It’s also Art. Why shouldn’t it be?
Anime openings, or rather TV openings in general, are usually neglected by both viewers and producers.
What’s the point of an opening? Some people will just use it as extra time to quickly grab a snack before the episode starts or check their Facebook and Twitter feeds. If you’re fast enough, maybe you can even try your luck with the bathroom.
It’s always the same thing, with the same names, same faces, same scenes. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen it all.
From production to launch date, OPs will usually stay on the bottom of the “to do list” or even get outsourced to a different staff since everyone from the main crew would be busy polishing up the premier/pilot episode and checking series continuity/composition. There’s no need to make it awesome, you won’t be telling your story through it anyway. It’s just an eye-catch and obligatory “see, this person made this” credit list.
On top of that, it’s a tricky business.
Do you hire a good musician to perform or just add some synthesized “music” and call it a day? Maybe you could try something more deviant? …but then the audience backslash could be troublesome.
Either way, if your OP turns out to be shit, you can always remove it from the pilot episode or simply delay it, adding a nice and exciting intro/prologue before.
There’s no point wasting money and energy on something like this.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
Spoilers from the following movies are included: Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name), Byousoku 5 Centimeters (5cm/s), Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place)(The Place Promised in our Early Days), Hoshi no Koe (Voices from a Distant Star).
That day… That time… At that place… An irreplaceable moment was born. In a flash, the present becomes the past. Memories blur with time, and then fade altogether. The traces left behind, the silly days we spent together… There was only one definite piece of proof that the four of us lived through this era: The first and last picture we ever took together.
Warning: Anime spoilers! This post is intended for people who have watched the anime and are wondering if they should give the manga a try. If you don’t know the franchise, I recommend watching the anime first, then jumping to the manga if you enjoy it. And please, buy the damn thing. Most of the online scans have extremely bad translations.
“Which one is better?”
You know when sometimes movie adaptations of literature end up being really different from the the source material?
The original characters and story are there, the feel and mood as well, it isn’t necessarily better or worse, it’s just… different.
That’s the feeling I got from Chrono. Both the anime and manga are productions of high quality, made by passionate people and because of that, each stands proudly on their own.