The natural progression, let’s look at my top endings. This one was much easier to cut down as endings are almost alyays worse than openings, but that doesn’t mean some studios don’t know how to finish off their shows with something that leaves an impression on the viewer.
#10 Shakugan no Shana
Aka no Seijaku – Ishida Yoko
The illustrations here are what always keep me watching this ending. The art’s great and what makes it better (though the technique is only used for the first two-thirds of the ending) is the animation where each picture focuses in from scattered layers. The song develops and builds up alongside the animation until it really kicks in with the entire portrait of the characters being revealed towards the end.
#9 Kyoran Kazoku Nikki
Kyōran Senki ~Nichijō no Kami-sama~ – Ayumi Fujimura
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki tends to overload my brain with its insane pace and characters who can speak for a minute without taking a breath, and the ED is no different. Far from it being slower or more calming than the OP, as most shows are, Kyouran goes with its unique brand of madness and creates this crazy and energetic ending. And I love every second of it. Fun fact: KKN had had 8 endings in total, each for a member of that madcap misfit family.
Hanabi – Ikimono-gakari
There’s just something about this ED that strikes me as being subtle. The fact I love any sort of blaring wind instrument also contributed to its placement on the list, but there’s more to it than that. Bleach was a series that was about big swords, fighting and funky designs due to Kubo-sensei’s quirky imagination. But this ED, seems to go in the opposite direction of that interpretation of the shows. All the characters have emo-tional looks on their faces while fireworks light up the background and the sky; there’s even a slight feeling of sadness. But what I most love is the shot at the end with all the ladies of the show spread out in the shape of a firewrok. Not particulary special in terms of animation, but unique from the other series’ endings in what it represents.
Dango Daikazoku – Chata
Oh lordy lord, KyoAni, what have you done to my lack of music taste? It’s just one of the cutest damn EDs I’ve ever seen, so simple and sweet it’s impossible not to eventually find yourself humming the tune at random times. Blah blah blah family message in song fits with family message in show, who cares. It’s just.. it’s Dango-freakin’-Daikazoku, you must love it or the dangos will receive no love!
#6 Gurren Lagann
Minna no Peace – Afromania
Still the best Afromania song I’ve heard in an anime. One line seems to resonate strongly with the standard message of the show: “Sono yume wo oikake” – chase after that dream. The animation fits the constantly expanding song and scale of the show as well, with Simon and Boota going from the city, to the sky, to the stars themselves, and the galaxies reflected in Simon’s eyes. Aspirations, dreams and goals being follwed and attained are what this ED is about and it all works perfectly. LOVE AND PEACE!