15 Best Anime OP’s of Summer 2018

My 15 Best Anime OP’s (Openings) of the Summer 2018 season!

Another season is upon us which means another massive assortment of OP (Opening) and ED (Ending) songs to listen to an arbitrarily rank! As always this list is purely subjective, though in an attempt to be as comprehensive as possible I have listened to every OP and ED of the season–even of shows I aren’t watching week-to-week in order to give an overview of what I personally think are the best and worst anime songs of Summer 2018. Remember I’m only judging the song not the show! Ordinarily I limit these lists to the top 10 (or even narrow then down to 5) but I don’t know what it is but this season just had an inordinate number of bangers! So let’s get things started with the 15 Best Anime OP’s of Summer 2018!

~Number 15~
“Eien no Hitotsu” by Yukari Tamura from Island

From the get-go this song just shouts (or rather calmly and beautifully sings) summertime feelings and good times! It’s just sweet and calm but not in a cloying or boring way!

~Number 14~
“Suripisu” by Hina Kino, Rika Nagae, & Konomi Kohara from Asobi Asobase

Here’s the thing about context, by itself this is a cute and light-hearted song with admittedly amateurish sounding vocals but a pretty cool and up-beat chorus. But in the context of the show this song is amazingly sarcastic… because the girls are nothing like they appear while singing this song and that kind of makes this more amazing… too bad I’m only judging the song and not the show…

~Number 13~
“Bitter Sweet Harmony” by Megumi Nakajima from Miss Caretaker of Sunohara Sou

I’m reminded (positively) of Laid Back Camp’s OP with this one, it’s just pure upbeat fun, kind of hard to fault other than the fact it doesn’t do anything particularly ‘new’ it just does what it does and does it well.

~Number 12~
“Sirius” by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets from Sirius the Jaeger

This song is just cool from beginning to end–not much else to say!

~Number 11~
“Ano Ko ni Dropkick” by Aina Suzuki, Nichika Omori, Miyu Kubota, Yurie Kozakai, Chiaki Omigawa, Rico Sasaki, & Riho Iida from Dropkick on My Devil!

I just love all the different levels to this song and yes, there is a somewhat gimmicky element of the song by having the characters talk to each other during the OP but it’s used in such a way that it doesn’t really interfere with how awesome sounding this song is–that driving drum beat that underlines the ‘heavier’ parts of the song is just so good. Plus I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the cutesy mid-song break which is just adorable.

~Number 10~
“One Room Sugar Life” by Akari Nanawo from Happy Sugar Life

A truly great OP can communicate the tone of the show it’s attached to, even without the visual accompaniment, and this is certainly a perfect example of this, it’s got the cute and upbeat vocals but with a kind of anxiety-driven and sinister musical accompaniment. Plus it’s just a great track!

~Number 9~
“Danger in my Tsūgakuro” (Danger in My School Commute) by Naomi Ōzora, Chiaki Omigawa, & Kaede Hondo from Chio’s School Road

Now here’s a song that just rocks, there’s something very old school about it too which is fun–but of course the vocals are very distinctly Japanese (as expected as it’s sung by the main girls of the show) but there’s no denying it’s a damn cool track!

~Number 8~
“Utsushiyo no Yume” (A Dream of the Temporal World) by Nano from Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast For Spirits

The first OP for Kakuriyo was a sublime masterpiece, not just among the best OP’s of the Spring 2018 anime season but just a fantastic track–so imagine my horror at learning that another band would even dare replace such a flawless track! Obviously this song isn’t as good as the first OP but to my surprise it’s actually really really great in a whole bunch of different ways than the first one while not completely disregarding that ancient Japanese sound (but just updating it ever-so slightly).

~Number 7~
“Eien Shōnen” (Forever Boys) by Yui Ogura from Music Girls

I’d be lying if I didn’t say a lot of the reason I love this song is that it’s absolutely my aesthetic when it comes to anime OP’s… it could practically be the theme song for Cute Girls Doing Cute Things as a genre!

~Number 6~
“One Unit” by Minami from Planet With

An amazing high energy track–but what else would you expect from Minami?

