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Almost Otaku: Do Show Openers Give Away Too Much?

Watch out for spoilers!

  The cover I saw actually spelled out the spoiler in the tagline.
 The cover I saw actually spelled out the spoiler in the tagline.

I value getting surprised very highly. I just hate predictability, and I hate being able to call something before it happens in a story. As such, I try to avoid trailers and previews for anything I’m looking forward to because, well, they dilute the final experience. Sure, if you’re into something, you want it now and you’ll scrap for any pieces you can get ahead of time. But if the marketing team isn’t especially savy and they reveal too much, too early, then your viewing experience is basically just about waiting for those “money shots” you saw in the trailer to drop.  It’s sort of like opening your presents before Christmas. Do that enough and the big day isn’t as special by the time you get to it.

That’s one thing that’s been refreshing about watching anime for this site. I typically haven’t been bombarded by previews for these shows, I usually don’t know what to expect, and I’m almost going in blind.

Almost.

Some of you have brought up that these show openers can reveal too much ahead of time. You can make the argument that that’s what animators want you to see and that these themes needs to be representative of the entire series, not just the first episodes. However, I’ll bring up a specific case where I got spoiled by just one poster and an opener...

That was an example of a show revealing a little too much with only just a little information in its own promos. When I finally got to it, it was certainly dramatic, but I wonder how much more jaw-dropping it would’ve been if I had no idea it was coming. I’m sure you’ve all got plenty of experiences for other shows that are similar… so let’s hear ‘em! When you have been spoiled by the source?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available  here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on Amazon.com.  

WillyFourEyeson June 24, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.
I don't get that sensation, but I tend to skip over most anime openings anyway. it serves the dual purpose of avoiding spoilers and getting straight to the action/comedy/whatever it is I feel like watching.
Daniel_Newton moderator on June 24, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.
What immediately comes to my mind are the openings for Bleach, they often have HUGE spoilers in them, obviously it doesn't effect those who have already read the manga, but to anyone who just watches the anime I can see it kind of spoiling things a little.
 
At the same time, most of it is just to get people excited about what's yet to come.
 
I don't know, I guess it's kind of hard to balance awesome-promotery with potential-spoilery. It's just one of those things. And Bleach intros, most of them anyway, are pretty damn cool, so there is that.
Chengyon June 24, 2010 at 11:14 a.m.
@Newten said:
"What immediately comes to my mind are the openings for Bleach, they often have HUGE spoilers in them, obviously it doesn't effect those who have already read the manga, but to anyone who just watches the anime I can see it kind of spoiling things a little.  At the same time, most of it is just to get people excited about what's yet to come.  I don't know, I guess it's kind of hard to balance awesome-promotery with potential-spoilery. It's just one of those things. And Bleach intros, most of them anyway, are pretty damn cool, so there is that. "

Not really, its only the latest opening which has done that. 
 
Showing the vizards, ressurections and even some of the captains / vizards bankais. Even the ichigo hollow form. Dunno why they decided to spoil everything
LordCravenon June 24, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.
@Chengy:

Even before the opening, where they usually re-cap on the last episode, they show important events from the CURRENT episode.  
Why would you do that!?
Daniel_Newton moderator on June 24, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
@Chengy: Yeah I suppose it was mainly the latest intro I was thinking about, it showed so much!
 
The Dragon Ball Z opening kind of spoiled Super Saiyan too, man how awesome would Goku turning Super Saiyan have been if you'd never seen it before? Ah well.
 
@LordCraven: Because they need to fill as much time as they can so they don't cover everything in like 10 episodes and then have to produce even MORE filler...
That's my theory anyway. That or they think Bleach fans are mentally challenged and have forgotten everything that happened in the previous episode.
blaakmawfon June 24, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.
The openers are usually spoilers, but they are so out of context that they haven't yet actually ruined anything for me.
JJOR64on June 24, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
Most of the time I skip the openings to shows, unless they have a catchy/cool song.  As for promos, previews of the next episode, etc., I skip that stuff so I wont be spoiled.
 
