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New Poll - Anime OP/ED
This week's poll is going out a tiny bit earlier than usual since I won't be available much this weekend to put one up at the regular time. But anyways, the idea comes from the brain of our member StephKuran. This one should be a no-brainer in terms of how you'd answer, but maybe you can include some of your favorite songs? One of mine would be "You Raise Me Up" by Lena Park, which was the OP for Romeo x Juliet. As for an ED, there's "Anna ni Issho Datta no ni" by See-Saw for Gundam SEED.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Favorite mythical creature in fantasy series
Choices:
Angel - votes: 819 (5.7%)
Beast - votes: 253 (1.8%)
Demon / Oni / Youkai - votes: 3091 (21.7%)
Elf - votes: 1078 (7.6%)
Fairy - votes: 286 (2%)
Incubus / Succubus - votes: 877 (6.2%)
Mermaid - votes: 294 (2.1%)
Pegasus - votes: 57 (0.4%)
Unicorn - votes: 106 (0.7%)
Phoenix - votes: 568 (4%)
Tengu - votes: 252 (1.8%)
Vampire - votes: 1567 (11%)
Werewolf - votes: 523 (3.7%)
Dragon - votes: 2205 (15.5%)
Kappa (turtle) - votes: 102 (0.7%)
Kitsune (Fox) - votes: 1613 (11.3%)
Garuda (Bird) - votes: 67 (0.5%)
Don't like/read fantasy - votes: 496 (3.5%)
There were 14254 total votes.
The poll ended: February 15th 2013

Demons and creatures of darkness, how you instill fear in the hearts of men and cause us to like reading about you
Posted by lambchopsil on February 15th 11:52pm Comments ( 51 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» FormX on February 15th, 2013, 6:33pm

I know OPs tend to make more impact, but it just so happens that the songs I really like are the EDs:

Kimi no Shiranai Monogatarifrom Bakemonogatari by supercell
Brave Song from Angel Beats! by Tada Aoi
Secret Base from AnoHana by ZONE

Maybe consider the insert song option?
一番の宝物 〜Yui final ver.〜 from Angel Beats!

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» -shiratori- on March 3rd, 2013, 4:45pm

Quote from FormX
I know OPs tend to make more impact, but it just so happens that the songs I really like are the EDs:

Kimi no Shiranai Monogatarifrom Bakemonogatari by supercell
Brave Song from Angel Beats! by Tada Aoi
Secret Base from AnoHana by ZONE

Maybe consider the insert song option?
ä¸çªã®å® ç© ãYui final ver.ã ...


Wow it seems you got the same taste as me xD

I still voted for OP though since EXCEPT from these OPs tend to sound better for me biggrin

Also I cannot understand people who skip the OPs/EDs. I'm the type that watches animes for the OP/ED alone if the rest doesn't annoy me too much wink

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» pyonk on February 15th, 2013, 6:36pm

What if I tend to like Insert Song?

oh well, my fav OP ever is We Are from One Piece
as for ED my fav is Anata Dake Mitsumeteru from Slam Dunk
and I love all Code Geass's Insert Song
biggrin

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» dreamaway on February 15th, 2013, 6:53pm

There should be an option for both. I like OPs and EDs for different reasons; the former because it has more impact, the latter because of the feels.

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» ink junkie on February 15th, 2013, 7:40pm

Should be both, though I slightly prefer OPs for being more energetic.

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» tactics on February 15th, 2013, 8:19pm

Openings, although admittedly I skip 99% of openings when I watch anime. Sometimes I find a rare one that I really like (usually because of the song) so I don't mind watching it. But most of the time I skip them.
I don't even bother with the endings.

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» quark1020 on February 15th, 2013, 8:30pm

TERRIBLE POLL!! BLARGBLARGRAGEBLARG!!

Got that out of my system biggrin

Would have liked a both, since my likes depend on the song itself, not just because it starts or ends.

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» philip72 on February 15th, 2013, 8:55pm

Agreed, absolutely inane, simply a question for the sake of a question.
It's the sort of thing one would come up with, if one were suddenly forced to come up with a poll question and only given 10 seconds to do so.

If the OP's a better song, people will prefer it; conversely if the ED's more enjoyable, people will like it better.

Next weeks poll: Apples or Oranges? Which is best?

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» babel on February 22nd, 2013, 8:39pm

Quote from quark1020
TERRIBLE POLL!! BLARGBLARGRAGEBLARG!!


