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For many fans, the essence of a good anime is defined by their choice of an opening song. Whether it’s epic enough to grace our #Music playlists, or just not worth wasting roughly a minute and a half of what could be valuable episode time, the majority of our emotions are evoked by #anime openings. So, without further ado, here are #15 of the best anime openings released within the last 15 years!

15. Yuri on Ice – 'History Maker'

Yuri on Ice took the anime community by storm when it first premiered in 2016, and with one look, it’s not hard to see why. A brilliantly animated show that focuses about the competitive world of figure skating as well as the blossoming romance between main protagonist Yuri and retired figure skater-turned-coach Victor Nikiforov, one of the most fantastic things about Yuri on Ice is definitely its opening.

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“History Maker” by Dean Fujioka gives off what could perhaps be described as a melancholy feeling while also emoting a tremendous feeling of love and accomplishment, perfectly articulating what the show is about.

14. The Seven Deadly Sins – 'Netsujou no Spectrum'

Pop-Rock band Ikimono-gakari have certainly made their mark throughout the years, being responsible for performing many of the most memorable openings and endings for anime, including Naruto Shippuden’s third opening “Blue Bird.” The Seven Deadly Sins is no different. The best thing about this opening is definitely the nostalgic feeling it brings, as its musical arrangement gives off a reminiscent 80’s-90’s anime vibe.

13. Mirai Nikki – 'Kuusou Mesorogiwi'

I can’t think of a better opening that showcases its anime so well that it makes you feel like you’ve seen all its episodes 3 times upon 1st listen.

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The choral beginning is absolutely haunting and then all of a sudden, you’re thrashed into an adrenaline-pumping orchestra of pure amazement. Careful, enough listens and you might just become as obsessed with this song as Yuno is for Yuki.

12. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 'Again'

You’d be hard-pressed to find anime fans who would argue with the fact that “Again” is absolutely an amazing opening song. Penned by the talented singer/songwriter Yui, the entire composition of the song coupled by the great cinematography of the anime itself, created a thrilling experience that seemed to perfectly fit Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as a series.

11. Samurai Champloo – 'Battlecry'

Samurai Champloo was a pretty interesting anime, but also severely underrated. Its opening, “Battlecry” by late rapper Najubes, flawlessly blends the chill Hip-Hop beat with the atmosphere of Samurai Champloo. An amazing legacy for a talent gone too soon.

10. Code Geass – 'Colors'

Code Geass is in a league of its own — with it still being extremely popular years after its explosive final episode, as well as giving us with one of the most well-written anti-hero protagonists in Lelouch.

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Flow’s “Colors” fits perfectly as its energetic arrangement highlights the emotional roller coaster that is this series. ALL HAIL LELOUCH!

9. Ao no Exorcist – 'In My World'

For many anime, the second opening song pales in comparison to the first. That is not the case for Ao no Exorcist. In fact, I’d actually argue that “In My World” is an all-around better opening in general. Heavy rock riffs combined with the negative tone of the lyrics make for something that leaves a great impact on the viewer even after the end credits roll.

8. Inu X Boku SS – 'Nirvana'

In my opinion, “Nirvana” by Mucc is one of the only two anime openings on this list that truly conveys emotion in a way where no words are needed. And to be honest, that is perfect within itself because every time I listen to this opening, it makes me feel certain ways that just can’t be described. Mucc really outdid themselves with this one.

7. Attack on Titan – 'Guren no Yumiya'

Say what you want about Attack on Titan (and to be honest, I would agree with you 100%), there is no denying that its openings are some of the most epic and fast-paced songs to ever grace one’s ears. “Guren no Yumiya” in particular, is an incredible listening experience to behold. Highly sequenced and stunning visuals are accompanied by powerful symphonic metal instrumentals. It is in the way that the lyrics are sung though, that truly make this theme as iconic as it is (that opening line? Legendary). In fact, this opening left such a huge impact on the anime community that one video alone has over 55 million views on YouTube, the highest so far for any anime theme!

6. Soul Eater – 'Resonance'

Soul Eater’s first opening, as exclaimed by most fans, is just too impossible to skip. But who could blame them, though? “Resonance” accomplishes what it means to be a memorable and iconic anime theme: being catchy from beginning to end while also fitting well and showcasing the tone of Soul Eater. You know you’re in for a treat once those first few seconds start.

5. Naruto Shippuden – 'Sign'

Over the years, the Naruto series has given us some of the most amazing openings of any anime; like “Blue Bird,” “Youth’s Rhapsody,” and “Haruka Kanata” to name a few. However, it is Flow’s “Sign” that edged out the others for the pure fact that it’s just so emotional. Completely centered on the theme of loss, the beginning shows us flashbacks of a young Naruto and Sasuke, each with the person who influenced their adolescent life the most – Jiraiya and Itachi. We then see how the rest of the intro leads up to both of these characters’ death and- it’s just so bittersweet. “Sign” isn't only one of Naruto’s saddest openings, but also the most poignant for sure.

4. Death Parade – 'Flyers'

For me, there isn’t an opening that is more interesting to me than “Flyers.” My goodness, in all my years of watching anime, I’ve never seen such a brilliantly displayed ironic contrast between an anime and its opening like Death Parade. The happy-go-lucky, disco type feel of this opening puts you in such a good mood. Then the episode begins, and you go from dancing to crying and having anxiety attacks. A #textbook example of bait-and-switch expertly executed.

3. Gintama – 'Sakura Mitsutsuki'

When it comes to an anime that constantly puts out quality openings, Gintama would rank right at the top. Almost all of Gintama’s openings could’ve very well made this list. But in the end, it was Spyair’s “Sakura Mitsutsuki” that won me over, mainly because this particular opening really brings to light the seriousness of the series that is often overshadowed for the more comedic elements.

2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – 'Bloody Stream'

Everything about this opening is truly astounding. The imagery, with the mixture of CGI and manga panels where it looks like a manga character is actually coming to life. The spicy instrumentals. The flamboyant over-the-top vibe, with little droplets of foreshadowing here and there. All of it is in such spectacular JoJo fashion, it’s almost criminal.

1. Tokyo Ghoul – 'Unravel'

Let’s be honest, this list wouldn’t be complete without this one on here. “Unravel” is one of the most popular anime openings for a reason. Along with Inu X Boku's “Nirvana,” it’s the only other opening that I felt expressed itself so eloquently. It starts off so calm; so melancholy, almost like a warning of sorts. Next thing you know, the beat hits you out of nowhere, and continues to build until it heads back to the calmness for the final word. It’s a masterful wave of emotions that will leave you wanting more every time.

What are some of your favorite #anime openings in the past 15 years? #Anime Series