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->'''Kohaku''': [[NoFourthWall Oh right, it's time for the ending theme]]! Let's run!\\
'''Akiha:''' Huh? Why?\\
'''Kohaku''': You didn't know? There's a jinx that says people run during the ED in good anime!
-->-- ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm''

In a lot of {{anime}}, a character (usually the protagonist) will show up in the opening or ending credits, running along while remaining on a fixed spot on-screen. The character could be running the whole time, or start out walking slowly and gradually pick up speed. The background is usually of the scrolling kind, but sometimes the character actually seems to run through a changing scenery. In any case, it's rare for characters to maintain a leisurely speed the whole time; usually, this has something to do with either the pace of the music, or the animators' need to keep opening and ending themes moving fast ''at all times''.

Side-on running and walking cycles are often created by animators as a way to get a feel for the characters, and these cycles will no doubt be used at some point in the show, so this could count as a cross between ShownTheirWork and StockFootage.

This trope can occasionally overlap with TeamShot.

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* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' (the animated incarnation by {{Nelvana}} that aired in the 90s) featured Tintin and Snowy running like this at the very end of the opening credits.
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'', 1980s version, closing sequence.
* In ''[[LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu Baka and Test]]'', Yuuji and Akihisa are both running away from some angry girls at the end of episode 13 in Season 2. The rest of the cast gradually chases after them as well.
* ''Anime/BattleAthletes'' has this in the opening and ending credits, which is justified since it's about a group of top athletes.
* In the ending of ''Manga/BlueDrop'' this is done with the running silhouettes of Hagino and Mari.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin''
* ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm''. Kohaku lampshade this in the special season's credit sequence.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} ~After Story~''. The ending has the leisurely variety with the added effect that even if they are walking forwards the scenario and the scroll of the screen makes it seem that they are all ''[[Film/{{Moonwalker}} Moonwalking]]''.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''' opening sequences featured a running sequence of the main trio--Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake.
* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'': in the opening, which has Punie run past battlefields and scenes of extreme carnage.
* In the opening ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'' Mika-sensei runs to school, [[TeamShot meeting up with her students]].
* ''Anime/DogDays'': the ending sequence is this but unlike most the camera moves faster than the mooks, dogs and [[HorseOfADifferentColor Chocobo looking mount]] passing them one at a time.
* The first ending in the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' anime has this with Gohan later joined by the other cast running towards the screen. Happened again in the second ending when the majority shows Teen Gohan walking then running and later joined by Goten and Trunks.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' justifies this, since the protagonist is a ''running back'' for American football.
* One of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist's'' anime's opening sequences has the "running the whole time" version.
** ''Brotherhood'''s first ending has a short sequence of this near its end across stone alchemy-made pillars.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' featured SuperDeformed versions of Sosuke and Chidori walking towards each other in the ending.
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'''s ending has Inori walking in place as other characters move by.
* The second opening theme for ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' features all 5 main cast members running together towards, nothing in particular?
** Also [[PlayingWithATrope invoked]] with the NonIndicativeFirstEpisode, where the intro to Haruhi's anime is basically just Mikuru running over and over again.
** Spin-off ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' includes running in both its opening and ending sequences.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'''s first season's opening has [[http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/8364/fuktlogikhidamarisketch.jpg the four girls]] running with images of art tools pass in the background for a portion of the opening, and season one's {{OAV}}s change up the order and add some [[DerangedAnimation weird stuff]] [[http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/444/spoonsubshidamarisketch.jpg like an Afro]].
* The opening of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Kai'' has Rika doing this for part of it. Combined with a FutileHandReach at the end for bonus points.
* The third opening of ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' has a slow paced version of this, with three different aged versions of Hikaru walking next to Sai.
* The first ending of ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio running for a portion of it.
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'''s ending uses this as well as EvolvingCredits as [[DebutQueue each person is introduced]] it adds a new person into the CreditsRunningSequence.
* The ending of ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' features the main characters alternating between running and walking.
* ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' has Naeka and Fubuki running away from Kogarashi in the ending. Bonus points for {{Gainaxing}}.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}''
* The ending of the Creator/KyotoAnimation version of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}''.
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' and ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'', with some {{Fanservice}} added for good measure.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' has the leisurely version.
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Arika has one in the closing credits.
* A variety occurs in the opening of the fourth season of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', in which Yumi, Yoshino and Shimako run over the high school grounds by means of some sort of teleportation system.
