Time to continue my little anime look back on 2019. This time I’ll rank my favorite opening sequences. The concept remains the same, I’ll pick 3 of my favorite openings from each season, and then I’ll rank the 12 picks in a final top list. Only this time I’ll skip the part where I’ll separate the list into sequels and non-sequels because honestly in the context of anime openings it doesn’t really matter too much if its a sequel or non-sequel…

Winter 2019

The Rising of the Shield Hero Opening 2

Shield Hero may have missed out on a spot in my top 12 anime of the year, but the same is not the case when it comes to anime openings. Both of the openings from this series would be a great pick, but I’ll limit myself to picking just one opening from a single series. This second one takes the first spot because of the feel of the song as well as the context of the anime… At the point when this opening was first shown, the characters from the series have started to realize they were wrong about Naofumi, and suddenly there was this increasing need for the four heroes to finally start working together. Basically this opening was like an indication that things could finally start getting a bit better.

The Rising of the Shield Hero first impressions.

The Promised Neverland Opening

This opening song is incredible, catchy and memorable. It works so well to increase the hype levels, especially when Ray, Emma and Norman gather their hands on top of each other, with Emma’s confident facial expression. Just that scene alone made me so excited to see what is their plan to escape, even if literally the next few seconds after that moment actually serve as a good way to foreshadow what happened. Another thing is something that could just be a coincidence, but around the 20 second mark, when the title of the anime is shown, Norman is the only one crossed by the line, and his head is perfectly aligned with the Japanese letter “no”, and guess what, his name starts with “no”. You could even think of it as them telling you that “no”, he won’t be among those who escape. Ok I’m probably looking too much into the whole “no” thing but in terms of Norman’s body being crossed by the line… I could see that being a nice little deliberate touch.

The Promised Neverland first impressions from January.

Episode 10 thoughts.

Manga Volume 5 review.

Mob Psycho II Opening

It was hard not to pick Kaguya’s opening or even the Boogiepop opening, but Mob Psycho II takes the final spot here. I just couldn’t ignore the cool visuals from this opening, which is basically entirely filled with those. My favorite moment is probably around the 43 second mark, with the Body Improvement Club in action. I also love how the sequence ends with the message “Your life is your own” written out. It doesn’t seem to be a common thing to write out the song lyrics in an anime opening, and I’m very welcome of the idea.

Spring 2019

Fruits Basket Opening 2

If you read my post from a few months ago, 7 more openings and endings that make you feel everything will be alright, you may recall that Fruits Basket’s second opening was on that list. Allow me to be a bit lazy and just quote myself from that post, because I don’t have much to add to my previous words on this sequence.

This makes me smile all the way through every single time. To put it simply, everything from the song and the visuals just makes me so happy. I love the umbrella theme and the different designs each character has. I love going through the sequence and seeing each character being introduced.

I also love how it ends with Tohru running towards all of the characters and then all of them throwing their umbrella in the air. To say I don’t mimic some kind of an umbrella throwing move every time at the end would be a lie.

Except a comment about the colors. Pink background around the 56 second mark. Each character is represented well with the color of their umbrella. Brief checkboard segments with pastel colors. So much things to love about this sequence.

First impressions from April.

Saki Hanajima analysis.

Fruits Basket AMV.

Saki Hanajima AMV.

Shingeki no Kyojin Opening 5

You couldn’t really get a bigger contrast between the themes of this anime and the previously mentioned Fruits Basket. And yet they both have the same thing I will comment on: colors.

There is a notable colder tone of the colors in this sequence. The transitions (through the first part) have a gradient of the colors that are “splashed” on the screen. I love this because it works so well with the mood of the song at that part of the sequence. This song is like a mashup of the previous Linked Horizon openings and endings and I can’t deny I’ve had a period of playing this opening non-stop. The way the song picks up and runs towards the end is incredible – and all those flashing scenes before a final cut to the basement with those guitar notes… What a way to hype the basement reveal.

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO

The reason this opening is here is simple – the way the song picks up around the 50 second mark. The series itself had potential at the time travel part of the story, but it wasn’t without its issues. And with the emphasis on fanservice, it’s understandable why Yu-No kinda fell off the radar.

YU-NO first impressions.

Summer 2019

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo Opening

This is another opening from 2019 that was included in that post I mentioned. (7 more openings and endings that make you feel everything will be alright). Can I cheat once more and just quote myself?

