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Old 2004-09-22, 21:38   Link #1
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The Instrumental Opening

I realized today how much I love instrumental opening songs. I usually feel that an instrumental opening establishes the feel for an anime much better than songs with vocals - this isn't always the case, of course, but all the series that I can think of with instrumental openings always had the opening going for them.

These are the series which I know and love that have instrumental openings:

GunGrave
Gad Guard
Monster
Texhnolyze

I'm sure there are lots of series that have instrumental openings that I don't know of. I would love to hear everyone else's opinions and suggestions on this.
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Old 2004-09-23, 00:53   Link #2
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It's been a while since I watched it, but I seem to recall Haibane Renmei having a particularly excellent instrumental opening. More recently, Hinotori had a nice, sweeping theme.
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Old 2004-09-23, 02:25   Link #3
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the first and third Tenchi Muyo! OVAs have instrumental openings, and the original El-Hazard OVA was done with an all-classical style soundtrack (except the ending). 12 Kingdoms also has a very grandiose symphonic theme song.
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Old 2004-09-23, 03:08   Link #4
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ShingetsutanTsukihime and Read or Die OVA/TV have instrumental openings as well. Tsukihime has a dark-themed classical piece for its opening while Read or Die uses a more jazzy piece. Cowboy Bebop also has a jazzy opening.

And just as others have mentioned, other instrumental greats are found in the original El Hazard OVA, Haibane Renmei and Twelve Kingdoms (Juuni Kokki). If memory serves me correctly, I think Ninja Scroll TV has an instrumental opening as well. (This one didn't particularly appeal to me though.)
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Old 2004-09-23, 12:57   Link #5
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Bebop has an excellent opening, of course. I knew I was forgetting something, but I had no idea what.

It's also been a while since I've watched El Hazard, but now I do recall the great opening.

I've also heard good things about the Shingetsutant opening. Can anyone tell me what it's called?
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Old 2004-09-27, 19:21   Link #6
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The Tsukihime opening is called 'Sacred Moon'. Though, I'm not sure if it's really a pure instrumental. There are some sounds of what seems like chanting, but that could just be me... I can't make out the words, if they're there.
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Old 2004-09-29, 11:14   Link #7
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I especially love the opening songs of Tsukihime and Cowboy Bebop.

To continue Sperry's idea, IMO, the song in Tsukihime could be considered an instrumental one, because the voices just sound like they are part of the music.
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Old 2004-09-29, 16:57   Link #8
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Old 2004-10-01, 11:06   Link #9
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Maria sama ga Miteru season 1 also has an instrumental opening... in fact I absolutely love that song, even more than the vocalized version (season 2 op)
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Old 2004-10-01, 18:46   Link #10
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Some that comes off the top of my head.

Area88
Now Then, Here There
Crest of the Stars
Divergence Eve - Season 1
Jubei-chan
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Old 2004-10-02, 00:57   Link #11
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If the chanting in Sacred Moon isn't counted as speach, what about the noises in the ending to Paranoia Agent? It's not an opening, but it is an instrumental theme song.
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Old 2004-10-02, 10:09   Link #12
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Wild Arms had a totally addictive instrumental opening.
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