Now that Ghost Hound OP is known, we can make the top 12 Openings of the 2007 Autumn season (or Fall, like you Americans call it….)
I’ve got to confess, this was originaly supposed to be a Top 5, but the amount of good songs made me stretch it to Top 12.
12. Dragonaut: The Resonance – [perfect blue] by [ATSUMI]
This was the easiest one to rank: perfect blue is a mellow sog with a good tune but it doesn’t quite match with the animation, which made it plummet down the rank.
11. Genshiken 2 – [disarm dreamer] by [Aki Misato]
The first time I saw the OP i thought “Wait……Gundam???”, but then I noticed the pilot didn’t looked emo.
10. Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun – [Yubikiri] by [Mai Kadowaki & Miyuki Sawashiro]
The Euro-Beat tune sang by the seiyuu Mai Kadowaki and Miyuki Sawashiro really matches well with the light humour tone of the anime.
9. Shugo Chara! – [Kokoro no Tamago] by [Buono!]
Buono!, the pop group singing this OP was made specifically for this role by Hello! Project, a japanese idol female singers conglomeration, and the first work was Kokoro no Tamago. Maybe this OP should be ranked a bit lower, but I got to admit, I am partial when it comes to chibi girls who say Yosh!, Boku and Desu.
8. You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle – [Mighty Buddy] by [AA-CHINO]
I couldn’t find much info about AA-CHINO, only that it seems to be a recent group and the single is often misspelled as Meaty Body…Anyway that doesn’t affect the fact that the song is energetic and has some of the feeling from the past YuA OP’s. But I got to admit, my favourite OP it’s still [Boku de Arutameni] by [To Be Myself], the second OP from the 1st anime serie.
7. Rental Magica – [Sora ni Saku] by [Lisa Komine]
This is a good example of coordination: the whole song matches the anime sequence with a milimetric precision, and goes along with the flow of the action. But in spite of that, it suffers from the lack of charisma the characters have, lowering his rank some places down.
6. Shion no Ou – [LADY LOVE] by [RIZE]
RIZE (which you many know from performing in the japanese part of Live Earth) bring us what they can do best: a J-Rock song full of attitude and power. And the main character is a voiceless girl with short hair? ( Yeah, Im moe over short hair girls…)
5. Moyashimon – [Curriculum] by [Sarasa Ifu]
I’m not much into light pop songs, but this song by the rookie singer Sarasa Ifu growed on me. And the fact that the 3d animated bacteria and fungi are so fluffy and bright that you want to hug them is another reason for liking it even more.
4. Ghost Hound – [Poltergeist] by [Mayumi Kojima]
This is what made me hold the post until it came out and I didn’t regret waiting for it. The pop jazz tune has a great vibe and Mayumi Kojima’s voice really adds up to it. And jazz songs are a soft spot for me since Lupin the 3rd and Cowboy Bebop
3. Shakugan no Shana II – [JOINT] by [Mami Kawada]
If I didn’t added this OP, the rabid fans of Shana would kill me…but fortunely, Im a Shana fan too. But the OP is great even without my biased opinion. The rock song is great, the 3d animation is one of the best I’ve seen so far, the fact that it’s on HD and has Shana on a red dress with a hair ribbon…
2. ef – a tale of memories – [euphoric field] by [Tenmon feat. ELISA]
If you saw ef before, the 1st thing you notice is it’s orthodox style and that’s present to in the OP. The powerful song blends perfectly in the stylized sequence.
1. Gundam 00 – [DayBreak's Bell] by [L'Arc~En~Ciel]
This will probably be polemic, since this OP has received quite a bit of negativism around it. Mind you I’m a huge Gundam hater since Gundam Wing, which traumatized me in my tender years ( my Gundam Wing manga is serving me as a teacup holder..) But one of the reasons that made me shift my opinion was exactly this OP. L’Arc~En~Ciel brought us a song who grows on you; you may not like it the 1st times but after the 2nd listening you won’t be able to say it’s not godly. Another thing that helps is it’s the first time that a Gundam anime is on HQ, so the animation is excellent. Lastly, the characters have charisma, so you like them at first sight (except Tieria Erde, but I bet that 1) He’s just there to please the female viewers; 2nd) He’s a Trap.)