* ''{{Mekakucity Actors}}'': During the intro, there is a very brief shot of [[{{Tsundere}} Takane Enomoto]] running with tears in her eyes, after which it cuts to Headphone Actor (Takane's game avatar) doing the same thing. These are both references to [[ImageSong Takane's songs]] ''Yuukei Yesterday'' and ''Headphone Actor'', respectively.
* There is a variation in ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'', involving all three sisters and their whole class.
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': in the opening.
* A lot of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' openings.
* In ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai Oreimo]]'', Kirino has a running sequence during the opening title.
* Hachimaki does this in the intro for ''{{Anime/Planetes}}''. It starts off as a slow jog, but towards the end he does a full on sprint, stumbling briefly before picking up his pace again.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the 5th ending, "Type: Wild", has a variation where Ash and Pikachu are shown running towards the screen, while their shadows are running sideways. Both animations are synchro, so, for example, when Ash trips during his running at one point, so does his shadow.
** Similarly, the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' video game series has done this multiple times for its ending credits since its [[PokemonRubyAndSapphire third generation]], (though with bicycles).
* Parodied in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kYqnGkn5Ds credit sequence]] for ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Princess Kenny]]''.
* The ending (when it was actually shown; some episodes simply played the credits as the plot continued behind them) of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has Madoka doing this against a rather... [[SceneryGorn disturbing]] background.
** She also does this with a GirlyRun in the opening.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf's'' first opening does this with multiple characters.
** The seventh ending likewise has a variant at the beginning of a paper flip animation of Ranma slowly running until it becomes fully animated.
* ''Anime/TheSacredBlacksmith'' has Lisa running, and repeatedly tripping and falling down in beat with the ending theme (which is performed by Lisa's VA Creator/AkiToyosaki).
* The ending theme to ''Anime/SailorMoon R'', "Otome no Policy" (A maiden's policy) is like this, with Usagi walking through most of it, stopping for a bit, and then running at the end.
** Usagi also does some running in the openings used for the first half of season one, the first half of season two, and the second half of season two.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': The first opening features the characters running forward with an awesome guitar solo in the beginning.
* The 2nd ending of ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' season 2 showed Tenma running after Karasuma while Harima was running after her.
* ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' season 2's ending credits have Ika walking on the beach (while the first season was static with her watching the ocean) there will be some event from the episode that makes its appearance in the sequence.
* ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'''s ending sequence has the cast running in SuperDeformed mode to an EarWorm theme, "Mosou Fetish" (Fantasy Fetish). The fans never had a chance.
* The third closing sequence for ''Anime/SonicX'', "T.O.P." has a digital version of Sonic running on a loop.
* The ending credits of ''Anime/SoRaNoWoTo'' has Kanata run with her bugle.
* The second closing credits of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime starts with Maka walking, but when the chorus kicks in, she starts jogging.
* Happens in the opening of ''Anime/StarDriver''. Takuto spends most of the opening walking across the island then slowly building up to a run.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' has a TeamShot running sequence starting after the Starfox team returns to Corneria being invited to join the regular army. Near the end of said sequence shows the Great Fox carrier in the background take off, with a cut to the Great Fox being escorted by the four fighters.
* The VS mode ending sequence of ''Tetris Attack''[=/=]''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' depicts Yoshi/Lip running on a rainbow bridge.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[FanVid/{{Touhou}} Fan Vid]] example with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtPAYfkmpwQ end credits]] of ''Touhou Kinema Kan ~ 2nd Curtain'', which features Reimu running in place as pictures of the various characters of the Windows games scroll up in mostly reverse chronological order along with the credits.
* Hibiki from ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is shown running to the left in the end credits sequence, occasionally stopping and getting nosebleeds from the scantily-clad female characters.
* Nitori from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is depicted in the outro as walking in various stages. At first it's formal and rigid before becoming increasing casual and almost skipping.
* In a non-anime example, we have ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' characters Dean, Rebecca, Avril and Volsung (younger versions of them, anyway) running during the ending credits.
* The ending credits of ''Anime/WolfsRain'' show the main protagonist Kiba running through the snow in slow motion in his true wolf form. The background varies from episode to episode.
* The intro cinematic for ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is mostly Neku running.
* ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}'''s closing credits feature protagonist Jiron Amos running as portraits of the core cast scroll across the screen...Until he trips.
* ''LightNovel/YokuWakaruGendaiMahou'': in the ending, of the "start out slowly" variety.
* A variation in ''Anime/YuGiOh's'' 5th ending "Eye's" shows Pharaoh Atem on his horse galloping while transparent fore shots of the characters appear.
** The sequel's (''Anime/YuGiOhGX'') 2nd ending credits "Wake Up Your Heart". It ends with TheHero jumping and behind him is a collective pic of various key cards he used on the second half of the first season.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s ending features Fa Yuiri running on the spot with the starry space in the background.
** Both openings featured a sequence of Kamille walking away from the camera through space.
* Western example: ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' have Hank and Dean in silhouette running (in distinctively awkward runs) in the opening titles. Variations have alternate characters in their place, like Dr. V and Jonas Jr. in the Season 2 opener, implying [[spoiler: Hank and Dean were dead for good.]]

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