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Old 2011-12-13, 07:28   Link #1
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Favourite anime OP and ED of 2011

So it's this time of the year again. The third ongoing annual favourite anime OP and ED
Wow i feel old

As usual, there are no actual rules to follow, just basically list out your 3 favourite OP and 3 favourite ED of the year. Can be series both started or ended in 2011. There are some sincere requests through:
  1. Please list all different OP or ED (OP2, OP3 and so on) of a same anime into one if they are all in your top list
  2. Take the song, the animation, and their role within the anime into account. That's why this thread is not in the music forum
  3. Put up some youtube link if available, we all want to know what's popular among the community. 6 youtube links gonna be huge in space, so put them into spoilers

And here are some of past years popular choice
Originally Posted by 2009
  • Bakemonogatari OP (The 1st, 2nd and 4th equally)
  • Umineko OP - Katayoku no Tori
  • Spice and Wolf 2 OP - Mitsu no Yoake
  • K-On OP - Cagayake! GIRLS
  • Higash no Eden OP - Falling Down
  • K-On ED - Don't Say "Lazy"
  • Bakemonogatari ED - Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
  • Higurashi Rei ED - Manazashi
  • Minami-ke Okaeri ED - Zettai Colorful Sengen
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni ED - La Divina Tragedia
Originally Posted by 2010
  1. Angel Beats OP - My Souls Your Beats (both Lia and Yui version)
  2. Durarara!! OP1+2
  3. The World God only Knows OP - The World God only Knows
  4. Working!! OP - Someone
  5. Ore no Imouto OP - Irony
  6. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP - Only my railgun
  1. K-On!! ED2 - No, thank you
  2. Durarara!! ED1 - Trust Me
  3. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru ED - Maids Sanjou!
  4. Angel Beats ED - Brave Song
Edit 2: count for 2011
Originally Posted by 2011
  1. Stein; Gates OP - Hacking to The Gates
  2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica OP - Connect
  3. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko OP - Os-Alien
  1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica ED - Magia
  2. Mawaru Penguin ED - Grey Wednesday + Un-Go ED - Fantasy
  3. Ano Hana ED - Secret Base

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Old 2011-12-13, 07:58   Link #2
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Ano Hana OP and particularly ED. Beautiful animation and still love the song even if its a cover.
Madoka OP. Beautiful animation, sync and catchy melodic tune.
Arrietty ED. Love the mysterious celtic melody.
Hourou Musuko. For blending into the series seamlessly, both lyrics and music.
Ikoku Meiro OP. Wonderful charming music which sets the tone of the series perfectly.
Tegami Bachi Reverse. Maybe just because I adore the world, setting and color palette they are using.

I couldn't find the actual OP/ED sequences for the first 3. Maybe I'll add them later.
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Old 2011-12-13, 08:13   Link #3
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Best Ed was Usagi Drop High High High
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Squid Girl 2 Kimi wo Shiru Koto was very good to
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Best Op was from Morita-san, Morita-san Kawaii Desu
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even though a lot of people hate it, I like the op from Boku wa Tomodachi
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Iroha's opening was very good to
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Old 2011-12-13, 08:23   Link #4
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1. Hourou Musuko OP - Itsudatte

2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica OP - Connect

3. Yuru Yuri OP - Yuriyurarararayuruyuri Daijiken

1. Hourou Musuko ED - For You

2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica ED2 - Magia

3. Gosick ED2 - Unity

EDIT: youtube removed audio of madoka ed so i reuploaded both madoka op and ed myself
EDIT2: hell yes, bypassed youtube copyright detector, madoka op uploaded
EDIT3: bypassed youtube again, madoka ed uploaded

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Old 2011-12-13, 08:54   Link #5
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1. Nichijou OP 1 - Flawless animation, catchy song, memorable combination
2. Denpa Onna OP - Shaft always has good openings. This one was almost as addictive as Arakawa under the Bridge's openings.
3. Mawaru Penguindrum Both OPs - I love the singer's voice and for some reason I love the final seconds of the second opening. I never watched the show, but from what I've read on it, the openings fit very well.
Honorable Mention:

It's sort of funny that these are all shows I never even watched or that I dropped. I didn't watch enough anime to rank endings. I will say that I loved AnoHana's ED as well as Bleach's ED "Song for..." because of the IchiRuki.

