Happy New Year」 by (Redcomet)

So I decided to have some fun and create a countdown of my own personal favourite anime openings of 2012 — and to also use this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

This Top 25 only includes series/seasons that premiered this passing year. Visual arrangement and creativity did play a determining factor as well. Also the following is in no way influenced by public opinion. Seriously, I doubt several of these entries would even rank so high up on anyone else’s list — you’ll see what I’m talking about later. With that said, hope you enjoy my picks of 2012!

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Black★Rock Shooter / ブラック★ロックシューター」 OP – “Black Rock Shooter” (by supercell; vocals by Hatsune Miku)


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The mega-hit from 2008 came back in this TV adaptation of the OVA. I’ll never forget the macaroon scene.

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Mouretsu Pirates / モーレツ宇宙海賊」 OP – “Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku – Dai-Shichi Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai” (by Momoiro Clover Z)


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Been hearing a lot more of Momoiro Clover Z in ’12. This song is partly to blame. From what I hear they’ll be performing the theme for Sailormoon 2013? YES!

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  • #23.)

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Nisemonogatari / 偽物語」 OP3 – “Platinum Disco” (by Iguchi Yuka)


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Loved the song and visuals. It first premiered for that episode with the famous toothbrush scene too.

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  • #22.)

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Ano Natsu de Matteru / あの夏で待ってる」 OP – “sign” (by Ray)


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Performed by Ray with lyrics from Kotoko. Everything about this brought back vivid memories of the Onegai series.

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  • #21.)

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Another / アナザー」 OP – “Kyoumu Densen” (by ALI PROJECT)


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Not sure if you guys know this but I’m like borderline obsessed with everything Ali Project. It would be a dream come true to see them perform live on stage one day.

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  • #20.)

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Queen’s Blade: Rebellion / クイーンズブレイド リベリオン」 OP – “Inochi no Uta ga Kikoeru” (by Tamura Naomi)


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Of course this had to be on there! QB is one series I can never get enough of.

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  • #19.)

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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Dai-Ni-Maku / 探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕」 OP – “Nazo! Nazo? Happiness!!” (by Milky Holmes)


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Oh such a cute opening~! Enjoyed S2 as much as the first.

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  • #18.)

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YuruYuri♪♪ / ゆるゆり♪♪」 OP – “Yes! Yuyuyu☆Yuruyuri♪♪” (by Nanamoriuchi☆Gorakubu)


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\アッカリ~ン/

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Zero no Tsukaima F / ゼロの使い魔F」 OP – “I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU” (by Ichiko)


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After 50 some episodes spread out over 4 seasons, ZnT finally reached its conclusion. The soundtrack was always a pleasure to listen to.

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  • #16.)

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Medaka Box / めだかボックス」 OP – “HAPPY CRAZY BOX” (by Kuribayashi Minami)


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Very grateful I got to met Minami this year at AX~

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Smile Precure! / スマイルプリキュア!」 OP – “Let’s go! Smile Precure!” (by Ikeda Aya)


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As if Precure wasn’t going to be on here. I think the first ED would be my #1. It was so catchy!

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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead / これはゾンビですか? OF THE DEAD!」 OP – “***Passionate” (by Nomizu Iori)


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Really did love the opening to Korezon S2. And the visuals compliment it oh so well.

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Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A / 咲-Saki-阿知賀編 episode of side-A」 OP – “Miracle Rush” (by StylipS)


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Hah this song would literally rape my music player. Also lets not forget what happened in Saimoe this year =p

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  • #12.)

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Inu × Boku SS / 妖狐×僕SS」 OP – “Nirvana” (by MUCC)


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Even today this song gets stuck in my head.

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BTOOOM! / ブトゥーム」 OP – “No Pain, No Game” (by Nano)


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Yeah now we’re talking! Maybe I should’ve had this rank higher. Damn just so many awesome songs this year.

