Anime OP/ED Rhapsody06/18/2009
One of the reasons I adore anime is because of the lavished intro and outro “music videos” that precede and follow each episode. I can’t speak for every series, but it is very evident that a lot of effort has been put in to them, enough to warrant them as a crucial part of the show and as an art form. The quality of anime OP/EDs can be further appreciated when it is contrasted with its western counterpart; OPs that are a few seconds long and handled in an apathetic fashion. And the EDs? What ED? Oh, you mean that little black bar that takes up about 2/5 of the screen with rapid white text streaming through it. That’s not much an ED as it is a defilement filled with greed and disrespect for the producers of the show. Anime OPs and EDs usually take up about three minutes of a show’s runtime and under certain circumstances, are actually my favorite part of a show (For example, I really, really like the OP and first ED of To-Love-Ru, but the show itself can go to hell for being pure garbage.)
As much as I appreciate anime OP/EDs as an art, there is still such a thing as good art and bad art. I skip ones that fails to grab my attention or are just plain terrible(everything from Code Geass, Paranoia Agent, Air Gear ED), and skip ones that I like after watching around five to ten episodes(TMoSH OP, Samurai Champloo OP/ED, Genshiken OP/EDs). There are exceptions however. Certain OP/EDs are filled with so much genius that skipping them would be a crime, even if they went on for 200 episodes(Anything by Kotoko, Kannagi OP, Toradora first OP). These are rare, but missing the OP/EDs under this category would be as serious as missing a crucial part of the storyline, they are that good.
Some more example of this category:
I sit middle ground in this issue. One of my friends totally disregards them completely. Although I skip my fair share, I always make sure to give them a chance before I pass judgment. My friend on the other hand, fail to acknowledge them as a part of the show and skips them all, although he doesn’t say it as skipping as it is just watching the show normally. Then there’s this other friend, whom I often watch anime with. If I make the slightest movement indicating that I plan to skip an OP or ED, I must prepare to be strangled.
Eh, not quite sure how to wrap up this post, so here is a couple of universally accepted points:
Kotoko = God (or Goddess, whatever)
K0t0ko’s voice > you
Kotoko is awesome.