It’s been some time since we had a Madness Bracket, so I thought we could change that up with a bracket to decide which anime opening is the best of them all. We’ve got contenders from the early days of anime to shows currently airing today. Which one will come out on top? Only one way to decide.

What makes up a great anime opening? For some, it’s just the music. For others, it’s the animation itself that appeals. But the truly best anime openings are the ones that manage to combine both aspects perfectly. And that’s what you’re being asked to consider today. We have 64 possible winners to be voted on. Getting down to that 64 was an extremely difficult task. Especially when so many anime have multiple opening themes to choose from.

The methodology for the selection was a combination of consulting other lists of “best anime openings” and consultation with people on social media. A master list of around 90 anime was created then pared down with great difficulty until 64 shows remained. Then shows with multiple openings were considered with the same method until a “best” opening for each was chosen. I expect there will be discussion about what was left out or what song should have been chosen instead.

The polls are below. Today’s vote is the largest. I ask that when you vote to please judge based on the opening and not just because you want a particular anime to win. It’s a lot of openings to consider, but links will be provided to each opening so you can check them out at your leisure to make your decision.


Polls (Click on show title for link to video)

Region 1

Cowboy Bebop “Tank” vs Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso “Hiraku nara”


Gundam Wing “Just Communication” vs Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica “Connect”

Code Geass “COLORS” vs Bleach “Asterisk”


Ergo Proxy “Kiri” vs Outlaw Star “Through the Night”

Naruto “Haruka Kanata” vs Lucky Star “Motekke! Sailor Fuku!”


Pokemon “Pokemon Theme” vs Higurashi no Naku Koro ni “When They Cry”

Toradora “Pre-Parade” vs Sailor Moon “Moonlight Densetsu”


Blood+ “Colors of the Heart” vs Gunsmith Cats “Bulletproof!”

Region 2

Death Parade “Flyers” vs .hack//Sign “Obsession”


Yuri!!! on Ice “History Maker” vs Ghost in the Shell: SA Complex “Inner Universe”

Gintama “Donten” vs Spice and Wolf “Tabi no Tochuu”


One Piece “Fight Together” vs Gundam Seed “Destiny”

Escaflowne “Yakusoku wa Iranai” vs Black Lagoon “Red Fraction”


Full Metal Panic Fumoffu “Sore ga ai Deshou” vs Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann “Sorairo Days”

Baccano! “Guns & Roses” vs Noragami “Goya wa Machiawase”


Serial Experiments Lain “Duvet” vs Elfen Lied “Lilium”

Region 3

Neon Genesis Evangelion “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” vs Cardcaptor Sakura “Catch You Catch Me”


Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya “Bouken Deshou Deshou” vs Hellsing “The World Without Logos”


Death Note “The World” vs Bakemonogatari “Staple Stable”

Full Metal Alchemist “Melissa” vs InuYasha “Change the World”


Initial D “Around the World” vs Knights of Sidonia “Sidonia”

Slayers “Get Along” vs D.Gray-man “Innocent Sorrow”


Samurai Champloo “Battlecry” vs Dragonball Z “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”

Nichjiou “Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C” vs Mazinger Z “Mazinger Z”


Region 4

Paranoia Agent “Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen” vs Attack on Titan “Guren no Yumiya”


Berserk “Tell Me Why” vs Ouran Koukou Host Club “Sakura Kiss”

Hikaru no Go “Get Over” vs Soul Eater “Resonance”


Chobits “Let Me Be With You” vs Air “Tori no Uta”

Trigun “H.T.” vs Hunter x Hunter “Departure”


Hare + Guu “Love Tropicana” vs Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure “JoJo Sono Chi no Sadame”

Lupin the Third “Lupin III Theme” vs One Punch Man “The HERO!!”


Durarara “Uragiri no Yuuyake” vs Ping Pong the Animation “Tada Hitori”

And that’s all the voting for today. I hope everyone enjoys this bracket. It took quite a bit of effort to make it. You have until noon tomorrow to get your votes in, and the second round will be on Monday.