There’s a countless number of anime out there to take in, which means that there are infinitely more openings to watch. There are tons of great anime that deserve to be watched, but what about openings? Which anime openings are the best?
Heated debates between friends have often happened in search of the answer to that question. Quality of the shows aside, here are some of the best anime openings that you should never skip.
Cowboy Bebop – Tank! by Seatbelts
I’m sure that this one was expected, so here it is at the top of the list. Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop has an opening that’s one of the most recognizable in all of anime, even if you haven’t seen the show.
The same goes for Watanabe’s Samurai Champloo as well, but this one won this time around.
The jazzy track makes for a catchy theme while the visuals keep your eyes glued to the screen with its colors, characters, and silhouettes. This opening is not one that’s likely to be skipped often, or at all.
Hopefully, the live-action version ends up using Tank! in one way or another so that fans can feel that sweet, sweet nostalgia.
Neon Genesis Evangelion – A Cruel Angel’s Thesis by Yoko Takahashi
Speaking of the most recognizable anime openings, Neon Genesis Evangelion is definitely up there. Opening aside, the anime itself is one of the most popular of all time. There aren’t too many like it.
There isn’t a ton of action in the visuals, but the constant cuts from one thing to the next makes it hard to look away. You don’t want to miss anything that the opening is trying to show you.
A Cruel Angel’s Thesis should definitely never be skipped, under any circumstances. I don’t make the rules, that’s just how it is.
Eureka Seven Opening 1 – Days by FLOW
Nobody knows why, but mecha anime seem to have good openings. Eureka Seven is no exception. The anime is somewhat of a hidden gem, and its first opening is certified unskippable.
It gives you a good look at the main characters, a few antagonists, and some giant robot action. All set to a song that you’ll want to add to your playlist right after hearing it.
Honestly, all of Eureka Seven’s openings are great, but this one is the one that you should watch every time it’s used.
Attack on Titan Opening 1 – Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen by Linked Horizon
There aren’t any giant mechs in this one, but Attack on Titan‘s first opening was a hit when it came out, and it’s still a hit now.
Seeing the way characters fly through the air while they, well, attack titans could be extremely confusing as a first-time watcher.
That confusion eventually turns into curiosity, though, which then turns into a desire to see the intro multiple times.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Opening 1 – Again by Yui
There’s sadness, action, mystery, and even foreshadowing that you won’t understand until well after this opening stops being used. But once you do understand it, you’ll appreciate it even more.
On top of all that, Again by Yui is another track that you’ll most likely want on your anime playlist.
Soul Eater Opening 2 – Papermoon by Tommy heavenly6
Soul Eater is probably among the least-watched anime on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in top-notch openings. It only has two, but they’re both amazing for different reasons.
The first is far more upbeat, while this one is a bit darker. You’re unlikely to skip either of them, but this opening’s tone, animation, and song make it the better of the two.
Haikyu!! Opening 4 – Fly High!! by BURNOUT SYNDROMES
Haikyu!! is clearly very different from everything else on this list so far genre-wise, but who says sports anime can’t have awesome openings too?
This one’s all about volleyball with a lot of focus on the high-flying Hinata. While the visuals are cool, it’s really the song that sticks out in this one.
Fly High!! will get stuck in your head, there’s no question about it. Specifically those words, “fly high.” Good luck on trying not to hum it randomly over the next few days.
The Promised Neverland – Touch Off by UVERworld
The Promised Neverland is only 12 episodes long. At no point will you ever want to skip this opening. It’s just that good.
The opening is surprisingly upbeat and catchy even though the anime has a somewhat darker tone to it overall. This one shows a lot, but also nothing of significance if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
That’s exactly how a good opening should be. It’s a catchy theme with visuals that can’t possibly spoil the plot unless you’ve already seen the show.
Death Parade – Flyers by BRADIO
Death Parade is another anime with another opening that absolutely does not match the atmosphere of the show at all. It’s also another 12 episode show with another opening that you won’t skip at all.
There’s a whole lot of dancing in this one. It’s just so cheerful and happy that you’ll be confused by the contrast between it and the show. It’ll throw you off, for sure, but in a way that you’ll love.
Future Diary Opening 1 – Kuusou Mesorogii by Yousei Teikoku
The Promised Neverland and Death Parade openings can be a bit misleading when looking at the content of those two anime. Future Diary is the complete opposite.
It’s a creepy anime, and this opening lets you know that right off the bat. The music is intense, the visuals are weirdly eerie, and the last 10 seconds are both well animated and totally unnerving.
Carole & Tuesday – Kiss Me by Nai Br.XX and Celeina Ann
Carole & Tuesday is another anime with a brilliant opening that just so happens to be directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.
This is a relatively new music anime, so it shouldn’t really be all that surprising that the opening sounds great. What’s unexpected is how beautiful it is to look at and how wonderful it is to watch.
Carole & Tuesday’s opening is like a painting in motion, and that’s just the icing on top of this whole unskippable package.
CLANNAD After Story – Toki Wo Kizamu Uta by Lia
CLANNAD After Story will have you deep in your feels, and its opening pretty much prepares you for that as best it can.
The sad-sounding theme will stick with you long after hearing it. The same goes for the content of this anime. The opening flashes through all of the main characters as the music swells and prepares you for what’s to come.
It’s relatively simple, yet you’ll still have the urge to watch it every single time it starts up.
Fire Force Opening 1 – Inferno by Mrs. GREEN APPLE
We’ve found our way back to the action shonen genre, and this one is pretty new. The first Fire Force intro is so good that it was nominated in Crunchyroll’s anime awards earlier this year in the Best Opening Sequence category.
Only in anime do you see firefighters literally fighting fire with fire. Not only that, but Fire Force actually manages to somehow make it look cool.
If “firefighting anime” doesn’t sound appealing to you in the slightest, you should watch this, because it might just change your mind. Hats off to the David Production animation studio.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Opening 1 – Sono Chi no Sadame by Hiroaki Tominaga
David Production is also behind Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. This one’s a fan-favorite opening with plenty of style and creativity in it.
There’s a regular switch between 2D, 3D, and animated manga panels throughout this intro. It’s a lot to take in as a first-time watcher.
The song mixed with that signature Jojo style will have you wanting to watch it over and over again for as long as its used.
Mob Psycho 100 II – 99.9 by Mob Choir
This Mob Psycho opening is actually the one that won Crunchyroll’s Best Opening Sequence award this year. It jumps from one visual style to the next constantly, and all of them are a joy to look at.
This show is already known for turning its animation quality up beyond 100% at a moment’s notice, so seeing this creative, over-the-top opening isn’t all that shocking.
It’s a treat that comes with an already cool show. You won’t be skipping this Mob Psycho intro at any point during its Season 2 run.
Black Clover Opening 4 – Guess Who is Back by Kumi Koda
If we’re talking about interesting visual styles, this Black Clover opening has some moments in it that absolutely needs to be re-winded and seen more than once.
This intro highlights the members of the main crew just before an important moment in the anime, and it does so with style.
Enough style and pure shonen genre energy that you won’t want to skip this opening even once.
Demon Slayer – Gurenge by LiSA
Demon Slayer contains 26 episodes, and it’s highly unlikely that you’ll want to skip this intro even once. The more of the anime you watch, the more you’ll want to replay this opening.
It manages to encapsulate most of what you’ll be seeing in the show into a short, action-packed intro that’s never dull for even a second.
For those that are fans of this show, you might be happy to know that a game is being made thanks to all those views you’ve been giving it.
Bleach Opening 1 – Asterisk by Orange Range
And now we’re getting into the “Big 3” shonen anime of the early 2000s. Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto were insanely popular for a long time. In fact, they still are. One thing that they all have in common is the crazy amount of openings they each have.
Picking just one for Bleach is tough, but the first one is the most iconic. It’s also more stylish and catchy than you’d expect from a show that focuses quite a bit on death, grim reapers, and the afterlife in its first arc.
The unforgettable art, character designs, and instantly recognizable theme make this one a classic.
One Piece Opening 10 – We Are! by Tohoshinki
As we all know, One Piece is a never-ending anime with almost 1000 episodes under its belt. If you haven’t started it by now, you may never start it.
That being said, that high episode count just means that there are more openings to choose from. This one is the third version of We Are! used as an opening track for the show. It’s arguably also the best version.
This opening references all of the crew’s struggles on the way to where they are now, and it does so while the most memorable One Piece theme plays. It had to be this one.
Naruto Opening 5 – Rhapsody of Youth by Sambomaster
I know what many of you may be thinking. You think it should be Naruto Shippuden opening 16. I disagree. While that opening is undeniably top-tier, this one fully focuses on one of the best arcs in the entire series.
This anime has way too many openings to choose from, but this one signals a turning point in the show. It has action, symbolism, and loads of nostalgia.
In all honesty, Naruto, One Piece and Bleach could take up several spots on this list, but this opening should be watched every time, especially since there are about five versions of it that get used as the arc progresses. It kind of turns into a little game of “spot the difference” every time it plays.
There are so many openings that had to be left out; this list could go on almost infinitely. But like I said before, friends debate over the best anime openings all the time. Which ones are your favorites?