And because Monogatari throws out openings like candy (26 OPs across 100ish episodes), I'm going with those for content.
So here we go: my top 5 #Monogatari OPs!
The tragedy of Tsubasa Hanekawa is deeply relatable. At this point in the story she is still pretty far away from finding herself, and the OP reflects that.
I love the last shot of her face and then the hairband.
I'll be honest, the song here is passable, but this OP easily slides into the top 5 based on its visuals alone.
This is one of the two very well-known Monogatari OPs and if you like anime music, there's a good chance you've heard it before. One of the reasons it's on this list is how genuinely catchy it is.
It also features some genuinely good character animation and subtle foreshadowing for major events involving Tsukihi.
And sure, there's a moe factor to it too. Tsukihi is the cutest lil gnome.
I had the full version of this song on repeat for a while after finishing Zoku. There's something about the vocal distortions that I really dig.
The cherry on top is some very imaginative subtitling work done by MTBB. My respect for that.
(How could one ever go wrong with a mirror world aesthetic, eh @BRButtons?)
Yotsugi is a character who I think tends to get undervalued, and I suspect that's partially due to the way she tends to undersell herself, which is a damn shame if you ask me.
The papercraft style is an easy homerun. Loved it when Madoka did it, love it here.
Also I happen to like orange and mint, both the flavors as well as the colors. Sue me.
We almost had two Hitagi arc OPs in the top 5 - I understand why she's so popular with the fans. As much as she struggles with emotional intimacy, here's where we see her softest side.
Bringing back the starry sky motive from earlier arcs is a great move.
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The decision was not easy, but in the end this is my favorite Monogatari OP, the one that brings themes, character writing, visuals and music together most coherently.
The way this song swings between "vaguely threatening" and "just playing around, relax dude" mirrors her perfectly.
Yep, "Decent Black" is my favorite Monogatari OP.
I understand that that's the point, but lampshading a trope is not the same thing as subverting it, sorry.
Here you go if you're curious: streamable.com/w6qj5