Top Ten Eroge Openings of 2013

With the end of the year slowly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite OPs of 2013. My original list was quite long, so I decided to cut it down to my top ten.

To make things slightly more interesting, I’ve created a poll.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy ^^.

1)      Reminiscence

Yeah yeah, I know; I’m a Sakakibara Yui fanboy. However that’s not the ONLY reason I love this opening. The whole thing gives off a very alluring sense of mystery. I’m actually looping this one as I write out this blog post =D

2)      Lovely x Cation 2

Just a tad behind the OP for the original LxC, which funnily enough was sung by Sakakibara Yui. I love how they slip in some edge shots of HCGs.

3)      Magical Charming!

The minor animations in this OP really appeal to me. If anyone has played this, please tell me if it was good or not.

4)      Karumaruka * Circle

Aedes and I reviewed this one recently. Seems like most people disagreed with our views though

5)      Ryuusei☆Kiseki -Shooting Probe-

I really enjoy how the lyrics appear in sync with the music. I’d really appreciate opinions on this song in particular because Aedes didn’t really like it. I believe he said that the singer sounds like a vocaloid or something.

6)      Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road

I really like the starting of this opening in particular, where Azusa is featured. I can’t say that I fully agree with bringing in so many CGs from the last game into this OP, but the song is good.

7)      Yumekoi ~Yume Miru Mahou Shoujo to Koi no Jumon~

Semi-nude shots of girls in magical girl outfits. Need I say more? Also the scene in the middle where they’re all transforming is just… =3

8)      Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade

The effects in this one were excellent, but I suppose you lolicons out there had your focus somewhere else =p

9)      Walkure Romanze More&More

Very little focus on the main heroines from the original game in this OP, which I suppose is appropriate given that they only have mini routes in this game. Also, call me old fashioned, but I love when OPs end with a kiss scene.

10)   Green Green

The song and use of CGs for this one really captures the element of wacky comedy that I’m assuming the game is full of.

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For those who watched all the above OPs, did you notice that quite a few of them had Cherry Blossum petals flying around?

Here’s the list of some of the OPs that didn’t quite make the cut. Unlike above, they are in no particular order.

Well I hope you enjoyed at least some of the songs I shared up there. Please feel free to share any OPs that you like, whether it be from eroge or anime, in the comments below.

54 thoughts on “Top Ten Eroge Openings of 2013

  1. My favorites of this year in no particular order (more than 10 though)

    1/2 Summer+ (psp OP) – Natsuiro Orchestra
    Amairo Islenauts – Blue-Love Chime
    Chusingura 46+1 OP 4 – Adabana
    Cocoro@Function! OP 1 and 2 – Cocoro Root
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai OP 1 – Stray Sheep
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai OP 2 – Yumekai Biyori
    Grisaia no Rakuen – Fission
    Hapymaher – Yume no Mugen Kairou
    HHG Megami no Shuuen – Rollin’ Lonely
    Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi – Himawari no Kyoukai
    Karumaruka Circle OP2 – Find a Piece
    Natsu no Owari no Nirvana – Natsu no Owari no Nirvana
    Mirai Sekai no Planeta – Hashiru Sekai to Bokura no Mirai
    Shoujo Shin’iki ~ Shoujo Tengoku – Kimi Tsunagu

    • So I’ve had a listen to most of the songs you’ve shared. I’m not a big fan of songs that are slow paced, but there were some good ones like that in there. That Duca song for “Chusingura 46+1″ is great ^^, but that OP for Hapymaher I just can’t get into.

      OP2 for Karumaruka Circle was quite nice as well (I’m a sucker for lip syncing >____>).

      Anyway, thanks for the list! Will probably listen to them all a few more times to get a more solid opinion on them. Sometimes it takes several views of an OP before I realise it’s awesome =D

      • I only picked Hapy Maher’s op because of the visuals since i usually only choose op’s for the songs.

