3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina Introduction
It’s hard to pick the 3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina. I got to know the group first through their openings for Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. In fact, it seems that Yuki Kajiura formed the group to perform music for the Garden of Sinners movies.
Kalafina’s vocals set them apart. To me, they are like a J-Pop version of the symphonic metal band Therion. Whereas Therion brings in operatic elements, Kalafina brings vocal complexity that’s not typically part of modern music. The result is they are one of a handful of bands whose music frees my imagination in an almost spiritual way. At the same time, their music remains firmly grounded in the experiential realm.
Maybe it’d be easier if I just said their music is transcendentally beautiful.
Here I bring you the three best Kalafina anime openings. By “best,” I mean my favorites. Since my experience with these songs is inexorably linked to the anime whose OPs they performed, I’m going to grade these based on the OP as presented in the representative series. So, yeah, that probably gives the Fate franchise an unfair advantage.
But only to a point!
Here are the 3 best Kalafina anime openings!
3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina
3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina: Number 3: Hikari No Senritsu
One of the things I really enjoy about writing these posts is that I almost always learn something new. In the case of Hikari No Senritsu, I found out that there was a Kalafina song I’d never heard before, despite buying most of their albums. So, score! Second, I learned about the series Sound of the Sky. Which means I have to add yet another title to my backlog!
Seriously, I better make some time or I’ll never catch up! Until that, please do check out the OP on YouTube:
3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina: Number 2: To the Beginning
OP for Fate/Zero
I watched Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works first, and I wish I hadn’t. I wish I had watched Fate/Zero first. Yes, Gigguk was right in his video trying to understand the fate series: “‘Fate/stay night’ spoils ‘Fate/Zero,’ and ‘Fate/Zero’ spoils ‘Fate/stay night” (01:36). Still, I had to pick one of them!
Gigguk’s video, by the way, is one of the more accessible and enjoyable overviews of the Fate universe. Just saying!
But back to the topic at hand. Fate/Zero is my favorite Fate series so far. I even liked it better than Unlimited Blade Works. Someday, if I get up the courage and stamina to review the Fate series, I’ll talk about why. In the meantime, it’s impossible for me to divorce the power of the series’ imagery from my opinion of the song. Artoria’s shattered expression, as she turns to face the camera in the opening seconds, sets the tone. This opening really captures the pathos that underlies the Fate universe. Here’s the OP on YouTube:
3 Best Anime Openings by Kalafina: Number 1: Heavenly Blue
OP for Aldnoah.Zero
The top two videos are ridiculously close to each other. Each are favorites of mine, and each has little details that make them amazing. For example, in Aldnoah.Zero’s OP, Heavenly Blue, we get to see a member of the mech’s ground support team guiding the mech to the surface (00:27). It’s a tiny detail, but it hints at a much wider, more realistic world.
And then there are two shots of Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia. In the first, she’s lying on her back in a shallow lake (00:36). She’s in her white dress, and she’s shading her eyes against the sun. The camera pulls back and her hand falls to the water, triggering expanding ripples. Her expression was grim. Why? What’s got her upset? We don’t know yet, but the OP is doing its job: Generating interest.
The last shot of her is the most powerful. It’s fast. You almost have to be watching for it, or you’ll miss the details (01:20). You just have enough time to catch a glimpse of strands of blonde hair blown in the wind as the Princess turns to look at the camera. She’s distraught, practically in tears. Then she raises her side arm to point at the camera. The screen goes blank, then displays the words, “Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.” The origin of that phrase is disputed, but damn, I found it compelling!
Enough to make this OP my favorite Kalafina OP! Here it is on YouTube:
What Are Your Favorites?
What are your favorite Kalafina anime openings? Please feel free share what you like in the comments below!