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What are you favorite anime OP and EDs? and why?
Don't go past top 5 (lol), and say a few words why? :3

Two warnings:

1) I have a somewhat narrow view of anime; I don't watch everything like Samuraiter, don't really spread out into too many genres like Samantha, and furthermore, I don't really like anything made in this decade for the most part. A lot of this will be from before some of you were born.

2) This will have quite a bit of Gundam in it.

#1: Armored Trooper VOTOMS - Honoe no Sadame

God, this is awesome. Awesome, titular song, and a badass in Chirico just walking through some fucking wasteland. It was actually Gunlord back in the day that showed me this, and I agree: it's probably the best OP of all time.

#2: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ - Silent Voice

There's a bit of symbolism here: the first half of this season opened with Anime Ja'Nai, which is a catchy song, don't get me wrong... but it literally translates to "This Is Not Anime" That's pretty accurate for the first half of Gundam ZZ, which can best be described as comic relief, and leads me to believe that Tomino literally tried to kill the Gundam franchise to get the mitts of the TV executives off of his baby.

I figure someone finally made him realise that no, he wasn't killing Gundam, so he finally calmed down, had something to drink, and stopped fucking around for the second half, which is much better (still not really GOOD, but better). That's where they start using Silent Voice, which is a very nice song to use, especially if one wants to put a song to Haman's mental state at that time.

#3: Sailor Moon - Moonlight Densetsu

Absolute classic. Nice song, titular opening, just a great opening to maybe the most popular anime of all time (for better or worse).

#4: (ED) Fushigi Yuugi - Tokameki no Doukasen

It wouldn't feel right if I left the anime that got me into anime off the list, would it? I don't like the OP much, but the ending is awesome, especially with the way every episode led into it. The whole song is great, and still gets played whenever I feel like it. Great anime, great manga, great memories.

#5: Choju Kishin Dancougar - Ai Yo Faraway

I'm not a real huge fan of Super Robot, so I haven't seen this yet, but the song is awesome. God, I loved the 80s.

#6: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Bouken Desho Desho

I really (so far) don't care much for the Haruhi anime (though I'll reserve my full throated hatred for others more deserving of it... c'mere, Lucky Star), but the OP is awesome. Though season 2's OP is starting to wear on me; not only because of the song (annoying at first, but earworming), but the art/animation is fucking awesome.

#7: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ - Anime Ja'Nai

Even if the first half of ZZ sucked cock, the song is awesome, and I love the "evolution" of sorts from Amuro through Camille to Judau, even if he didn't act like any sort of newtype in the first half.

#8: God Bless Dancougar - Love is a Miracle

AGAIN Dancougar makes the list. Their OPs were amazing. I might have to catch the actual anime once I'm done with Sailor Moon and Haruhi.

#9: Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta - Mizu no Hoshi Ai wo Komete (phew)

This is a great song. Nice, pretty, and I know I probably annoyed the shit out of Aileen replaying it.

But... it's not a Gundam song. If you'd made me listen to this song before seeing it in the OP of the later Gundam episodes, I would not have said "that should be on a Gundam episode!"; I'd have put this as an OP for Hikari no Densetsu or something. I love the irony - I'm guessing this was Tomino's call, he's got a weird sense of humour - of the OP and ED of Zeta Gundam being the complete opposites of what the series is about (essentially "ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES").

#10: Neon Genesis Evangelion - Zankoku Na Tenshi No (Unofficial; full version. Every other version was shitty quality)

This is another classic, in the sense that it's routinely listed on "greatest of all time" lists. It's a great song, and the actual OP of the actual show is very good as well. I have little interest in Evangelion, but the OP's awesome.


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Dec. 6th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Dancougar is godly. Though it's technically a super robot show, it has a lot more in common with its 'real robot' contemporaries (i.e. Zeta Gundam et al). Gorgeous animation, a dark-and-meaty plot, and a high level of kickass. Plus a villain who is one of the biggest dicks in anime history. I cannot recommend this highly enough. (See if the main character sounds familiar, too, heh.)

