Top 10 Mainstream Anime With the Best Openings

This list features my personal Top 10 Mainstream Anime Openings. Remember, MAINSTREAM! This list is based on song and video.

The Top Ten

1 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, more.

This opening was just perfect. For the first one the visuals were great with fast moving characters and epic scenery, plus the song was great! The second opening made me so excited for the episode and got me pumped up! These are the reasons Attack on Titan has the best openings!

I'm not as interested in the show as most. Yeah it's cool, yeah it's cool when people slaughter a Titan or when Titans slaughter people but the one thing that I can't resist about this show has got to be that opening. Once I hear it I just jump up and start screaming "i'm SHO PUMPED RIGHT NOW! " I can't resist that opening. It's awesome!

Both openings are amazing. I personally prefer the first one by a long shot, as I don't believe that the second fits the anime nearly as well. However, both are good songs.

It's the best anime with the greatest opening(s)
every time I hear the 1st or the 3rd op I'm so excited but I don't know why. I can't skip it. N E V E R

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2 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated more.

My favorite anime. All of the openings are amazing and it isn't like other animus where they keep the same opening but for each arc the opening changes. Once you get into the story you never want to stop watching. You would never expect the first episode to lead to where it's at now. You feel connected to the characters and it's the best anime ever!

Fairy tail is my most favorite anime of all time. All the openings are so awesome that you just burst out into singing I even have a playlist on my phone for all the openings. And the story, just WOW, I highly recommend

It's a good anime with an amazing opening but try out boku no pico

Fairy Tail has the best characters and ops!

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3 One Piece One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 749 episodes to date.

All of my favorite openings are from One Piece. There hasn't been a single one that I haven't loved. Also, it's one of the most mainstream animes out there.

The first opening is the best one for One Piece. - SunGoku

Nice idea, could've done a tiny bit better on animation

Best show of all time

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4 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series more.

Naruto has some great openings, for instance there is GO! By Flow. This one just makes you want to be in the show VERY VERY badly! The song is fun and great while the visuals are nice!

Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, great anime, great opening, great everything. Definitely an anime that is to be watched, alongside Bleach

The best show I have ever watched EVER!

Well duh,naruto’s got an incredible stories and the openings of part 1 aren’t that great except exceptions such as ‘Go’ from Flow.But once you get to Shoppuden be prepared as the whole anime is filled with cool openings.Each arc begins with a suitable and awesome opening,my favourite being Sign from Flow(also)...

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5 Death Note Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

The story is one of the best I have seen, great psychological thriller. Not to give any major spoilers but, I like how in the end light is in the middle of the stairway which points to him becoming a shinigami. Overall it is a very good anime but, not a good first anime if you want a good first anime watch erased or Steins; Gate

It has an amazing protagonist, who fights with the antagonist using their skills, and intelligence that makes you wonder what will happen next. The characters are very unique like L and the opening 1 and ending 1 is very gothic and the story is very brilliant especially with a shinigami around

Such a complex story. It gives you a lot of headache but in a bemused way.

I dare you to hear the second opening of Death Note.-Vestalis

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6 Code Geass Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

A dramatic storyline, lovable characters, and a perfect mix of action as well as stunning openings leaves for a truly satisfying anime.

Colors is perfect opening and lelouch is one of my favorite anime characters

Code Geass had one of the best openings of all time. We've seen pure awful openings from this show, but the first one makes up for all of it. The song forced me to replay over and over again! Code Geass deserves #2!

A perfectly fitting opening to this wonderful anime.

7 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon

I may not be a Sailor Moon fan, but I can say that the English opening was really great! I literally had the song stuck in my head for days!




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8 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". more.

SAO does have some plot holes, not too big, but it covers the what if of if we could "live" in a video game. It shows the pro's and cons of that life, especially with the one life rule. This land of Sword Art Online, developed by a statistical mad mind shows the characters that living in a video game isn't all fun and games. And it just continues after its over with connecting games and old clans. The game inspires the world for better and for worse and Kirito just deals with it. 9/10. Still a great story. Had to take away a point for the plot holes.

