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When something opens with a cheery song, but ends with a relaxing song

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Megaman0001 on Nov 9th 2017 at 12:44:17 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Nov 10th 2017 at 11:22:54 AM
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This is my first time making one of these so bear with me. I have seen a few anime shows where the opening song is very upbeat, almost rock like, and the ending song by contrast is very mellow and soft. There's 3 that come to my mind just off the top of my head. They are Outlaw Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. I'm sure there is alot more of them, not only in anime, but in live action TV, movies, and video games.

Sorry if I don't know the trick to putting a URL inside a word, like I said this is my first time doing this.

Here are links (hope i'm linking them right) that show what i'm trying to say:

Outlaw Star opening: [1] Outlaw Star ending 1 [[]] Outlaw Star ending 2 [2] Evangelion TV Opening [3] Evangelion TV Ending [4] Tokyo 2040 Opening [5] Tokyo 2040 Ending [6]

Can you hear how the opening songs have a really loud and upbeat tempo, while the ending songs are a lot quieter? This is what i'm talking about.

Is this better?


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Feedback: 4 replies

Nov 9th 2017 at 2:15:37 PM

I've added an examples section for you, but all your examples at the moment are Zero Content Examples- they need more information to show how they fit the trope, such as how and why the opening and ending things are upbeat or soft.

As for linking, there's a lot of information at the Text Formatting Rules page, in the 'Linking To Pages' folder. That should tell you what you need to know about linking and also formatting. If you're still confused, try copying the formatting of other pages- that's how I learnt most of the things I know.

Nov 10th 2017 at 3:23:36 PM

First off, the word "awesome" in titles is overused and meaningless. I think the word you are looking for is "energetic". Secondly, I am not sure how common this combo is, particularly in anime, since pretty much every series I can think off the top of my head has this dynamic. I think the reasoning behind such arrangement is that the opening song's function is to rip the viewer out of their default state of mind and to quickly put them into the frame of the narrative with powerful music and colorful visuals, while the ending's purpose is to ease the viewer's transition back into the routine, while also giving them some time to think about what happened in the episode.

If it is, indeed, an Omnipresent Trope in that medium, it would be easier to only list the aversions for it instead.

  • Noir is a particularly egregious example: its opening is the rapid-paced, highly-orchestrated and avant-garde "Coppelia no Hitsugi" by Ali Project, while its ending is a slow and jovial "Kirei na Kanjo" by Akino Arai, performed seemingly with no arrangement with just her voice and a guitar.
  • It is a tradition in the Lyrical Nanoha franchise that the opening song of each season is a fast-paced and powerful pop number performed by Nana Mizuki (voice of Fate Testarossa, the title character's rival-turned-Best Friend), while the ending is a much slower and gentler song by Yukari Tamura (voice of Nanoha Takamachi herself). The only exception is Vivid Strike, which still follows the same energetic-gentle pattern, but replaced the vocalists with the voices of that season's new lead girls.

Nov 10th 2017 at 7:31:22 AM

Live-Action TV:

  • In Game Of Thrones, the opening is the well-known majestuous song just named as "Game of Thrones Theme", but the ending usually should start in silence and then slowly appears a more passive song, this usually accompanied by a heavy cliffhanger at the end of each episode.

Video Games:

Nov 10th 2017 at 11:22:54 AM

Babar inverts this: the intro has soft piano music, whereas the end credits have a triumphant music.