Are all Anime Openings the same?

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Do most anime follows the same structure for their opening theme song videos? Well judging by youtuber Kickinthehead’s eye-opening opening theme compilation/deconstruction there is indeed a common structure that the majority of anime studios utilize for their anime openings.

The structure seems to be as follows: Birds soar into the air, long shot of sky/location, characters running, characters close up, character looking out to distance, shot of cast of characters, action shots, rapid fire flashbacks, characters walking, characters running towards one another, possibility of holding hands and finally the end shot.

Of course not all follow this formula but many do. Don’t believe me? See for yourself in the video below. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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