The Best OPs/EDs to Get into Anime

Writer: McKay Patrick

As most of you have already realized, I’m very passionate about anime. We’re past the point to where it’s just a hobby of mine. It’s consumed me and now it’s a huge part of my day-to-day life. It’s how I met some of my closest friends and one of the primary reasons why I write reviews in the first place.

However, today, I decided to try something a little different. I’ve compiled a list of OPs/EDs. Why? It’s quite simple really.

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the best OPs/EDs to get someone into anime.

“Wait. What does OP/ED even stand for McKay?” I’m so glad you asked. OP, in anime terms, stands for “opening” as in opening title sequence/opening song. The same goes for ED. As huge as the anime community is, there are still people out there who don’t understand what anime is and why so many people enjoy watching it. If you have a friend who’s hesitant and not exactly sure if this is something that will interest them, pick a song from down below and play it for them. Trust me, they’ll be binge-watching the whole season before you know it.

Let Me Hear

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

This is the OP for the anime Parasyte. It’s a darker anime but the song definitely hypes you up. My sister introduced me to this anime by playing this song in the car one day and that very same night I watched the entire first season. It is without a doubt one of my favorite OPs out there.

CORE PRIDE

UVERworld

Blue Exorcist is an anime that I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. I’d be lying though if I said it wasn’t because of how much the OP slays. The saxophone you hear towards the beginning and end of the song will no doubt be the reason you’re friend starts watching the show. It’s that good.

The Day

Porno Graffitti

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Uhm, McKay? Why would I ever listen to a song by a band called Porno Graffitti..?” It’s simple. That song is my hero. No, really. It’s the OP for My Hero Academia. When I was trying to find the name of this song, you can imagine what my face looked like when I realized this was the name of the band. Definitely not what I was expecting but I would totally see these guys in concert. This song is perfect for introducing your friends to a world filled with superheroes and super awesome OPs.

Kyouran Hey Kids!!

THE ORAL CIGARETTES

Again, ignore the name of the artist. More importantly, Norigami anyone? This anime’s OP is definitely something you can jam to in the car. I found this song from Spotify at first and then recognized it when I started watching Norigami. It’s a great first anime to start watching if you’re new and it’s a show that’ll never get old.

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ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION

I’ve been listening to ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION for years but I only just now discovered that they’re responsible for the OP for the anime Erased. This song doesn’t rock quite as hard as the others I’ve mentioned but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. If you haven’t watched Erased yet, what are you doing? Stop reading and start watching it immediately. Seriously though, it’s a great song and I highly recommend you check out ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION’s other work.

Sugar Song and Bitter Step

UNISON SQUARE GARDEN

This ED is just so much fun. It plays at the end of Blood Blockade Battlefront and it’s probably one of my favorite EDs. It took me forever to find this song but when I did, I immediately downloaded it to my playlist. I really feel like good music makes a good anime. That can be applied to T.V. shows and movies as well. Sometimes, music can make or break important scenes no matter what it is you’re watching.

Ashita Wo Narase

シシド・カフカ

I think we’ve established how much I love Fairy Tail so it’s no surprise I added an ED from Fairy Tail Zero. This is tied with Sugar Song and Bitter Step when it comes to my favorite EDs. The song does a great job of showing us what’s to come in Fairy Tail. The dark undertone of the song incorporates feelings of sadness but determination and you can apply that to the show and to the characters. It gives you a sense of what they’re feeling.

I hope y’all enjoyed this article and I thank y’all for always reading and supporting me. I apologize for such a short list but I had so many favorites that I didn’t want to make this article unbearably long. I believe writing is how you change the world but music is how you change the heart. It’s what connects us all. As always, comments and suggestions are welcomed!