9 Anime Openings That Completely Spoil the Show
The opening sequence to an anime is often a decent indicator of if you will like the show or not. It sets the pace and mood for the anime, as well as typically having a more upbeat song to PUMP YOU UP!!! for what is to come.
However, an extremely common trend these days is to add little tidbits into the opening that actually spoil what is going to happen in the show.
Thankfully, most OPs are subtle enough to not ruin the series at episode one, since most people have no idea what they are seeing. Unfortunately, there is that awkward middle moment when you are familiar with the characters and pick up on the symbolism. So what anime openings have some serious spoilers in them?
Note: Oh-so-many-spoilers. Obviously.
1. Future Diary
The first opening of Future Diary is absolutely riddled with spoilers for the series, but you won’t really get them without prior exposure to the series. Essentially, you watch either the weapons or prized items of the other participants of the survival game dissolve into a bloody mess or other symbols of death.
However, one of the biggest spoiled comes near the end of the opening where it has Yuno fighting herself. At a glance, this seems like a visual cue to allude to her vicious behavior, but as it turns out later, she actually came back from a parallel timeline, murdered herself, and took her place as… Herself.
The first opening to Shiki is one of those that you don’t realize is a spoiler until later after a few characters have been Shiki-fied. However, once you see it, you can’t unseen it.
Note that you have a number of characters turning to skulls throughout the opening while others do not. The people that turn into skulls are the people that die or get turned into Shiki. It is a pretty big spoiler if you are rooting for people not to die.
3. Paranoia Agent
The opening credits deliberately do character spoilers for the show, alongside a dose of symbolism that will help tie some of the themes of the show together.
By deliberately showing the characters in the opening, it entices the viewer to watch them, even if they are introduced as relatively minor characters.
It is actually a rather genius way of forcing viewers to keep minor characters in mind in order to better get to know them without giving them much character development.