~Number 5~
“Braver” by Straightener from Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Man this song has so much emotion to the vocals even though I have no idea what he’s saying (and that’s fine). It kind of reminds me of a lot of the early 2000’s Western alt rock I listen to and that’s absolutely a good thing. I mean I’m all about anime and everything Japanese but I still love my Western music… I can’t quite pinpoint who I think this sounds like but I know I love it.

~Number 4~
“Futari no Hane” by YURiKA from Hanebado!

I don’t even know why I love this song so much, but I do… actually I know exactly what it is it’s that fractured chorus. Man, I could listen to this song all day… but we’ve still got more songs that are better than this!

~Number 3~
“VORACITY” by MYTH & ROID from Overlord III

Any OP that has the balls to be this batshit wild from the get-go deserves all the praise. It’s like a gothic hybrid of the Inspector Gadget theme song and it just pushes all the right buttons for me. “Very very crazy” indeed!

~Number 2~
“Heading to Over” by OLDCODEX from Free! Dive to the Future

Why do all the shows I have absolutely zero interest in have such badass openings? I mean this song is actual ~metal~ and as an ex-metalhead (kind of) I just kind of wish a cute girl show would go full metal for once… (actually never mind, it happened in the ED list for this season and I was deliriously happy about it, you’ll see soon enough!) Back on topic, yeah, what else can I say other than this song makes me want to watch buff anime boys swimming in a pool…

~Honourable Mention~
“Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” (Mission! Health First) by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Daisuke Ono, & Kikuko Inoue from Cells At Work!

Gosh this song is cute! So why in the ‘Honourable Mention’s and not the list proper? Well, it kind of doesn’t really work as a song without the context of the show… it fits it perfect but it’s also very situational a great OP but not really a great song by itself. Makes it hard to rate objectively hence the ‘Honourable Mention’!

~Number 1~
“found & lost” by Survive Said The Prophet from Banana Fish

If you’ve been following along with these lists throughout the months you’ll know that I’ve gone through many musical phases throughout my life and while the different genres that I’ve listened to never truly leave my playlist the songs that seldom get the skip are the songs from my ’emo’ phase. And hearing this OP it was like I was 17 again and with all the angst and self-loathing and bad relationship decisions that came with it. I’m definitely getting an early Senses Fail vibe from this song and that’s absolutely a good thing. I never said these lists would be impartial–just comprehensive.

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And there we have the Top 15 OP’s of the Summer 2018 anime season! Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you thought of the OP’s from this season! And stay tuned for 3 more Summer 2018 anime lists coming soon, the Best ED’s, the Worst OP’s and the Worst ED’s!


Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists:

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018


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10 Top Western Songs Used as OP’s in Anime – Listing Compulsive

Here’s my Listing Compulsive list of the 10 Favourite Western Songs used as OP’s in Anime

99% of the time an anime’s opening song (OP) is in Japanese, 99.9% of the time it’s a song by a Japanese artist. But every so often, in that rare 0.1% of times, there comes a song by a Western artist—usually an already popular song—that gets used as an anime OP. This list celebrates the best anime OP’s by Western artists, songs that are very distinctly not Japanese. As with most of my music related lists, OP songs shorter than 1 minute 30 seconds are ineligible, also suffice to say Japanese artists who sing in English are not included—that’s a list for another day. However unlike previous music lists I’ve taken into consideration how well the visuals match the song, because otherwise I’d just be reviewing Western music… and that doesn’t really make much sense does it? With that squared away let’s countdown the 10 Top Western Songs used as OP’s in Anime!

~Number 10~
“The Light Before We Land” by Delgados from Gunslinger Girl

Like some weird amalgam of a James Bond opening credits sequence and an early Beatles song. It’s kind of quiet, kind of cute but wholly unique. I like it!

~Number 9~
“Sore Feet Song” by Ally Kerr from Mushishi

This song is so effortlessly beautiful, but it’s also a bit annoying? Like put at least a bit of effort into your opening visuals?! That’s kind of harsh isn’t it?

~Number 8~
“Alone Again” by Gilbert O’Sullivan from Maison Ikkoku

This ranks amongst the most unexpected anime openings of all time, and yet… it totally works. There’s something immediately endearing about the whole product—song and visuals—even though it’s probably the least interesting song on the list… if we’re viewing things from my tastes of course.

