H-I-N-A Hinagiku!

So in the time that I haven’t been completely sucked in by Persona 4, I’ve basically put the Hayate no Gotoku ED – Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi iro! – on non-stop loop. Rated by Mikotoism as the top ED of Spring 2009, I can’t help but agree fully. If a song could personify Hina perfectly, this would be it. It’s cute, it’s quirky (~everybody poe poe), the lyrics fit perfectly, it’s undeniably catchy, and I just can’t get enough.

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Hinagiku no Gotoku for real!

Just saw this on Tenka Seiha, but it’s Hinagiku no Gotoku for real! I had to watch this a couple times to believe my eyes. Did JC Staff see my previous Hinagiku post and decide to call my bet and raise me infinity? I’m overusing the word, but this is even more brilliant than the Maria+Holic finale.

Greatest. ED. Ever.

Higurashi Kai – OP

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and its sequel (Kai) are the best horror themed anything (anime, real life, whatever) that I’ve ever seen. They do the creepiness, the gore, the horror all very well, but what I think makes it stand out from everything else, is how they develop their characters and make you feel like you’re part of their crowd. When they suffer, you suffer with them. When they vainly try to break out from the horror they’re in, you’re pulling for them as if you’re in the same nightmare. When you get past the guro fanboys cries for bloodlust (and actually its reputation for gore is exaggerated, as it’s not a bloodfest by any means. Rather, Higurashi’s terror is created by what it chooses to not show), Higurashi’s greatness comes from how it treats its characters. This is illustrated perfectly in the OP for the Kai, the second season (or the answer arc).

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New Gundam 00 ED – Trust You

This is bound to make it back in a favorites post at some point in the future, but I really like the new ED. It’s called Trust You by Yuna Ito. The song’s got a simultaneously somber, yet hopeful sound, which fits the show really well (plus no engrish!). And the producers do another great job of picking out really beautiful and poignant scenes to include with it.

In Standard Def:

In High Def: