They’re both fantastic. Gonna give the slight edge to 2 though.
I love the end of 1 where Light creepily slowly raises his hand toward Misa. Similarly, I love the whole final sequence of 2 where Light’s just walking while his allies and opponents linger around him.
First one leans waaaay too hard into the irony/symbolism. It ups the ante nicely and feels appropriately more neurotic and crazy. I feel few anime are willing to go as full metal as that one does at the end.
OP1 is fine, but its as cliche and “anime” sounding as it gets.
OP2 was a giant wtf the first time those credits rolled. OP2 wins easily by how unexpected and now iconic it is. I didn’t even have to play the video for op2, because it is still etched in my memory bank unlike op1, where I had to play the video to remind myself what it sounded like.
I recently just looked into what Nightmare was up to, I used to listen to them a lot.
Apparently they went on hiatus a few years back when their lead singer was getting vocal chord surgery (which I imagine might be due to his history of smoking and screaming incorrectly - listen to “Nadirecar”, he’s just blowing out his voice).
They all split up into their own bands, but were supposed to join back up this year. They had a concert planned just a few days ago actually, but I couldn’t find any info on it, at least on English google.