Introduction to My Top 5 Favorite LiSA Anime Openings
Rock ballads dominated the music charts during my formative years. I think that explains a lot about my musical tastes. The Baby’s Isn’t it Time is a good example. I also blame pomp rock, like most of the stuff from U2 (in particular New Year’s Day). I like my music big. I like my music powerful. And I like it to make me feel something other than “awww, that was nice.” Kalafina’s music does that, and that’s why I published my 3 favorite Kalafina songs first. When I think of powerful anime openings, I think first of Kalafina.
Kalafina doesn’t have a monopoly on power music, though. A very close second, at least to my reckoning, is LiSA. And honestly? She might be first. It’s hard to rank amazing talent. Her voice is dynamic, powerful, and beautiful, and she has more than her fair share of astoundingly cool anime openings and closings. I thought it would be fun to share my 5 favorite LiSA anime openings with you. So, here they are!
Note that you can see a complete list of LiSA’s OPs and EDs on My Anime List.
My Top 5 Favorite LiSA Anime Openings
Number 5: Gurenge (紅蓮華), OP from Demon Slayer
I had a lot of fun reviewing Demon Slayer with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime back when it aired. The story and tropes are straight out of a shonen tropes textbook, but its combination of appealing characters like Tanjirou, a great soundtrack, and ufotable’s animation turned it into a cultural phenomenon.
LiSA’s OP was part of that great soundtrack. Here’s the OP on YouTube:
Number 4: rising hope, OP from The Irregular at Magic High
The Irregular at Magic High has a lot of the things that are common in my favorite series. It had an apparently over-powered main character in Tatsuya Shiba (though I’d argue he’s less over powered and more crafty). It had strong women characters like Erika Chiba and Mayumi Saegusa. The magic system was deep, complex, and consistent — which is important to make it feel realistic! And finally, it had a vibrant, kick-ass soundtrack. Here’s rising hope, LiSA’s contribution to the soundtrack (and by the way, you can read Karandi’s review of the series on her site 100 Word Anime):
Number 3: ADAMAS, OP from Sword Art Online: Alicization
I’m not saying that Sword Art Online: Alicization was perfect. I will, however, say that it doesn’t deserve the level of vehement hate it seems to generate. No, Kirito is not overpowered, and having studied over-powered characters as a topic of interest, I can successfully defend that position! That’s probably why I gravitate to balanced, thoughtful review of the series like this one from Dewbond on his site Shallow Dives in Anime. That said, though I can’t say that Alicization is a perfect artistic achievement, I can say that it had a lot going for. That includes its OP, ADAMAS. check it out on YouTube:
Number 2: Crossing Field, OP from Sword Art Online
Of course, as the predecessor of Alicization, the original Sword Art Online seems to have attracted a few, let’s say, disenchanted viewers. That’s fine, but I’m not among them. I really enjoyed this series. I mean, even if all of the other episodes sucked (and they did not suck, just for the record), the third episode, called Red Nosed Reindeer, seriously ripped me up. Some series run for years and don’t pack that kind of emotional punch. I could feel what Kirito was going through, and dramatically, I thought it was fantastic. Likewise, I thoughts that Crossing Fields, its OP, was also fantastic. Here it is on YouTube (oh, and Dewbond reviewed it, too!):
Number 1: oath sign, OP from Fate Zero
It might be because I watched Fate Zero before I watched Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. Or maybe it was because of Fate/Zero season 2, episode 2 (Gold Shine) where Artoria Pendragon took down Gilles de Rais. That scene never gets old! Whatever the reason, it remains my favorite of the Fate franchise series. Others seem to agree that it was enjoyable, as you can see in this review by Traditional Catholic Weeb on his site The Traditional Catholic Weeb. The show has stuck with me, and so has its OP, oath sign. In fact, it’s my favorite of LiSA’s OPs! You can check it out here: