The thing I find Important about OPs and EDs is how they make me feel about the show. For me a great OP makes me excited about the upcoming episode. I remember the OPs of the shows I grew up with – we’d really sing along in most likely poorly mimicked Japanese (CHAAA-LAAA HEAD CHA-LAAAA!!!). Like called-out-attacks, a good OP adds to the feeling of attachment to the anime. A great OP makes you feel so much love for anime, period.
A great ED, for me makes me feel wistful. I find it a bit difficult to explain. The ED, the combination of the music and the images from the show makes me feel sad that I’m leaving the anime’s world. It makes me thirst for the next episode. For me, the Tossho Daimos ED is going to be one of the most wistful ever.
In this post I look at [TRUST YOU], Gundam 00 S2’s latest ED. I think it’s a real good one.
Here’s the clip:
The song is okay, it’s still growing on me. However, the ED itself is wonderful. I mentioned a wistfulness to leave the anime world; yes, this ED makes me feel that. Another way EDs play with my feelings is the hope it inspires: I’m shown glimpses of redemption, good ends, shipping. This is a particular kind of fanservice that I haven’t really explored. They may end up being a tease, as one never knows how a show may take a tragic turn – but that’s exactly what makes me want to come back.
A good ED is so good that it makes me forget (not even forgive) things that I dislike or failed to appreciate in the show. It’s like a reset button that takes me back to what’s important: pulls me away from whatever latest thing that confounds me (and Gundam 00 is very capable of annoying me).
Pay good attention to the Gundams, lying broken in epic nature settings: crevasses, northern lights, an endless field of flowers. It’s a powerful image – given what Celestial Being is supposed to do, to end all conflict. To do just that, is to give up Gundams. Perhaps it is a fanciful foreshadowing of the final resting places of the mobile suits after they’ve completed their ultimate mission. The ‘graves’ of the Gundams make for excellent memorials. I wouldn’t mind making pilgrimages to them. Special mention goes to the young Setsuna facing the 00 Gundam, broken and kneeling, overrun with flowers. It makes me feel like Setsuna will find his innocence again.
These things may all be implausible or ridiculous. That’s not the point. The point of a good ED is wistful hope. It’s kistch, and expectedly so.
It’s still somewhat behind what I consider the ED that is the second most wistful ever (Ranma 1/2’s “Hill of the Raibow and the Sun”). And, of course, an ED that will always make me remember love:
“Runner” Minmei ver.
P.S. I really liked [PROTOTYPE] as well, I just don’t think it’s in the same class – even if it does have a better song (same with Season one’s [FRIENDS]).
P.P.S. Post links of your favorite EDs!
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