From the Winter to Fall 2022 season anime fans were treated to another year filled with a lot fantastic anime series to watch. There are a lot of factors that make for a great anime. One of those is having a strong opening. The best anime openings combine music and video accompanying that build hype for what you are about to watch. The best of them tease the viewer with what they should expect while not giving away everything as they lose themselves in anticipating watching the new anime episode. With that in mind we’ve selected the Top 10 Anime Openings of 2022.
10) Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie – “Honey Jet Coaster” by Nasuo
Much like the anime itself what is enjoyable about Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie’s “Honey Jet Coaster” by Nasuo is it just goes all in on the friendship angle of the story. There is no major conflict. It’s just about the character relationships and our core pair that is already together by the time the series starts. That all comes across throughout the opening.
Adding in the mix of adventures that pays homage to classic adventure movies was a good way to just add in on he fun. Even if this was a straight-up slice-of-life anime its fun when we get these types of moments in an opening that has nothing to do with the anime itself other than showing our leads having fun together.
9) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – “Zankyou Sanka” by Aimer
When it comes to a song and opening video that matches exactly with what a story arc is going to be about “Zankyou Sanka” by Aimer nails just that. From the get-go, the presentation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s opening makes it clear this is all about the Entertainment District arc. Opening with Tengen Uzui happily lounging on a chair surrounded by his three wives Makio, Suma, and Hinatsuru just sets that tone. It definitely pushes how Tengen being elevated to more main character than the previous two arcs changes the way the action goes.
8) Mob Psycho 100 – “1” by MOB Chorus
Mob Psycho 100 latest opening just goes more in on how weird of an anime this is. “1” by MOB Chorus just goes into that more about this show. The use of character faces in different styles with how mouths, eyes, and fingers are also part of the opening would be unsettling for an opening in any other anime. But to be honest it all just fits the vibe of what Mob Psycho 100 is.
Out of all the openings we got this season this one may be the vaguest in what goes on. Or at least isn’t as in-your-face as others to give away what the third season of Mob Psycho 100 will be about. All that plays into the viewer just knowing they should just expect the unexpected with Mob Psycho 100 latest season.
7) Ranking Of Kings – “Hadaka no Yūsha” by Vaundy
Ranking Of Kings is one of the more delightful shows you will find this year. And that tone is set by its opening “Hadaka no Yusha” by Vaundy which just gives you a sense of going on an adventure with the main character. Sometimes just keeping it that simple is all you need and it definitely works for Ranking Of Kings.
Throughout the opening we also get to have a great glimpse of the overall world Ranking Of Kings is set in. Every character is represented with our main character firmly positioned as the lead who will be guiding us through the world. It all just sets the stage for an adventure that you will be looking forward to with these characters
6) Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – “Scar” by Tatsuya Kitani
Bleach is known for a lot of things. It was part of Shonen Jump’s Big 3 in the 2000s. It had killer fight sequences with cool characters that have a lot of style. But what it may be best known for is having some of the best, if not the best, music in all of anime. Tatsuya Kitani clearly knew that was their assignment with creating a new song for the return of the series Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. Kitani passes the assignment with “Scar” joining the long list of banger opening songs for Bleach.
The style of the opening with the black, white, and pink color palette is used well to match both Kitani’s “Scar” and the action being shown throughout the opening. The color palette chosen adds to how flowers and rain are used throughout the opening to add to the tone of what the season will be. You get that the season won’t be a fun one for the characters during the story as there will be plenty of sorrow with what is about to go down.
5) Overlord IV – “Hollow Hunger” by OxT
While the fourth season of Overlord is it’s last it is the season that is the culmination of everything that has happened since the first episode. After Ainz and his crew are publicly well-known Overlord IV is the payoff to everything the first three seasons built. This is what really makes “Hollow Hunger” by OxT such a perfect match to what to expect as Ainz and his crew go full steam ahead with taking over the world.
The video that accompanies “Hollow Hunger” shows exactly what story and character match-ups to expect. Many of those are likely giveaways because fans know going in that Ainz and his crew will win with their overwhelming power. What we don’t know is what the aftermath of all the teases in the opening is going to be and that is gotten over with how the opening is all paced out.
4) Fuuto PI – “Private Eye” by Big Gadgets ft. Aya Kamiki & TAKUYA
You can’t get cooler than mixing the detective noir and Super Sentai genres together. That’s exactly what Fuuto PI as an anime sequel series to Kamen Rider W is. And it is just fitting that Fuuto PI’s opening song is titled “Private Eye” with Big Gadgets, Aya Kamiki, and Takuya Asanuma. The song jazz music is just so on point that it melds the detective and Super Sentai mix that Fuuto PI is.
Starting the opening with the main characters acting like the detectives that they are makes the second half that’s filled with Super Sentai action as we see Kamen Rider W in action more exciting and is well paced. Nothing is given away in this opening outside of the characters you should expect to see and what type of villains they will fight. It’s all simple and effective that, as said before, is elevated by Big Gadgets, Aya Kamiki, and Takuya Asanuma’s “Private Eye” song.
3) Chainsaw Man – “Kick Back” by Kenshi Yonezu
MAPPA knew exactly that they were given the keys to a special franchise with Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man. That is evident with how they just went with let’s have as much fun with creating an opening to this show as possible. What better way than to tap into Fujimoto’s love of movies and combine iconic movie moments throughout history with the Chainsaw Man characters?
There are iconic moments or tributes to various movies throughout history that you will spot throughout Chainsaw Man’s opening. There are references to Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and even the more recent Thor: Love & Thunder. There are countless others and it is all played perfectly to Kenshi Yonezu’s “Kick Back” song that all prepares the viewer for watching something truly special.
2) Spy x Family – “Mixed Nuts” by Official HIGE DANdism
The first opening for Spy x Family is a great example of how to sell a series without giving anything away about the season. You can tell from how everything was timed that the animators for Spy x Family worked with Official HIGE DANdism on the timing to make the video match the musical tone that is currently playing. They work in concert with each other to make
We get that with how we open with Loid Forger making his entrance as if he is James Bond. Then we quickly transition into a wholesome animation style that could really be used for shorts in the future. That middle works well to get you into how our POV character really will be Anya Forger. Then seeminglessly switching to the normal animation style we see in the show that shows you exactly the double lives characters Loid and Yor live. Ending it all with the iconic color manga cover of Anya, Loid, and Yor sitting around a dinner table to life is perfect.
1) Attack On Titan: The Final Season – “Rumbling” by SiM
When it comes to setting the tone for what you are about to watch no anime opening did it better than “Rumbling” by SiM for the latest part of Attack On Titan: The Final Season. You get absolutely pumped the second you hear the word “Rumbling” along with the accompanying drum the second the song begins. The way the first five seconds begin before the song fully kicks off just sends a chill down your spine as you know you are about to watch something special.
The accompanying video is an example of how you set up an entire season for an anime in the opening alone. There are obviously spoilers like in any anime opening but they are more about setting the tone for where the characters are at for this season. While you see where characters are currently at as of Attack On Titan: The Final Season you get glimpses of who they were when we saw them growing up. It all plays into how well-paced “Rumbling” as a song is with everything you see happen in the opening.