What is the first thing you will notice upon watching an anime series? Having an impactful, iconic and memorable opening theme song is one of the surest ways to captivate anime viewers, especially those watching a new series for the first time, and helps greatly in creating a long-lasting first impression which fans will come to associate with the series itself. There is another sequence which is no less significant either in its ability to round up an amazing episode to your favourite anime series and leave the audience wanting more: the ending theme song.
Which opening and ending themes are the clear contenders for the hearts and minds of the ever-growing anime fan base? A Japan-based anime news website, animeanime.jp, has attempted to find out by asking anime viewers what they think!
756 respondents were asked which anime opening theme song they liked best in a poll, which saw the following overall ranking emerge:
Top 10 Anime Opening Theme Sequences
10 (tie). Golden Time Lover by Sukima Switch (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood) AND X-encounter by Maon Kurosaki (Tokyo Ravens)
9. Lupin the Third “80” by Yuji Ohno (Lupin the Third: Part 2)
8. Goya no Machiawase by Hello Sleepwalkers (Noragami)
7. *~Asterisk by Orange Range (BLEACH)
6. Gekidou by UVERworld (D.Gray-man)
5. Kyouran Hey Kids!! by The Oral Cigarettes (Noragami Aragoto)
4. Tank! by The Seatbelts (Cowboy Bebop)
3. abnormalize by Ling Tosite Sigure (Psycho-Pass)
2. Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon (Attack on Titan)
It seems that this opening theme was a decisive game-changer for many. Let’s see which OP took top place!
1. This Game by Konomi Suzuki (No Game, No Life)
animeanime.jp then proceeded to survey 766 respondents on their favourite anime ending theme song, and fans responded with the following list:
Top 10 Anime Ending Theme Sequences
10. futuristic imagination by School Food Punishment (Eden of the East)
9. Orphans no Namida by MISIA (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
8. Wind by Akeboshi (Naruto)
7. HIDE AND SEEK by Kenichi Suzumura (Handa-kun)
6. Trust Me by Yuuya Matsushita (Durarara!!)
5. Refrain Boy by ALL OFF (Mob Psycho 100)
4. Tutti! by the Kitauji Quartet comprising of Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Chika Anzai and Moe Toyota (Sound! Euphonium)
3. Namae no nai Kaibutsu by EGOIST (Psycho-Pass)
2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari by supercell (Bakemonogatari)
With stiff competition from all-time favourite anime series and their ending themes performed by equally iconic artistes, which ED sequence do fans agree in unison to be #1?
1. Sugar Song to Bitter Step by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
Of particular note, both the opening and ending themes for the Psycho-Pass anime series took a commendable 3rd place in the poll, and the other sequences that made it to the top 10 saw a mix of all-time classics and relatively newer anime titles, performed by many household names in the Japanese music scene too. Readers might want to consider some of the titles here when looking for anime theme songs that stand out amongst others.