EDIT: Didn't read the part where it said you could only nominate 3. Derp.

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Old 2011-12-13, 10:09   Link #6
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1. Ben-to OP (LIVE for LIFE 〜狼たちの夜〜)

2. Nichijou OP2 (ヒャダインのじょーじょーゆーじょー)

3. Kamisma Dolls OP (不完全燃焼)
No video with audio track was available

1. Un-Go ED (Fantasy)

2. Nichijou ED1 (Zzz)

3. Double J (ワニとシャンプー)

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Old 2011-12-13, 10:46   Link #7
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@Sides: i thought i'm the only one who like Double J ending
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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica OP (Connect)
The song sounds kinda cheesy and ordinary at first. But after watching ep 10, and listen to it again.... it just haunted on me. The tone,the animations, the meaning behind every lines are just perfect.

2. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko OP (Os Alien)
The song gonna kill someone's ear i guess. But read the lyrics, watch the animation, and know the background of the anime, then the songs not only sound great, but one of the best love song around in fact

3. Stein gates OP (Hacking to the Gate)
I actually didn't listen to the OP much, till the few very last episodes. Then somehow it just stuck to my head. I guess either the moods of the anime enhanced it, or it's simply a good song which i missed for half of a year. And i'm not even a big fan of Stein gates

Some honourable mentions of Usagi Drop and Nichijou OP. The first do sound great and blend really well with the animation + anime moods. While the second one is simply really unique. So they both came really close
1. Mawaru penguin Drum ED3 (Grey Wednesday)
I guess i'm biased on here, because the song was first played near the ending of ep 9, and the song, the mood simply fantastic. I don't know how many times i watched the whole sequences just to listen it over and over again.

2. Double J (ワニとシャンプー)
The best thing about this anime. Overall, such a poor production anime, however the set up of ep 1 + this ED simply made ep 1 masterpiece. And it's only 20 seconds as well

3. Nichijou ED4 (Tsubasa wo Kudasai)
It's Tsubasa wo Kudasai. Enough say

Some honourable mentions of Usagi Drop and Madoka ED as well. Usagi Drop ED is just like the OP great and blend really well with the animation + anime moods. However i guess the superior anime befitting a better song. Madoka ED - Magika, was great at first heard, in Ep 3 (CHOMP), however i guess the anime final ending killed it
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Old 2011-12-13, 10:57   Link #8
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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica OP - Connect

Gosick ED 1 - Resuscitated Hope

I'd have listed more, but I haven't found that many OPs and EDs that I really like this year. Gosick's OP and ED 2 would be honorable mentions, I guess.
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Old 2011-12-13, 11:07   Link #9
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OP - Chihayafuru - 'Youthful' by 99RadioService

ED - Kaiji S2 - "C kara hajimaru ABC" by wasureranneyo

I could normally nominate a good deal of songs, but this year...those are the only two. I haven't liked anime music much this year.

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Old 2011-12-13, 11:36   Link #10
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You freaking suck for limiting this to only three a piece!



Honourable Mentions
WARNING! Long list and lotsa youtube embeds incoming. Told ya you suck for limiting it at 3 lol =P
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Old 2011-12-13, 11:39   Link #11
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Cut the chase there are a lot of good openings and endings this 2011 but I'll go with my best preference this year rather than posting the top three for each to conserve space and to present the video without concealing them.

Favorite Opening Theme 2011
Fate/Zero - Oath Sign by Lisa
(A mad video of Puella Magi Madoka Magica was used as replacement since the original video is licensed.)

Favorite Ending Theme 2011
RO-KYU-BU! - Party Love by Kana Hanazawa, Yui Ogura, Yoko Hikasa, Rina Hidaka, and Yuka Iguchi
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Old 2011-12-13, 12:20   Link #12
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Hmm ... I have been waiting for this thread to pop up!

Let's see ... 3 for each, eh?

Well, using this wiki page for the identifying of which anime qualify in 2011, I would vote:

Favorite OP:

1. Dantalian no Shoka's "Cras Numquam Scire". Without doubt my fave this year. Beautiful singing with lovely visuals to go with it.