Agree 100%

My answer? whichever one is better.....

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» That3rdGuy on February 15th, 2013, 9:40pm

Is this poll referring to the terrible music in anime? People enjoy that? Wow.
Where's the "I don't listen to cheesy, generic music made for anime" option? confused laugh

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» MinM66 on February 15th, 2013, 10:01pm

The pole makes no sense... "Which do you tend to like more" ... Uh whichever has the better song? .. really terrible poll -_- I look forward to these, and I am fully disappointed this time...

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» Nirhtuc on February 15th, 2013, 11:37pm

I too, am surprised that the suggestion for this poll made it through! It is a rather 'apples or oranges' type of question, like someone else here said! Of course it depends on the musical theme itself- not on whether it is an 'opening' or 'ending'. I'm glad that there are no more religious or denominational questions in the polls, but please choose better poll suggestions next time! sad

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» kayue on February 15th, 2013, 10:27pm

Hmm... Both?

Among those I remember (and I guess are faves. Either that or I've watched them too many times) are
"Get Over" and "I'll be the one" OP from Hikaru no Go
"Ohayo" OP from Hunter x Hunter (original).
"I'm Alive" ED from Kuroshitsuji. I liked this one more than the anime (which I never finished). I even made a ringtone from it.

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» Badkarma on February 15th, 2013, 11:44pm

Oh, we're insulting the poll for the sake of insulting the poll now-a-days? Great! Let me try!

Hey, lamby! I don't understand the difference between an opening that's generally designed to get my attention and draw me into what I'm watching. -verses- An ending that's normally hastily made cause people tend to tune out after their show is over, yet because of this, an ED sometimes produces inadvertently catchy tunes and/or an animation that becomes a meme, and some people like that kinda thing. I also don't understand that these things might be subjective in terms of an individual's taste regarding quarkyness versus usual attention grabbing.

...

Aw, nerts. I failed. (And yeah, sometimes I gripe about the polls too, but at least I have a DAMN good reason for doing so...)

Quote from tactics
Openings, although admittedly I skip 99% of openings when I watch anime. Sometimes I find a rare one that I really like (usually because of the song) so I don't mind watching it. But most of the time I skip them.
I don't even bother with the endings.


This, I guess. I'll watch it once, then skip it for the rest of the run, but there's always that ONE anime per season that has a legitimately catchy song I just can't bring myself to skip. Last season? Oh God, Tonari no Kaibutsu.

I feel the same way about endings too, but I usually give exception to things made by SHAFT. They make neat things. Bakemonogatari, anyone? As a side note, Bakemonogatari is one of the few anime I'll watch beginning to end without skipping an ED or OP.

Quote from That3rdGuy
I don't listen to cheesy, generic music made for anime


Maybe even a little of this too, but I'd reword it in a way that wouldn't make me look like SUCH a blind, holier-than-thou asshole. Balance, sir, balance. Something like:

I don't listen to cheesy, generic music in anime if it presents itself as obviously cheesy, generic anime music. Like those ED's that have the voice actors screeching terrible karaoke as super deformed characters dance around my screen? Ickky; instant skip. Random/generic techno or pop track with par-for-the-course vocals? Noooooo~! Gunslinger Girl's season one opening "The Light Before We Land"? Yes, please!

There we go!

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» MinM66 on February 15th, 2013, 11:52pm

I'm just saying, they could have at least given the option for both... -_-

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» Badkarma on February 16th, 2013, 11:15am

Quote from MinM66
I'm just saying, they could have at least given the option for both... -_-


No, you didn't. In fact, you said something rather silly.


Quote from MinM66
The pole makes no sense... "Which do you tend to like more" ... Uh whichever has the better song? .. really terrible poll -_- I look forward to these, and I am fully disappointed this time...
Quote from MinM66
The pole makes no sense...
Quote from MinM66
pole


YEAH! This LONG, cylindrical, and often slender piece of wood or metal, MAKES NO CENTS!



Kidding aside, I regret to inform you that an option for 'both' is KNOT a preference.

Quote from The PULL
For anime series, you tend to like which more?


Openings
Endings
>Both

Oh, you like BOTH more??

...WAT??



Tee-hee! Huh...? Oh, come on! I'm joking; don't cry! My understanding is SAINTLY. SAINTLY! I knew that what you meant to say was that you wish there was a "I have no preference" option! Really!

*cough*whichIreallytaketomeanthatyoujustneverthoughtaboutit*co ugh*

Hm...? That was a cough! Quit finding meaning in my bodily functions! That's weird, and maybe a little perverted...

