What do you do when an anime series you don’t particularly like happens to have a great OP or ED?
You decide to stick with a show to the very end despite not really being into it. You’re dissatisfied with your experience regarding that show as a whole (but you also realize that’s just your subjective opinion and you shouldn’t shout down people who disagree; this is not really relevant to this topic but I just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page here).
At any rate, you remain somewhat sour towards the series, but you actually like the OP or ED a lot.
So what do you do when you have to deal with such a conflict of interest?
I’m speaking for myself here, but I like to listen to anime music when I’m at the office. And sometimes I feel like listening to “Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~,” which is the first ED for Guilty Crown which was a series I disliked immensely. At times I’m in the mood for “Crossing Field,” even though I’m quite lukewarm towards Sword Art Online as a whole. Mili is one of my favourite bands ever and I think “NENTEN” is a great song for a series that is… well, I’ve mostly heard bad things about Bloodivores but I haven’t actually watched the series (nor do I plan to)…
What I’m trying to say is that sometimes there’s a bit of a disconnect between the song and the series. Even though you love the song, you don’t feel the same way towards the series in general. But is that really something to be considered or resolved?
This issue, if it is indeed one, is a lot easier to ignore when you have the video of the OP or ED open in another tab. The OP or ED then becomes just a song that happens to be associated with a show you didn’t particularly care for. But that particular detail happens to be both out of sight and out of mind.
It’s a bit different if you’re watching the video of the OP because you love how it’s animated and how the song fits what’s being shown on-screen and the series as a whole. You’re watching all these characters parade and bounce around and you might be left feeling melancholic since you’re reminded of how some characters became incredibly annoying for various reasons or how some side characters remained at the sidelines.
To wish for a character to have acted differently or be more developed would usually result in changing the anime into something entirely altogether, but you get caught up on in the “what-ifs” as you watch a two-minute video that’s over far too quickly.
Seeing an OP / ED you loved despite the fact you cared little for the accompanying show hurts, but you still enjoy listening to the song. You still remain fascinated with the animations. Coming to terms with something you care about is attached to something you don’t is difficult. Or maybe it isn’t since no one is talking about this.
Okay, I’m lying here since Jenn from anirambles posted a great article last month on this particular topic. Go read it, please.
On that note, I’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Is this much ado about nothing?
Thank you for reading.