It's becoming clear I have nothing better to do than compile lists of my favorite things from this year, so here we go again. A list of my most enjoyed Opening and Ending sequences from shows that aired in 2013. Now, normally, if I like a show, I'll also usually enjoy the OP/ED, since I start attaching how much I enjoy the show to how much I enjoy anything related to the show.
With that in mind, there are a lot of OPs/EDs from shows in my favorite anime list, but there were quite a number of Openings and Endings that I really liked from shows I either dropped or never even watched.
I'll only be including OPs/EDs from anime that STARTED broadcasting this year, so shows like Shin Sekai Yori and Uchuu Kyoudai will be excluded. Also, 2-cour shows will be counted in the season they began in, to make things a bit more simple. In order to keep it (somewhat) short, I'll keep it down to 3 picks per season. So without further ado, my favorite Openings and Endings (per season) of 2013:
1) Love Live! School Idol Project
Not surprisingly at all, Love Live takes the top spot in the winter line-up. Catchy song, cute girls. What's not to love?
2) Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
If it wasn't for my extreme bias towards Love Live, I think this was the best opening from Winter. Stylishly animated, and a nice song to boot. Bang!
Yoshi yoshi yoshi!
Honorable mentions: Chihayafuru 2
1) Doki Doki! Precure
P-P-P-PURICUAH!~ If only all anime 3DCG looked this good. LOOKIN' AT YOU, LOVE LIVE.
2) GJ-bu ED 2
I quite enjoyed all the EDs from GJ-bu, but, with Shion being my favorite character (She's also the VA for Umi from Love Live!), this was the one I picked. Cute and mellow.
3) Love Live! School Idol Project
Honorable mentions: Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Tamako Market
1) Shingeki no Kyojin OP 2
OP2 > OP1 Search deep within your heart, you know this to be true.
2) Hataraku Maou-sama
GET OUT OF GATE. TRUE SKKKKYYY.
3) To aru Kagaku no Railgun S OP 2
Honorable mentions: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
1) Hataraku Maou-sama ED 2
I think this was my favorite ED from the entirety of 2013, though some endings from the Autumn season could give it a run for its money. Really, really nice song, and solid visuals.
2) Shingeki no Kyojin ED 2
ED2 > ED1 etc etc. Goddamn this ending was great.
3) Suisei no Gargantia
Man this season really had some top-notch endings...
1) Gen'ei wo Kakeru Taiyou
God this song is so good. SO GOOD.
2) Servant x Service
Much like with Gen'ei wo Kakeru Taiyou, I enjoyed the opening more than the show itself.
3) Teekyuu Season 2
Song... too... catchy... Also I actually watched (and enjoyed) this, unlike the two aforementioned.
Honorable mentions: Genshiken Nidaime, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!, Monogatari Series Second Season OP 1
1) Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
I actually think this is the most beautiful ending from 2013, the song is god-tier.
2) Gin no Saji
DO YOU WANT TO FEEL CHILL? THEN CHILL AND LISTEN TO THIS SHIT.
Easily my favorite opening from this season, and what a season.
2) White Album 2
Okay okay, I know this sounds like a generic-ish song from any Visual Novel, but hear me out. Just watch this show to the end, and when you get there, come back and tell me I was right to put this here.
3) Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
One can only hope that KanColle will get an opening this good.
Honorable mentions: Samurai Flamenco, Outbreak Company, Pokemon XY
1) Kyoukai no Kanata
My favorite ending from a stacked season of great endings, KnK struck gold with this song. So good...
2) Samurai Flamenco
Catchy song is catchy. It's not that I can't get it out of my head, it's that I don't want to.
3) Tokyo Ravens
Honorable mentions: Yowamushi Pedal, White Album 2, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai, Kill la Kill, Aikatsu! Season 2, Golden Time
Bonus: Favorite Insert songs from 2013
1) No Brand Girls (Love Live! School Idol Project)
You saw this coming.
2) White Album (White Album 2)
If this doesn't convince you to watch the show, nothing will.
3) Rittai Kidou (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Godly OST. Godly.
Looking back, it's been a pretty good year for anime. Here's hoping that trend continues into 2014!