Somebody has finally noticed that all anime openings are identical cut-and-pastes of the same elements ad nauseam, and gone so far as to compile a helpful meta-OP template video to prove it.
The creator’s explanation and the all important list of titles viewers will otherwise be struggling to identify:
Music: Ayu’s Euro Mega-Mix [Y & Co. Mix] by Ayumi Hamasaki
It’s always amused me the repeated imagery that exist in anime opening credit sequences. This video doesn’t cover them all, but it has a lot of the big ones. Interesting thing I learned, if a character is running it’s overwhelmingly to the left of the screen.
I first started thinking about this years ago when I saw the X-Men intro that they made in Japan to replace the American one. The part that especially hit home was Wolverine, and Cyclops standing on some nondescript land mass.
For this I used only textless credits I found on Youtube (with the exception of Evangelion). So if your favorite anime isn’t in here either there was no textless version or it had a pretty unique opening sequence.
Here’s the complete list of what anime made it into this.
Ah! My Goddess
Ai Yori Aoshi
Asu no Yoichi
D. Gray Man
Dragon Ball Z
H2O Footprints in the Sand
Full Metal Panic!
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu
Full Metal Panic The 2nd Raid
Gosyusho sama Ninomiya-kun
Hajime no Ippo
Hikaru no Go
Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny
Kaze no Stigma
Love Hina Again
Martian Successor Nadesico
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water
Read or Die OAV
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Shakugan no Shana
Tenchi Muyo Universe
Third – the Girl with the Blue Eye
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Toward the Terra
Welcome to the NHK
Yu Yu Hakusho
His Twitter account for those interested.
As 2ch has it, “Wherever you look, all our games and anime are just cutting and pasting the same things over and over.”
Fortunately, all major anime have access to at least 8 hair colours, 2 genders and 5 different costumes to help make the cutting and pasting a little less noticeable.