So, as I work on my first impressions for the Fall 2014 anime season, I thought I ‘d put together a couple of lists of my favourite openings and endings of the season.
To start off, here’s my top 5 openings of the Fall 2014 season. If I miss anything that the readers think should have been included, I apologize.
5. World Trigger
Alright, this one is brought down by the series that accompanies it. A really catchy track, along with… dare I say it… great visuals make up this opening, but the knowledge that the rest of the series doesn’t look this good really drags this one down.
Smooth animation, great character designs and a wonderful sense of pacing place this solidly in fifth place, despite any other issues the overall series faces.
4. Lord Marksman and Vanadis
A fun fantasy opening that has all the necessary requirements for an awesome start to each episode. Lord Marksman and Vanadis’ opening does all the right things, from strong female vocals to a haunting choir in the background.
The visuals that go with the track are par for the course, but do little to stand out, keeping it from reaching the higher positions on this list.
3. Parasyte The Maxim
I am a huge fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Discovered them through the first ending to the Hunter x Hunter (2011) anime, and was hooked on their music from there.
Their third anime theme of 2014, alongside Sengoku Basara Judge End’s opening and Brynhildr in the Darkness’ second opening, this track is typical Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
And that’s perfectly all right. They’ve got a strong vocal presence that’s lent well to this opening for one of the strangest anime this season.
2. Akatsuki no Yona
Purely orchestral, the opening for Akatsuki no Yona is astounding. With a catchy rhythm and great visuals to back it up, this opening easily sets the tone for the series itself.
An unusual opening to be sure, but definitely my second favourite of the season. I cannot think of any other that deserves this spot.
1. Garo – The Anime
My absolute favourite of this season. With the most stylistically appealing visuals of the season, and a great music track from Jam Project (who have performed openings for the live action Garo series), there is no doubt that this would make it to my top spot.
From the slick stylization of the characters, to the way that the beat moves along with the events occurring on screen, this opening just grabs my attention.
The best part is that this opening really does evoke a tokusatsu series (like Kamen Rider, or Garo itself) and feels like it would be just as comfortable, in its entirety, with a series like that. For a spin-off of a tokusatsu, that’s high praise.