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Yata’s Top 25 OPs of 2013

Hey, folks. Yatahaze here. In 2013, back in the pre-FGJ days when me and the crew primarily conversed through Facebook and forums, I made a list of my favorite 25 OPs from that year. At the time I thought – and still do think – that it was a spectacular year for anime openings, with several great entries nearly on par with each other vying for the top handful of spots. Since we’ve been a bit slow this spring (and also because those OP lists of mine seem to do pretty well for site views), I decided to revisit that old list and see if I could tweak some things around and write about them in more detail. This is the one that started it all, so it only seems natural to actually post it to the website where anyone can find it.

For those of you new to my OP ranking methods, here’s a reminder for what counts and what I consider:

  • The OP must have debuted in the year in question (so for this, 2013). It can belong to a show that started before then as long as the OP itself debuted that year. In other words, 2012 shows that carried over into 2013 and used an OP that only aired during that year are acceptable entries.
  • If an OP has multiple versions (either different animation set to the same music or different music set to the same animation) and all those versions are available online, I’ll choose the version I like the most. Multiple versions of what are otherwise the same OP won’t take up multiple entries. For entries with evolving credits, whatever’s available will be used.
  • If a show has multiple OPs, they are all eligible as long as they fit the above criteria. This never came into play for my 2014 and 2015 lists, but this old one will show why that rule exists in the first place.
  • I don’t need to have seen a show to include its OP, though shows I have watched are much more likely to be on the list, seeing as I’m more familiar with them and the in-show significance of their OPs’ contents. Doubly so for sequels or long-running series.
  • Unlike the many YouTube channels dedicated to ranking OPs based solely on music, I judge OPs on a sliding scale combination of their music, visuals, audiovisual sync, relevance to the show (when able), and my personal enjoyment, with regards given to what I feel the OP was trying to stress or accomplish most.

As always, don’t fixate on the exact numbers too much. The rankings are loose and (for this list especially) really close, meaning there are a couple solid OPs still absent here, but to stick with the precedent, I’m cutting this list off at 25 numbered entries and one honorable mention. If you’d like to see my lists from 2014 and 2015 first, you can go ahead and click on those. Otherwise, I hope you all enjoy this old but revamped and finally-published installment of Yata’s Yearly Top 25 OPs. Let’s jam.

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Yata’s Top 25 OPs of 2015

Header picWell, it’s that time of year again. The holidays will soon give way to the long dark days of winter and the start of 2016, meaning two things: One: I’ll finally have to learn how to consistently and safely drive through several feet of snow for the first time and two: I have to bring great justice to this past year’s best anime openings! In addition, a post like this offers the ability to touch on a variety of shows from throughout 2015 all in one convenient place, something I greatly enjoy doing to reflect on the year (you know, in addition to the 12 Days of Anime, which I think went well!). If you’re new to For Great Justice, you may not know how I judge anime openings, and if you’re really new to anime in general, you may not understand what exactly an OP is. I’ll sum up my main criteria below, but for a more in-depth explanation, see the start of my 2014 OPs post.

  • The OP must have debuted in 2015. It can belong to a show that started before 2015, just as long as the OP itself debuted this year. In other words, fall 2014 shows that carried over into winter 2015 and used an OP that only aired this year are acceptable entries. In slippery cases where an OVA or something used an OP the previous year once or twice but it was used for a full production this year, I’ll make an exception; just as long as the OP wasn’t counted in the previous list, really. That’s what this point is about.
  • If an OP has multiple versions (either different animation set to the same music or different music set to the same animation), I’ll choose the version I like the most. Multiple versions of what is otherwise the same OP won’t take up multiple entries.
  • If a show has multiple OPs, they are all eligible as long as they fit the above criteria. Both this year and last year it just so happened that no show which aired multiple OPs made it into the top 25 twice, though several shows came close this time, and if this list were extended to a top 30 or 35, series such as The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Food Wars and Durarara!!x2 may have indeed been on the list more than once.
  • I don’t need to have seen a show to include its OP, though shows I have watched are much more likely to be on the list, seeing as I’m more familiar with them and the in-show significance of their OPs’ contents. Doubly so for sequels or long-running series.
  • Unlike the many YouTube channels dedicated to ranking OPs seasonally and yearly based solely on music, I judge OPs on a sliding scale combination of their music, visuals, audiovisual sync, relevance to the show (when able), and my personal enjoyment, with regards given to what I feel the OP was trying to accomplish most. These rankings are very loose apart from the top few. Don’t fixate yourself on the exact numbers too much.

