An award that requires no introduction; best Openings of the year award! Oh yeah, this is a formality, but I wanted to do this one even though it’d take hours to decide. There was a lot of openings to get through and it was difficult to choose a favorite for certain seasons but I survived. Somehow. Moving on,
Disclaimer: All choices based on personal preferences blablabla …
* I included OPs from Winter 2007 anime in my decision.
This was the easiest season to choose a winner. Persona‘s “Breakin’ Through” by Kita Shuuhei is a total win for me. Why? Because I love Kita Shuuhei. The opening itself (animation-wise) was cool too. I didn’t watch past episode one of the anime so this decision was more biased than usual. Hur.
Honorable mention: True Tears‘ “Reflectia” by eufonius
From easiest season, to the most difficult. I watched the most anime that season so there was much I had to choose from. After much head scratching and banging, I chose Macross Frontier’s “Lion” by May’n and Nakajima Megumi. I love the song. I loved the anime. I loved the colors and flashy effects even though it was 30% recycled material.
Runner-ups: Junjo Romantica’s “Kimi = Hana” by pigstar and Soul Eater’s “Resonance” by T.M Revolution
Honorable Mentions: Nabari no Ou’s “Crawl” by VELVET PUNCH and Toshokan Sensou’s “Atashi no Machi, Ashita no Machi” by Hitomi Takahashi
This wasn’t a hard decision either. Kita Shuuhei gets another win from me with Natsume Yuujin-Chou’s “Issei no Koe”. Need I repeat how I like this guy? Of course not.
Runner-Ups: Antique Bakery’s “Life goes on ~side K~” by CHEMISTRY and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu’s “Tomadoi Bitter Tune” by Milan Himemiya and Chocolate Rockers
There were a lot of good openings for me this season as well. Though, only a few of them really stuck with me so it wasn’t that hard in the end. Without a doubt, Junjo Romantica’s “Shoudou” by pigstar wins. I don’t think I need to explain myself but I will anyway. I are fujoshi. I like eyecandy. I like pretty effects. During Spring, Kimi=Hana could’ve won but I listened to the song so much it started getting on my nerves. Shoudou hasn’t yet and earned its place here. Besides, I like stars over flowers and this opening was less plain than the first one.
Runner-Ups: Tales of the Abyss “Karma” by BUMP OF CHICKEN and CLANNAD’s “Tori wo Kizamu Uta” by Lia
Final Four 2008 Openings
Persona’s “Breaking Through” by Kita Shuuhei
Macross Frontier’s “Lion” by May’n and Nakajima Megumi
Natsume Yuujin-Cho’s “Issei no Koe” by Kita Shuuhei
Junjo Romantica’s “Shoudou” by pigstar
Best Opening of the Year 2008
Junjo Romantica’s “Shoudou” by pigstar! Why? Because I am a fangirl and because I have not once skipped the opening while watching Junjo. ’nuff said.