~Number 7~
“We Were Lovers” by Jean-Jacques Burnel from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Is this song sung by British pop-band Pulp? No? Could have fooled me because it sounds exactly like lead singer Jarvis Cocker…

~Number 6~
“The One” by Backstreet Boys from Hanada Shonen-shi

At first I wasn’t sure what to think, the visuals didn’t really match with the slick image of the Backstreet Boys music, but by the time the chorus kicked in I was sold. I don’t know anything about this show but I kind of want to now, even though visually I can tell it’s not my kind of show.

~Number 5~
“Falling Down” by Oasis from Eden of the East

Love or hate ‘em, Oasis’ moody vocal warbling are at least well suited to the visuals of this opening. It’s hauntingly memorable and very evocative.

~Number 4~
“In This Life” by Delta Goodrem from Deltora Quest

As an Australian, I have heard this song way too many times and my opinions about the singer are best left unsaid but I don’t know… something about hearing this song attached to anime visuals just really really worked for me. Also, I’ll admit it… it’s a pretty song. Leave it to anime to make me say something positive about Delta Goodrem…

~Number 3~
“Shiver” by Lucy Rose from Mushishi 2

Gosh darn this is gorgeous song but the minimalistic visuals are a bit of negative. Still, it’s hard to fault something that just sounds this damn good!

~Number 2~
“Duvet” by Boa from Serial Experiments Lain

This is the most 90’s thing I’ve seen in my life. Just… just watch the video, if you didn’t grow up in the 90’s here’s your crash course!

~Honourable Mention~
“One Reason” by Fade from Deadman Wonderland

Anyone else getting flashbacks to their emo phase? The reason this song is an honourable mention rather than featuring in the Top 10 is that despite the fact they are a band that formed in New York City and have an American vocalist they are technically a Japanese/American band who were signed to a Japanese record label. So half eligible, half not, still a great opening though.

~Number 1~
“Girls On Film” by Duran Duran from Speed Grapher

Here’s the problem… we’re dealing with one of my favourite bands here, so obviously my opinion on this song is going to be positively skewed toward it. But even looking at it objectively, any anime that had the balls to put this gaudy, tawdry 80’s banger at the start of every episode is to be respected. Also it’s worth noting that it’s only the theme song in Japan, they couldn’t get the rights for the song internationally so instead it’s some mediocre, lyric-free sound-alike.

And there it is the 10 best Western OP’s for Anime. Recognise some of the songs, or think you know better ones? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading (and listening) all the way to the end! Coming up next is the 10 best Western ED’s for Anime and trust me when I say that’s a much more ~interesting~ list!


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10 Worst Anime OP’s of Spring 2018 – Listing Compulsive

10 Worst Anime OP’s of Spring 2018.

If you missed it, I previously counted down the 10 Best Anime OP’s of the Spring 2018 season, now that the good is over with we can focus on the bad, or rather the less good. As per all my lists regarding anime songs this is strictly focused on the quality of the song and has nothing to do with the visuals of the opening or how well it fits the show. Now let’s get on with counting down my 10 Worst Anime OP’s of Spring 2018!

Number 10: “ODD FUTURE” by UVERworld from My Hero Academia 3rd Season.

It’s not a bad song, per se and at the risk of breaking one of my own rules I can’t help but compare this to the much better My Hero Academia openings that are 100% more catchy. Namely all the other ones. It’s not all bad though, the opening minute of the song is kind of dull but the last 20 seconds or so actually sound good! Too little too late, unfortunately.

Number 9: “Crosswalk” by Minori Suzuki from Amanchu! Advance.

A perfect example of a song that fits the mood of the show perfectly but that separated from the show doesn’t make for a particularly interesting listening experience. Again, not a bad song just kind of boring.

Number 8: “Daiji na Koto” by Quruli from 3D Kanajo: Real Girl.

Musically the song’s pretty good, but seriously, could they have found a less interesting vocalist to sing this? I doubt it, this sounds like a first take recorded by someone who’s just woken up and is in a hurry to do something anything other than sing this song.

Number 7: “Teppen e Dash!” by pugcat’s from Inazuma Eleven: Ares No Tenbin.

Argh! Stop shouting please! Oh you’ve stopped shouting? Please return to shouting, you evidently can’t sing. Next!

Number 6: “Koete ike” by Kyuso Nekomaki from Major 2nd.

