I have always wondered how one chooses a series that he/she would like to watch. Not counting the on-going titles, how do you look for Anime? Of course, enjoyment of the series as a whole is a given. But, what about other reasons?
Research? Okay. Word of mouth? Also common. How about a series’ opening/ending song? (included the links if you want to check out the OP/ED)
Okay, I know that using an opening/ending song as a basis is not reliable, and it is not fair to the series. I do admit though, that I have done this before. To some titles, I’m glad that I did it. For some, I wished I hadn’t. You see, some titles may have a good song as their OP/ED, but the anime itself is really bad. There are also those that have a not so good OP/ED, but the anime turns out to be spectacular.
To elaborate, I will give some titles that I discovered because I liked their OP/ED, and whether or not I liked the series. I’ll first give off some of the titles that I liked.
Well, since I already used the image for its single (the pic above), I might as well start with that. First up is DRRR!! (or Durarara!!). I first heard of its OP, Uragiri no Yuuyake by Theatre Brook, on YouTube. I was instantly hooked on the song, and I would just listen to it when I was doing homework and stuff. I only started watching DRRR!! a while after that. ‘Till now, it’s one of my faves. The song itself is very rock/alt.rock, and is really powerful.
Another is Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (or just OreImo). After hearing its OP, irony by ClariS, for the first time, I went ahead and watched the series (I also became a fan of ClariS after that). I really enjoyed OreImo, and I still play ‘irony’ on my iPod. ClariS has a very upbeat and techno-like vibe to their songs, and ‘irony’ is very much like that, which is very fun to listen to at anytime.
As my last example for a series that I liked after enjoying its OP, is Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou (or just Tokyo Majin). The song 0:00 am by ACID was a referral from a friend of mine. He said that both the anime and the song were cool. I listened to the song first, and it really was cool. It has a heavy-metal/rock feel to it, plus the opening lines were so badass. I then checked out the series, and it was, well, good, to say the least.
Now, moving on to shows that only have an awesome OP/ED, and lacks in everything else.
From the top of my head, 11 eyes. I first heard it’s ED, Sequentia by Asriel, on a Multi-Anime Opening on YouTube. It was very rock, and had a lot of guitar riffs, and yeah, I liked it. I then watched the series. I almost didn’t even make it through episode six (it has twelve episodes). It did have a good start, but something went wrong somewhere and I haven’t attempted to watch it again.
Some may argue about this one. Highschool of the Dead. The OP song for HOTD, HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets, is probably one of the songs that I would say, could fit into any action anime. It’s orchestration is really good, and I enjoy listening to it. The series however, was a disappointment for me. It had a good first half really, but, like 11 eyes, something got screwed up, and it went downhill from there. Also, the fact that it was a total ecchi fest did not help the series.
So there you have it. Good anime OP’s/ED’s doesn’t necessarily mean good anime. So if you guys are looking for anime, I suggest research, or just ask around what’s good.
How about you guys? Ever heard the OP/ED of a series, and then decided to watch it?