13 August 2013

50 Years of Anime Openings- 20 Years of Otakon/2013 Edition

A bit delayed in posting this list, as my internet was spotty for a few days. Aside from the few hundred emails I need to check, I also know a few of them were specifically asking for this list.

Despite being close to the TMR concert, and scheduled up against a few solid panels (like WWII in Anime), the turnout was pretty good, and hopefully the crowd learned a few things about limited-animation and the evolution of the opening sequence. Hopefully everyone who came by had a good time.

Unlike previous cons, I didn't split this panel into categories, but rather ran it as a single, long chronology from 1963-2013. I did include a lot of the "sub-group" openings from Atmosphere, Cast and Music, and even managed a few fan-crafted examples as the decades flew by.

EDIT: In hindsight, perhaps I should have left it in the original format. If only to highlight how many of the OPs relate to each other over time, rather than displaying how everything itself progressed. Oh well, live and learn.

Most, if not all, of these openings are available on Youtube.

Every Anime Opening Ever


Tetsuwan Atomu
Tetsujin 28
Ookami Shounen Ken
Tobor the 8th Man US Opening
Marine Boy US Opening
Himitsu no Akko-chan 1969
Cyborg 009 1969
Speed Racer


Super Robot Mazinger Z
Cutey Honey
Space Battleship Yamato
Lupin III final OP (which is technically 1980, but I'll let that slide).
Urusei Yatsura OP 1 (ditto)


Tetsujin 28-GO
Don Dracula
Aura Battler Dunbine
City Hunter
Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star live-action
Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam "Anime ja nai"
Kimagure Orange Road OP 2
Aim for the Ace 2


Dragonball Z (released 1989, I count it as 90s because it was the "blueprint" for how 90s OPs were structured)
X-Men Japanese OP "Cry for the Moon"
Sailor Moon OP 1
Tenchi Muyo
Gundam Wing
Dragonball Z "Rock the Dragon" US OP
Vision of Escaflowne
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Evangelion Bebop
Outlaw Star (still my favorite OP of all time)
Great Teacher Onizuka
Batman Beyond
Pokemon US

Paranoia Agent (still the best example of atmosphere in an OP I've ever seen)
Azumanga Daioh
Re: Cutey Honey
Samurai Champloo (which has a splendid MLP:FiM mashup version here)
Ouran High School Host Club
BECK Mongolian Chop Squad
Higurashi: When They Cry
Death Note OP 1
Sengoku Basara
Toaru Majutsu no Index
Bakemonogatari OP 4
Eden of the East
Shin Mazinger Shougeki Z-Hen

Hanasku Iroha OP2
Persona 4 the Animation
Haiyore! Nyarlko-san
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Psycho-Pass OP 2
Attack on Titan

Futurama "Japanese" 
Cosby Bebop

Not shown/skipped:
Excel Saga (technical difficulties, ie- my computer did something weird)
Nurarihyon no mago (time constraints)
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (ditto)

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