Since everyone likes “Top X” posts, and I’ve got access to a bunch of anime OPs anyway, I bring you the top 5 OPs of the Spring 2006 anime season!
Although I don’t care for the yelling of the word “BOY!” (or whatever it is they’re yelling) throughout the song, I gotta admit, it’s still pretty darn catchy. I also like this OP because it’s unique. I think it catches the essense of the School Rumble anime pretty well. Plus it’s sung by a cute meganekko, Tokito Ami!
Senketsu no Chikai, the OP for Magical Pokan, is sung by some group called “TEAM FAIRITHM.” Unlike the other OPs in this list, this one does a really bad job of setting the tone for the anime. The anime is about freakin’ cute were/vampire/magical/android girls doing cute stuff! I’d imagine this song would work better for a video game where you kill zombies or something. Still, it’s a pretty radical OP, so it makes the list.
At #3 is Bouken Deshou Deshou? by everyone’s favorite tsunderekko, Hirano Aya! Although Asahina Mikuru no Bouken has its own special charm, I think Bouken Deshou Deshou is the better OP. The success of this OP is tied closely to the sequence of the anime. Whenever I hear the song, I get a mental image of the anime, (and Haruhi’s hair flip), so in that respect, it works. I dunno if I’d like the song if it were Glass no Kantai’s OP, though…
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a really creepy anime. The OP is also appropriately creepy. The animation and music really help to get you pumped before an episode. Like a ninja. Now when I think horror, I don’t think guy with hockey mask; I think murderous loli with an axe (with this OP playing in the background). Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a really good anime, and I think it owes a lot of its goodness to the OP.
Kawabe Chieco first impressed me with the inappropriately upbeat “Be Your Girl” from Elfen Lied. Sakura Kiss is also upbeat, but this time it fits with the anime. I think that one of the big reasons that I like this OP so much is that it sounds unique. Chieco’s voice really stands out among other singers’ (and that’s a good thing). I just noticed that all of the OPs on this list are from anime that I consider the top of the season as well. I wonder if it’s the OP that make me like the anime, vice versa, or both?
Bonus! Check out Kawabe Chieco in a frog suit for the Sakura Kiss PV: