Both anime and music are mediums filled with different genres and interests. In these shows, anime and music blend the artistic struggle of Japanese animators with the cross-dimensional stories of aspiring musicians across jazz, rock, pop, and the ever growing idol trend.
14Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)
The coming-of-age story was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe (creator of Cowboy Bebop) and has a jazz soundtrack composed by Yoko Kanno (composer for Cowboy Bebop). If that doesn’t sell you on the series, then maybe the promise of a great character arc between Kaoru and Sentaro will.
13Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad follows the tale of a rock band trying to make hit the big time. As with any band, there are highs and lows. But struggles lead to great music.
12The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
Love triangles? Epic mecha battles? A killer soundtrack? Macross has it all. Idols play a vital role in the Macross franchise, and no matter which entry you start with, your ears will thank you.
11Love Live! School Idol Project
You’ll come for the idol music, but you’ll stay for the characters. By the end of the series, you’ll feel the same emotions the girls have at the end of their journey.
10Detroit Metal City
The series a parody of death metal and how the mainstream views the genre. It follows the hilarious exploits of Soichi as his on-stage persona Johannes Krauser II. You don’t have to be a fan of death metal to enjoy the series.
9Your Lie in April
Classical music and raw emotions are the names of the game in this feel trip.
The tale of the two girls named Nana, the personal struggles they each go through and the strain it puts on the popular Black Stones punk band makes Nana on of the top josei anime.
Sure, K-On! is the very definition of cute girls doing cute things, but you have to admit that the music is catchy.
Making it in the world of classical music is a tough battle. The tale follows two young people trying to make their dreams come true, and zeros in on their unconventional romance.
Kyoto Animation does it again. The story revolves around a band club as they work to make it to a national tournament. Sound! Euphonium is surprisingly accurate with the instruments, how they are played, and showing a band goes from playing “bad” music to good.
4Sound of the Sky (So-Ra-No-Wo-To)
War is never a pleasant thing. It is a psychologically damaging thing for many people. But for Kanata, she joined the military so she can play the bugle (a simple brass instrument used in the military). Kanata uses her talents to hopefully bring a little bit of happiness in the war-torn world.
Do you love idol music and on-stage performances? The iDOLM@STER just might be what you are looking for. The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls follows the same basic formula, but with a little more emphasis on characters.
Angel Beats! has a little bit of every thing for everyone, kind of like Macross. Elements of music, action, humor, and drama are present. Short length aside, you’ll find plenty to love.
1Uta no Prince-sama
If you like pop music and bishounen, you’ll find plenty to love in this long running series.
What are your favorite music based anime?