There is a hint of melancholy in this song as well as a feeling of empowerment and liberty. I also love the way that instrumental part at the beginning was used, with the characters reading out lines as they would in their school literature club. That same instrumental is, by the way, how do I describe it, heavenly. Full of lovely visuals as well, there is so many things to love about this opening sequence.

It reminds me of that time when I went on a multi-day solo trip and I smiled in the bus with this song playing. This song also got me to check out other songs by the artist, CHICO with Honeyworks, and let me tell you, they have some lovely music. And music videos, not the least the one for this particular song. It’s actually a part of an ongoing story told through their music videos and I really love that concept.

My very own Araburu Kisetsu AMV using the Araburu Kisetsu opening song.

Dr. Stone Opening 2

How do I put it. This song feels like the embodiment of rising from the ashes, or building everything from zero. Which, guess what, Dr. Stone very much is all about. It’s motivating and empowering. There are cute visuals of Kohaku and Ruri around the 30 second mark. I love how they added the scene from the 1 minute 22 second mark. And I don’t really know what else to add, I just really love this sequence.

Fire Force Opening 1

Back in the time when I still watched Fire Force every week. Not that I dropped it, but I still haven’t seen its new opening sequence, that’s how behind I am on it. As for this particular opening, I don’t really have much to say, other that it’s just a great song.

Maki Oze AMV.

Fall 2019

Boku no Hero Academia 4 Opening

In my top anime of 2019 post, BNHA suffered from my “3 from each season” system. Without that, I think it would find itself on my list. But in terms of openings it managed to avoid this problem. It’s a really good song, fitting for the mood of the season. I especially love the scenes from around the 1 minute 8 second mark, with Deku trying to catch Eri during the dusk. I’m still not the biggest fan of that scream at the end though.

Hoshiai no Sora Opening

Since the last time I wrote about Stars Align, the final episode aired and we found out the anime was actually supposed to be 2-cour if it wasn’t for some really unusual circumstances. It’s really a pity, because this anime had amazing potential and I really wanted to see the rest of the story for these characters. Maybe one day, hopefully, I guess.

During the last episode, they abruptly stopped the opening around half-way through. At first I thought it was to indicate that things are about to go bad in the story, but now when I know the situation in terms of the anime, I think it could be a way to symbolize the situation. It makes sense – an abruptly cut opening for an abruptly cut anime…

Why is this opening one of my picks though? It’s just a nice calming and kinda motivating song. I also love how they played with the colors and the silhouettes.

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Opening

Always expect great songs from SAO. Alicization WoU did not disappoint in that respect. Haruka Tomatsu, the voice of Asuna, fittingly sings the opening song. I just really enjoy her singing voice. In terms of the visuals from this opening, I especially like Asuna reaching out around the 12 second mark, the old SAO crew joining in around the 46 second mark, and the whole mood at the end, with Alice walking towards the red sky.

SAO Alicization WoU AMV.

My top 12 anime openings of 2019

And so it’s time to rank those 12 picks. Before that though, the best season for anime openings in 2019? This is probably another title that goes to Summer. Although this is a bit trickier because a few of those openings have actually been first shown during a different season than the anime started in. For example, Fruits Basket’s second opening was first shown during the Summer season instead of Spring when it first started airing. Would this then be a point for Summer? I’m not really sure, but just looking at the three picks from each season, Summer takes the win.

One last thing: Happy New Year (and decade) to everyone reading this! This is my 80th post, 57th in 2019. That would mean I did almost 5 posts on average every month. It doesn’t say the full story on my consistency ofcourse, and in the recent months it’s been less than at the start of the year (sorry) but it’s still a decent number in my book. I hope I could bring you something of value through these 57 posts in 2019!

And now, the ranking!

Top 12 anime openings of 2019

12. Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO OP

11. The Rising of the Shield Hero OP 2

10. Hoshiai no Sora OP

9. Mob Psycho II OP

8. Boku no Hero Academia 4 OP

7. Sword Art Online: Alicization – WoU OP

6. Fire Force OP

5. Attack on Titan OP 5

4. Dr. Stone OP 2

3. The Promised Neverland OP

2. Fruits Basket OP 2

1. Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo OP

Yahallo! Notice anything different about this site? That’s right, an entire new look. I had the same theme since the start, which was some 10 months ago. I thought it worked quite well, but feedback from a few people made me think it’s something I could look into changing. I had it in my mind for a while now and now that I did the change, I’m very happy with the new look. I hope you feel the same way about it!

If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is about. I haven’t made a lot of blog posts in the last, well months now, and it’s all for a reason. What started as a break for the summer exam period, became an extended break to reflect and focus more on other things. Those other things are video editing ofcourse.

