The coronavirus so mixed up scheduling for anime in 2020 that I decided to just wait and start over in 2021. So here are my top choices for the current Winter season. All three anime themselves top my list for this season as well.
I like jazz and jazzy openings. One of the first things that caught my attention in the anime Oh! Edo Rocket was the big-band sound used by Honma Yusuke in the score for that show. This OP is more modern than the Goodman-like sound Honma used, but the brass parts are terrific.
Wonder if King Records funded the anime to promote this song?
Iru Kosui (“Color Perfume”) Horimiya
Performed by Yoh Kamiyama
Horimiya may be the best high-school romantic comedy I’ve seen despite going off the tracks a bit in episode seven. Given that high-school rom-coms are the bread-and-butter of anime these days, that’s a high bar.
Both its OP and ED make my list.
Yakusoku (“Promise”) Horimiya
Performed by Friends
My earlier post cited Miyano Mamoru’s “Last Dance” as my contender for best OP/ED of 2020. I’m not sure my opinion has changed, but the ED for Jujutsu Kaisen, “Lost in Paradise,” has become a solid contender.
Last Dance Kyokou Suiri (“In/Spectre”) Performed by Miyano Mamoru
Never really heard Miyano sing before. What a great crooning tenor voice he has. Kotoko’s prosthetic leg doesn’t really seem to interfere with her dancing. Certainly my top OP/ED of 2020 so far. It’s going to take something special to knock “Last Dance” off its perch.
The live-action music video is pretty cool, too, even though I have no idea what the business with the chess match is all about. The director doesn’t know much about chess either it appears, since the male player moves his king into check which is forbidden.
Kago no Naka no Bokura wa Hoshiai no Sora (“Stars Align”) Performed by AIKI from bless4
Director Akane Kazuki was badly treated by his production committee who canceled the last half of this otherwise excellent show. I love how only some of the kids here take the dancing seriously. I also liked how the chunky iincho girl was the star performer.