Winter 2022 OP ED review-in-brief

I have always procrastinated writing OP and ED reviews because I am not confident of my abilities to write long prose well. But I realized that that should not stop me from writing short reviews. So this will be my first seasonal OP ED review-in-brief.

Disclaimer: a proper OP/ED review requires watching the show to learn the story, as the OP/ED may have elements that entwines with the show. I am not going to watch every show that airs in the season, so the scores may be higher if there really are story elements within the OP/ED. Shows which I have watched are marked with an asterisk*.

Shows are listed in alphabetical order.

Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku *

OP

Plain and simple, mostly consisting of stills of character introduction, but with a classy traditional feel with usage of white borders and vertical text. Catchy song by VA helps to make it an overall enjoyable opening despite being simple.

ED1

ED1 continues with the same themes as OP1, except with a more calming song, accompanied with a monochrome theme, leaving us to focus on the beautiful singing by the VA for the main character.

 

ED2

Smoothly animated of rope-skipping, great use of a notebook background in relation to the school theme, but lacks in any other content or meaning. At least it’s a one-off.

 

Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou 2nd Season

OP

Interestingly sung in English, the character introductions are okay, but the OP is for the most part generic, following it up with  the standard fighting scenes. The title drop is hilariously out of place, coming in at the start of the chorus.

ED1

Interspersing still images that are on-screen far too long while slowly scrolling a still image has got to be a joke. The only saving interpretation is if the MC got together with the gold hair girl in the series and all the other girls in the interspersed pictures are the losers being mocked.

ED2

Literally the same as ED1 except with a different image. There has to be a joke that I’m not getting.

 

 

 

Atasha Kawajiri Kodama Da yo: Dangerous Lifehacker no Tadareta Seikatsu

OP

Starts off slow, but quickly ramps up into greatness. Features a day in a life for the MC, love how it builds a symmetry of the start of the day, and the end of the day with the teeth brushing and leaving dishes on the table

 

Baraou no Souretsu

OP1

Interesting rose and chess themes, but badly marred by the strange cuts at 1:12 and amateurish looking character introductions.

 

 

ED1

A couple of interesting shots, but no overall cohesiveness and very confused direction.

 

 

OP2

Anemic singing, but there’s a couple of interesting visual metaphors such as the sword, vines, roses within silhouette. The use of moving shadows during character introduction was laughable.

 

ED2

30 seconds of the same pose with an uninteresting background just reeks of lazyness. The only decent part is the end part with the aurora and the rose.

 

 

Chikyuugai Shounen Shoujo

OP

Fascinating vocalisation of a song. The opening cleverly evokes a sense of discovery and exploration of the unknown, with the unfamiliar language and the theme of space exploration.

 

Cue!

OP1

Overall kind of standard, but the depiction of a transition from a tough beginning to a results bearing fruit is decent. There is also the synchronization of the song when they look up at the sun.

 

ED1

Boring, badly-timed slideshow.

 

 

 

OP2

Decent character introductions, liked the artistic title symbolisms. Also liking the paper planes that’s symbolically matching their groups, but that ended so abruptly that made it awkward.

 

ED2

Simple, homely song with matching visuals.

 

 

Delicious Party♡Precure

OP

Chock full of well-animated sequences, can feel the large budget behind this, even having a dance sequence. Loved the party line sung with the animated poppers, and the slower pace + deeper tone part of the chorus aligned with the character introduction of the antagonists.

 

ED 

Making great use of 3D model dancing with a lively song. Love the added glass in their hands at the end.

 

Dolls’ Frontline

OP

Stunning animation, Watanabe Akio style can actually be done by others. Absolutely breath-taking transitions. Loved the doll animation sequence as well.

 

ED

Music, atmosphere, style were all good, but the animation when chorus started was disappointing. Having given a short speech, and the music building up to a pumping chorus, then only showing unimpressive pictures with it.

Fantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to

OP

The song does not match up to the visuals at all. The animation does explain the story, but does so quite repetitively.