When I go head first into new anime, I just look up a snippet of info so I get the basics of the show before going in.
AnimeAlexon June 24, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
The ending of Death Note was spoiled for me. However I didn't know the outcome of ep.25.
trippy6on June 24, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
(Since the Soul Eater article was just up) In the 2nd opening they had a shot of Soul screaming upwards while holding a dead/unconscious Maka. It was all very dramatic and looked very spoilery, but I was actually very peeved to find out the scene doesn't actually exist in the series. So...reverse-scenario? I look forward to an article about "opening/closing scenes you wish WERE in the anime". 
 
 On a similar note, I also dislike seeing openings with A) characters that are in a serious life-or-death situation or B) that will not be introduced for eons to come. A) because you obviously KNOW they survive if they're shown active in a new arc B) because I like guessing whether a character will become a member of the main cast & their involvement in the plot. You see someone interesting & wonder "who is this character?", well OBVIOUSLY he's a villain because he's shown making evil grins in the opening! OPs need some level of subtlety without giving away a character who's supposed to be mysterious.
Gaseroon June 24, 2010 at 5:35 p.m.
I was wondering why you didn't talk about Near and Mellow being spoiled in the second Death Note opening. I was reading the manga by that time so I hadn't paid much attention to the new opening, but if I had I would have been like "who the hell are these characters!?"
 
It's often the shonen heavy action shows that ruin their future plots. Whenever a new season of Bleach, Naruto or One Piece starts up and there is a new opener the viewer has to really watch out.
sotyfan16on June 24, 2010 at 6:22 p.m.

I don't see many trailers but the few I do see they are really more like teasers because they are short and just try to catch your attention. In the case of this article I don't really watch the intros to anime as I either skip them or listen to the theme song. Outros are pretty much the same. Stating that I can say I don't get anime ruined for me by spoilers (sometimes I just read the description of an anime and then watch it).

Dinstaron June 25, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

My very first comment ^^ ! 
 
I skip intos and en outros as well, only during the last few episodes I have a closer look at them for spoiler-reasons. 
On the other hand, trailers and teasers can be nice if they put you on a completely wrong path. When you think you know what's going to happen because you saw a trailer or preview, and then it just turns out differently, you still get surprised right?
N15PCAon June 25, 2010 at 1:35 a.m.

I agree.  Here some videos to prove my point. 
 
Princess Nine.   
 
The first part of the show is about getting the girls baseball team together to compete with the boys and in the opening credits they show you who on the team all ready.   
 
  
   
You could guess all ready on your own who going be all the team all ready, but at least keep us wonder about it for few episodes and not let us in the first two minutes on the show.
 
 
Blue Seed. 
 
This one is not has bad has the first video but you still the problem of giving away the fact that Momiji joins the TAC.  So what was the point of show us that may join or not join in the first couple of episodes. 
 
  
 
 
Devil Hunter Yohko 
 
I can't show the video opening because of some nudity in it.  It was an ova form the 1990's.  It gives away the hole show in about 4 minutes!  What the point watching the rest of it then.    
 
 
 Now I'll show in a good anime opening that dosen't ruin anything. 
 
Paranoia Agent. 
 
Now this is good opening to an anime.  You don't why these people of laughing.  Are the all part of the story or their reason why this is going like this.  Great Stuff. 
 
       
      
 
 
FoxxFireArt moderator on June 25, 2010 at 2:56 a.m.
One Piece has some seriously spoiler openings. Back when Robin Nico was still a member of the evil organization know as Baroque Works and was opposing the Straw Hat crew. Anime audience would have no idea that she would become the next member of the crew. It was suspected that Princess Vivi was going to join, but take a look at the opening for the series that started with Episode 116.
 
 
Robin didn't become a member of the crew until Episode 130.
 
This has been a trend in the series for year. Sometimes the openings wont have spoilers. Sometimes they will have a lot of them.
 
I feel so bad that the big Death Note event was spoiled for you by HULU. That's idiotic that they put episodes in such a way. I watched the series in order and avoided spoiler information on the internet. It wasn't until that event that I skipped ahead using Japanese subs on fan sub sites.

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