The Fever Ray song is just so perfect. Whoever decided to license the track for the opener is an absolute genius.
Vikings Opening Theme on History
It just feels so emotional and strong, can't explain it
I love all the water elements
Didn't even think of this one even though it's a personal favourite, definitely sets the entire film up. I would have a hard time disagreeing with James Franco on that one.
Lost in Translation
I love it because it gives the audience a feeling of what it's like when first entering a big city. Turns adults into kids. Also Bill driving under the lights in amazement while Girls plays in the background is sex. Plus Scarjo.
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Kara no Shoujo
Music, sound effects, imagery, it all just works together perfectly.
Came here to post these. You have good tastes sir.
X-Men: The Animated Series - Mainly for the nostalgia factor, but also because its so dang 90's
Fringe - Great song, and I'm always going to love a show that needs to tell you what time period/ timeline/ universe you're in from it's opening titles.
True Detective - Much like the show itself beautiful, engaging, and maybe just a bit pretentious.
All in the Family - Do I even need to explain this one? A classic, just like the show itself.
The Pacific - A more recent example, but this one is probably my absolute favourite intro. Both the music and visuals are absolutely brilliant. The music fits the show (and the intro itself) perfectly, and the charcoal drawings and sparing use of red colouring make the visuals fantastic as well.
John Adams - The music and visuals just ooze America. America should probably switch out their national anthem with this, it'd be a huge step up. Also, arrange the stars on your flag in a circle again, if need be, just go back to 13 of them. Flags with circles of stars are the best.
Holy shit, I would have killed for an X-men cartoon that looked like that instead of the Rob Liefeld garbage we ended up with :(
And 90s Xmen's Japan into, lol
X-Men is just so unbelievably 90s, that explosion out of nowhere lmao.
I'm a big Bond fan, and have really been disappointed with that classic Bond intro during the Craig variations. Skyfall however, ranks up there with the best of the Bond intros for me.
Definitely my favorite.
Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Pee Wee's Playhouse
The Real Ghostbusters
The 80s and 90s were such good eras for theme songs. Say what you want about the quality of the show, but the theme song was almost always the best. Nowadays with so many shows barley having a theme or none at all just saddens me.
Wheeled Warriors explode into battle! Lightning strikes!
I'm going to date myself with some of these too.
Peter Pan & the Pirates
Death Note Intro 2
NOTE: RiffRaff takes off in a bathtub and even as a kid I didn't think that made any fucking sense.
And I'll sneak an outro in there:
You have a right to your opinion and I'ma et you finish but Samurai Champloo had one of the best rap openings OF ALL TIME!!
Any medium and why.
Not necessarily my favorites but it's stuff I come back to every now and then.
One Piece: Opening (English)
Rap has never been so cool on an anime. This intro is among some of my favorite. Way better than the Japanese counter part. Can't say much for the actual voice acting of the show though.
I remember liking some rap openings from Bleach and Eureka 7 as well.
Super Robot Wars Alpha 3
Overwhelming odds, good teamwork between the cast, I love the scene 5 minutes in where they all line up, with "grandpa" Mazinger in front, the reflection in his eye later on, and the determination that follows, given the circumstances.
Beauty through teleports in ways I never thought possible - I wish I could find it on Youtube with better quality though...
I really like Scott Pilgrim tho
ONE TWO THREE FOUR
That song just sets the mood so well even if the intro is just him driving.
Here's a pretty great making of article on the Dexter title sequence. Including the initial pitch animatic that the director put together with himself and his girlfriend to help sell the concept.
Frame of him as the stand-in for Dexter:
fits the anime pretty damn well IMO I might biased because I fucking love this anime
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger.
Samurai Flamenco OP1/2. (No good YouTube versions and huge spoilers in the second one.)
Mushibugyo OP 2. (Sped up due to YouTube Copyright shit.)
And as I post in all of these threads, the greatest opening to anything.
For you my friend,
Twin Peaks's Angelo Badalamenti music is amaaazing.
Will throw some more into the ring. Growing up in the 70s/80s, these might have impacted on your impressionable psyche.
the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon intro - 1983
Fables of the Green Forest- 1973
Wind in the Willows (Cosgrove Hall) - 1984
Hilarious House of Frightenstein - 1970s
The music is truly awesome.
That of Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, similiar, if a little far fetched: http://youtu.be/ZqzZjVRqgGA
The opening of Ghost Recon: Desert Siege, too. And, of course, 'The Hudson River, two years ago...'.
Oh! - the opening of the excellent The World at War. Sadly, I can't find a video. It is very sombre, sets the tone brilliantly. Sir Laurence Olivier narrates to silent footage of Oradour-sur-Glane:
Down this road, on a summer day in 1944... the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community which had lived for a thousand years... was dead.Do-do-do-de-do... http://youtu.be/eqONgYHYo88
This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road... and they were driven... into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then they were killed too. A few weeks later, many of those who had done the killing were themselves dead, in battle.
They never rebuilt Oradour. Its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousands upon thousands of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, in China, in a World at War...
At the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, the day the soldiers came, they killed more than six hundred men, women... and children. ...REMEMBER.
Haha, holy shit. Rules.
UK GAF will recognise this:
The music is truly awesome.
proto-Blizzard cutscene :P
That is awesome, thank you!
For you my friend,