2. Fractale's "Harinezumi" ("Hedgehog"). Fractale, despite being quite a let down as an anime series, had really enjoyable OP and ED, which perhaps helped make the let down from the series a few notches harder for me.

3. The World God Only Knows S2's "The World God Only Knows Oratorio". The visuals together with Elise and Lia's singing were a perfect fit imo.

Favorite ED:

1. Gosick's ED1 "Resucitated Hope". Hands down my fave ED this year.

2. Fractale's ED "Salley Garden". Such beauty was kinda wasted, sadly....

3. Usagi Drop's ED "High, high, high". I was taken about at the first listening, but very quickly grew to feel it was an ideal choice.


Honorary Mentions should go to the OP of Tamayura Hitotose "Okaerinasai" and to the OP2 of The iDOLM@STER "Change". Also to the EDs of Ano Hana's "Secret Base", Ikoku Meiro no Croisee's "Koko Kara" and Kimi ni Todoke S2's ED "Reaching You". (Note that the last link is to the full version of the song rather than the tv version.)

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Old 2011-12-13, 14:30   Link #13
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1. Dantalian no Shoka: Cras Numquam Scire: Agree with Flower, nothing to add

2. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko: OP (Name?) It's perfectly weird, with that animation and la-la chorus, with those adorable vocals on top; and then the really strange but adequate animation

3. Working'!!: Coolish Walk Same concept as season one, and works just as well. Really captures the wacky mood of the series.

[Honourable mention: C3 - Op1 - Perfect animation, fitting very well with the show - the effect when sun comes back in after the girls have all been standing in the rain is amazing. The song is decent, too.]

Other good ones: Usagi Drop, Yuru Yuri


1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Magia: The perfect ending for the show: creepy music, relentless pace towards surreal ending. Very well done.

2. Nichijou: Zzzz (Acapella version) - Cute and thematically fitting an ending. The acappella version is my favourite because the lack of instruments underlines the strengths.

3. Battle Girls Time Paradox: ED (Name?) Nice flowing music; I couldn't find a video of the ending - All the girls are floating around naked with flowing ribbons covering the important bits - perfectly capturing the cheeky atmosphere of the series. The music's interestingly serious. Like the way they alternate singing lines.

Other good ones: Both Dantalian no Shoka and Denpa Onna had great ones, too. I'm also partial to A-Channel
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Old 2011-12-13, 14:46   Link #14
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For now, my picks are:


1. Steins;Gate - Hacking to the Gate

2. Mirai Nikki - Kuusou Mesorogiwi

3. Shakugan no Shana III OP1- Light My Fire


1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica ED2 - Magia

2. Yuru Yuri ED - My Pace de Ikimashou

3. K-ON! movie - Singing

To be honest, I find a lot of the EDs for this year a bit weak, or at the very least they fail to truly impress me. The OPs were a lot harder to pick, as I found a lot quite good.

I didn't bother linking to already posted videos for obvious reasons.
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Old 2011-12-13, 14:54   Link #15
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Interestingly there were quite a few more OP's that I liked than ED's, which meant that narrowing down the OP list was tougher than the ED list.

  1. Moshidora - I liked the song, and how the OP showed the characters struggling to become better at baseball.
  2. Valkyria Chronicles III - I guess I have a soft spot for OP's that have action sequences in them .
  3. Bakuman II - I liked the sequence of showing the manga authors in front of their works, with the page scattered around & flowing by.

  1. Gosick ED1 - I generally prefer simpler end sequences, so the combination of the darkish backgrounds with the monochromatic foreground elements, as well as the use of light and floating books to transition from one scene to another hit the right note for me . The only other ED I think I've enjoyed as much as this one was the Shana II ED2.
  2. Bakuman 1 ED2 (video, audio) - I liked the sequence where the side-characters were being drawn as line-art.
  3. Ano Hana - I liked the song/lyrics.

OP's/ED's that didn't make the cut
  1. Shana Final OP - I liked the art, notably how the characters were overlaid over background scenes, as well as the action sequences, but I wasn't too fond of the song.

Side-note: It feels slightly weird to be writing in the past tense for an anime that's still airing .

