Well, since we had a Top 12 OP post, the logical step was doing the Top 12 ED version. Endings are harder to analyze since they usually involve slower songs, making most of them similar to each other. Also since it involves the show credit roll, the animations sometimes is crappier. But this season is surprisingly good, which made me harder to compare ED’s which have very few defects.
12. Ninomiya-kun – [Furefurepponpon!] by [Mai Kadowaki & Miyuki Sawashiro]
It’s another Dancing OP/ED…. Everyone likes girls hopping around and wiggling around, don’t we?
11. Dragonaut: The Resonance – [Rain of Love] by [Yukari Fukui]
Yukari Fukiu is one of the seiyuu of Dragonaut , voicing Saki Kurata and she is also the one who sings this ED. The melodic tune matches well with the blue feeling of the animation.
10. CLANNAD – [Dango Daikazoku] by [Chata]
~Dango, dango, dango, dango daikazoku~ It’s the Dango Family, the iconic mascots from CLANNAD. This one of those tunes that get stuck in your head and you can’t forget them. The song theme is sad and cheerful at same time, which adds up to it’s charisma.
9. Genshiken 2 – [Clubhouse Sandwich] by [Yuumao]
The rank for this ED is hard to explain. At first look it looks just like any other generic Ed, but the important part is the feeling it conveys; the conversion from drawing to real life and the song by Yuumao conveys the feeling of a real anime club who was created through hardship and effort.
8. Night Wizard – [Erinyes] by [BETTA FLASH]
The strong point of this ED is the female voice singing with a great expression on the melody, specially on the 2nd half where the high notes are sung with perfection.
7. Shakugan no Shana II – [triangle] by [Mami Kawada]
The past season of Shakugan no Shana had great OP’s and ED’s and this season doesn’t stay behind. Mami Kawada gives us another great J-Pop Techno song as we are used to hear.
6. Ghost Hound – [Call My Name ~Kazenari no Oka~] by [Yucca]
Simple and gentle. This is the impression that Call My Name ~Kazenari no Oka~ leaves on you after hearing it. Even if it isnt my favorite genre, this song ened up on my Mp3 player, and I hear it whenever I wand to get some rest.
5. Kodomo no Jikan – [Hanamaru☆Sensation] by [Little Non]
Lolis. Dancing Lolis. Chibi Dancing Lolis. Chibi Dancing Lolis with neko cosplay. Do I need to say more?
4. Shion no Ou – [My dear friend] by [Teruma Aoyama]
These last 4 ED’s were the ones hardest to order, since the quality of them is very similar ( or even equal, but i didn’t wanted ex aequo places). My dear friend is a excellent song but I had to be fair and place it lower due to being the most simple animation sequence of the bunch.
3. ef -a tale of memories – [I'm here] by [Taguchi Hiroko]
I’m an avid fan of J-RPG’s, ranging from Final Fantasy to Dragon Quest and I play them since their humble origins in the old consoles like Nes and Game Boy. One of the series I followed was Wild Arms, a rpg with Wild West elements mixed with sci fi. And Wild Arms was the first thing I though when I’ve heard this op for the 1st time. The harmonica blends nicely with the song, giving it that wanderer feeling. You can grumble that the ED has almost non-existant animation but it’s just part of his personal charisma. The slow changes and the drawing look makes the viewer look with a closer eye to the main girls of ef.
2. You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle – [1/2] by [Chiaki Ishikawa]
YuA (short for You’re Under Arrest) has already made a name for itself with his previous 2 seasons. And now we have the 3rd season, together with their OP and ED. 1/2 is great , but why? It’s the song, who settles well with the ED? It’s the animation, which is specially well made? No, it’s because the ED hints to the Yuri relation between Miyuki and Natsumi. And we know that Yuri is WIN.
1. Gundam 00 – [Wana] by [THE BACK HORN]
You guys will hate me, you will flame me, you will kidnap my dog and make steaks of him. But yes, Gundam 00 is 1st again. You guys got to admit, Sunrise learned (finaly) some lessons and started to suck less with their Gundam series. They have L’Arc-En-Ciel for the OP and THE BACKHORN doesn’t stay behind in quality. Wana is a rock song who make you want to revolt against the govermment, and the animation sequence helps to add that feeling. The main cast is shown in cities placed in Middle Asia, Ireland, U.K. and China, who have past stories with social conflicts. In spite of having to see Tieria Erde on the ED, in the overall it’s the best ED in this season.