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» MinM66 on February 17th, 2013, 2:42pm

Quote from Badkarma
No, you didn't. In fact, you said something rather silly.


Quote from MinM66
The pole makes no sense... "Which do you tend to like more" ... Uh whichever has the better song? .. really terrible poll -_- I look forward to these, and I am fully disappointed this time...
Quote from MinM66
The pole makes no sense...
Quote from MinM66
pole


YEAH! T ...

that was deliberate, was wondering when someone would point it out, you sir win a cookie!

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» SilverStorm on February 16th, 2013, 12:01am

I skip the songs. So "none."

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» youtakun on February 17th, 2013, 3:55am

Quote from SilverStorm
I skip the songs. So "none."

^ What he said. But since I have to vote and "don't watch anime" dosn't apply, I voted OP because I often actually dislike the ED (too peaceful music)

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» Humza on February 16th, 2013, 12:02am

In my opinion, both the op/ed are important, but if I look at it realistically the op is slightly more significant. Whichever anime we watch it starts out with the op and sets the mood for the show to come.

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» strixflash on February 16th, 2013, 12:41am

This is manga/anime forum so it makes more than enough sense to know opinions on everything related to them.

And well this poll is good enough as it helps you to know the views people hold towards anime opending/endings. Instead of bashing the poll why don't you try to look at the bright side? Many people don't care to watch openings/endings so you can tell them how wrong/right they are. You can share the examples where openings are good and vice-versa.

On topic: I generally don't like the endings so obviously my vote would be for openings.

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» NightSwan on February 16th, 2013, 2:28am

I have no idea. I tend to download anime related songs without ever even watching said anime.
The opening songs tend to be more upbeat, while the ending ones are more nostalgic and melancholy. That's only based on the few anime I've watched. The ending songs tend to evoke more emotion from me, while the openings are really fun. I can't decide... ._.

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» MewMan on February 16th, 2013, 8:46am

Quote from NightSwan
The opening songs tend to be more upbeat, while the ending ones are more nostalgic and melancholy. That's only based on the few anime I've watched. The ending songs tend to evoke more emotion from me, while ...

This.
I tend to like ED songs more.

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» LawX on February 16th, 2013, 4:41pm

Quote from NightSwan
... the ending ones are more nostalgic and melancholy. That's only based on the few anime I've watched. The ending songs tend to evoke more emotion from me, while ...

This is why I usually prefer the ending songs.

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» kurokaze on March 2nd, 2013, 12:49pm

Quote from NightSwan
I have no idea. I tend to download anime related songs without ever even watching said anime.
The opening songs tend to be more upbeat, while the ending ones are more nostalgic and melancholy. That's only based on the few anime I've watched. The ending songs tend to evoke more emotion from me, while ...


I agree with nightswan, but like most people to me it's more important if i like the song than if it is an op or ed

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» connerity on February 16th, 2013, 4:52am

Out of all the anime I've watched so far, there are:

7 where I always watch the OP and ED
15 where I always watch the OP
21 where I skip both

I also know a lot more songs than I've watched anime, since I play a lot of Osu! and those are often very well made beatmaps.

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» ebisu on February 16th, 2013, 6:57am

Normally I like more openings though there are a lot of good ending songs there. Lately I'am listening more to endings. Carnival phantasm ed, kingdom first and last ed, binbougami op, shakugan no shana and index's, gundam age's, jojo's,... I use to know them first by the anime and when looking for full versions I start to know the singers behind.

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» toshirodragon on February 16th, 2013, 7:25am

Neither, I skipped them both.

Really stupid poll folks

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» Crownnn on February 16th, 2013, 8:00am

I also skip them both, they should've included that option :/

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» darkraiders on February 16th, 2013, 10:24am

Usually i watch them one time each and then skip them for remaining episodes

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» BurningFish on February 16th, 2013, 1:30pm

I don't really know, I clicked ending because the only song that came to my mind right away was an ending theme...

Ben-To Ending sounds so chilled so nice smile

And really tend to like the ending more, but that's probably because I don't have watched enough anime to tell... sad Ah, I really can't tell, that's not something that I do analyze. I like a song or not and that's it. smile There sure are some great anime songs out there!

Edit: Just read this:
Quote from NightSwan
The opening songs tend to be more upbeat, while the ending ones are more nostalgic and melancholy.

