Anime openings are the presentation each show provides us. Usually, a nice and well-made anime opening makes the viewers hope for a very good show. Then, there are some openings that really raise expectations. We're talking about those openings where beautiful visuals mix with a nice song and make the viewers understand the very cornerstone of that specific show, without spoiling too much of the plot with explicit scenes. In this ranking, we'll examine ten openings, from the most wonderful Sci-Fi shows. Stick with us until the end to discover our picks!
10. “Kimi dake no Boku de Iru kara” by GACKT – Trickster
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2016 – March 2017
The private investigation firm known as the Boy Detectives' Club was created by Kogorou Akechi. One of the members is high school boy Kensuke Hanasaki, who by chance meets Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi is a strange boy with an amnesia, and even though he wishes to die, he is unable to. Seeing how Kobayashi's inability to die can become useful, Hanasaki offers him a deal: if Kobayashi joins the Boy Detectives' Club, he will help him die eventually. That's how the two of them become friends, foes, and colleagues, while Akechi's sworn enemy – Twenty Faces – is preparing his move...
Trickster's opening makes immediately clear Hanasaki and Kobayashi's relationship. In fact, it starts off showing Kobayashi, then Hanasaki, and finally the two of them swimming together in dark blue water. Right after, we see alternatively both of them walking on a background made of a Ferris wheel and the city's contour. After a little frame showing Twenty Faces, each character is presented, and right after, they all together fight against him. The opening ends in a very fitting way, enclosing the cornerstone of Trickster: Kobayashi lies down, reaching out toward pink cherry blossoms, and Hanasaki appears extending his hand toward Kobayashi, who closes his eyes.
9. “Hikari no Hahen” by Yu Takahashi – Orange
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
One day, Naho Takamiya–a 16-year-old high school girl–receives a strange letter. Apparently, it was sent by herself from ten years in the future. Initially, Naho thinks it may be some kind of prank from her friends, but she is shocked to realize that day by day, what is written in that letter happens for real. Naho Takamiya from ten years in the future is full of regrets: she couldn't avoid a tragedy happened during her high school days. In fact, according to the letter, Kakeru, the new transfer student, won't be with them in the future. Naho from the future wishes for Naho to change the past!
Even with its Sci-Fi elements, Orange is a full-fledged shoujo anime, involving friendship and, of course, romance. Its opening, the wonderful “Hikari no Hahen”, starts off by presenting each character and the school setting. It is a very touching opening, all the more when you have already read the manga and know what's going to happen throughout the story. We see the characters getting upset about something disturbing their peace, but right after, they all–including Kakeru–run happily together. The opening ends with white paper and a pencil on a desk.
8. “Lay Your Hands On Me” by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES – Kiznaiver
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Katsuhira Agata is the perfect target for bullies: his sense of pain has vanished altogether, so bullies extort money from him on daily basis after beating him to a pulp. One day, Katsuhira, his childhood friend Chidori, and four other teenagers are forced to become “Kiznaivers”. These six kids taking part to the Kizuna System project will be connected through pain: if one feels pain – either physical, or emotional – all the others will be struck with the same amount of agony. This is how each of them will be forced to face their inner demons!
This opening starts off with a kaleidoscope, and after it, we see our protagonists holding hands, used as a metaphor to say that their lives are intertwined. Then, after a few static images showing some places our protagonists will explore, and another confusing kaleidoscope, one by one each character is presented. After a little look into the Kizuna System laboratory, once again we see these six kids, one by one, being absorbed by the kaleidoscope. The opening ends with Katshuira's eye in the foreground.
7. "Binary Star" by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Uru – Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis - Encounter)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2018 – ongoing
In a faraway future, mankind managed to colonize a large part in the universe. The monarchic Galactic Empire, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance have been at war for a long time now. In this setting, two rivals manage to raise to power: Reinhard von Lohengramm, a young admiral in the Galactic Empire, who hates the emperor and Yang Wen-li, commodore of the Free Planets Alliance, who hates war. These two men will face political struggles, battles, and conflicts, but in the end, they'll manage to turn the tables.
“Binary Star” is like a sweet lullaby, accompanying frames of two airships meant to recall the Galactic Empire, and the Free Planets Alliance. Right after, we see Reinhard and his comrades, and a pinch of his past. Then there are frames showing the terrible war between the two superpowers, and Yang Wei-li while drinking tea ends this wonderful opening.
6. “Super Shooter” by Rip Slyme – Gantz
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2004 – June 2004
Kei Kurono is a high school boy, bored with life and cynical to no end. Due to some tragic circumstances, he and his childhood friend – Masaru Katou – end up dying being run over by a train; the worst is yet to come, though. After waking up in a room with no way out, full of other dead people, and a black ball in the middle shouting orders, Kei and the others begin a deadly game: they will have to fight against aliens. By winning and scoring points, they will receive the possibility to have their lives back!
If you felt anxious while watching Gantz, we are sure you found its opening extremely fitting. “Super Shooter” presses while we watch Kei and the other protagonists fighting against the aliens, wearing the black uniform. Some gory scenes are scattered here and there, and then we see the black ball and what's inside of it. Basically, this opening is like watching Kei and the others being chased after by something very malicious, and that's why this opening fits perfectly with this show: it's the main theme of Gantz, and it makes you perceive what you feel while watching it.
