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  1. Do you like or dislike it when a long anime (more than 26 episodes) has only one opening and/or ending theme?

    1. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      I dunno, I can jam to SONIC DRIVE and Departure every time.

    2. Ferno

      Ferno

      I tend to dislike when a short anime has more than one because the 1st OP and ED become pretty synonymous and in some cases iconic with certain short anime, and more often than not whatever OP/ED follows it up is never as good or memorable imo.

      Edit: I read this whole status wrong

      For a long anime I don't mind if it has multiple intros but the 1st in line better bring the heat since its the "face" of the show

    3. Sean

      Sean

      Departure was what got me thinking about this. I (and many other people, apparently) love that this song is used for all 144 episodes of HxH. I think it makes the viewer more attached to the theme, which feels like a stronger part of the overall show's identity due to the fact that you will be hearing it every step of the journey no matter what plot beats are currently happening. I was looking up DBZ just now and it used Cha-La Head-Cha-La for almost 200 episodes, and I think the sheer mileage out of that theme may have helped contribute to it being considered one of the most famous anime theme songs of all time. As much as I love many of One Piece's earlier opening themes, I sometimes wonder about an alternate universe where it used We Are! for all 900+ episodes, without remixing it in any way. I don't think I would have had a problem with that, to be honest.

    4. Ferno

      Ferno

      To this day I feel like We Are should've been used longer as an opening. I feel like they tried to make up for that later on with We Go being used for a loooot of episodes after it kicked off the timeskip but I feel like eventually people got sick of hearing that one since it still fell short of We Are's greatness even though it still put up a heck of a fight imo.

    5. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      Having one theme really strengthens the show's identity. Cha-La Head-Cha-La became so synonymous with Dragon Ball with repeat usage, that the franchise still doesn't let go of it. Even during season 2 of One Punch Man which had a new opening theme, no one let go of the instant classic of ONE PUUUUUUUUUNCH! And in most cases, the first opening is better known than other openings of that series.

    6. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      Depends on the situation, with shows like Fire Force and Dr Stone, I love both the OPs/EDs. I think it's fine when the OP/ED represents a different arc as a whole - for example - Dr. Stone's second ED being focused more on Senku's father and his past in general, which gets covered heavily in the last 12 episodes of the season.

    7. Adamabba

      Adamabba

      Personally I prefer multiple openings. I'm always excited whenever a new opening pops up and I get new music to jam out to.

      What HxH did was cool with me too. I like that they made new animations for the opening for each arc.

      I can't even imagine the 1st opening of certain long anime being the face of the show. Naruto for example

    8. Ferno

      Ferno

      Yeah Naruto's 1st intro was pretty weak. Doesn't help that we westerners don't have nostalgia for it since it was the only uncut Naruto intro we didn't get on TV airings over here. Everyone here remembers the other intros instead

      Edit: I'll die on the hill that the 1st Shippuden intro was fire tho. Everyone only mentions Distance, Blue Bird (Shippuden OP2 & 3) and beyond but Hero's come back (Shippuden OP1) was great to me

    9. Soniman

      Soniman

      It depends on the anime and it's usually something that's hard to plan for since you never know how long your anime will last or if the first OP is worthy of iconic status to keep it on deck for the long run. But I like when OPS carry more weight in the anime proper than just "yeah we got this band to sing our opening on to the next one" 

    10. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      Depends sometimes, but I know I'll never skip "Smile Bomb"

       

    11. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      I love Bakemonogatari (and the Monogatari series in general) for constantly changing openings for every single arc. It adds to the zaniness it has.

       

    12. Celestia

      Celestia

      Usually I don't give it a second thought as long as the new OP/ED is good. I imagine it could be a delicate balance too, like if you're making a 500 ep battle shonen adaptation you'd inevitably at least consider something new to freshen it up a bit, but if you waited too long people are going to be very attached to that song + sequence.

      Also I'm not sure how to explain it but an OP changing feels like a "bigger deal" than endings to me. Might just be the series I've seen happen to change their endings more often or something.

      edit: smh this posted before I was done writing it

    13. Wraith

      Wraith

      If an anime has one opening and it's longer than 26 eps I usually think that's kinda lame no matter how good the OP is, shake it up

    14. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      Depends and more neutral about the thing in general but then again usually skip opening/ending themes after a few episodes with some rare exceptions. I still think the loads of OP/ED themes are for the record companies to make more money, even series with less than 26 episodes have more than one theme.

      Pink Jacket Lupin wouldn't be the same if it didn't have this as its only opening theme.

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