This song left like no impact on me whatsoever. It’s just white noise, but not in the relaxing way.

Number 5: “Arigato⇄Daijoubu” by Aine, Mio from BEST FRIENDS! from Aikatsu Friends.

Ordinarily this is the kind of song I love, but the first vocalist sounds like it’s her first time singing. Which wouldn’t be too much of a problem if the song was interesting or fun in any way instead it’s just like ‘generic cute anime song number 426’.

Number 4: “Zettai Saikou *Happy Kiss*” by Chikyuu Bouei-bu HK from Cute Earth High Defense Club: Happy Kiss!

It’s like the anime equivalent of gin, I get that people like it, but for me it just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Number 3: “Eclipse” by Shouta Aoi from Devil’s Line.

I hate to use the phrase ‘try hard’ but sometimes things just come off as “oh look at me! I’m so dark and edgy and moody” while coming off as the exact opposite. I don’t know maybe there’s people who like this song and more power to you but to me it was just embarassing to listen to.

Number 2: “Soujo wa Ano Sora wa Wataru” by Riko Fukumoto from Hisone to Maso-tan.

I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. This is just awkward and sounds bad.

Dishonourable Mention: “Haikei, Jigoku yori” by Jigoku no Sata All Stars from Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2nd Season Part 2.

This is a difficult one, because while I appreciate how adorable this song is, especially for fans of this show. It’s not a good song if you just strictly judge it ‘as a song’. It’s gimmicky and fun, which is why it doesn’t need to be judged along side the other songs hence the ‘dishonourable mention’.

Number 1: “Souten no Hate ni” by AK-69 from Fist of the Blue Sky: Re:Genesis.

I love The Lonely Island, they’re such a great parody rap group. Why do I bring this up? Well probably because this band, AK-69 (hur hur) sounds almost exactly like them, except without that one key ingredient, namely this isn’t the least bit funny! You know what it is? Just. Plain. Bad. Maybe just maybe this would have worked for some self aware comedy series, but we all know they’re just trying to be cool and failing miserably in the process. Someone needs to enact some gun control so we can ban the use of AK-69’s.

And that’s my 10 Worst Anime OP’s of the Spring 2018 season! Let me know what songs you didn’t like in the comments and stay tuned for the Best and Worst ED (Ending) songs coming soon!


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10 Best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018 – Listing Compulsive

My Top 10 Anime OP’s of the 2018 Spring Season.

Well now that all(?) of the Anime for Spring 2018 have at least aired an episode likewise all the Opening Songs have been released and I have listened to ALL of them in preparation for these lists. The first list is for my 10 best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018! Like with the group of lists I did previously regarding the Winter 2018 OP‘s and ED’s there’s a few stipulations about song eligibility. First of all only OP songs that are 1 minute 30 seconds long are eligible, so no songs from short anime (unless of course they have full length openings). Also these choices are based solely on the quality of the song, not the anime or the animation during or any other factors. So with that in mind, let’s count down my 10 Best Anime OP’s of Spring 2018!

Number 10: “Diver’s High” by SKY-HI from Gundam Build Divers.

It’s cool and fresh and hip and all those other kinds of words kids don’t use anymore. The fact it can go through so many different musical moments in such a short span of time and not feel disjointed is a testament to the song’s quality!

Number 9: “Make Debut!” by Special Week (Azumi Waki), Silence Suzuka (Marika Kouno), Toukai Teio (Machico), Vodka (Ayaka Ohashi), Daiwa Scarlet (Chise Kimura), Sold Ship (Hitomi Ueda) and Mejiro McQueen (Saori Oonishi) from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby!

If you’ve read my other lists you already know I’m a sucker for songs sung by the voice actors, and this is certainly no exception. It’s just fun from beginning to end!

Number 8: “Winding Road” by MAN WITH A MISSION from Golden Kamuy.

There’s something nostalgic about this song, even though I don’t know what for exactly! It’s just a great damn song!

Number 7: “Touka no Manimani” by Nao Toyama from Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits.

Musically this song is just gorgeous and the fact that the main voice actress is singing it and singing it so beautifully is just great too. It’s got such energy and emotion and I can’t get enough of it!

