The best music animes that you can not miss

If there is a genre in the world of anime that gives a lot to talk about, it is precisely the musical. Despite the fact that the offer of series is not as great as shounen and other very popular genres, we will always have great series in mind to mention and that, without a doubt, will remain in our trunk of good memories.

In this list we will not place any specific order, but we will show you the best-known music series that you should not miss.

So, find your best headphones and dive in with us!

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (1999)

Episodes: 26

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Beck is the spearhead within this genre, a series that accumulates years and years without realizing it, but that ages in the best possible way.

Our protagonist, a 14-year-old boy named Yukio Tanaka (or better known as Koyuki), has very little reason to enjoy life. However, this changes when he saves a strange-looking dog named Beck from being attacked by a group of children. The owner of this dog is Ryuusuke Minami, creator of a popular rock band, guitarist and composer.

In this series we will live the different dramas that many bands and their members go through to achieve their dreams. In this case, BECK, named after Minami’s dog, gains strength as the episodes go by and thanks to this we can enjoy incredible musical compositions, mostly made by a Japanese band called Beat Crusaders (BECR).

K-On

Episodes: 36

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Like almost all music anime, this story is based on a group of girls who come together to form a band and play the music they are passionate about. K-On is characterized by a waste of shallow situations that aim to distract us and have a good time with each of its episodes.

Yui Hirasawa is a first-year high school girl who is desperately looking for a club that she can join. She finally finds the music club where she meets Ritsu Tanaikana (drummer), Mio Akiyama (bassist) and finally Tsumugi Kotobuki as keyboardist.

We will see the protagonists trying to solve problems like looking for money to buy a guitar or maybe we could enjoy a small cup of tea in the company of best friends. However, despite not having as large a catalog of music for this series, the focus definitely falls into this category.

In this case we are not talking about a rock band, but something more aimed at youthful J-Pop focused on anime. It is important to highlight that we will listen to their children’s voices from beginning to end without ever losing style.

Gravitation

Episodes: 13

Gravitation

Gravitation may be unfamiliar to many, but for some it is without a doubt one of the pioneering anime in the musical genre. Let us remember that this series has a Boys Love theme.

It tells the story of Shuichi Shindo and his band, Bad Luck, who dream of becoming the next musical sensation in Japan. However, the story also focuses on Shuichi’s constant struggle to win the heart of uncaring writer Eiri Yuki.

Bad Luck , Shuichi’s band, has two members, Shuichi, the lead vocalist, and Hiroshi Nakano, the guitarist. Shuichi wants to be Japan’s next star and follow in the footsteps of his biggest idol, Ryuichi Sakuma, lead singer of the legendary band Nittle Grasper .

One night, while the protagonist is struggling to write the right lyrics for a song he is composing, he comes across a stranger who happens to read the lyrics. The stranger harshly criticizes Shuichi’s work and calls it trash, which affects the latter deeply. Despite his anger, he is intrigued by the subject, who turns out to be the famous romance novelist, Eiri Yuki.

In the case of Gravitation , the music can be qualified as synth-pop , as it has heavy use of synthesizers and keyboards. Bad Luck ‘s songs are performed by singer Kinya Kotani.

Nana

Episodes: 47

Nana

Nana is one of those animes that you cannot fail to mention when talking about a musical. It has a beautiful story, excellent animation, and is basically a classic of its genre.

Nana tells the story of the two Nanas: Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki. Komatsu has a habit of falling in love at first sight, and being dependent on others. When her friends and her boyfriend go to Tokyo, she decides to follow them for a year after saving enough money.

Osaki, meanwhile, is the lead vocalist for a band called the Black Stones . Ella since she was 16 years old she lived with her boyfriend, bassist Ren Honjo, but when Ren is offered the job of bassist for the famous band Trapnest , Ella Nana decides to follow her own dream and cultivate her career.

At the age of 20, both Nanas embark on a journey on a train where fate brings them together, and they strike up a very special friendship.

The Nana series is famous for having a soundtrack full of punk and rock themes. The themes were in charge of Anna Tsuchiya and Olivia, Japanese singers and songwriters.

Your Lie in April

Episodes: 22

Your Lie In April

Your Lie in April tells the story of Kousei Arima, who was a prodigious and famous pianist at his young age. His mother, who was also his teacher, died due to an illness that kept her hospitalized for most of Kousei’s childhood.

