Candy Candy (1976) OP
“Candy Candy” by Mitsuko Horie
This is a somewhat typical opening, featuring a blond heroine who runs around in various outfits. Many anime of the period featured blond girls living in some kind of Western setting.
Majokko Tickle (1978) OP
“Majokko Tickle” by Mitsuko Horie
Lupin III Part II (1978)
Theme by Yuji Ohno
Galaxy Express 999 (1978) OP
“Ginga Tetsudou 999 (The Galaxy Express 999)” by Isao Sasaki and the Suginami Children’s Choir
Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978) OP
“Captain Harlock” by Ichiro Mizuki
Isabelle of Paris (1979) OP
“Fantaisie-Impromptu” by Frederic Chopin
A rare example of classical music used in an OP.
Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) OP
“Tobe! Gundam (Fly! Gundam)” by Koh Ikeda
Anne of Green Gables (1979) OP ED
“Kikoeru kashira” by Ritsuko Ohwada
The Rose of Versailles (1979) OP
“Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru” by Hiroko Suzuki
My favorite OP of the period from an excellent anime based on a revolutionary manga 🙂 This video contains most parts of the OP with some selected footage to fill the rest of time in the full song. Note the animation fading into a drawing, a technique Osamu Dezaki introduced (he directed later part of this anime).
Next up are 80s, the golden age of anime 🙂
What are your favorite anime openings or endings of the 70s?