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The Inaugural LofZOdyssey Highlights – 2018 (Day 1): The Top Ten Best Opening Songs

***To see the full rundown of the rules for the Inaugural LofZOdyssey Highlights, please click HERE.***


As a reviewer – and more to the point – as a marathon viewer, I usually must set aside up to SIX HOURS to watch a single series. Then there are the twenty-plus-episode shows that require at least half a day to complete. Therefore, any place where I can chip away at some of that time, I will.

Often the first to go is a series’ opening song.

Not only have I seen shows’ openings completely misrepresent what their stories are about, but they have actually spoiled specific details about the narrative. For example, have you ever wondered about a mysterious character seen in an opening who has yet to make an appearance despite being on episode eight of a twelve-episode show?

Yes, I don’t mind skipping an opening song in favor of just continuing with a story.

HOWEVER, every now and then, an opening will catch my attention. A song plays that fully encapsulates the heart of its series, and most importantly of all, gets you excited to watch.

And for the record, I didn’t realize until I was making this list how many of those types of openings were in 2018. It was far more difficult to pick out the top ten than I expected.

Plus, keep in mind: Simply because a series’ opening song makes this list, that has zero bearing on the series itself. I won’t claim I reviewed all the following entries favorably. Nevertheless, we should always give the credit which is due.

With that said, these are the Inaugural LofZOdyssey Highlights – The Top Ten Opening Songs of 2018:

10. Bite

Megalo Box

Performed By: Leo Imai
Lyrics By: Leo Imai
Composition By: Leo Imai

To read my full Megalo Box review, please click HERE.

I won’t say Megalo Box’s Bite gets you in the mood to fight. Instead, this song gets you ready for the fight that is already coming.

Bite tells you everything you need to know about the main character, “Gearless” Joe. He may not be dangerous by default, but it wouldn’t be advisable to tick him off either.

A fitting song to a truly outstanding series.

9. Mission! Ken・Kou・Dai・Ichi

Cells at Work

Performed By: Kana Hanazawa, Tomaoki Maeno, 
Daisuke Ono, Kikuko Inoue
Lyrics By: Yumao
Composition By: Yumao

To read my full Cells at Work review, please click HERE.

Mission! KenKouDaiIchi is exceedingly catchy.

The opening song to Cells at Work was upbeat and full of playful energy. A rather fitting sentiment given the show it accompanied.

Mission! KenKouDaiIchi is a tune you can immediately place upon hearing it. Plus, when I start singing along with the words without fail, how can such an opening not make this list?

8. Kara Kara na Kokoro

Doreiku The Animation

Performed By: Shougo Sakamoto
Lyrics By: Shougo Sakamoto
Composition By: Shougo Sakamoto

To read my full Doreiku The Animation review, please click HERE.

Like I said in the Introduction: Just because an opening song makes the list, it doesn’t mean it is from a good show.

I won’t re-review Doreiku The Animation here because right now, Kara Kara na Kokoro is the star.

Despite knowing the story of Doreiku, whenever I listen to this song, I almost want to give the series another chance.

Can there be a better reason for Kara Kara na Kokoro to make it into the top ten?


Banana Fish

Performed By: BLUE ENCOUNT
Lyrics By: Shinichi Tanabe
Composition By: Shinichi Tanabe
To read my full Banana Fish review, please click HERE.

Being a twenty-four episode series, Banana Fish actually had two opening songs, and FREEDOM was the second of the pair.

To tell you the truth, both openings were very good, and after some deliberation, I believe it is fitting to place FREEDOM at the number seven spot.

This song signaled transition. Seeing how that was precisely what was going on within the Banana Fish story when FREEDOM got introduced, I would say this opening did its job.

Banana Fish had transformed from what it was at its beginning, and FREEDOM utterly encompassed that shift.

6. Grand Blue

Grand Blue

Performed By: Shounan no Kaze
Lyrics By: Shounan no Kaze
Composition By: Shounan no Kaze
To read my full Grand Blue review, please click HERE.