Due to the death of his mother and his remorse for leaving her alone, Kousei had a breakdown during a piano competition. As a result, the protagonist cannot play anymore, as her anxiety prevents her from hearing the notes.

Two years later, he attends high school with childhood friends, until one day a strange girl changes his life. Kaori Miyazono, an outgoing violinist, whose musical style reflects her personality and her desire to be remembered by the public for her music.

Kaori helps the protagonist to return to the world of music, and shows him that music should be free and unpredictable, instead of structured and rigid, the style that Kousei is used to.

Your Lie in April is known for its endearing story and classical music pieces.

Kids on the Slope

Episodes: 12

Kids on the slope

The story is set on the island of Kyushu, in a small town in Nagasaki prefecture, in the mid-1960s. Kaoru Nishimi is a shy and naive boy with trouble making friends, as he moves around too much due to his father’s job. . However, during the summer of the year 66 he promises to change thanks to two classmates who unexpectedly enter his life, Ritsuko Mukae, the class representative and Sentaro Kawabuchi, a disheveled and troublesome young man.

Thanks to Sentaro, Kaoru, until then a classical pianist, enters the world of jazz.

Kids on the Slope, also known as Sakamichi no Apollon, is an anime about growing up that thrives on the jazz genre, and is highly regarded as one of the most endearing anime in the music genre.

Detroit Metal City

Episodes: 12

DMC

Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its dark and haunting style. Its flamboyant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the pits of hell in order to bring the world to its knees. Or at least, that is what is said.

Unbeknownst to his many worshipers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he speaks softly, he loves peace and prefers to listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in the garish DMC concerts to make ends meet.

Detroit Metal City chronicles the hilarious misadventures of Negishi as he tries to combine his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.

The anime is recognized for its sense of humor and the changing personality of its protagonist.

Hibike! Euphonium

Episodes: 13

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After dispensing with music due to an incident at the school’s concert band regional competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up surrounded by people interested in the high school marching band.

Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once again with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new, like rookie tuba player Hazuki Katou; veteran double bass player Sapphire Kawashima, and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, such as Kumiko’s childhood friend and trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and high school trumpeter and bandmate Reina Kousaka.

However, in the gang itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite his intention to qualify for the national band competition, with his current skills, just competing at the local festival will be a challenge, unless new band adviser Noboru Taki does something about it.

hibike! Euphonium comes from the acclaimed creator of Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu, and features amazing animation and music.

Nodame Cantabile

Episodes: 23

Nodame Cantabile

Shinichi Chiaki is a world-class musician whose dream is to perform among the elites of Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist, not only highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing that stops Shinichi from going to Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he takes root in Japan.

During his fourth year at Japan’s top music university, Shinichi meets Megumi Noda, or as he refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she appears to be a careless girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is amazed at the kind of music she creates. However, Shinichi is dismayed to find out that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, ends up falling madly in love with him.

For fans of Your Lie in April, Nodame Cantabile tells a similar story, mixing love with music.

Countries Countries

Episodes: 13

Countries Countries

A special recital is held every year at Shirahamazaka High School where music students can showcase their talents in front of professionals. As a third-year student, Konatsu Miyamoto desperately wants to sing at her last high school recital, but because she made a mistake the year before, the vice principal has banned her from participating.

That’s when Konatsu comes up with a new plan to get involved. Instead of joining the official choir, he will form his own singing club with his friends! Unfortunately, this turns out to be more difficult than she imagined. Her friend Wakana Sakai has stopped singing, for example, and Konatsu needs more than just two members. With only a month to go until the recital, will Konatsu be able to find enough members for her club and be ready to sing at one of the biggest events of the school year?

Tari Tari is a relaxing and fun anime, full of comedy and curious situations.

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪

Episodes: 13

uta no prince

Haruka Nanami, an aspiring songwriter from the countryside, longs to write music for her beloved idol, Hayato Ichinose. Determined to achieve this goal, she enrolls in Saotome Academy, a highly regarded vocational school for the performing arts.

Upon her arrival, Haruka soon learns that every member of the staff, including the director, is an idol, a songwriter, or a poet. To top it off, she is surrounded by incredibly talented idols and songwriters, and the competition between the students is fierce; With the possibility of being recruited by the Shining Agency after graduation, the stakes are incredibly high. As she strives to achieve her dream at the academy, one fateful night, a series of events lead Haruka to a mysterious man in the moonlight, and she seems a bit familiar…

Uta no Prince Sama is the series for you if you like bishounens, j – pop , and idols .