 

 

ED

Catchy song, and visuals that actually lined up with it. Poorly animated at parts, with the laziest dance sequence I’ve seen.

 

Futsal Boys!!!!!

OP

Most uninspired character scenes ever. Feels like they are ticking off boxes of standard scenes to include and putting up the minimum required to clear those. Stuffing the character introductions for the antagonists right at the end of the OP was just horrifying bad.

 

ED

Lazy animation, but at least they have less room for messing things up this time. The one good part is the sync to the beat right before the chorus.

 

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki 2nd Season

OP

Standard opening sequences, but the lack of harmony between the song and the animation severely hurts it.

 

 

ED

Lazy slideshow.

 

 

 

Gensou Sangokushi: Tengen Reishinki

OP

Art is pretty, but composition is bad. Too many random quick cuts.

 

 

 

ED

Simple but effective. Loved the subtle expression change at the end.

 

 

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Gekitotsu

OP

Feels very badly composed, random scenes put together in no particular order.

 

 

 

ED

Loved the transition into a crystal globe. The freeze frame of galactic battle pairs well with the atmospheric music.

 

 

Hakozume: Kouban Joshi no Gyakushuu *

OP

Feels like there’s no creativity behind this OP at all, that the staff picked enough standard scenes and squeezed a couple of additional scenes to fit the 1:30. At least the animation is synchronized to the music.

 

ED

Devoid of content, but at least ended with a decent sequence and card.

 

 

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 6: Stone Ocean

OP

Impressive animation in 3D perspective. Unfortunately got a bit too random and over-movement of camera in the middle.

 

 

ED

Barely anything.

 

 

 

Kaijin Kaihatsu-bu no Kuroitsu-san

OP

Could notice the effort to sync between the music and animation, but felt that they could do better with the rhythm of the chorus, which especially made the first 20 seconds felt very awkward.

 

ED1

Consistent theming, but otherwise nothing spectacular.

 

 

ED2

Very cute visuals but gradually got more random as it progresses, and not in a good way.

 

 

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 3

OP

Portrayed the romance theme of the show very well. Not sure what the apple symbolism was about though.

 

ED

Plain, but interesting pre-chorus section and having the end lined up with the start is a plus.

 

 

Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja

OP

Liked how it remains character-focused throughout the most part but nothing else stands out.

 

 

ED

Almost no effort.

 

 

 

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen

OP

High animation budget but low creativity budget. Character introduction was plain and went on way too long, still just had to include a running scene and a fighting scene.

 

ED

Again with the high animation budget, but more sophisticated than the OP. Liked the obi motif, but the story felt a bit disconnected from the creepy mood at the start. Also appreciated the sync at the sunrise part.

Koroshi Ai

OP

No consistent theme at all, felt like 5 different directors doing different parts of the opening. You have one director wanting to show the tension between the two characters, another wanting to introduce the team as a whole, one who is inserting artistic imagery and one lousy director filling in random slice-of-life scenes and fight scenes.

ED

Surprisingly consistent theme throughout.

 

 

Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi

OP

Despite how much I detest the character design, the sync between the animation and the song is impressive, meaningful and seamless.

 

ED

Interesting song over a single image.

 

 

 

 

Leadale no Daichi nite

OP

Animation direction was a complete mess. Too many random scenes. No consistent theme nor harmony with the music.

 

 

ED

 

 

 

 

 

On Air Dekinai!

 

 

Orient

 

 

Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars The Animation

 

 

Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2

 

Ryman’s Club

 

Sabiiro no Armor: Reimei

 

Sabikui Bisco

 

 

Saiyuuki Reload: Zeroin

 

 

Sasaki to Miyano

 

 

Shenmue the Animation

 

 

Shikkakumon no Saikyou Kenja

 

 

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2

 

 

Shuumatsu no Harem

 

Slow Loop

 

Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru

 

 

Strike the Blood Final

 

 

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu

 

 

Tokyo 24-ku

 

 

Totsukuni no Shoujo

 

 

Tribe Nine

 

 

Vanitas no Karte Part 2

 

 

Yami Shibai 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series progress 22/44

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