When finishing a show, usually you will take away something from it. There will be things from the show that you will remember, for good or bad reasons.

It could be the characters, it could be the story. It could be the artwork and it could be – the music, and more specifically the openings and endings – the things I will focus on in this post.

Since I started watching anime, I’ve developed a few habits, or you could even say rules. One of them is never skipping the openings and endings.

I watched a lot of shows on a laptop whose touchpad and keyboard haven’t been working, and plugging in the mouse every time just to skip a small part of the episode sounded like too much effort.

But this isn’t the only reason for this rule. Today I don’t even have the mentioned laptop anymore, so all anime watching is now done on the PC and phone, but the rule still remains.

Why would I decide to listen to the same song and watch the same sequence 12, 24 or in the case of Hunter x Hunter, even 148 times?

Note: I know Hunter x Hunter had different Opening sequences but it still used the different parts of the same song during the entire series

The song quality

One reason is simply the quality of the songs. This is subjective for everyone, but usually I genuinely really love the songs.

Sometimes it’s love from the first listen, sometimes it takes a long time for the song to grow on me, but 9 out of 10 times it happens.

Anime has had a huge impact on my music taste and it made my music library full of Japanese songs and you guessed it – pretty much all of them are from anime.

The connection

Then there is the connection to the show that the opening or ending song gives you – after you finish a show, the openings and endings become something like a storage of feelings which you then bring back when you rewatch the sequences.

Basically it’s your trigger for nostalgia. These are the songs you hear a lot of times when experiencing the fun, excitement, hype, sadness, anger, or whatever other feelings a show can induce on you, so it’s natural you connect the song with the show.

The visuals

Another reason is related to the visual parts. Usually you start a show without knowing too much about it other than perhaps what is written in the synopsis, so the openings and endings leave you with scenes you aren’t really sure what they mean.

While watching the show, you get to understand more and more of the opening and why it’s made the way it is, and the more subtle the sequence, the better that understanding feels.

In some cases realizing the “why” behind the opening can be mind blowing, as it was with Madoka Magica when after a certain episode you realized the opening was not from the perspective of who you thought it was.

Understanding the OP and ED sequence more and more, episode by episode makes the entire experience enjoyable for me, especially while binge-watching shows.

The mood it creates

The opening is usually made to fit the show and watching it is guaranteed to put me into the mood for the show I’m about to watch. This is especially important when watching a weekly show or when I’m watching more shows in one sitting.

Conlusion

And that pretty much sums up why I never skip openings and endings. They are a hugely important part of each show for me, and watching them every episode gives me more benefit than skipping them. Skipping them would give me extra 4 minutes, but it would also take away a part of the experience.

I would rather have the full experience.

What about you? Are you skipping openings and endings? Let me know in the comments!

It’s interesting with Sword Art Online. It’s a show that clearly has its flaws, and I acknowledged them, but deep inside I just… love this show. I have fond memories of the first part of season 1. It was never the best show ever, that first part of season 1 had its plot holes and stuff that never really made much sense to me (the entirety of Yui’s character really) and yet it still did a lot of things right, overshadowing those issues for the most part.

Then the second part of the season came, and I remember thinking how “I’ve never seen a show ruin itself this badly in a single episode”. I never truly enjoyed that second part of season 1, sure it still had an amazing opening and ending, and I loved Leafa’s design but the main plot was just too cliche, the villain had zero depth and the incest subplot… Yeah no thanks….

…and yet I still cried on the final episode during the Kirito/Asuna reunion xD

In the couple of months after finishing season 1, I thought I don’t really want to watch season 2. But then it just sort of randomly happened, when I had no other shows to watch, I simply started season 2.

And oh my I really loved it. Sinon became my new favorite character of the series, it felt like SAO has discovered characterization cause for the first time they provided us with a more in-depth backstory of a character. I binge-watched the GGO part of the season in a day.

Sure, the fact Kirito blocks bullets so well with a sword is kinda… questionable but yay there was Sinon which was enough for the bad parts to be overshadowed for me xD Then came the Excalibur arc which I would agree was a bit pointless and boring but the way they ended the season certainly made up for it.

Mother’s Rosario was amazing, even if the ending was cruel. But SAO leaving me with such emotions is not something I saw coming and it really positively surprised me. All this was enough for me to rate season 2 with 8/10, compared to the 6/10 for season 1. After that happened the movie, which was an enjoyable experience but I actually think it was a bit forgettable compared to the first 2 seasons.

Which brings us to today – the first episode of SAO season 3. I feel so happy to see the original SAO back that I’m actually kind of surprised at myself.

I guess it’s because people are saying it’s the start of the best arc by far from the series. And today I could definitely see why. I’ve actually read a part of the Alicization light novel. The part I’ve read has covered around 15 minutes of the 48 minute episode 1.

So far season 3 feels more… deep and more defined than the first 2 seasons and movie. The art and animation were really high quality. I wonder if this will stay the case all the way through the season.

The music was great as always. There is not much to actually complain about other than maybe Eugeo’s voice actor sounding a bit softer than I expected. But I’m sure this is something I will get used to with time.

SAO is back and I’m shamelessly gonna say that I am hyped and excited about it. Can’t wait to see what this Sword Art Online year has in store for us.

 

Sooo, hello and a warm welcome to tfwanime, I hope you enjoy your stay here and that it won’t be the last time you have visited 🙂

My name is Matija, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Croatia. The English equivalent of my name would be Matt. Save for experience with a tumblr sports blog, this is my first true blogging experience, but it definately isn’t my first time working on a website, as I’ve finished web design in high school. I will start university on the 1st October. Fitting how the start of the new chapter in my life is on the day the Fall 2018 anime season starts 😀

I’m interested in media editing. Anime is without a doubt something I want to work in. Creating anime openings and endings would pretty much be a dream come true. Other interests involve language learning, Formula 1, dancing and I guess you could say gaming. I’m also a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. The closest anime comparison to Eurovision that comes to my mind is Love Live, since it is a music tournament after all. But I’m saying this as someone who only watched the first season of Love Live…

Anyway the thinking behind this blog is to make a place with my feelings, thoughts, recommendations, experiences, reviews, on the topic of anime. I hope it to become your place to go to when you feel like reading about anime.

I got into this medium in June 2017 thanks to a friend. I can honestly say my life has changed a lot because of that. I was never actually one of those people who watched loads of shows and movies on streaming services or in cinema. But then I discovered anime. I just… felt at home already with my first show, which was Death Note and it became a huge passion ever since that first day. This medium understood me. I could find anything here. From shows about crime solving, to shows about Ballroom dancing, it simply had everything I could ask for. I opened up my horizons. Suddenly “cartoons” became a big part of my life. Yeah, those things that are “for children”. I realized it really doesn’t matter. “Cartoons” are a big part of my life and I’m proud. Anyone who labels anime as “childish” simply because it’s animated does not know what they are talking about and they probably never watched a single show that is not actually made for children. That’s at least my impression.

I would consider Steins;Gate, Hunter x Hunter, Toradora, A place further than the universe and Madoka Magica to be my top 5 favourite shows at the moment. Trying to choose one would simply make me feel too guilty for not picking the other ones, but in any case these have left the biggest mark on me so far. I would also add Ansatsu Kyoushitsu and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to that, but that makes it 7 shows already. But oh well, what can I do when anime is just too amazing.

To check out my taste in detail, feel free to look at myanimelist

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I hope this was an enjoyable first post on this blogging journey. I hope there is loads of fun to come from this. And I wish you a good evening, night, morning or day, whatever it is in your country right now 🙂