Number 6: “Paradigm Box” by Ritsu Shikishima (Chiharu Sawashiro), Shougo Satake (Shunsuke Takeuchi) from Caligula.

Another song sung by the anime’s voice actors, except this time it’s the two main guys. And I’m not usually one to say this about male singing voices but the second guy’s voice is sexy! Oh and it’s a great song too…

Number 5: “BREAK IN TO BREAK OUT” by Lyn from PERSONA 5 the Animation.

Having listened to all of the Persona 5 soundtrack from having played the video game there’s a lot of great songs on it by Lyn, and while I don’t think this is the best out of all the songs she’s sung for this series, (it starts a bit slow) it’s got a damn addictive chorus with an infectious beat!

Number 4: “Bite” by LEO Imai from Megalo Box.

The best OP’s can make you want to watch a show without even seeing a second of the show, or at least I’ve always thought so. As is the case with this track, it’s so damn 80’s and I love it! It also sounds so unique amidst all the other OP’s this season. Also, more cowbell.

Number 3: “Binary Star” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Uru from The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the band Starship ought to be blushing bright red if they ever heard this OP, either that or calling their lawyers. The chorus sounds so much like the 1987 song ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ by Starship that I have to believe it was a loving homage. Regardless of the possible copyright infringement it’s also a beautiful song.

Number 2: “Merigo” by Cypress Ueno to Robert Yoshino ft. SKY-HI from Gurazeni.

It’s just so funky if the Number 4 pick was pure 80’s then this is the 70’s! But not in a dorky or uncool way, it’s just plain fun and I love every minute of it!

Number 1: “Growth Arrow” by OLDCODEX from Butlers x Battlers.

As I mentioned in my review for the first episode, I was struck by how much the vocalist for this sounds like the lead singer of one of my favourite bands ‘Poets of the Fall’ (despite them being Finland). And that’s something I just can’t help but love, maybe it influenced my decision to place this song at number one, but I stand by the fact that this is a rocking track and I happily proclaim it to be the best anime OP of Spring 2018!

I hope you enjoyed this list, let me know in the comments what you’re favourite opening song of the Spring anime line-up is! Coming up next week will be the Worst OP’s of Spring 2018!

10 Best Anime OP’s of Winter 2018 – Listing Compulsive

My Top 10 Anime OP’s of the 2018 Winter Season.

For a minute I thought about making a new blog just for this subject but I realised, that just because a lot of my content is reviews in the 20 Question Format and my blog is called Anime Q and A, didn’t mean I couldn’t shake things up a little. So begins the blog posts under the ‘Listing Compulsive’ banner, they will be countdown style lists where I count down from 10 to 1 my best (or sometimes worst) things related to anime and manga. Also it should go without saying but like all lists these picks are subjective, we all have different tastes so if you don’t agree with me feel free to state why in the comments, it’s always interesting to read other people’s opinions!

The subject of this list, as you can no doubt tell is The 10 Best Anime OP’s of Winter 2018, and to make this list as comprehensive as possible I decided to listen to every anime opening credit song from this seasons crop of shows. Obviously I’ll try and divorce my opinions of the show from the ranking of these songs because it is solely about the music, not the visuals of the opening and certainly not the quality of the show attached to it. I’m also only listening to the version of the song as it plays over the credits, not the full-length song! Music is important, especially to anime, a single great song can inspire you to watch it, whether because of how much it pumps you up, or because how cute it sounds, or maybe it’s just an amazing song fullstop. All were the case with the songs that made it into this list and so with those parameters laid out let’s count down the 10 Best Anime OP’s of Winter 2018!

*Note: I tried to be as thorough as possible, however I may have missed some! Excluded from eligibility are shows that have a different opening every episode, or shows that have an opening 30 seconds or under.*

Number 10: “OVER” by Little Glee Monster from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto? I love Mexican food!

I gotta be honest with you, I’ve never seen a single episode of Naruto, or Naruto: Shippuden or whatever the hell Boruto is. But this song is a straight up toe-tapper! It’s captures the kind of wonder and spirit of adventure that a lot of great Shonen theme songs have.

Number 9: “Colors Power ni Omakasero!” by Colors☆Slash from Mitsuboshi Colors

MitsuboshiJump!
“Mitsuboshi JUMP!”