        Also i forgot to add the first op from Chusingura 46+1 “Dearest Sword, Dearest Wish” to my list, eventhough both Chusingura’46+1 op’s had weak visuals

  2. I quite like the songs for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

    I can understand why Aedes doesn’t like 5. It sounds heavily tuned, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.. personally I think it does fit in some ways but not in other ways.. so I have mixed feelings about this one.

  3. Wow, you call yourself a Sakakibara Yui fanboy, yet you spelt her name differently each time you mentioned her. And managed to get it wrong every time.

    Fixed them for you along with a few fixes for general readability. :D

  4. My favorite few this year:

    Kudos for skipping the useless waste of time know as character intros, and actually containing a meaningful amount of foreshadowing for the game.

    And a few others that went above and beyond the usual character intros and CG/sprite flashes.

    A special gift for the Sakakibara Yui fanboy.

    And an extra one notable because it has a male singer that I don’t dislike.

    • I had no idea that the opening for Cocoro Function was sung by sakikabari Yui.

      The first four songs have sort of a dark feel them to them. I quite like the one for cosmic cute and 願いの something, but the first two are a bit too slow for me.

      The last one isn’t my thing. I just can’t listen to song sung by guys >____>

      • I think that’s your 3rd..4th spelling of her name?

        Dark songs are great yo. :D Better than the typical happy song that are way too abundant.

        Me neither, usually. This one is an exception though, which is why I pointed it out.

      • If we’re just talking about songs though, I have a few other favorites that just happen to accompany uninspiring movie/animations.

        Out of the ones I posted though, I posted mainly for the movie itself. Song wise, I’d probably pick Cosmic Cute’s or Cocoro Function’s songs over the others which are just ok. And I don’t really have a preference for fast/slow songs.

        • Yeah yeah, you caught me. I suck at spelling AND typing >____>

          I generally listen to music to bring peace to my soul? (___>). But yeah, dark songs don’t really help in that regards.

          I agree with you that some of those movies are quite nice (especially the one for Kara no Shoujo 2). Though I’ll admit that the song generally has more weight when it comes to picking good OPs, animations/graphics also holds a good part for me as well. HOwever I still think that the song and movie for “Reminiscence” is awesome overall. Especially since it’s sung by sak…sakaki…..sakaki Yumiko =D

  5. Sakakibara Yui fan here, as well! The OP for Reminiscence is also my favorite of the year, probably since the very moment I heard it for the first time.

    Other OPs I really liked this year are:

    – Amairo Islenauts – Blue-Love Chime
    – Berry’s – Welcome to Berry’s
    – Amairo Islenauts – Blue-Love Chime
    – Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi – Himawari no Kyoukai
    – Tsukiakari Lunch – Tsukiakari Fairy Tale
    – Magical Marriage Lunatics – Magical Marriage March

  6. The poll is a good idea! I vote for Reminiscence.
    But if I were to choose freely for my top 3, it will be:
    1) LOVESICK PUPPIES
    2)月に寄りそう乙女の作法
    3) ハピメア

  7. Walkure Romanze More & More OP isn’t bad, but isn’t good too (in other words, decent).
    I still have a hard time for Tsujidou-san OP grew on me.

    Only 3 out of 10 opening in here that makes me really want to watch it again and again.
    1. Karumaruka * Circle
    2. Lovely X Cation 2
    3. Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade

    Reminiscence OP is good too, but still can’t make me really want to watch it again and again.

    Btw, which OP do you think that will got first in Bishoujo Game Awards 2013?

    Here is some of my prediction for that:
    – Grisaia no Rakuen OP (Possible ranked 1st. Most likely top 5. At worst top 10)
    – Karumaruka * Circle OP (Possible ranked 1st. Most likely 5. At worst top 10)
    – Amairo Islenauts OP (Possible ranked 1st. Most likely top 5. At worst top 10)
    – Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road OP (Most likely top 20. At worst, not in the top 20)
    – Lovely X Cation 2 OP (Most likely top 10. little chance to be in the top 5. At worst, top 20)
    – Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade OP (Most likely top 20. top 10 at best and not in the top 20 at worst)
    – Kono Oozora ni Tsubasa wo Hirogete FLIGHT DIARY OP (Possible ranked 1st. Most likely top 5. At worst top10)
    – Daitoshokan no HItsujikai OP (Most likely top 5. At worst top 10)
    – Cocoro@Function OP (Most likely top 10. At worst top 20)
    – Walkure Romanze More&More OP (top 20 at best)
    – Baldr Sky Zero OP (Top 10 at best. Top 20 at worst)
    – Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris- (Most likely top 20. At worst not in the top 20).
    – PriminstAr (Top 20 at best)
    – Reminiscence (Most likely top 10. At worst top 20)

