Opening credits that show the character, with their name besides them. Differs from Video Credits
in that these usually contain original footage, and the actors names are often not displayed. When the actors name is shown it will often be in smaller letters close to the characters names.
Can become a Evolving Credit
in long running shows where characters is Promoted To Opening Titles
. Can have Diagonal Billing
by showing two characters at the same time.
Related to Framed Face Opening
, Video Credits
, Fun with Subtitles
, on occasion, and Boss Subtitle
Needs More Examples
, or at least examples from more than just anime.
Examples from specific series:
Anime & Manga
- A version is used in Axis Powers Hetalia. In the opening sequence of the first episode, all of the countries are named + their flag is shown when they begin speaking.
- The opening credits of the 2nd season of The Big O had this for the major characters (Roger - Negotiator, R. Dorothy - Android, Norman - Butler, Dastun - Officer, Angel - ?). See it here.
- CLANNAD, both seasons.
- Durarara!! In the style of Baccano!, above.
- Gokujou Seitokai does a unique version of this: the more prominent cast members are shown in the panels of what looks like a tarot card, with their name displayed at the bottom of the card; the secondary cast members are shown just doing things regularly, with a small caption in the corner with their name on it.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: The 2009 anime OP, Super Driver.
- Hidamari Sketch
- K-On! (Though they're harder to see here because the hiragana are partially obscured by the designs on-screen.)
- Love Hina
- The English dub of Sailor Moon had a variation of this in that the Inner Senshi were called out in the opening song as they appeared on screen (no text, though, which differentiates it from the other examples on this page).
- Soul Eater does this with its third ending song, Bakusou Yume Uta (clearing up some Spell My Name with an "S" issues in the process).
- The Movie spinoff of Brit Com On The Buses has captions giving the names and occupations of the lead characters, even though most of the audience should be familiar with them from the TV series.
- On The Monkees they showed the boys with their names (since they were all The Danza, character names = actor names). They were all first misidentified as Peter, then by their actual names. (Except Peter of course.)
- Borderlands: [character name] as [class name]. Brick as himself.
- Devil Survivor
- The PV for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna, which elaborates on Hanyuu's past does this with it's central characters (relevent to Hanyuu's past).
- The fifth volume of the Umineko: When They Cry motion graphic is basically a stand alone version of this: all of the characters that appeared from Legend to Alliance are shown and named.
- Early promotional videos of Team Fortress 2 had this.
- Yume Miru Kusuri: a particularly spoilerific one. While Aeka being bullied isn't particularly surprising once you get into the game, Nekoko being a drugged-up social recluse most certainly is.
- Cave Story's end credits display the name, sprite, and a brief description for every character, enemy, and boss.
- Many Dating Sim games introduce their female characters this way.
- Konata of Lucky Star does this in a parody of Dating Sims, though she only introduces herself.
- The English version of Shounen Jump magazine, and Viz Media in general [or do the Jp publications do these too? Correct me if I'm wrong, please] tends reserve a page in front of the chapters/tankoubon for showing a picture of the characters current to it, and their names, plus a small synopsis of what's happened so far.