As much as I tried and I mean tried to make this list impartial and not influenced by the show itself, I admit this pick and the number two pick I couldn’t separate from the show. But it’s hard when you have the voice actresses singing the song and so you remember all the good times from the show and you can even begin to pick out their personalities in the lyrics.

Number 8: “FEELING AROUND” by Minori Suzuki from Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

Anyone else hungry?

The beat in this song is so damn infectious, and then when the chorus hits, just magic!

Number 7: “KISS OF DEATH” by Mika Nakashima x Hyde from Darling in the FranXX

Shame they couldn’t put such a good song in a better show.

Proof of the power of a great song, I dislike the show immensely but absolutely LOVE this song; it’s like a James Bond opening from the future! It’s sexy and stylish and just plain cool.

Number 6: “SHINY DAYS” by Asaka from Yuru Camp.

Partially English chorus? Don’t mind if I do!

Even if the opening few seconds are a bit too close to sounding like a Jackson 5 song the rest of it is pure joy and happiness, it just makes me smile!

Number 5: “OH MY Sugar Feeling!!” by Ayana Taketatsu from Dagashi Kashi 2

This song is a sugar high in music form.

It’s not as much as an earworm as some shows on the list; you won’t be humming it in the shower like SHINY DAYS, but while you’re listening to it is quite literally a high. It’s high speed, high intensity and high fun!

Number 4: “The Girls Are Alright” by saya from A Place Further Than The Universe

Nothing cold about this heartwarming tune!

I love the progression in this song, the fact that manages to fit such a quiet, almost contemplative opening, then build, then build then finally explode into that addictive chorus is pure art.

 

Number 3: “Flashback” by MIYAVI vs. KenKen from Kokkoku.

 

I-spy an anime with a super cool OP.

Such is the power of this particular song that it made me buy an Amazon Video subscription just so I can watch the show that this cool, head bopping song came from. Maybe the show will actually be good too? Either way the song still rocks. Also, the fact that it doesn’t sound like any other opening this year is also a massive point in its favour.

Number 2: “ne! ne! ne!” by STARTails☆ from Slow Start

Kamuri too precious. Must protect at all costs.

Yup! I’m a sucker for songs sung by the show’s voice cast, whether it’s cute girls like in Yuru Yuri or the whole damn class like in Assassination Classroom, I just think they’re so fun, and this is among the most fun this season! Also, hearing Kamuri sing her parts is just too precious for words!

Before the winner is announced here’s a couple of Honourable Mentions: 

Honourable Mention: “Azalea” by Nano.ripe from Citrus

Catchy as hell song, plus I really like the vocalists more rough sound, nice change from all the higher pitched cute girl songs.

Honourable Mention: “Psychomachia” by Yousei Teikoku from The Seven Heavenly Virtues

I don’t watch this show, but I will (pervert, etc), though I admit I didn’t expect death metal for an opening to an ecchi show. I have a soft spot for death metal because of my youth. Also it technically is ineligible because it’s only 30 seconds long, hence why it’s in the honourable mentions.

Honourable Mention: “WiSH VOYAGE” by IDOLiSH7

I’m not sure what boy band this song reminded me of, but I had a good time listening to it all the same, which is strange because I don’t like boy band music, must be because I don’t know what they’re saying that I enjoyed it more. This and “Azalea” just missed out of the top 10 but were worth highlighting all the same.

And now, my favourite favourite Anime OP of Winter 2018 is:

Number 1: “urar” by Chima from Hakumei and Mikochi

When I decided to do this list, even though I said to myself I would be open to songs from shows I wasn’t watching, I didn’t ever think that one would make it to the number one spot. That should go a long way to selling you on the strength of this particular track. I’ve never watched the show and yet it’s OP is Number 1! It’s whimsical but it has a mysterious dark edge to it that I find irresistible. There were parts of the song that reminded me of my favourite band Radiohead, at other times my favourite live action US TV-show Twin Peaks (composed by Angelo Badalamenti) but even without those musical parallels it’s just such a beautiful song, that honestly made me feel something, even though I had no idea what the song or the show it is attached to is about. But that’s the power of music, to be able to forge connections by sound alone.

And that’s the list, but stay tuned because while it is indeed a great season filled with great songs, there’s also 10 more songs to talk about, the worst OP’s of Winter 2018 coming soon!