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Sword Art Online / ソードアート・オンライン」 OP – “crossing field” (by LiSA)


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Was there at AX to see LiSA perform this live on stage~

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! / 中二病でも恋がしたい」 OP – “Sparkling Daydream” (by ZAQ)


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Love the song but did have a hard time watching the visuals the first time around. Now I can do so with ease~.

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Dog Days Dash」 OP – “Fearless Hero” (by Mizuki Nana)


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It’s Nana Mizuki. Need I say more?

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Saint Seiya Omega / 聖闘士星矢Ω」 OP – “Pegasus Fantasy ver.Ω” (by MAKE-UP with Nakagawa Shoko)


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How does an old anime classic make it into a 2012 music countdown? Blame Toei.

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Initial D Fifth Stage / 頭文字<イニシャルD Fifth Stage」 OP – “Raise Up” (by m.o.v.e.)


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Still recovering from the news that m.o.v.e. will be disbanding in March. Thank you for the memories!

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Accel World / アクセル・ワールド」 OP – “Chase the world” (by May’n)


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May’n’s voice is just so amazing. This single is no exception.

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Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic / マギ」 OP – “V.I.P” (by SID)


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Just how perfect do the visuals flow with this song. Can’t wait for OP2 with Porno Graffitti.

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Little Busters! / リトルバスターズ!」 OP – “Little Busters! ~TV animation ver.~” (by Rita)


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The 2007 classic has been given life once again.

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Fate/Zero 2nd Season」 OP – “to the beginning” (by Kalafina)


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This was tough. Kalafina was so close to being #1. But I can say one thing. Fate/zero is easily my pick for best anime series of the year!

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure / ジョジョの奇妙な冒険」 OP – “JoJo – Sono Chi no Sadame” (by Hiroaki “Tommy” Tominaga)


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Honestly visuals is what helped the JoJo opening clear that final hurdle to the finish line. But the song itself is also amazing. Not sure how many of you are following the TV anime, but David Production is doing a spectacular job with it.

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*Recap:

  • #25.) 「Black★Rock Shooter」 OP – “Black Rock Shooter”
  • #24.) 「Mouretsu Pirates」 OP – “Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku – Dai-Shichi Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai”
  • #23.) 「Nisemonogatari」 OP3 – “Platinum Disco”
  • #22.) 「Ano Natsu de Matteru」 OP – “sign”
  • #21.) 「Another」 OP – “Kyoumu Densen”
  • #20.) 「Queen’s Blade: Rebellion」 OP – “Inochi no Uta ga Kikoeru”
  • #19.) 「Milky Holmes Dai-Ni-Maku」 OP – “Nazo! Nazo? Happiness!!”
  • #18.) 「YuruYuri♪♪」 OP – “Yes! Yuyuyu☆Yuruyuri♪♪”
  • #17.) 「Zero no Tsukaima F」 OP – “I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU”
  • #16.) 「Medaka Box」 OP – “HAPPY CRAZY BOX”
  • #15.) 「Smile Precure!」 OP – “Let’s go! Smile Precure!”
  • #14.) 「Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead」 OP – “***Passionate”
  • #13.) 「Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A」 OP – “Miracle Rush”
  • #12.) 「Inu × Boku SS」 OP – “Nirvana”
  • #11.) 「BTOOOM!」 OP – “No Pain, No Game”
  • #10.) 「Sword Art Online」 OP – “crossing field”
  • #09.) 「Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!」 OP – “Sparkling Daydream”
  • #08.) 「Dog Days Dash」 OP – “Fearless Hero”
  • #07.) 「Saint Seiya Omega」 OP – “Pegasus Fantasy ver.Ω”
  • #06.) 「Initial D Fifth Stage」 OP – “Raise Up”
  • #05.) 「Accel World」 OP – “Chase the world”
  • #04.) 「Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic」 OP – “V.I.P”
  • #03.) 「Little Busters!」 OP – “Little Busters! ~TV animation ver.~”
  • #02.) 「Fate/Zero 2nd Season」 OP – “to the beginning”
  • #01.) 「JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure」 OP – “JoJo – Sono Chi no Sadame”