Art by Agahari
Top Anime Opening Endings
A while ago, I wanted to create a list of my favorite anime openings and endings. It’s tempting to make just a top 10 list, but I decided not to do so for several reasons: 1) due to my poor memory, I may leave out some awesome songs out of my list 2) I would like to go through the decades of anime, one by one, recalling the good old days (yes, I am getting too old) 3) I am curious whether I’ll see any trends in anime openings or endings over time, or, perhaps, you’ll observe something interesting.
I’ll post my favorites as well as some songs for nostalgia purposes chronologically by a decade. The estimated total number of openings and endings that I am going to mention is expected to exceed 100 🙂
I start with the 70s because I am not very familiar with anime of the 60s or earlier. Nevertheless, I do want to mention one cute 60s song from Akko-chan: Suki Suki! 🙂
Himitsu no Akko-chan (1969) ED
“Sukisuki Song” by Ado Mizumori
Mahō no Mako-chan (1970)
“Mahō no Mako-chan” by Mitsuko Horie
I like the range in this song. These days Mitsuko Horie is a part of judging panel at the Anison Grand Prix, along with Ichiro Mizuki.
Mazinger Z (1972) OP
“Mazinger Z” by Ichiro Mizuki
Ichiro Mizuki and Isao Sasaki virtually monopolized mecha shows of the time. Most such openings or endings, with rare exceptions, featured mass destruction and were quite predictable.
Cutey Honey (1973) OP
“キューティーハニー (Cutey Honey)” by Yoko Maekawa
This song was re-introduced many times later with numerous variations, but this is the original.
“Yogiri no Honey (夜霧のハニー; Honey of Night Fog)” by Yoko Maekawa
A rare stereo recording, with somewhat misleading first shot in the video 😛
Majokko Megu-chan (1974) OP ED
OP “Majokko Megu-chan” by Yoko Maekawa
ED “Hitoribocchi no Megu” by Yoko Maekawa
That pink beast in the ED is so cute! ❤
Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar (1974) OP
"宇宙戦艦ヤマト (Uchuu Senkan Yamato)" by Isao Sasaki
Such female singing in the background was somewhat popular at the time, but I never heard it used in anime like that.
UFO Robo Grendizer (1975) OP
"Tobe! Grendizer" by Isao Sasaki, Columbia Yurikago-kai and Koorogi '73
Note that children's choir often accompanied mecha songs, resulting in a somewhat unusual combination that worked surprisingly well.
Ikkyū-san (1975) ED
A touching message to mother 🙂