So since I posted a list of my top opening sequences for anime, it would only be fair to post my favorite closing sequences. Again, I couldn’t just pick ten, so the list will be fifteen again. Also they’re not ranked as well, because I don’t think one is better than the other and it was just too difficult to do so. Now onto the list!!
1. Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Finale Closing Sequence
The final credits of the final episode of Sailor Moon is an emotional one and this is why it’s the only one I ranked high on my list. Instead of using any of the songs from the ending credits from the season, it goes back to using “Moonlight Densetsu,” the opening theme from the first four seasons. The sequences plays on that nostalgia feeling as pictures of Usagi, both sets of Senshi, and the Three Lights pass in the background. The end scene is that of Mamoru and Usagi, with the moon shining brightly behind them. A wonderful closing sequence to a very popular show.
2. Sailor Moon Crystal Ending
As most fans didn’t love Sailor Moon Crystal, I enjoyed it very much. One of the things I enjoyed out of the show was the closing sequence. Gives new meaning to the word moonlight as Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion walk through the night. It also plays well with symbolism, as the Inner scouts are watching over them in the form of stars in the sky. The song “Gekko” sung by Momorio Clover Z is really cute and fits well with the animation. I also love the animation showing Usagi’s hair floating in the wind. It made me jealous I don’t have nice, flowing anime hair.
3. My Love Story
Unfortunately I could not find a youtube video for the ending sequence for My Love Story, but it’s one of my favorites from any recent anime released in the last year or so. It is very simple, using mainly a white background while limited animation showcases the three main characters of the show. The song, “Shiawase no Arika” is sung by Local Connect. It’s very uplifting, and upbeat and gives you that sense of hope for Takeo and Yamato. It’s a very cute show and it’s worth your time. Lets hope there is a second season, as the current one on Crunchyroll is only 12 episodes; and the manga is currently releasing volume 11 next month in Japan.
4. Kill la Kill Ending 2
Kill la Kill’s second ending could be put right up there with the “looks can be deceiving” cliche. Like the openings I picked for Elfen Lied and Madoka Magia, this ending differs very much from its original show. Set in a Hello Kitty-esque world, Ryuko’s best friend Mako roams around making stars and playing with elephants. The song, “Shinsekai Koukyougaku” is sung by Sayonara Ponytail and it is cute as it is infectious. The ending of the sequence is just as cute with various costumed Mako flying through the stars. Very different from the design of the show, but goes up there with the wackiness portrayed in it.
5. Wolf’s Rain Ending
Wolf’s Rain is an excellent anime series from the early 2000’s and it’s ending is no exception. One of the more simplified endings on this list, the only animation is that of a wolf as he runs though the nights ever changing colors. The song “Gravity” is sung by famous J-Pop star Maaya Sakamoto and is sung entirely in English rather than Japanese. The lyrics and melody are very haunting and gives an overwhelming sense of sadness while giving a glimpse of hope at the end that the Wolf might find Paradise.
6. Neon Genesis Evangelion Ending
While there are 31 “versions” for the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion; the only difference between those versions is a different artist sings the ending theme “Fly Me To the Moon.” The background stays the same throughout those versions, with the moon shining in the waters reflection while a naked Rei Ayanami floats upside down to the side. “Fly Me to the Moon” is actually a pop standard that was written in 1954, and sung by many artists; most famously Frank Sinatra. A couple of my favorite versions of the song from this ending are sung by Claire, Utada Hikaru, and Rei Ayanami’s voice actress Megumi Hayashibara.
7. Uta No Prince-Sama Season 1 Ending
I don’t like boy bands at all, but for pretty boy anime ones, I make an exception. Uta Pri is an anime based on a Japanese Visual novel series for girls, where Nanami Haruka attends a music academy in hopes to become a famous composer for her favorite pop idol. The show is a “reverse harem” comedy where the main female lead is surrounded by many potential male suiters. The ending sequence of season one is actually the ending of the finale episode, giving us a taste of what will happen to the boys Nanami ends up writing songs for. The group Starlish sings the song “Love 1000%” and song is performed by the anime voice actors. While cheesy in that boy band sense, it’ll make you wish boy bands were this handsome.
8. Trinity Blood Ending
Trinity Blood’s ending sequence is sorrowful and makes you want to tear up as you watch Ester cry for her missing love Abel Nightroad. The ending sequence is very different from its opening. The opening uses footage from the first two episodes of the series whereas this sequence relies on limited animation and still shots. Tane Tomoko sings “My Broken Wings” both beautifully and hauntingly. Surprisingly enough, it is also sung in english.
9. One Punch Man Ending
Much different from its opening, One Punch Man’s ending is less in your face and soothing to the eyes and ears. Instead of intense action scenes, we get various shots of the city during different parts of the day in various kinds of weather. We also get a few hints of cuteness with stuffed bears and wandering cats. The closing song “I’ll Find it Before the Stars for You” is wonderfully sung by Hiroko Moriguchi.
10. Blue Exorcist Ending 1
The first ending for Blue Exorcist also takes one out of the boy band book, but in a more subtle way. The end theme “Take Off” is sung by famous Korean K-Pop band 2PM. The ending has us going down a long way until we end in the middle of the field to find Rin’s sword Kurikawa. If you blink, you might miss all the male characters perform some dance moves on screens above the highway. The female characters of the show also show up on billboards in both sides of the road.
11. Ranma 1/2 Ending 3
Ranma 1/2’s third ending sequence breaks away from traditional animation and relies on cut outs featuring both Ranma, his father Genma, and their alternate forms. This ending appears in season two. A nice zen sand background acts as a backdrop while on the left side of the screen we see the cutouts transform. “Don Mai Rairai Boi (Don’t Mind China Boy) is sung by Etsuko Nishio, who also sang the opening theme from season one “Don’t Make me a Shrew.”
12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Ending 1
Ah, who can forget this ending theme that started a whole bunch of anime dance craze meme videos? The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ending is very familiar, and even if you haven’t seen the show, you’ve seen the dance sequence in form or another. Whether it was at Anime Expo or on Youtube, after the release of the series, many fans copied the dance sequence. The song, “Sunny Sunny Happiness” is sung by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto, who play the main female characters Haruhi, Yuki, and Mikuru.
13. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ending
As if watching the show wasn’t a reminder of how dark and messed up it was, the ending theme showed you it was. The opening is more cute and makes you think you’re about to watch a magical girl show like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura. Then the show and this ending will punch you in the face, letting you know it’s not. The song, “Magia” is sung by the group Kalafina. Very haunting theme for an equally dark show.
14. Revolutionary Girl Utena Ending 2
Revolutionary Girl Utena’s second ending theme starts during the Black Rose Saga story arc (season 2). It relies heavily on silhouettes, limited animation, and graphic design. We travel up the elevator to the dueling arena, while we catch glimpses of main characters Utena and Anthy. The song, “Virtual Star Hasseigaku” is sung by Maki Kamiya and the sound is very reminiscent of most of the songs sung during the duel scenes in the show.
15. Angelic Layer Ending 1
For the last end theme on my list, we having the ending from CLAMP’s precursor to Chobits, Angelic Layer. I say precursor only because to anyone who has read both manga, they’re linked by way of Angelic Layer dolls giving way to the creation of Persocoms. Angelic Layers first ending plays for the first half of the series, showing Misaki’s transition moving into Tokyo and become an avid player of Angelic Layer. The ending theme, “The Starry Sky” is sung by J-Pop group HAL.