Top Ten Anime Endings
So last week I posted my Top Ten Anime Openings, so this week its the turn of the Endings! Initially I thought this would be easier, since I like many more OPs than EDs, however when faced with the task of making a shortlist, I soon realised that this was going to be just as tough as the OPs post!
So once again I had to be strict with myself; there are lots of series where I love just the ED song or animation, but for this Top10 post the ED had to have both going for it – so no Darker than BLACK ED1, Wolfs Rain ED, Le Portrait de Petit Cossette ED or Maria+Holic ED; all of which I love.
Anyway time to get on with the post, here’s my Top Ten Anime Endings!
10. K-ON! ED1 – “Don’t say ‘Lazy’” by HTT (Yoko Hikasa, Aki Toyosaki, Satomi Satou & Minako Kotobuki)
While I hate K-ON! with a passion, this ED is fecking addictive! It’s insanely catchy and never fails to suddenly pop into my head at the most random times. I also really like the costume design and the fact that KyoAni have actually bothered to properly animate the ED like it’s an actual music video for HTT – a nice touch in a series that really has very little to do with music!
9. Clannad ED – “Dango Daikazoku” by Chata
Ah the Dango song – I challenge you to listen to this and not end up singing along with it or having it stuck in your head for the rest of the day! 😆 Now I usually have an allergic reaction to anything this cute, but I just find this ED adorable. It’s not particularly well sung, the animation is completely minimal and the tune is very simple – but it works! Plus it ties well into the actual series and Nagisa’s Dango Daikazoku obession; which is a nice touch.
8. Rurouni Kenshin ED3 – “Heart of Sword~Toakemae~” by TN Revolution
Ah here’s my nostalgia kick. This one is a pretty simple clip show, but the animation is nicely in time with the music and also serves as a handy character intro reel. I really love this tune – it was my ringtone for ages and I still have it as an alarm! I was never really a fan of any of the Kenshin OPs, but I loved most of the EDs; however ‘Heart of Sword’ is easily my favourite.
7. Durarara ED1 – “Trust Me” by Matsushita Yuya
The Drrr!! ED is as simple as they come; a piece of scrolling artwork with a few colour changes fired in to keep it a bit interesting – hardly any animation at all. However it’s a very memorable (and easily parodied) ED for that very reason. I liked watching the art scrolling up the screen every week because it was another way to hardwire the Drrr!! characters into my brain – plus it’s really well laid out with all the characters connected in someway or another further empathising the overlapping stories that make up much of the plotline of Drrr!! The song itself is a pleasant number – not particularly memorable without the images though; its a very simple ED, but I really like it.
6. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo ED – “You won’t see me coming” by Jean-Jacques Burnel
Now this is just pure style. The Gankutsuou ED looks more like a very well-edited AMV than anything else – there’s none of the usual blank space for credits and its filled with almost spoilers for the whole series (the full brilliance of the ED is only apparent when you’ve watched the entire series). I really like the song on its own, but it really come into its own when coupled with the striking animation. Ah this makes me want to rewatch Gankutsuou!
5. Umineko no Naku Koro ni ED – “la divina tragedia ~Makyoku~” by Jimang
My primary reason for liking this ED is the vocals – they’re sung with such gusto that it always makes me smile. The song is great, I listen to it quite a lot in the car (tis great to sing along to :lol:) The accompanying animation is rather simplistic, but its pretty effective at establishing a tense atmosphere, with its shots of key locations/symbols and the way the colour palate is heavy on the reds and quite dark overall. It’s a pity the actual show wasn’t as good as its music!
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ED1 – “USO” by Sid
I love the way this ED is animated. It flows really well and manages to highlight all the main characters while keeping the focus on Ed and Al. Plus I just think its adorable the way it has Chibi!Ed and Chibi!Al at the end as if they’ve drawn this all themselves 😀 It’s a really light-hearted ED and very fitting for the tone of the show in the initial introductory episodes. The song is very catchy, it’s another one I find myself humming randomly, and it works really well with the animation.
3. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei ED1 – “Zessei Bijin” by Ai Nonaka, Marina Inoue, Yu Kobayashi & Ryoko Shintani
Had to have a SHAFT series in somewhere! This first SZS ED is my favourite of all the brilliant SZS EDs. I love the bouncy feel of the music and the imagery in the animation (I have had quite a few desktops using images from this ED). It’s a pretty decent song for being a cast song (then again the SZS cast has some very talented singers in it), and it works fantastically well with the animation. The result is a very stylish ED and definitely one of my all time favourites.
2. Gintama ED2 – “Mr Raindrop” by Amplified
Gintama has some great music, but this ED kind of stands out in my mind because dancing Elizabeth is fecking awesome. The song is another insanely catchy, but simple number that works extremely well with the very simple animation of Elizabeth dancing about in the rain, with scenes of the other main characters going about their business in between. You don’t need to do anything overly fancy to produce a memorable ED – this is a perfect example.
1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ED – “Hare Hare Yukai” by Aya Hirano
I picked the Hare Hare Yukai as my #1 because it’s so iconic. Haruhi is still one of my favourite series (I’m pretending that E8 fiasco never happened) and even though the show, and this ED in particular, are everywhere (you’d really have had to be living under a rock not to have seen/heard this ED at some stage) I still really like it. Its a bit of a nostalgia kick for me too, as arround when Haruhi was airing was when I really started discovering the online anime community and began following weekly shows. This ED is cheesy and gimmicky, but its memorable, fun and makes me smile – which is why its #1 in my book.
So thats my top10, weird list even if I do say so myself! I’m probably missing some obvious ones that slipped my mind; so what are your favourites?