TOP TEN – Favorite Galge Openings



Song: “The First the Last” by U

I bitch a lot about those opening which only show a lot of cute things with a cute song. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible for me to like them! As my primary proof I bring “The First the Last”, the appropriately named opening theme for the 4th episode of the Makai Tenshin Djibril saga. I played a couple episodes of this series and never became a fan, but some years later, I watched this Touhou video:

It was too good to be true! So, I looked for the source just to find one of the most catchy songs EVER! I still have no interest in playing this game, though…

Great Moments:

Above all, I love the way the lyrics go on to parody many elements from Galges. It’s like they are self-aware of how dated those things are:

On the summer beach  we had so much fun playing fireworks

At the train station  we quarreled for being late for school

On the way home  we ran around in the rain and got quite drenched

And then, they cut the ice by inserting a cute fetish reference out of nowhere. You know! Just like most galges!MakaiTenshiDjibrilEpisode4-01“Do you think band-aids suit us well?”

Even the cutesy little dancing looks like a parody of the trend created by Hare Hare Yukai. That’s why it is in SD…MakaiTenshiDjibrilEpisode4-02

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16 responses to “TOP TEN – Favorite Galge Openings

  1. I was hoping Muramasa would pop up somewhere around the top 3 and you did not let me down! It’s just too bad that the one live performance I’ve found of this song on Youtube was probably one of the worst… maybe Ono just had a bad day or something. :p

  2. Axanael and Sumaga look really up my alley, I wish somebody would translate them already so I could read it properly.

    You have a Djibril opening so you pass the test! Plus bonus points for the Touhou parody! Akio Watanabe is the best! That catchy tune and dance! And the same kind of SD dancing has been in the Djibril OPs since the beginning, which predates Haruhi, so it’s definitely not a Hare Hare Yukai parody! Oh, there’s even a new Touhou parody!

    In my list, I’d have to include another Akio Watanabe masterpiece. Half the world has seen the dance from this one, it’s that famous!

    But they can’t tell the kids where the original dance came from, the video is too lewd! If they found out it came from a lolicon eroge OP, who knows what disaster would befall the world…

    • That’s right! I also remember this Popotan dance from before Caramelldansen became a thing. It got me really confused at the time!
      Didn’t remember SD dancings from the Djibrils I played, just remember a scene where the SDs fought and run to draw the attention of the viewer, but it has been a long time, so you’re probably right (I should have re-watched those before). Anyway: Pro points for them, because they did not copy Hare Hare Yukai like everyone else!
      This alternative Touhou version is also pretty nice!
      Sumaga and Axanael are not so hard to understand. Muramasa, on the other hand, it’s REALLY DIFFICULT on the vocabulary! It has lot’s of military terms, archaic dialects, technobabble, complex war strategies and much more!

  3. Now I think I’m kinda sure that you’re really have a weird taste after reading this.

    • Well, what would you expect from the guy with the Jojo themed blog? My favorites are the ones with cool-looking characters and action-packed stories, but it doesn’t mean I don’t play the cute and funny Galges as well. In fact, I play those a lot! After all, I also enjoy reading something to relax. Ironically, those cute-slice-of-life usually makes me nervous. Not because of the dramatic development or complex relashionships, but because some characters tend to piss me off! For some reason, this doesn’t happen too often with the battle-centered games, for example: I love every single character from Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen!

  4. No MLA?

    Anyone some that, in my opinion, are very good and my favorites

    Akagoei 2

    Both Baldr Sky

    Rewrite Op 2

    Aiyoku no Eustia

    Also I think Dies Irae opening was better than Senshikan, maybe because It’s a better game?

    Shinning Braves

    • Your picks are great as well! Specially Dies Irae. I want to play this game for a long time because it looks really interesting, but it has so many versions, fan disks, sequels and sub-sequels that I got confused where to begin. I played Hachimiyoujin first because it is the first chapter of a new story…I guess! I tried to do the same with Kajiri Kamui Kagura, but it turned out to be an alternate universe for Dies Irae…

      • ~Amantes amentes~ is the most complete version, but it’s censored and you miss the ero and some guro parts that were toned down. If you want the whole experience play it ~Acta est Fabula~ version and finish all the routes, then AA and pick the additional content, which is another route and side stories.

        Then play KKK.

      • Yeah, like I expected: Complicated. Thank you! I will put it on my schedule.

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