Having romantic elements, you'd expect a smoochy stupid kissy opening, but these openings deliver something different. The first one showed you both romantic elements and other elements in the show, unlike other anime openings where they focus on a single topic. SAO covers multiple. This unique style of openings is why is gets #5.

I love this anime and its whole plot and "plot" but the stroy and the characters are amazing. if this anime hadn't have ended the way it did (for season 2 episode 25 I believe) it ended with a pretty big cliff hanger and if it hadnt' I wouldn't be typing this (to other people yes I may be one of those anime nerds but what have you done with your life). but its intro is one of the most catchy and nice and soothing yet the beats is invigorating but if you have not watched this you need to watch at least 1-5 of it and if you want to watch it go to just dubs man

Ordinal Scale theme song was great. - Goku02

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9 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable more.

DBZ openings are really catchy and energetic. - Goku02

10 Pokémon

I don't know why they did keep the first opening of Pokemon when it was so perfect especially compared to the other ones. - SunGoku

Just yes. I mean, who doesn't know this song? Even people who aren't Pokemon fans know it. Which is why it's the best, like no one ever was.

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

This opening theme is a classic, and the show has other entertaining opening themes too.

Best opening theme of all time

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The Newcomers

? Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because more.
? Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia

Great potential,could become even bigger than all others

The Contenders

11 Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden Naruto: Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date.

I really liked Shippuden's openings a lot, they made me look forward to the episode as other openings do.

Definitely to be watched, everything fits together. The plot, the openings and even the ending bits.

Hero's Come Back was awesome! I wish they didn't change it. - SunGoku

Opening 6 for the win! Sign is great

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12 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul

As many people have said, the season 1 opening, "unravel" is incredible. I absolutely love it. But getting to the show, *spoiling the first 5 minutes* it's about a boy named Kaneki who has his life changed when he goes out with a girl named Rize. Don't get me wrong, it's not some sappy love story. It's an intense and suspenseful show filled with action, horror, and tears. You need to watch it...

I LOVE Tokyo GHOUL did you hear that they are releasing a season three some point in 2016 I already got a thing to get myself notified if the episodes come out!

Honestly, the opening had a dreamy start, but it evolves into something of twistedness and cruelty, hence the screen "breaking" at the first scene with the first Rize closeup view. The song itself just gets you into the mood. Also, the major spoiler at the end of the opening just makes you wonder what happened

Oshiete oshiete sono shikumi wo...

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13 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

I can't pick just one, it's nearly impossible. The first one rang in my head for days, the second one had great visuals and made me SO pumped! The third had both epic visuals and an amazing song! The fourth was hands down incredible with the best song and visuals, while the rather emotional third one made me sad for the ending but still made me love it!

"Again" by YUI is probably one of my favorite songs ever. - Absolite

good anime

14 Soul Eater Soul Eater Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

Resonance and Black Paper Moon were perfect fits to Soul Eater. I personally liked the first one (Resonance) better, but the second (Black Paper Moon) is still wonderful!

Both were very catchy and went well with the anime, the animations in the opening were perfect along with the music, I thought it was just great. - SoulDeathTheKidMaka414

I got into it so much I found this other series based in the same school of soul eater called soul eater not!

It's amazing

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15 One Punch Man One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after more.

This opening is DIVINE and it gets you so hyped for the episode

It may not be mainstream but it is a great anime

Saitama is simply awesome! The intro is super catchy and lovable!

So colourful and exhilarating!


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16 Future Diary Future Diary

This song was stuck in my head for days. Truly is amazing!

This anime's opening is at least good enough to make it on this list.

All openings are so good!

Yousei teikoku and Faylan have been made an amazing opening for Future Diary! (Oh, ending too )

17 Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist is an anime series directed by Tensai Okamura and produced by A-1 Pictures, which adapts the Blue Exorcist manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.

These openings are very nice to listen to; they are catchy yet contain emotion that suits the show.