So that might be it, why I like endings more if I even do... I gotta watch more anime...


Haha, anyway it's not like the world is going to end if my favorite poll option wasn't there and I had to click something else or nothing wink

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» soraking on February 16th, 2013, 2:38pm

not really a fan of either unless it has nice music and in this case i thought OP overall for me had the best music and i guess that might kinda pump you up to watch it or something like that

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» evilcleo on February 16th, 2013, 2:59pm

I have to question how well put the question was. I mean, sure, the ending and opening matter but let's be honest, you watch the anime for the actual show so obviously, you tend to like that the best. Which isn't one of the options. I mean, are you gonna watch the anime for the opening or ending only?

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» switchgear on February 16th, 2013, 4:23pm

Generally just skip over the openings and endings, but on occasion a series has an interesting song and I find the majority of those are openings. Endings tend to be rather slow in tempo and frankly depressing in tone.

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» Scyfon on February 16th, 2013, 4:47pm

I'm a sucker for slow/love/nostalgic songs, so it's EDs for me.

CUE BLAST FROM THE PAST

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» animangareviews on February 16th, 2013, 4:59pm

Aru Ga Mama by Anamu and Maki for Nabari no Ou is really good. The Fairy Tail endings are great too! Come to think of it, Fractale's ending is really good too. And so is Kuragehime's! Endings rock!

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» mirahsan2 on February 16th, 2013, 5:43pm

Opening - I mean it will be the majority and win, it's what gets you excited for the show. I wish back in the 90's instead of redoing and botching up an opening in English, American bands and musicians would have their music put it. The only ones I can think of is the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Beck Live Action, and Mariah Carey in You're Under Arrest Live Action.

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» achyif on February 16th, 2013, 7:53pm

oh man comparing openings and endings are like comparing apples to oranges
They're too different to choose a favorite from sad
They both can be absolutely wonderful though

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» Scyfon on February 17th, 2013, 1:18pm

Quote from achyif
oh man comparing openings and endings are like comparing apples to oranges
They're too different to choose a favorite from sad
They both can be absolutely wonderful though

No one is telling you to compare. The question asks which of the two you tend to like more.

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» kaloo on February 17th, 2013, 1:29am

I prefer the EDs. They're usually sillier and more amusing things to watch. I'll watch the show for the flashy stuff. Though it really depends on the show.

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» forror on February 17th, 2013, 4:18am

Endings for me. This extends to dramas, too.

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» ColorlessHuman on February 18th, 2013, 1:20am

I think endings should be subtle and calm. Entry song makes a better impression though. It should be a powerful one. So i vote for Opening.

BTW some of my fav openings includes that of Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Bento, Baccano!, Darker than black etc...

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» Jack_T on February 18th, 2013, 2:16pm

Both the opening and ending tend to be the weakest parts of an anime.

This is why I don't really watch anime anymore.

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» mysstris on February 18th, 2013, 7:55pm

Most people don't watch the endings so I'd say that's the reason why OP is winning. But it depends. I guess the opening has to be more upbeat and catchy compared to the ending. I like most music so yeah....both can do well.

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» gwkimmy on February 18th, 2013, 10:30pm

normally i skip both OP's and ED's since jpop isn't really my thing. occasionally i'll like a track or animation sequence here and there, though (op of cowboy bebop comes to mind...and that entire soundtrack)

my most favorite OP ever that i always watched and never ever skipped, though, was Eden of the East's.

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» WarriorKalia on February 19th, 2013, 4:09am

I have a special place in my heart for both OP and ED songs and animations.I tend to watch the OP more, thougjh that isn't much of a basis for choosing one or the other; I loved all of the songs from the first FMA series for instance... though now that I think about it, I guess I like ED songs better... if only because of this. (ignoring the animation anyway.)... Or this... or this.

There are a lot of good ones, now I think about it.Though my favorite opening has to be this one. I'm probably biased, though, since this song is the reason I found JDA in the first place... plus, Black Jack.

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» Penpendesarapen on February 21st, 2013, 7:58am

I currently like tegami bachi's 2nd OP theme -
"Rabu Retaa no Kawari ni Kono Uta o. (Instead of a Love Letter, Take This Song.)"

for ED, I love sakamichi no Apollon's "Altair" and Hakuoki's "Akane Sora ni Negau"

my all time favorite though is "One more time, One more chance" from 5cm per second.

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» KJacket on February 21st, 2013, 10:44am

If we treat both equally as good, there is more bias towards OPs.