And I think it’s gonna remain the focus. In the next few weeks I’m again busy due to the exam chaos, I still haven’t passed the difficult electrical engineering, and I’m planning to also work once again in the next days. But once those things end, I’m going to be dedicating most of the time to video stuff once again.

This blog is here to stay. But there won’t be 10 posts monthly as it used to be. I’m sorry for that. But what I will post, I hope to make it as enjoyable as possible. A more “liberal” posting schedule has less of that “it has to be done” pressure anyway.

I’m talking like this when the only kind of posting routine I had was one post every 3 days. How does it feel then for those hard working bloggers who post daily? I admire those that do that!

Anyway the videos. I already mentioned that Sakura Quest AMV in a previous post but let me do it again. The first of the AMVs I posted in the last month was a Sakura Quest typographic AMV made on the opening song of that anime. Typography in videos is something I really enjoy, and in this case I used it to highlight the english words from the opening.

Next up was a Fire Force character video, dedicated to Maki Oze. The idea was simply to find a few fitting words to describe her, and then freeze a few frames, and make a fancy background that fits the word. I was very happy to see this be my first video to break the 1000 views barrier!

The latest video is a Fruits Basket lyric video. The song is Switzerland’s Eurovision 2011 entry called In love for a while. Out of the three videos, this one I’m most proud with. Making it made the wait for a new Fruits Basket episode much easier, cause, well, it made me go through the anime once again.

That would be all for this, kind of an update, kind of an invitation to take a look at my AMVs kind of post. See you next time, whether it’s on a video or a blog post!

Hello there! Long time no see, or… read. Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! For me it’s been okay I guess. The exams haven’t all gone perfectly well, meaning I’ll have to try again this fall in Season 2 of “suffering with university exams”. But at least one thing is certain – whatever happens, I won’t be repeating this year of university.

To not go into too many details here, I now have a period where I can put my mind off these things. And I’m using this time to improve my video editing skills, as I really want to pursue that area, especially motion graphics. This also led me to do a lot of thinking on the future of this blog. But for the very near future, things are likely to stay the same.

One last thing before getting into the actual thing this post is about, check out my new video. It’s kind of the result of those attempts to improve my video editing skills. I’m proud of the way this looks.

Sooo, the actual post. Summer 2019 season of anime. I’m checking out this anime season more than 2 weeks later than I usually would. It’s because of being busy with other things but also because I simply couldn’t stop watching Chihayafuru. Now when I finished it, can we just jump onto the Fall 2019 season already now so I can watch season 3?

No?

I guess I have no other choice then but to go through the stuff I’m most likely to watch in this Summer 2019 anime season.

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? (MAL link)

An anime about working out sure sounds like an unusual concept to me. And I would like to check it out, especially since it has cute girls too. Also, in a Croatian anime group (yes, those actually exist), I’ve seen a screenshot from this anime where they actually mentioned Croatia. A reference to my own (terrible) country in an anime? I’m curious!

Kanata no Astra (MAL link)

What mainly got me interested in this was the PV. I love the intense vibe it has given me. I don’t really have much experience with space anime, but I hope it won’t end up as regrettable as the last anime I watched that involved space and teens… (Darling in the Franxx).

Dr. Stone (MAL link)

I’m not gonna lie, the main reason I’m gonna check this out is the hype surrounding it in the community. But watching how the characters will restore a world full of statues does sound interesting.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo (MAL link)

The PV for this did look kind of promising but I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to watch it. Until I saw it being compared to Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho. That’s how easy I am. Just write that it’s a good match with one of my all time favorite anime and chances are I will watch it.

Enen no Shouboutai (MAL link)

It certainly helps that this anime already has a good looking waifu circulating around anime twitter. But it doesn’t seem like that will be the only good thing about this anime. Firefighters fighting against more things than just fire…

Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] (MAL link)

This is likely going to be… trash xD. But the pink haired character looks cute. And that strange llama character reminded me of the giraffe from Revue Starlight. Not that these are even good reasons to start an anime, but who knows, it may be an enjoyable watch.

Machikado Mazoku (MAL link)

This is simply… so cute that I can’t help but watch it. Also reading the synopsis, I kind of got reminded of Gabriel Dropout, which is a good thing.

And these would be my picks for Summer 2019! Am I missing out on something great? Please let me know your thoughts and what you are watching! I’ve seen many people say this is one of the best seasons in a while, and I hope that proves to be the case!