Are you ready to party?

If not, simply listen to Grand Blue (the song), and you will get there.

This opening had an outstanding rhythmic energy that not only illustrated its show’s respect for the majesty of the sea but also its insistence on having as good a time as humanly possible.

I don’t think this song will adequately prepare you for the insanity that is Grand Blue (the series), and that’s fine. Consider this your palate cleanser.

5. Flashback


Performed By: MIYAVI vs. KenKen
Lyrics By: Lenny Sholnik, MIYAVI, KenKen
Composition By: Lenny Sholnik, MIYAVI, KenKen
To read my full Kokkoku review, please click HERE.

I watched Kokkoku back in June 2018, and when I first heard Flashback, I knew it would be a standard I would use when making this list. In fact, this may have been the opening that convinced me to have this category be a part of the Highlights.

Admittedly, it is debatable how well Flashback represented the Kokkoku story. But whenever it comes on, I know exactly what show it is from. Thus, mission more than accomplished.

4. Here

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Performed By: JUNNA
Lyrics By: Iwasato Yuuho
Composition By: Yusuke Shirato

To read my full The Ancient Magus’ Bride review, please click HERE.

Umm, Odyssey. This opening was technically from 2017.

You’re not wrong, but also consider:

  1. My rules, my list.
  2. Have you freakin’ heard Here?

This song expressed in less than two minutes the entirety of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. It’s full of the pain and longing which are at the heart of main character Chise Hatori’s personality at the start of the story.

Here is brilliant, and regardless of when it was first played, only three other openings from 2018 managed to surpass it.

3. found & lost

Banana Fish

Performed By: Survive Said The Prophet
Lyrics By: Survive Said The Prophet
Composition By: Survive Said The Prophet
I already said it:

Banana Fish had two excellent openings.

The deliberation I mentioned wasn’t about which of the two would make the list. I was more concerned about what rankings they would earn.

found & lost set the volatility that became Banana Fish. There was power, hatred, and revenge within its heavy melody. Perhaps it is better to say this was the perfect theme for Banana Fish’s main character (as well as its best aspect), Ash Lynx.

This truly was one of the best openings from 2018.


Devilman Crybaby

Performed By: Denki Groove
Lyrics By: Takkyu Ishino
Composition By: Takkyu Ishino

To read my full Devilman Crybaby review, please click HERE.

The first time I heard MAN HUMAN, I immediately assumed Devilman Crybaby would be all kinds of disturbing and brutal. I was totally on board.

Then I watched Devilman Crybaby, and let’s just say the show didn’t quite reach the benchmark set by its opening.

MAN HUMAN has the type of beat that will get stuck in your head. It is impossible to forget what series it is connected to. Fortunately, there is the comforting fact this song is terrific.


Darling in the Franxx

Performed By: Mika Nakashima
Lyrics By: HYDE
Composition By: HYDE

To read my full Darling in the Franxx review, please click HERE.

Without question.

It was difficult to position entries two through ten – not to mention cutting the dozens of other worthy candidates. However, the top spot always seemed destined to go to just one.

I don’t think I need to drag this out, the ranking says it all.

Darling in the Franxx’s KISS OF DEATH is the best opening song from 2018.


I want to reiterate: There were a lot of opening songs that were vying for a spot on this list. But there were only ten positions. Therefore, these were the very best of the best

Or, at least, that’s according to me. I want to hear your thoughts.

What did I get right? What did I get wrong? What do you think the top ten opening songs from 2018 were?

Please don’t hesitate to leave your opinions down in the comments below.

And as always, please be sure to follow LofZOdyssey Anime Reviews and all my other social media sites so you never miss a post or update.

I’m LofZOdyssey and come back tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, as we continue the Inaugural LofZOdyssey Highlights with the Top Ten Best Animation.

Post Edited By: Onions


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