“Dear Maria, Count Me In” Might Be The Perfect Anime Opening, And TikTok Proves It

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Kelly Knox has been an anime fan for over 20 years. She's an entertainment writer in the Seattle area who also contributes to StarWars.com, DCComics.com, IGN, and more.

All Time Low’s hit “Dear Maria, Count Me In” isn’t just a bop from 2008. It also might just be the perfect anime opening theme, no matter the anime. And TikTok is determined to prove it.

Thanks to TikTok user Rocky McCrary, who seems to have been the first to notice the song’s flexibility, others are pairing the upbeat pop punk song with the openings of shounen anime favorites! And yes, it feels like they all work.

Rocky inspired a legion of anime fans to test it out for themselves, and we’ve got some of the best to show you. Let’s start with the first season of My Hero Academia and its electric opening.

@mandjtv

#stitch with @mcc_rocky had to trim a second off the front but overall it’s PERFECT #anime #myheroacademia #mandjtv

♬ original sound – MandJTV

Sure, you’re probably saying, that’s a cheerful song for a cheerful show. How about something darker, like the somber Death Note? Yep. It works, too.

Or even Hunter x Hunter, a series that’s already a shounen classic? Of course.

You get the idea. No matter the series, the song seems to highlight the title of any anime as it appears on the screen. It’s almost eerie…but you can’t help but love it.

Even the Survey Corps and Titans get into the “Dear Maria…” fun in the Season 3 Part 1 opening of Attack on Titan.

And we can’t leave Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba out of the TikTok trend.

@mitchie1995

@mcc_rocky @mandjtv I’ve done this with so many openings. Hadn’t seen anyone do Demon Slayer yet. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

♬ original sound – MandJTV

We could keep going. Free!, Inuyasha, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul and Soul Eater each pair with All Time Low’s pop hit. Count us in as believers that “Dear Maria, Count Me In” will take the world by storm as an anime opening song.

Did you find another favorite anime series that works with “Dear Maria, Count Me In”? Share this post and tell us which one! And stay tuned to Funimation for the latest news on all things anime, this season and beyond.

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