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Episodes: 52

FMWS

Two years ago, Mitsuki Kouyama’s friend, Eichi Sakurai, moved to America before she could confess her feelings to him. Although she is unable to contact him, they made a promise to fulfill their respective dreams: Mitsuki wants to become a professional singer and Eichi an astronomer. She hopes that one day her music will reach him around the world with a brightness like that of the full moon.

There’s only one problem: Mitsuki is suffering from throat cancer. Her grandmother, who hates music, insists that Mitsuki have surgery to remove the cancer, but she refuses due to the risk of losing her voice. One day, two shinigami, Meroko Yui and Takuto Kira, appear to tell her that she only has one year to live. This sudden revelation spurs Mitsuki into action, and she decides that with the help of Meroko and Takuto, she will become a professional singer in the time she has left.

Full Moon wo Sagashite follows the emotional story of Mitsuki and her shinigami friends as they discover what it means to sing and ultimately what it means to live.

The iDOLM@STER

Episodes: 25

the idolmaster

765 Production Studio manages the unique talents of 13 professional idols as they slowly work their way to the top and become celebrities. But the girls’ journey is far from all fun and games: hard work, sweat and tears are some of the necessary requirements to thrive in this industry. And for the 765 Pro in particular, keep an eye out for its rival, the infamous 961 Production.

However, as the girls’ fame grows, their time as a family diminishes and now the very popularity they sought threatens to tear them apart. A difficult balance must be struck between work and togetherness, or you risk going your separate ways. The personal and professional tests of these idols cannot be overcome alone, but with the loving support of each one, any obstacle or difficulty can be overcome.

Another series of cute girls trying to make it in the Japanese idol industry . There are never enough!

Love Live! School Idol Project

Episodes: 13

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Otonokizaka High School is in crisis! With enrollment dwindling, the school is scheduled to close after graduation. However, second-year Honoka Kousaka refuses to let it go. In search of a solution, she meets the popular school idol group A-RISE and sets out to create a school idol group of her own. With the help of her childhood friends Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami, Honoka forms μ’s (pronounced “muse”) to increase her school’s awareness and popularity.

Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Student council president Eri Ayase is vehemently opposed to the establishment of a school idol group and she will do everything in her power to prevent its creation. Also, Honoka and her friends have trouble attracting additional members. But Love Live, a competition to determine the best and most loved school idol groups in Japan, can help them get the attention they desperately need. With the contest fast approaching, Honoka must act diligently to try to get a group of idols together and win the Love Live to save the school from her.

Love Live! spawned one of the most successful idol series in all of Japan.

So Ra No Wo To

Episodes: 12

So Ra No Wo To

On the outskirts of the country of Helvetia rests the quiet town of Seize. On its cobbled streets, citizens go about their daily lives, undisturbed by the increasingly tense military relations between Helvetia and the neighboring Roman Empire.

It is under these circumstances that the Swiss army platoon 1121, stationed at the Clocktower Fortress in Seize, receives a new recruit in the young and spirited Kanata Sorami. After joining the army to fulfill her dream of learning to play the cornet, she eagerly accepts the tutelage of the Sergeant Major, Rio Kazumiya, who happens to be a skilled trumpeter. Working alongside them are the aloof mechanic, Noël Kannagi, the fighting gunner, Kureha Suminoya, and the compassionate captain Felicia Heideman; Together, they experience the beauty of life in Seize and the lasting joy of a community that has persevered despite the world collapsing around them.

Carole & Tuesday

Episodes: 24

Carole & Tuesday

Fifty years have passed since humanity began to migrate to the new frontier: Mars. It is a time when AI produces most of the culture, and people are content to be passive consumers.

A young woman who makes a living in the metropolis of the city of Alba, working part-time, while trying to become a musician. She always feels that something is missing. Her name is Carole.

A young woman born into a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, dreams of being a musician, but no one around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

A chance encounter brings them together. They want to sing and make music. Together, they feel like they might have a chance. Together, they could create a small wave. But who knows if that wave can turn into something more?

The music of this series is in charge of the Canadian artist Mocky, together with the Flying Dog company, and has different performers and musicians for the rest of the themes.

For now, these anime are the most important today. We will continue to update the list as more titles come out of such an entertaining and interesting genre.