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Some opening or closing credits sequences show a bit of the show to give you an idea of what it's about. The music is just there, but it serves mainly as background music to the action - the characters aren't playing an active role in the music or the description (for example, The Simpsons or Friends), or it serves as a Theme Tune Roll Call to describe the characters (but again they don't take an active role in the sequence).

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Then there are those opening or closing credit sequences set up more like a music video. The characters sing along, dance to, or in general, take an active role in the music.

See also Theme Tune.


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     Anime  

  • K-On!
    • Both the opening and closing are music videos for the girls' band.
    • Done again in the movie at the end.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya- Hare Hare Yukai is an example of the dance variety of this trope
  • Kodomo no Omocha
  • Pokémon has had a few ending songs like this, combining this trope with the Image Song.
    • Maemuki Roketto Dan (Team Rocket)
    • Polka o Dolka (Meowth)
  • The eighth Naruto Shippuden ending, Bacchikoi, is sung and danced by Lee, Naruto, Guy, Sakura, Ino and Hinata.
  • The end credits of The Reflection has silhouettes of the real-life members of idol group 9nine dancing to the song "SunSunSunrise".

     Film  

  • For Your Eyes Only: the only James Bond film where the singer of the theme (Sheena Easton) actually sings during the credit sequence.
  • The Pink Panther series combines this with an Animated Credits Opening, in which the animated panther dances to the theme song during the opening credits.
  • My Best Friend's Wedding starts out with an opening credits sequence that might as well be a music video for "Wishin' and Hopin'": a bride and her bridesmaids (not any of the film's stars) dance around a monochrome (pink) backdrop.
    • The sequence is directly referenced in the Brazilian movie Zoando na TV. In that case, the bride in question is the main character.

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     Live Action TV  

     Video Games  

  • Disgaea 2 was a fairly straightforward music video animated opening with a few sight gags for humor, but Disgaea 3 took it to levels of precision parody, channeling Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya so well that if you weren't familiar with those series you'd think that it's a straight example.

     Western Animation  


 
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