheh. There are like 13 versions of it though so pick the one you like best. This is one of my favourite songs, and the most creative way to handle an anime outro I have ever seen. It took SO much effort by the animators and directors all things considered. Made endings really worth watching. Some were better than others, but even then... *claps*


Well, there you have it. I think I'll post this in my Fishphibian account, cause I was a lot more serious and it was very animation and such related. And I didn't use emotes, I guess... that... is criteria now. Heheh.
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