One of the best aspects of anime are opening songs. They set up the show and prepare (or subvert) audiences’ expectations for the story to come. 2022 has been an especially great year in this regard, as some truly great openings have debuted and more to come.
Anime openings range vastly from slow and poignant to rapid and blood-pumping. The many great openings from 2022 are no different. Whether they harken a Titan Rumbling or introduce audiences to a spy family, many 2022 anime openings have solidified themselves as fan favorites.
10 “Honey Jet Coaster” Introduces The Crew (Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie)
Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie is a fun and heartwarming anime with an equally adorable opening accompanying it. “Honey Jet Coaster” by nasuo is not only a happy tune but also highlights Izumi and Shikimori’s sweet relationship. Fans can see the care they share for each other even before watching the show.
Additionally, the opening introduces viewers to all the other characters in their friend group. With beautiful animation and such a happy tune to match, “Honey Jet Coaster” is one of the happiest openings of 2022.
9 “ALIVE” Introduces Its Female Warriors (Lycoris Recoil)
Lycoris Recoil has taken the anime world by storm for its stunning animation and its plethora of endearing characters. Although the show is about a group of bred assassins, the show has a lot of heart, and a great opening song to go with it.
“ALIVE” by ClariS emphasizes the point the show is attempting to make. Though Takina Inoe is still strictly set in her sense of duty as an assassin, her new colleague, Chisato Nishikigi, strives to show her the importance of life. “ALIVE” is a great song to accompany this story aspect, as it highlights Chisato’s central question of what it means to be alive.
8 “GIRI GIRI” Maintains The Bop Tradition (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War)
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has been a fan favorite since its debut. Yet, in 2022, the story finally continued — although it left audiences with a lot of questions. Despite this, Masayuki Suzuki again delivers a great opening song in the form of “GIRI GIRI” featuring Suu.
The song is more mellow than previous openings, yet it serves as the perfect match for season three. Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya take more serious steps toward getting together, creating a more serious overall tone. Fans were once again elated to hear a Masayuki Suzuki song, and hope that he continues the tradition for future seasons.
7 “story” Tells Of Ojisan’s Exploits (Isekai Ojisan)
Isekai Ojisan is a spin on the traditional isekai show. The story focuses on Yousuke Shibazaki after he awakens from a coma. However, he claims that while he was asleep, he was trapped in another world. The opening — featuring a blood-pumping song by Mayu Maeshima — recounts many of Shibazaki’s escapades in this new world.
“story” perfectly highlights the action that Shibazaki faced while he was in the other world. The song emits images of adventures and heroic acts, all in a pixilated style that is reminiscent of the games Shibazaki once loved. It is a perfectly peppy song that matches Shibazaki’s wild tale and prepares audiences for the antics to come.
6 “This FFFire” Has A Driving Beat & Stunning Visuals (Cyberpunk: Edgerunners)
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a new Netflix offering based on the popular Cyberpunk 2077 video game. With Studio Trigger behind the animation, the show and the opening are both colorful marvels that are unyielding in their visual stimulation. Plus, with Franz Ferdinand’s “This FFFire” behind it, the opening is a treat for the senses.
The opening doesn’t let up from the very start. The colors and mature visuals, along with the driving music, set the audience up for a fast-paced ride through the futuristic world. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners‘opening will have fans hitting replay.
5 “Stone Ocean” Welcomes The First Female Joestar (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean is the latest entry in the JoJo’s franchise, and also introduces its first female protagonist: Jolyne Cujoh. Much like the rest of her family, Jolyne is a no-nonsense person who’s made even more ruthless when she is wrongly convicted of a crime.
“Stone Ocean” by ichigois an appropriately fast-paced song for a member of the Joestar family. The opening also shows key visuals from the show about Jolyne’s time at Green Dolphin Street Prison and gives audiences a quick glimpse at Jolyne’s stand. “Stone Ocean” is yet another high-voltage song from 2022 that fans will not soon forget.
4 “HOLLOW HUNGER” Is Dark & Intense (Overlord)
“HOLLOW HUNGER” is an appropriately dark opening song by OxT for the anime Overlord. The fourth season has a lot of culminating factors that are amping up the stakes. The opening masterfully hints at the coming conflicts with every driving note.
Ainz Ooal Gown may still be an office worker trapped in Yggdrasil, but he is starting to realize the importance of alliances in this newest season. However, not everyone is excited about his plan, a sentiment that is portrayed in this discordant opening. Anyone watching this season for the first time should be wary of what’s to come.
3 “The Rumbling” Is A Terrifying Introduction To The Destruction Eren Hopes To Bring (Attack On Titan)
Eren Yeager has staged a coup and hopes to start the dreaded Rumbling in the latest part of Attack on Titan. Such a monumentally destructive decision deserves a terrifying opening song to go with it. “The Rumbling” by SiM answers that call.
This song not only sets the stage for Eren’s plans but also emphasizes the rage that Eren has felt throughout the show, which is now coming to a head. It’s a chilling opening for the latest installment of this tragic anime.
2 “Mixed Nuts” Is A Jazzy, Wild Ride From Beginning To End (Spy X Family)
Spy x Family was a summer 2022 hit. Not only was it a fun and heartfelt show, but it also boasted one of the best anime openings of the year. “Mixed Nuts” is a jazzy tune by HIGE DANdism that is both chaotic and peppy, much like the plot of the show.
Accompanying the song are explosive visuals that capture both the joyful and more serious elements of the show. Overall, “Mixed Nuts” is a delight that never fails to get fans excited to see the exploits of the Forger family.
1 “Zankyou Sanka” Is A Flashy Opening (Demon Slayer)
Demon Slayer‘s Entertainment District Arc opening is one of the flashiest in anime. It has to be when introducing the flashiest Hashira in the Demon Slayer Corps, Tengen Uzui. The dramatic opening foreshadows adventure and strife while also being one of the most replayable songs of 2022.
“Zankyou Sanka” by Aimer perfectly fits the glamour of the entertainment district, while also hinting that something might be lurking in the darkness. With the addition of the stunning visuals — fireworks included — this is one anime opening that is sure to get audiences ready for the action ahead.
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