Tuesday’s Top 5: Visually Appealing Anime Titles

One thing  I learned absolutely while trying to write this list is I have a clear taste when it comes to how a series title should look on screen. Basically anime titles fall into three categories for me. Completely forgettable, eye-sore, or nailed it. There’s very little middle ground. The ones in the list below are titles that stuck in my mind long after I finished watching the show. They are iconic without being crazy busy with details. More importantly, they fit the show that they are preparing you for. As always this list is very subjective so I’d love to hear your choices on anime titles that have visual appeal and why in the comments below.

Please Note – Probably no spoilers this week.

Honourable mentions go to: Vampire Knight, Blood Lad and Tsubasa Chronicles. Though from more recent titles, 91 Days was pretty impressive and probably deserves a spot on the list below.

Number 5: Sailor Moon (1990’s)

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Alright, it doesn’t look like much these days but back when I first saw this anime the opening song and the final shot with the girls striking a pose behind the title really left an impression. You have the main cast, including the cats (even before all the characters were introduced so you knew who was coming), you’ve got the crescent moon in both the sky and behind the title, you have the love heart over the I, and the weird spot light on the scouts with the rest of the background detail left kind of hazy but still quite pretty. By my tastes today, I probably wouldn’t think too much of this title, but the lingering impression it left forced me to concede this title serves an absolute purpose in appealing to the target audience of the show so it deserved a place on my list.

Number 4: Another

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There’s definitely something to be said about simplicity and Another get’s it right. Basic red on black is pretty standard, particularly for horror, but the letter design and arrangement, all just that little bit off, adds to the general creepiness of what you are about to watch.

Number 3: Evangelion

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When I first thought of this topic for a list, I believed Evangelion would end up being my number 1 choice however when I looked closely at each of the titles in my short list, it just didn’t quite measure up. Much like Sailor Moon, this one has the advantage of me watching it when I hadn’t watched a lot of anime, and it left a lasting impression so even as I look critically at it now, I remember the genuine sense of excitement that title used to invoke in me. Okay, it’s simple text but the colour choice and composition are striking enough to draw you in and the general feeling of a whole bunch of things mashed together kind of fits the story you watch unfold.

Number 2: Attack on Titan

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I’ll be the first person to admit, I’m not actually that big of a fan of Attack on Titan. I really enjoyed it and the first episode really did make me sit up and take notice but by the end of season one I found the whole thing to be slowly losing momentum. That doesn’t stop the title being very visually appealing and the promotional posters for this anime, with the title centred and the whole thing causing our eyes to sweep from Eren in the front all the way to the looming giant at the top just works (incidentally this one promotional poster that came with a DVD that I actually have up on a wall because I really enjoy looking at it). The title itself isn’t the most flashy, but it is distinct enough in its choice of font that it is instantly recognisable on any of the promotional materials and is hard to miss when you run your eyes over the spines of many DVD’s.

Number 1: Bleach

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Okay, don’t start prepping all your reasons why I am wrong. This title screams what the show is, which is larger than life. More importantly, this basic text title with it’s red, white and blue colour scheme is absolutely recognisable and stands out from the crowd. The flames out the side frame it perfectly. The whole thing is fun and not taking itself overly seriously while at the same time making you feel there’s something more to it.

Bleach actually gets a double hit here because in addition to the series title being iconic every single episode gets it’s own eye-catching thematically appropriate episode title screen. Preparing you for the episode to come in both subject matter and tone (even if you don’t get it when you see it at the start of the episode by the end you’ll know exactly why the title looked like that). Eventually I’ll do a top 5 list of episode titles for Bleach because they have some very cool designs.

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Alright, over to you. What anime titles have grabbed your attention?


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16 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: Visually Appealing Anime Titles

  1. Visually stunning anime? Just the visual right? Then I’d go with Prisma Illya, Gun X Sword, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team and Soar High Isami. Plot wise, they are also good in my opinion.

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  2. This is a very innovative list. I never really pay enough attention to titles for them to stay in mind after the show’s over. Some still do due to the sheer number of times I’ve seen them – like Naruto or Kuroko no Basket.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t watched much Naruto but have to agree the title is pretty memorable. Kuroko no Basket I haven’t watched any of and honestly couldn’t even tell you what colour the title was.

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  3. Great list idea I had not thought of this myself but I will certainly be taking inspiration from this. I was surprised by your 1st choice bleach everytime I hear someone day it I laugh dunno just makes me laugh LOL

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    1. It is a weird title given the story but I know that when I look at my DVD’s, Bleach grabs my eye everytime (and not just because it takes up a massive amount of space).

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  4. Very intriguing Top Tuesday category! Ive not seen anyone list attention grabbing titles before. DeathNote has a unique, sinister title. I also love Anohana’s sweet font and design. Your choices were great, thank you!

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    1. I really enjoyed going back through some of the title screens and seeing some of the best and worst titles out there. I really do need to do a worst list but the problem is I usually forget which shows they belong to.

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      1. I think that would be interesting. I would be intrigued to see what you list among the worst — if it has to do with poor transitions or bland graphics (or both). There are plenty of series with sub par opening titles, but it is all based on how you critique them.

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