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Credits Running Sequence
This running through space brought to you by Sunrise.

Kohaku: 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!

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 Shown Their Work and Stock Footage.

This trope can occasionally overlap with Team Shot.


Examples:

  • 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.
  • Astro Boy, 1980s version, closing sequence.
  • In 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.
  • Battle Athletes has this in the opening and ending credits, which is justified since it's about a group of top athletes.
  • In the ending of Blue Drop this is done with the running silhouettes of Hagino and Mari.
  • Busou Renkin
  • Carnival Phantasm. Kohaku lampshade this in the special season's credit sequence.
  • 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 Moonwalking.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys' opening sequences featured a running sequence of the main trio—Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake.
  • Dai Mahou Touge: in the opening, which has Punie run past battlefields and scenes of extreme carnage.
  • In the opening Doki Doki School Hours Mika-sensei runs to school, meeting up with her students.
  • Dog Days: the ending sequence is this but unlike most the camera moves faster than the mooks, dogs and Chocobo looking mount passing them one at a time.
  • The first ending in the Dragon Ball Z 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.
  • Eyeshield 21 justifies this, since the protagonist is a running back for American football.
  • One of Fullmetal Alchemist'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.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu featured Super-Deformed versions of Sosuke and Chidori walking towards each other in the ending.
  • Guilty Crown's ending has Inori walking in place as other characters move by.
  • The second opening theme for Haruhi Suzumiya features all 5 main cast members running together towards, nothing in particular?
  • Hidamari Sketch's first season's opening has the four girls running with images of art tools pass in the background for a portion of the opening, and season one's OAVs change up the order and add some weird stuff like an Afro.
  • The opening of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai has Rika doing this for part of it. Combined with a Futile Hand Reach at the end for bonus points.
  • The third opening of Hikaru no Go has a slow paced version of this, with three different aged versions of Hikaru walking next to Sai.
  • The first ending of Hunter × Hunter has Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio running for a portion of it.
  • Infinite Stratos's ending uses this as well as Evolving Credits as each person is introduced it adds a new person into the Credits Running Sequence.
  • The ending of Jewelpet Twinkle features the main characters alternating between running and walking.
  • Kamen no Maid Guy has Naeka and Fubuki running away from Kogarashi in the ending. Bonus points for Gainaxing.
  • Kämpfer
  • The ending of the Kyoto Animation version of Kanon.
  • Kiddy Grade and Kiddy GiRL-AND, with some Fanservice added for good measure.
  • Mahoraba has the leisurely version.
  • In Mai-Otome, Arika has one in the closing credits.
  • A variety occurs in the opening of the fourth season of Maria-sama Ga Miteru, 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 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 Takane's songs Yuukei Yesterday and Headphone Actor, respectively.
  • There is a variation in Mitsudomoe, involving all three sisters and their whole class.
  • Muteki Kanban Musume: in the opening.
  • A lot of the One Piece openings.
  • In Oreimo, Kirino has a running sequence during the opening title.
  • Hachimaki does this in the intro for 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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon video game series has done this multiple times for its ending credits since its third generation, (though with bicycles).
  • The ending (when it was actually shown; some episodes simply played the credits as the plot continued behind them) of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Madoka doing this against a rather... disturbing background.
    • She also does this with a Girly Run in the opening.
  • Ranma ˝'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.
  • The Sacred Blacksmith has Lisa running, and repeatedly tripping and falling down in beat with the ending theme (which is performed by Lisa's VA Aki Toyosaki).
  • The ending theme to Sailor Moon 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.
  • Saint Seiya: The first opening features the characters running forward with an awesome guitar solo in the beginning.
  • The 2nd ending of School Rumble season 2 showed Tenma running after Karasuma while Harima was running after her.
  • Shinryaku! Ika Musume 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.
  • Seitokai no Ichizon's ending sequence has the cast running in Super-Deformed mode to an Ear Worm theme, "Mosou Fetish" (Fantasy Fetish). The fans never had a chance.
  • The third closing sequence for Sonic X, "T.O.P." has a digital version of Sonic running on a loop.
  • The ending credits of So Ra No Wo To has Kanata run with her bugle.
  • The second closing credits of the Soul Eater anime starts with Maka walking, but when the chorus kicks in, she starts jogging.
  • Happens in the opening of Star Driver. Takuto spends most of the opening walking across the island then slowly building up to a run.
  • Star Fox 64 has a Team Shot 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/Panel de Pon depicts Yoshi/Lip running on a rainbow bridge.
  • Touhou Fan Vid example with the 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 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 Wandering Son 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 Wild ARMs 5 characters Dean, Rebecca, Avril and Volsung (younger versions of them, anyway) running during the ending credits.
  • The ending credits of Wolfs Rain 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 The World Ends with You is mostly Neku running.
  • Xabungle's closing credits feature protagonist Jiron Amos running as portraits of the core cast scroll across the screen...Until he trips.
  • Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou: in the ending, of the "start out slowly" variety.
  • A variation in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s 5th ending "Eye's" shows Pharaoh Atem on his horse galloping while transparent fore shots of the characters appear.
    • The sequel's (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX) 2nd ending credits "Wake Up Your Heart". It ends with The Hero jumping and behind him is a collective pic of various key cards he used on the second half of the first season.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam'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: The Venture Bros. 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 Hank and Dean were dead for good.


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