Hey y'all, I'm back again to do the companion piece to my Top 10 Spring 2014 Anime Openings article from last week. Ah, anime endings. They're kind of a mixed bag, aren't they? Or at least more of a mixed bag than the openings are. To put it another way, it is just so much easier to skip the endings than the openings, because people probably want the episode over at that point. I know that even I'm quite guilty of this as well.
That's why the only thing I look for in a good anime ending is it just has to catch my attention enough to watch it all the way through, instead of skipping straight to any content after the ending, such as post credit scenes or next episode previews. So instead of examining the endings through a series of criteria like I do with the openings, this list is just the results of which ones entertain me the most. As you might expect, this list is going to look like a bit of a jumbled mess. Like always, if one of your favorites isn't here, I either just didn't like it enough or it wasn't one of the series I am watching. So with all of the formalities out of the way, let's get to the list, shall we?
#10 - No Game No Life
I really like the use of water colors in this ending, and the song "Oracion" by Ai Kayano, Shiro's voice actress, is a slow and pleasant song. Just the thing needed after an episode of No Game No Life to allow me to catch my breath. I also really like the focus on the sibling bond between Sora and Shiro in this ending.
#9 - The Comic Artist and Assistants
Again another really good "cool down" ending. I really love the colors used in this ending and how it is framed like it is inside the panels of a manga. The star of this ending, though, is the excellent song "Spica" by StylipS. It is just....beautiful.
#8 - Nobunaga the Fool
While my enjoyment of this series may be starting to slow to a trickle, one thing I still like about Nobunaga the Fool is that it still produces one of its season's best endings. Trading in the dubstep of the first ending for the lovely rock ballad "Orchid (RAN)" by Asuka, the pace of this ending also changes. One thing I particularly like about this ending is the different art style used on the characters. It really pops and I would love to have seen this art style used with the actual show itself.
#7 - Daimidaler the Sound Robot
This is just such a cheery ending. It focuses on the three professors who help out the Daimidaler crews in this show, and while this ending does use some light fanservice shots of the three of them, it is actually rather quite tame compared to what you would see in the show itself, where the trio are routinely shown in the nude. The song "Suki Suki//Links" by Ayaka Ohashi, Ibuki Kido, Azusa Tadokoro, the professors' voice actresses, is also just a cute little song.
#6 - Haikyuu!!
This ending is as high as it is entirely based on its song. I just love it. "Tenchi Gaeshi" by NICO Touches the Walls is just a total earworm for me. Plus it is the first time I've ever heard a Japanese country song. Ok so it probably isn't a country song, but the instrumentals used just sound so much like country music to my Okie ears, but still, regardless of if it is country or not, I like this song.
#5 - Nisekoi
I'll fully admit, this is here at #5 mostly because of nepotism. I'm a Tsugumi fan, plain and simple, and this ending is one of the few massive bones tossed in the direction of Tsugumi fans in the second half of Nisekoi. But beyond that I also really like the song "Trick Box" by Tsugumi's voice actress, Mikako Komatsu.
#4 - Chaika - The Coffin Princess
Aside from a few odd moments where Chaika is naked near her Gundo, I like everything about this ending. This is one of those endings that is so good that it could seriously have worked as an opening too. The visuals look like that of an opening, and the song "Kairaku Genri" by coffin princess is definitely an opening type song. It is just a really good ending.
#3 - Black Bullet
And would you look at that, another ending that could work as an opening. I like the focus this ending gives to Enju. And the song "Tokohana" by Nagi Yanagi is just stunning. Another thing I like about this ending is how it continues the momentum each episode of Black Bullet ends on.
#2 - The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
This ending is just so cute and cartoony. The way Ritsu, Mayumi, and Sayaka express themselves and act all rubbery at times is amusing to see. And then there is the song "My Sweet Shelter" by Kana Hanazawa, Rina Satou, & Hisako Kanemoto, the voice actresses for Ritsu, Mayumi, and Sayaka, respectively. It is just so upbeat and bubbly.
#1 - Blade & Soul
That's right, Blade & Soul takes the top prize in quite possibly one of the few positive lists this show will appear on for this season, or even this year, really. This ending is one of the few things I can honestly praise Blade & Soul for. The song "RAINBOW" by LEGO BIG MORL is phenomenal, but the highlight of this ending, and the reason why it is my #1 for the season, is the visuals. In the show itself, the character Elle Karen is said to be a beautiful fan dancer, but it never really comes across in the show. In this ending, however, there is no question that Karen can dance beautifully. Aiding Karen is the large streaks of purple light she leaves in her wake, and how they distort and reflect images is just stunning. Plain and simply, this ending is the most beautiful use of full 3D CGI I have ever seen in anime to date, and I loved the hell out of Arpeggio of Blue Steel's visuals! If anything, seeing this ending helps solidify my personal opinion that, when used right, 3D CGI anime can be breathtaking visually.
And now to honor some other endings I liked, but not enough to put on the list.
Brynhildr in the Darkness - I like this ending. It is kind of peaceful, which is much, much needed after an episode of Brynhildr.
Captain Earth - I love the colorful visuals and the focus on Hana, but I am not a huge fan of the song.
Nanana's Buried Treasure - I really like the focus on Nanana. It lets us see what she'd do if she wasn't confined to her room.
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san - A nice short and sweet ending to a nice short and sweet anime.
Riddle Story of Devil - I like the different ending for each episode that focuses on the girl who was the main focus of that particular episode. The problem is I just can't pick a favorite out of the endings they've done so far.
And so there you have it, my personal favorite endings for the Spring 2014 anime season. As always, feel free to comment on my picks and to discuss some of your favorites that I didn't include.