5. "Namida no Mukou" by Stereopony – Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2008 – March 2009
In order to put an end to the conflicts among the three superpowers – the Union, the Human Reformist Alliance, and the AEU – a new organization was born: the Celestial Being. The complete depletion of fossil fuels brought mankind to use solar energy as a new power source, and three orbital elevators were created. Since only selected countries could use them, their creation led to war. Four guys, each of them with their own reasons, join the non-profit Celestial Being, becoming Gundam Meisters. They'll do whatever it will take to put an end to the conflicts!
The opening starts off with a bright butterfly passing in front of the female characters, then we see the four protagonists driving their Gundams. Right after, there are frames of them giving the viewers hunches of what brought the four to join the Celestial Being, and successively we see their deeds with their Gundams during a battle. This opening ends very poetically, what with Setsuna reaching out to Marina Ismail (supposedly), and the bright butterfly passing in front of them. In the last frame we see the four Celestial Beings walking away in opposite directions.
4. "Uncontrollable" by Kanako Itou – ChäoS;Child
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2017 – March 2017
A series of terrifying murders by the “New Generation Madness” came to an end with an earthquake that turned Shibuya to rubble. Six years after, in a newly rebuilt Shibuya, a series of gruesome murders pop up once again. Takuru Miyashiro, a high school student, immediately realizes that the dates match with the deaths of the New Generation Madness. Takuru, together with his friends, decides to investigate, only to discover a shocking truth...
This opening starts off in black and white, with little Takuru, and his childhood friend Serika Onoe, witnessing the earthquake. Then, we see a grown-up Takuru walking the chaotic Shibuya streets, and right after, various settings showing all the other characters. After frames showing alternatively crowded places, and empty ones in black and white, we see a desperate Takuru running, and then falling on the floor and screaming. After another round of the female characters in apparently dangerous situations, the opening ends with Takuru seeing all his friends disappearing one by one and remaining alone. Finally, he turns and begins to walk, when he raises his head, and he is back in the crowded Shibuya, just like the opening began.
3. "Abnormalize" by Ling Tosite Sigure – Psycho-Pass
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2012 – March 2012
Japan has created the Sybil System, with the purpose of determining criminal intent, or the Psycho Pass, of each citizen. Even if just by the spur of the moment, ill-wills must be suppressed by the Inspectors, often helped by the Enforcers. The Enforcers are former Inspectors, gone latent criminals: the dirty work is up to them, in exchange for freedom. Akane Tsunemori, an Inspector, paired up with Shinya Kogami – an Enforcer – will discover the truth behind the Sybil System, and their discovery will be the starting point for the perfect concept of justice to fall apart.
This opening shows Kogami fighting against himself–due to his regretful past–and then we see him drowning. Akane Tsunemori appears to help him, but then she shoots him, and episode by episode the viewers can understand what that means. Kogami hits the ground, and then he runs on high Tokyo rooftops, holding a gun; Akane awaits him doing the same. The opening ends with Kogami and Akane looking at each other. This opening is very fitting, as we see clearly their relationship: Kogami sees his old self in Akane, while Akane looks up to Kogami, until something goes wrong. It really deserved a mention!
2. "Hacking to the Gate" by Kanako Itou – Steins;Gate
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2011 – September 2011
Rintarou Okabe is a self-proclaimed “mad scientist”. He and his friends – Mayuri Shiina, and Hashida Itaru – spend their time in a room in Akihabara, while Okabe tries to create future gadgets. One day, one of Okabe's creations–the Phone Microwave–begins to actually work. It can send emails to the past, changing the future events. It will prove to be very useful the day a tragic accident happens...
Steins;Gate's opening is just as messy as this show may seem, since it involves time and how it can be altered somehow. “Hacking to the Gate” accompanies frames of a clock gears, while each character is presented on a black and white background. Then, there are Okabe and Mayuri in the background, and right after we see all the other characters involved with Okabe's creation, the Phone Microwave. As the music pumps up towards the chorus, the other main protagonist appears: Kurisu Makise. Finally, other confusing frames relating to time pop up one after the other, and the opening ends with all the characters appearing one after the other on the black and white background.
1. "Let Me Hear" by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas – Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
Shinichi Izumi is a plain high school student with a quiet life, and a very loving family. One night, though, his peaceful life turns to a mess: a parasite enters his body and takes the place of his right hand. Forced to share a difficult existence, Shinichi and the parasite–Migi–have to fight against other malicious parasites, in order to defend themselves, and survive. The situation takes a turn for the worse when another tragedy strikes Shinichi and his family...
Here we are with our 1st position! “Let Me Hear” is the perfect fit for the visuals of this opening. It starts off with parasites in embryo form, and then, we see them falling on Tokyo. While the background remains almost neutral, we see a sad Satomi Murano, followed by a frame of a sad Shinichi. As the music keeps pumping up, there's a closeup on Migi and frames implying Shinichi's changes. After seeing some other parasites in human form, the chorus is dedicated to three important persons in Shinichi's life: his mother, Kana, and finally Murano. While approaching the end, we see alternatively Shinichi falling down and frames of other characters. The opening ends with Shinichi who has undergone a total change, mental and physical.
This is how our chart came to an end! How did you like it? We tried to pick those Sci-Fi anime openings that really pumped viewers up, raising the hype for the show. The anime universe is full of Sci-Fi shows, with amazing anime openings; sadly, we had to choose only ten, but please don't hesitate to let us know other Sci-Fi anime openings that would fit this ranking in the comments below. See you next time!