Hilariously Inappropriate EDs
Anime EDs have it rough. In general, they don’t really get the fanfare received by OPs, even though they have a tougher job — OPs are able to set the tone for a series and can pretty much be whatever they want given those bounds. EDs, however, have the burden of playing after a viewer has been swept up in the emotion of an episode. Often times they have to let you down gently after a roller coaster ride, which doesn’t give them nearly as much room to be memorable as OPs. (Not that many EDs don’t manage to be memorable despite this.)
If an ED sounds even a little bit off, then things can get awkward in a hurry. As an anime fan, if you watch enough series, you are bound to come across a few shows with EDs that sound completely wrong. Mood Whiplash is a common occurrence with these songs, I find. Maybe a certain episode will have a particularly dramatic end, you’re completely caught up in all the emotions . . . and the ED smacks you upside the head and is completely disorienting. Perhaps these songs are not bad on their own; however, when connected with the wrong series, even a good song can quickly turn to crap.
So let’s pay tribute to some EDs that make for awkward listening (and viewing!) experiences!
This is “Rock the LM.C” from Red Garden, which inspired this post. Now, Red Garden is not a particularly happy series. One episode ends with the four main women draped over corpses, crying their eyes out. Kind of depressing. So you can only imagine how bizarre it is to see an ending like that and then immediately transition to, “ROCK! ROCK! THE LM.C!”
It’s just a gigantic dose of WTF. It would be like attending your mom’s funeral, and then immediately after your best friend yells, “LET’S GO TO A WHOREHOUSE YEAHHHHHHHHH” right in your ear. What the fuck, buddy? Let me mourn for a few minutes, and THEN we can go whoring. Jesus.
Next we have “Calling” from Baccano! It’s not a bad song, but I always thought it sounded WAY too conventional for a series like Baccano! I never felt as if I needed to be let down gently after the twists and turns of its stories and the, “Oh snap, shit’s getting real now!!” cliffhangers that end each episode. If anything, the series could have used something a bit wilder to keep the blood flowing after all that awesome. The ED is the one aspect of Baccano! that truly disappoints me.
Here we have Love Hina‘s ED, “Kimi Sae Ireba”, at the behest of a good friend of mine. I’ve never actually watched Love Hina, myself (blasphemy?), but according to my buddy, the song does not really fit the series in any way unless “you’re Keitarou and in despair from the constant abuse”. So there’s that.
“Torch” from Clannad ~After Story~ is one of the more infamous recent examples of inappropriate EDs. It is no secret at all that After Story — particularly in the second half — goes for tearjerker endings. The show wants you to cry, and it wants you to cry hard. If we accept that this is the case, then what the fuck does the show want you to do when the credits start rolling? It’s an enormous sugary bitchslap of Mood Whiplash. I get the feeling KyoAni knew “Torch” would work for the final episode (which it absolutely does) and then hoped it would fit in with the rest of the series somehow (which it absolutely does not).
I don’t know if my final example, “Mystic Eyes” from Escaflowne, is a more egregious example of an inappropriate ED than After Story‘s; frankly, I just enjoy mocking the bad parts of Escaflowne. And “Mystic Eyes” distinguishes itself from its competitors by being not only an inappropriate song for the series but also a fucking terrible song period. When I hear “Mystic Eyes” I feel like I am about to take some knock-off Ecstasy in a shitty rave nestled in the butt crack of Los Angeles.
To be fair to the song, though, it probably is the most appropriate of these five EDs considering how utterly god awful Escaflowne‘s second half is. I certainly cannot think of a song more fitting to hear after watching yet another episode further the show’s abysmal Allen-Hitomi-Van love triangle.
Anyway, that is enough from me. I’m sure everyone out there has more examples of inappropriate EDs to share. Go for it!