Top 10 Greatest Anime Openings
The Top 10
378 7.6 8.61. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
since it seems to be no where to be seen, I only have the song for you.
here is my second favorite Ghost in the Shell opening.
Beautifully done animation and one of anime's most gorgeous songs. Ghost in the Shell has brilliant music, but Inner Universe is my favorite.
840 8.1 92. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Always a classic. You just can't go wrong with Yoko Kanno, everything she touches is golden. it's almost hard to believe she also composed the masterpiece to Ghost in the Shell as well.
538 7.4 8.33. Elfen Lied (2004)
combining my love of Gustav Klimt and naked ladies... lovely.
294 7.5 8.24. Paranoia Agent (2004)
disturbing, catchy and beautiful.
466 8 8.75. Samurai Champloo (2004)
stylistically beautiful and really grabs your attention, which is what all good openings should do.
461 7.6 8.56. Trigun (1998)
be honest, is this not the most badass thing you have ever seen? what a way to get the viewer pumped up about the crazy shit they're about to see.
96 7.6 8.27. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004)
so eye-catching and wonderfully done, and so different from all the others.
73 6.7 7.39. Speed Grapher (2005)
Duran Duran is an instant way into my heart. such a deliciously sleazy opening.
133 6 7.110. .hack//SIGN (2002)
yeah, yeah, the show itself was pretty crap, but damn what a beautiful opening song.
55 7.3 8.111. Cromartie High School (2003)
you're not human if you don't find this opening both catchy and disturbingly weird.
so manly that your balls will grow balls.
689 8 8.612. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
classic stuff. regardless of how you feel about Evangelion, if you haven't heard this a million times you are not an anime nerd.
430 7.8 8.313. Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
now that I've watched the series, this opening has become weirdly creepy. well, creepier than it was. this is quickly becoming one of my favorites, I'd say.
685 7.4 814. Bleach (2004)
shame the show couldn't live up to the opening. if I didn't have a passionate hatred for Bleach I might've ranked it higher.
46 8 8.416. Mononoke (2007)
added march 2012
i recently discovered this anime and the opening really caught my eye.
323 7.1 817. Ranma ½ (1989)
... yes, I'm serious. Ranma has some of the catchiest, most memorable openings (and endings) of any anime. I am not proud to say that.
146 7.4 8.118. Lupin III (1971)
how could I leave this out? hot damn, the amount of grooviness in this video is enough to kill a man.
182 7.5 8.519. Azumanga Daioh (2002)
when I feel depressed about my strict sober lifestyle I watch this and feel like I'm tripping balls. azumanga daioh does that to a person.
248 8.2 8.520. Baccano! (2007)
wow, this is a damn cool opening. it's damn near perfect, I'd say. hey, it's convinced me to look it up on netflix, so it's certainly doing its job.
415 7.2 8.121. Hellsing (2001)
maybe I'm biased because the "shooby dooby doo" part makes me smile.
131 7 7.622. Gunslinger Girl (2003)
I actually completely forgot about this series until now, and I now remember how much I love the beautiful opening.
also, it's strange how this one runs for 1:50 and not 1:30...
467 8.7 9.123. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
okay, so I'm totally biased on this one.
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