Let's say half the people skip the OP, those who do, will probably skip the ED as well.

The other half who watch the OP for various reasons (because it's only a mere 1minute long, it's catchy, at least once, etc) don't HAVE to watch the ED, like how some people leave a movie theatre without finishing the ending credits. Numerically, EDs are already at a disadvantage.

And well, as most have mentioned, it really depends on the song...

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» tgirl on February 22nd, 2013, 10:50pm

Honestly, there should've been an option for "both". (I just went, eehhhh, and chose "OP" for the heck of it.)

There are times where I like both OPs and EDs. Sometimes, ED is better than the OP, and other times, the OP is better than the ED. However, there are a lot of times where I came to love both OP and EDs.

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» Scyfon on February 23rd, 2013, 5:49am

Quote from tgirl
Honestly, there should've been an option for "both". (I just went, eehhhh, and chose "OP" for the heck of it.)

There are times where I like both OPs and EDs. Sometimes, ED is better than the OP, and other times, the OP is better than the ED. However, there are a lot of times where I came to love both OP and EDs.


L2English

Quote from Badkarma
Quote from The PULL
For anime series, you tend to like which more?


Openings
Endings
>Both

Oh, you like BOTH more??

...WAT??

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» CatzCradle on March 15th, 2013, 4:02am

I know this is pretty late, but totally couldn't help procrastinating lol. bigrazz

Although I don't watch much anime compared to reading manga, I LOVE watching anime OP and ED. Sometimes, I end up checking out almost all the new anime season's OP and ED at least once just for fun. I actually love OPs and EDs equally, but tend to watch OPs more often since they tend to be more 'action-y', whereas EDs tend to be more 'slow.'
I have a crappy memory so these are just some of my favourites off the top of my head:

Animation and Song-wise:
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OP1 'Bouken Desho Desho?' and ED1 'Hare Hare Yukai/Full' (Yes, I'm biased lol xd)
Lucky Star OP 'Motteke! Sailor Fuku' (I just can't resist dance OP/EDs haha)
Bakemonogatari ED 'Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari' (Because it's Supercell <3)
OreImo OP 'Irony/True End' (I just love the animation and also when I became a fan of ClariS ;D)
MariaHolic ED1 'Kimi Ni Mune Kyun' (Because SHAFT always makes the most creative and unique OP/EDs xD)
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru OP 'DOWN TOWN' (You have to turn up the volume a bit for this, but also by SHAFT)
ef: a tale of memories OP 'euphoric field' and ef: a tale of melodies OP 'ebullient future' (I just love the use and choice of art)
Guilty Crown OP1 'My Dearest' and OP2 'The Everlasting Guilty Crown' (Despite what everybody said about the actual series' story, the animation and music is still top-notch IMO)
Rozen Maiden Traumend OP 'Sei Shojo Ryoiki' (I just can't resist gothic lolita stuff~)
Eureka 7 OP3 'Taiyou no Mannaka he' (Not actually my favourite E7 OP since all of them all good, but probably the one with the most touching story?) and OP4 'Sakura'
Moyashimon OP 'Curriculum' (So much cuteness! x3)
Macross Frontier OP2 'Lion' (I actually love anytime Ranka and Sheryl do duets~) and OP special 'Seikan Hikou' (Kira~ Too cute <3)
CLANNAD ED1 'Dango Daikazoku' (Also too much cuteness, but I actually like the guitar version better)
K-ON! OP 'Cagayake! GIRLS' and ED 'Don't say ''lazy''' (Truth be told, I don't really them music-wise, but I liked the animation)
Nichijou OP 'Hyadain no Kakakata kataomoi-C (I actually only found this through a Madoka Magica parody lol)
Paprika OP 'Mediational Field' (Love both the music and animation! ;d)

Song-wise Only:
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino OP 'Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi' (Reason I became a fan of KOKIA <3)
Shakugan no Shana OP1 'Hishoku no Sora'
Kami-sama no Memo-cho OP 'Kawaru Mirai' (Gotta love Choucho's voice! One of my favourite utaites! xD)
BTOOOM! OP 'No Pain, No Game' (Another one of my favourite utaites, I just love her English~)
Binbougami ga! OP 'Make My Day' (One of my favourite genderbending utaites! Could you believe this was sung by a guy? xd)

Also, just for nostalgia's sake laugh


(Wow, this ended up way longer than I planned. Heck tbh, I haven't even seen half these shows lol (屮´Д`);屮)

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