And just a reminder once again that rankings such as these are purely opinionated, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you disagree with what I’ve included or where I have or haven’t placed something, that’s okay. We can agree to disagree. If you want to start discussion, at least keep it civil. That’s the justice way!

Anyway, 25 of the best OPs 2015 has to offer plus one honorable mention lie ahead. Let’s get this show on the road.

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Yata’s 12 Days of Anime – 2015 Intro Post

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 10.09.11 PMHey everyone, Yata here. I’m not entirely sure how this 12 Days of Anime sensation first started or how it caught on, but every anime blogger and their mother seems to be doing it, so hey, why not FGJ? Due to extenuating circumstances on behalf of all three of us this fall, we’ve gone far too long without posting anything, but the holiday season is my saving grace and I now have the time to crank out some quick articles as we lead up to Christmas. From my understanding, the 12 Days of Anime can be about anything anime-related that the writer experienced over the course of the year, regardless of when the actual work, event, or news actually came out, but because 90% of any anime I watched this year was indeed from this year, I’m just gonna stick to my guns and cover twelve of the most memorable ani-things 2015 had to offer. I’ve done plenty of anime write-ups over the last two years, but this will be my first go at crafting a 12 Days of Anime collection, so I’m pretty excited and my hopes are high! Come back for the first post in the series on Sunday, December 13th, and return for a new entry in the countdown posted each day between then and Christmas Eve. I’ll try to keep links below updated as each article gets added.

#12 – Yurikuma Arashi and Stupid Catchphrases (Sun. 12/13)
#11 – Sequels and Fulfilled Potential (Mon. 12/14)
#10 – The Rolling Girls and Colorful Joyrides (Tues. 12/15)
#9 – J.C. Staff and (NSFW) Surprise Hits (Wed. 12/16)
#8 – Monogatari and Steady Success (Thurs. 12/17)
#7 – One Punch Man and Meeting The Hype (Fri. 12/18)
#6 – Charlotte and “POSUTO-ROKKU!” (Sat. 12/19)
#5 – Sound! Euphonium and Tasteful Lesbian Romance (Sun. 12/20)
#4 – Blood Blockade Battlefront and Human Who Didn’t Give Me His Burger (Mon. 12/21)
#3 – Shirobako and Win-Wins (Tues.12/22)
#2 – BRADIO and Funky Party People (Wed. 12/23)
#1 – For Great Justice and One Year In The Books! (Thurs. 12/24)

Yata’s 25 Favorite Anime: 2010-2014

‘Sup folks, Yatahaze here. About a year ago, I noticed that the majority of the anime I’ve seen is recent, particularly shows from the last five years. I may not be as well-versed in series that came out before then, but I think I’ve seen enough shit and gold from this last half-decade to tell the difference between the two. From 2010 to the present day, I’ve been surprised and somewhat frustrated that a decent chuck of my favorites have escaped large-scale attention in the West. Not all of them, mind you, but a decent chunk, enough so that I decided to compile the following list of my favorite (and frankly, in my opinion the best) anime to come out of the last half-decade.

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Yata’s Top 25 OPs of 2014

I assume since you’re here reading this on a site specifically dedicated to our perspectives on anime that you’re knowledgeable enough in regards to anime culture to know what an OP is. That said, assumptions are the mother of all fuck-ups, and I don’t want to blow my chance at making this admittedly long article as understandable as possible. For those new to the community or those completely here by chance, “OP” is an abbreviation that stands for “Opening”, that approximately 90-second clip at the start of nearly every anime that serves as its “theme song” of sorts.

Somewhere along the way, people started realizing that while a good opening was by no means indicative of the quality of a show, it does tend to go a long way into getting a person excited for it. Sure enough, that is the primary purpose of an OP, and that’s why it’s placed towards the start of most episodes. Nearly every anime in the modern era has one – some even have multiple. The fascination of ranking OPs both seasonally and yearly has seemed to come about naturally given people’s desire to assign arbitrary rankings to things of objectively equal value. Here at For Great Justice, we’re no different. That’s kind of our thing, in fact.

Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

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