And I love Evangelion, but so much has been said about that show that one can really take it or leave it. I say take it, since there's really nothing else like it, but it might be better to wait until all of the remake movies (e.g. Evangelion 1.01 – You Are (Not) Alone) if you want to see what the director claims was his 'original' vision. (Shades of George Lucas.)
Dec. 6th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I've heard rumours that the original NGE was absolutely gutted because of budget cuts around the 20th episode. Truth?

So basically, the remake compares to the Zeta movies?
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
The cuts show throughout the series, but the bulk of them occur after Episode 24. Episodes 25 and 26 are a completely bullshit existential ending; there are those who say that was the perfect way to end it, but ... me? I prefer the Death & Rebirth and End Of Evangelion movies that were releasd after the show became a monster hit. To that end, I am ambivalent about the remakes, since they may retcon those movies, but I still want to watch them.

And yes, they are comparable to the Zeta movies. Oddly enough, most of us in the fandom, myself included, still prefer the TV series, though the movies bring the pretty. Pretty ain't everything, though.
Dec. 6th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
While budget cuts may have factored into it, I think Hideaki Anno himself has more to do with it. The series starts flying in a different direction somewhere around episode 15 or so, when they still have things happening on the screen (so to speak).

At least in my opinion, the original ending in episodes 25 and 26 fit better to the direction they were taking it than End of Evangelion (which still doesn't say much).
Dec. 7th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
LOL, see my comment above this one. Polar opposites, once again! :-)
Dec. 7th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I read yours before posting.
Dec. 6th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Out of all those, Eva brings back a LOT of memories and is still one of my favorites. BUT HOLY FUCK VOTOMS looks awesome!

(Gunlord still won't shut up about VOTOMS btw)
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I am told that V.O.T.O.M.S. is excellent, yes, though it is also difficult to watch. (Yes, even through pirating.) I also recommend Dougram, which is by the same people and has been about 1 / 3 fansubbed.
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
...man now I want to rewatch Haruhi. That song was about an inch away from getting on my list, but there were a few I just didn't have room for.
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I am rather fond of the Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yugi, and Evangelion openings (the ED too, in FY's case).

And I'm sure you appreciated me playing Still Alive over and over about as much. :P
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
And I'm sure you appreciated me playing Still Alive over and over about as much. :P

What is love? It's nothing if not annoying the shit out of each other with our music. XD
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I should have you know I'm a maven of playing a song I like over...and over...and over...

And this would by why they invented iPods. XD
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Tokameki no Doukasen foe the win seriously! I never watched Fushigi Yuugi's anime besides the final OVA but I loved the music. Character songs, theme songs... yeah ||D. The opening is pretty but I always loved the ending song more. XD

And whoo Haruhi's opening. I really should... watch the second season hmn
Dec. 6th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
(For the record, which OAV marks the end of FY? There are at least two that I know of, and I believe there might have been a third. ... The anime was always far too expensive, so I switched to the manga, but that means I have long had no idea how the anime ends.)
Dec. 6th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
(I believe it's the third OVA entitled, Eikoden. It didn't have a number or anything. I didn't see the previous OVAs but I think you're right about there being two others. Honestly I'm not sure if I will have the attention span to watch FY's anime especially if the anime differed from the manga. Expensive yes but the anime is looong ;-;

And damn, Eikoden had a pretty opening song. *sobs and goes to search*)
Dec. 7th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Hmm. Two TV seasons (fifty-episodes), plus three OAVs, each about three episodes long. For a shoujo series, that is long, but it is about the same size as most mecha series ... and nowhere close to those shounen monsters that hog the fandom.
Dec. 7th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
In all honesty, the anime follows the manga pretty closely, so the endings are more or less identical. Seriously, I think the biggest difference is that the anime has color and occasionally has movement, while the manga consists of a series of black and white still images. :P

Can't speak for the OAVs, though. I haven't bothered reading the manga beyond volume 13, I think, never mind the corresponding OAVs....
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