Has some of the best lines in anime I've ever heard “lifes a bitch, so if its easy then you’re doing it wrong”

18 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

Angel Beats! Was one of the best saddest, beautiful, and life changing anime I've ever seen because the story was amazing, the opening and ending was emotional, the characters makes you want to cry, and the very ending was very beautiful and sad. It was also funny at times and happy. I don't regret watching it all.

This is an anime with one of the best openings I have ever seen... It suits the anime so well

Angel Beats had a beautiful opening to a beautiful show. All I can say xP

I love Angel Beats!, but it is super sad

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19 Boku no Pico Boku no Pico Boku no Pico is an anime series of three OVA episodes created by Katsuhiko Takayama. It was released to DVD on September 17, 2006.

Boku no pico is truly a work of art. With this outstanding anime comes all kind of twist and turns that will always surprise you. The opening is unique to any other anime that I have seen thus far. I would mainly recommend this anime to people who are a fan of the romance genre.

No, Boku no Pico is a disgrace to all anime. Anime fans know this and just want to troll people or are just shameful pedophiles. There are better anime openings to watch anyway.

Don't fall for this! I am an anime fan, and if you are an anime beginner, whatever you do, do not watch this anime!


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20 Bleach Bleach

My Favourite Anime Of All Time. I Never Skipped The Opening, And I Watched The Whole Series 6 Times!

Bleach has A LOT of openings, so let's just talk about the first one, Asterick. When I first watched Bleach, I wanted to approve the opening. I approved. It was first of all a great song, and second of all had me replay over... and over.. and over again!

It has the best openings after Fairy Tail - Tuana123

All of the openings are awesome!

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21 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

It's such a classic. It's the one and only most important OP I always think of when I hear ANIME OP's.

22 Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.
23 Hunter x Hunter Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video more.

Has a complex storyline with unique, evolving characters. A slow pace beginning but everything else progresses smoothly. Sadly, this anime is under appreciated. I recommend this Japanese animation to anyone who enjoys anime.

Oml I finished recently and this is a feel train. 140 episodes of feels, action with an awesome story and basically no filler. Fun fact, the guy who made this work of art is married to the chick who made sailor moon

Best anime and opening ever

24 No Game No Life No Game No Life

The opening is one of the best I've seen so far. The anime I great to.

25 Case Closed Case Closed

Detective Conan the rather... interesting dub is known as Case Closed has almost everything a good anime needs, and more.

Action? Check. Humor? Check. Sweet romance that doesn't overrun the story? Check.

This anime is so good, it has over 800 episodes and still running , 19 movies with the twentieth on the way , and a really and I mean really large fanbase.

The story centers around a famous high school detective named Kudo Shinichi. In the middle of a case he was forced to take a drug that shrunk him into the body of a helpless child. Taking up the made up identity Conan Edogawa, he moves in to his childhood friend Ran and also major crush 's home and her P.I father. He sets off to find and arrest the people who did this to him and turn himself back into an adult without letting anyone find out who he really is. He ends up solving a ton of other mind boggling cases.

Characters from the sister anime Magic Kaito 1412 come into play throughout the series as ...more


Maa favorite. animeee

26 Erased Erased
27 Your Lie in April Your Lie in April Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.

A very sweet musical romantic anime. The opening is catchy and the music is fantastic. Highly recommended for its sweet story and lovely music.

28 Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji

It has an amazing story line, intriguing characters, and mysteries that will leave you asking for more! By far my favorite show. It's intense, mysterious, slightly twisted, and filled with action surrounding an interesting young earl and a sexy demon! Yay! *nosebleed 😋

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29 Parasyte Parasyte
30 Inuyasha Inuyasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing more.

I it has most enjoyable openings that the audience can relate to. It has the best first opening that introduces the characters.

It is the best series that has ever been created! A dramatic, romantic and adventure filled journey! I love it!

31 Katekyo! Hitman Reborn

Best anime

32 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

Great anime, top of the to watch list right away. It has a twisted plot that just completes the anime in every way possible. You just can't miss this one.

If you love blood and drama you'll have to watch it.

I have bought a music box with the oppening song. That's how much I love it.