    well, looks like I still miss some of OP here. Also, I still don’t watch all OP of VN that released in 2013

    • Btw, do you think which VN will be the winner of Bishoujo Game Awards 2013.

      I think these VN that have chance to be the winner of Bishoujo Game Awards 2013 so far:
      – Karumaruka * Circle
      – Lovely X Cation 2
      – Daitoshokan no HItsujikai
      – Grisaia no Rakuen
      – Reminiscence (Since it won against Grisaia no Rakuen)
      – Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris-

      p.s: It will be awesome if Karumaruka * Circle become the winner Bishoujo Game Awards 2013 because that will make SAGA PLANETS win Bishoujo Game Award 2 years in a row

      • I don’t think Karumaruka * Circle will the winner of this year because frankly it’s not as good as last year’s Hatsuyuki Sakura.
        Aside from an overall weaker story, less interesting characters and even the music (while still good) is somehow less memorable tracks (i only liked 8 or so tracks in Karumaruka while i almost liked 3/4 of every track in HatsuSaku)

        • I agree with you there hyl; Karumaruka doesn’t seem like it’ll take #1. I also think Reminiscence will be a miss. I’m guessing that Daitoshokan no HItsujikai or Grisaia no Rakuen will take the top.

        • Well, who knows, but I think Karumaruka*Circle still have a chance to become the winner of this year, though the chance is low and Daitoshokan and Otome have much better chance than Karumaruka to become the winner of this year.

          btw, for me, the story of Karumaruka Circle is definitely out of HatsuSaku’s story level, but it’s still a good one in overall, especially it’s from not really well known writer. I give about 8-8,5 out of 10 for its story (It will be different story if one of the writer of Karumaruka Circle is Niijima Yuu).
          I think the art in Karumaruka much improved than in the art in HatsuSaku (Don’t take my opinion about it too much because I’m not that good when comes to judge art).
          System much about the same or little improved, the music definitely out of HatsuSaku’s music level, but it’s still a great one (HatsuSaku’s music is a masterpiece after all, so no way Karumaruka can reach that level. I even doubt there are any VN’s music that better than HatsuSaku’s music).
          For movies/opening, I think it’s about the same. Only the character that I have different opinion with you. I think the character in Karumaruka is as good and attractive as the character in HatsuSaku.

          @Aero
          You said Karumaruka doesn’t seem like it’ll take #1. That means Karumaruka still have a chance will take #1.
          Well, I bet on Daitoshokan and Otome that will become the winner of this year. I doubt Grisaia will take 1st, but I’m sure it will be in the top 10.

      • LOL, it’s not like I’m the authority on whether a game gets first or not. TBH, my views on this matter are probably pretty bad >____>.

        I personally would say that the art level for hatsuyuki and Karumaruka are about the same. But like you, I do not have a good eye for art. I will however agree that the characters for karumaruka were good.

    • Haha my thoughts are the same for the More & More OP, but others seem to think otherwise (that’s why it’s currently #1 in the poll). It’s too bad that you don’t LOVE the Reminiscence OP =(.

