My Favorite 2008 OPs (and Yours?)

Let’s do something we haven’t done here before on Anime Diet: end-of-the-year lists! Our first list is favorite OPs of the year, drawn from the various anime shown throughout 2008. My personal top five OPs are:

1.) Kaiba OP, “Never.” A deeply heartfelt, mostly-correct English paean to longing and love, for one of the year’s best shows (if not THE best).

2.) Macross Frontier OP, “Triangler”. It’s Yoko Kanno and Maaya Sakamoto! ‘Nuff said.

3.) Mouryou no Hako OP, “Lost in Blue.” I like this better than the same band’s Death Note OP; melodic and driving.

4.) Kannagi OP, “motto☆Hade ni ne! (motto☆派手にね!)”. Instantly catchy. I can’t stop listening to it. (This is the full song, and it comes with a…strange video.)

5.) Itazura na Kiss OP, “Kimi, Meguru, Boku.” I haven’t watched much of this show, but I really dig the song–a jaunty, cheerful pop tune. Not too unlike what Negishi of DMC would write…

What’s some of your favorites? Feel free to link to their corresponding Youtube vids, so I can check them out too. Thanks!

Author: gendomike

Michael lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been into anime since he saw Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1999. Some of his favorite shows include Full Metal Alchemist, Honey and Clover, and Welcome to the NHK!. Since 2003 he has gone to at least one anime convention every year. A public radio junkie, which naturally led to podcasting, he now holds a seminary degree and is looking to become Dr. Rev. Otaku Bible Man any day now. Michael can be reached at You can also find his Twitter account at @gendomike.

4 thoughts on “My Favorite 2008 OPs (and Yours?)

  1. Counting the visals and not just the song…

    Xam’d OP, Kemeko OP, Nogizaka Haruka OP, Kaiba OP, MacF Northern Cross ED, Lion OP, Kannagi OP, and there are probably a couple I forgot.

  2. If I had a number 6, the Xam’d OP would be that one. It’s a great song too, but for me, it was just edged out by the five I’ve mentioned. I also thought about putting the OP to ef-a tale of melodies, but I feel it’s too similar to the first season’s OP. Which I loved, but the new one just feels a bit too much like a knockoff.

    I’m not as fond of the second Macross Frontier OP as I am of the first one. The melody is startlingly generic for a Yoko Kanno composition…

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