33 Fate/Stay Night Fate/Stay Night Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A more.

Tainaka Sachi. Mashiro Ayano. Aimer. In my honest opinion, I believe the entire Fate series has some spectacularly incredible anime openings. Especially Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

34 Kamisama Kiss

Another great show for all you romantics out there! It's sweet and humorous with unique characters and interesting personalities. It's definitely a show that you need to put on your list.

35 Psycho-Pass Psycho-Pass Psycho-Pass is an anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani & Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi.

Both OPs were great and perfectly described the show

36 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, more.

I love 'Connect'! And also, the movie openings count(Luminous and Colorful). I loved them all! True, they may sound sweet and cute, especially for something like Madoka Magica, but they were rather done well and were positioned properly! In fact, I think that the openings were intentionally girly to hide It's true colours to those who started to watch It, and the endings are to show what the show is about to those who saw It. - MLPFan

37 Kotoura-San

I really love this Anime. It's really inspiring, especially because what some of the characters have been through. It's just brilliant!

38 Say I Love You

Beautiful, sweet, touching. I found this anime on Hulu around Valentine's Day and I honestly did not expect to love this as much as I did. The love felt real and gradual and the show had a subtle realism in my opinion. It isn't just a love story, it's a story of the struggles and confusion of first love and friendship and confidence. It was SOOO cute and I really wish there was another season.

I love this anime. My best friend recommend this and I watched it and loved it its truly amazing and adorable. The story line rocks and they need another season.

Okay, this anime's theme song is AMAZING. Any romance anime fans should watch / listen to this. At first you'll probably think, "Oh, it's really cute." But then you'll actually CRY when you listen to this. You can literally feel each single emotion in the lyrics, and the singer's cute, soft, sultry voice is too kawaii~~~ R.I.P to the singer, Okazaki Ritsuko whom passed away in 2004...she is definitely missed. This OP is amazing. Definitely worth a listen.

39 Log Horizon Log Horizon

Just how on Earth is SAO in top 4 and Log Horizon so low? LH has one of the best, most unique, anime openings of all time (combining rock with a little dubstep and rock rap). SAO's openings are the same generic J-POP garbage that have all the cliches possible. - SelfDestruct

40 Hellsing Hellsing

This shows opening and all-around show is badass

41 Afro Samurai Afro Samurai

The rza singing about a murderous revenge driven Afro samurai, with Samuel l. Jackson as an imaginary friend? come on people...

42 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate

This opening is catchy and has great animation to go with it, and suits the show well.

43 Tsundere Princess

This anime is a work of art; the intro, the show, & the characters are really interesting.
The feel of the show is something like that of a visual novel.
So try it out if you haven't seen it, everyone of all ages and genders should watch it.

44 Fate/Zero Fate/Zero Fate/Zero is a series of light novels written by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. An anime adaptation of Fate/Zero was jointly produced by Aniplex, nitroplus, Type-Moon, Seikaisha, and Ufotable that ran from 2011-2012.
45 Heaven's Lost Property Heaven's Lost Property

The singing for both season's opening were in my opinion, were perfect for the style and story for the anime and it was never a dull moment.

46 Trigun Trigun

I can't say anything specific, except all of it!

47 Lovely Complex (Love Com)

OMGGG okay this anime's opening is awesome. It has a pop but romance beat to it and I can find myself dancing to it in public. (well maybe not in public but like at home alone) It is so cheerful, whenever I'm sad, I listen to this and feel better. The anime is also SO funny, and it's crazy love story is to die for. Amazing anime + amazing theme song = one SUPER DUPER AMAZING anime.

48 Baku Ane: Otouto Shibocchau Zo

Its been a while before I found a great anime such as this the opening is beautiful and the story is open and dynamic the characters are so open and not just barely worked. so I would give this anime 8/10

This is awesome thanks for telling me about it. That opening is so awesome

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49 Guilty Crown Guilty Crown Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items more.

Seriously this anime is amazing especially the opening if you have not listened to it you need to it is darn catchy. The anime itself isn't bad like the plot, character development or the awesome action scenes and transformations of said characters! - NightBlue

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