      Also, thanks for the in-depth opinion of the likely OP candidates for the BIshoujo awards ^^. I have to say that I generally agree with your opinion. My money is on Karumaruka to take the #1 spot

      • Yeah, others seem to think otherwise about More & More OP. I’m just wondering what is good with More & More OP. Nothing special in it and I think it’s a decent one. Karumaruka, Lovely X Cation 2, and Reminiscence are much better than it, yet ranked below it.
        Btw, after watching Reminiscence OP again, looks like I can begin love it. But I still think that its OP is still behind of Karumaruka and Lovely X Cation level.
        Here is my prediction for it:
        Reminiscence (most likely top 10, at best top 5)

        You’re welcome. More of my prediction of OP candidates for the Bishoujo awards will come later after I watch them. Btw, my money is on Karumaruka too.
        I hope the result won’t make me mad because I’m still disappointed with the result of 2012. I still can’t accept that Majikoi S OP is the winner of Bishoujo Awards 2012 in movies department. I know its OP is full anime opening, but I think its OP is mediocre. its OP is kinda messy. I still can accept if it’s ranked in the top 10 or top 20, but not for top 5 or better.

  8. Here is My top 20 rank OP (opening) of eroge that released in 2013 so far (in no particular order and with honorable mention):

    Top 5 (1-5):
    Grisaia no Rakuen
    Amairo*Islenauts
    Karumaruka*Circle
    Kono Oozora ni Tsubasa wo Hirogete ~Flight Diary~
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

    Top 10 (6-10):
    Lovely x Cation 2
    Fureraba
    Reminiscence
    Cocoro@Function
    Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris-

    Top 20 (11-20):
    Magical Marriage Lunatics!!
    Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade
    Baldr Sky Zero
    Timepiece Ensemble
    Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary
    PriministAr
    Gleamgarden no Shoujo -witch in gleamgarden-
    HHG Megami no Shuuen
    Magicalic⇔Sky High ~Sora Tobu Houki ni Omoi o Nosete~
    Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo

    Honorable Mention:
    Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
    Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai.
    Izayoi no Fortuna
    Walkure Romanze More&More
    Monobeno -happy end-
    Green Green Overdrive Edition
    Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road
    Berry’s
    Amatarasu Riddle Star

    I’m still not watching all OP of eroge that released from January 2013 to May 2013, so the rank may be change later.
    Btw, this is kinda like my prediction for the result of Bishoujo Game Awards 2013 for movie/opening department. I’m sure the top 10 (1-10) result won’t be that far from my prediction, but for the top 20…………………… I’m sure it will be a mess one. Trust me, I’m sure some OP in my honorable mention and darkhorse (OP that not in my top 20 and honorable mention) will be in the top 20 and some OP in my top 20 (11-20) won’t be in the top 20 when the result of Bishoujo Game Awards 2013 is out.

  9. @Aero
    I just checked Karumaruka*Circle OP views in youtube before and it’s already 227k+ (almost 228k) and it already beat Grisaia no Rakuen views in youtube. Also, I think that makes Karumaruka*Circle OP have the most views for Eroge that released in 2013 since I don’t see other OP of Eroge that released in 2013 that have more views than Karumaruka.

    Looks like that makes Karumaruka*Circle have the biggest chance to take the first spot for movies/opening department in Bishoujo Game Awards 2013.

      • Uhu thanks, though I was only saying the obvious, haha.

        Another thing, are you guys still playing the same amount of vns than before?

        • I don’t know about the others, but I’m still been playing a lot of eroge. I recently finished “Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai” and “Little Busters!”. Currently writing a piece for that first game while I’m waiting for Tsuyokiss Next to come out.

        • Although I still checkout the recent releases, I’m going through the endless backlog atm, most of which the Internet has blogged about or reviewed to death already (Grisaia trilogy, Konosora, Daitosho, etc.). My progress is probably slower than the others because I’m also juggling a full time salaried job where I’m traveling 20% of the time. Regardless, anything new or old that catches my eye is always a review candidate for me.

        • Key games sure have some recognition, the only one I truly enjoyed was Rewrite tough. About the just one more chapter, yeah, this year wasn’t been that good for novels that you read because of the scenario, but hey, next year promises to be very good with a lot of releases.

  10. Reminiscence was the top one for me though Green Green came in an agonizing second. Took me a minute to decide between the two. >_<

    • Haha that’s fair ^^. To be honest, the order that I have up there isn’t anything solid. Really depends on what sorta mood I’m in at the time =D

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