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Old 2011-12-13, 14:57   Link #16
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I can't choose. I am just going to list them all. >_>;;;;;;;;;

#1) Gintama opening 10: Dilemma

#2) Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko opening: Os-Uchuujin

#3) Steins;Gate opening: Hacking to the Gate

#4) Mashiro-Iro Symphony ~Love Is Pure White~ opening: Authentic Symphony

#5) AnoHana opening: Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 Years After)

#6) Yuru Yuri opening: Yuriyurararara Yuruyuri Daijiken

#7) Persona 4 The Animation opening: Pursuing My True Self

#8) Un-Go opening: How To Go
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Old 2011-12-13, 15:07   Link #17
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Phi Brain: Puzzle of God - Brain Diver

Spoiler for Brain Diver:

Good singer, awesome song, exciting chorus.

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko - OS Alien

Spoiler for OS Alien:

Quite a catchy song actually...not to mention the interesting images we see

Yumekui Merry - Daydream Syndrome

Spoiler for Daydream Syndrome:

Very cool opening with good emotion and nice use of different instruments.


Un-Go - Fantasy

Spoiler for Fantasy:

A nice calm, catchy song that ends the anime in a relaxing manner.

Kimi to Boku - Nakimushi

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Another relaxing song that really matches the aspects of this anime.

I'll add a third one soon.
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Old 2011-12-13, 17:06   Link #18
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Spoiler for Nr.1 Ano hana - Aoi Shiori:

Spoiler for Nr.2 Kimi ni Todoke 2 - Sawakaze:

Spoiler for Nr.3 Level E - Cold finger girl:

Spoiler for Nr.1 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - Magia:

Spoiler for Nr.2 Mawaru Penguindrum - Grey Wednesday:

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Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C
Spoiler for Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi-C:

Spoiler for Thoughts:

Spoiler for COOLISH WALK:

Spoiler for Thoughts:


The World is All One!!
Spoiler for The World is All One!!:

Spoiler for Thoughts:

Ai no Yokan
Spoiler for Ai no Yokan:

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My Pace de Ikimashou
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Old 2011-12-14, 00:17   Link #20
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Let's see there have been way too many amazing ones this year pick just 3 of either is quite a challenge for me... as I could probably list at least 20 given how many I've loved this year... so I'll put 10 including honorable mentions.
1. "Connect" - ClariS; Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica OP(posted already)
Spoiler for Thoughts:
2. "Shoot!" - RO-KYU-BU! Cast/OP
Spoiler for Shoot!:
Spoiler for Thoughts:
3. "Scarlet Ballet" - May'n; Hidan no Aria OP
Spoiler for Scarlet Ballet:
Spoiler for Thoughts:
Honorable mentions:
4. "Hacking to the Gate" - Steins;gate OP (posted already)
5. "Natsuiro Surprise" - Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Yonin to Idol OP(OVA)
6. "Nornir" - Mawaru Penguindrum OP 1(No Video available)
7. "Light my Fire" - Shana III/F OP (posted already)
8. "Oath Sign" - Fate/Zero OP (posted already)
9. "Renai Koujou committee" - Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri OP(OVA)
10. "Coolish Walk" - Working'!! OP (posted already)

1. "Manatsu no Photograph" - AZUSA; Astarotte no Omocha ending
Spoiler for Manatsu no Photograph:
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2. "My Pace de Ikimashou" - Yuru Yuri Cast/ED(posted already)
Spoiler for Thoughts:
3. "Inochi Mijikashi Koiseyo Otome" - Kana Hanazawa; Ore no Imouto True End ED 2
Spoiler for Inochi Mijikashi Koiseyo Otome:
Spoiler for Thoughts:
Honorable mentions:
4. "Kimi ni Gohoushi" - Mayo Chiki ED (not best quality)
5. "Suisai Candy" - Mashiro-iro Symphony ED
6. "Zzz" - Nichijou ED 1 (posted already)
7. "Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku" - Steins;gate ED 1
8. "Dear Future" - Mawaru Penguindrum ED 1 (No Video available)
9. "For You" - Hourou Musuko ED (posted already)
10. "My Feelings" - Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai ED
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