Music Anime – Complete list with the best

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A genre widely explored in Japan is music, whether with classic bands or instruments. Thinking about it, we wrote this article with a complete list of the best music anime of all time. In addition, let’s leave a complete list with these anime for those who want to explore 100% the genre. We will also include the famous anime of Idol.

Not to get messy, let’s leave separate in categories of bands, instruments (classical songs) and idols. We will not leave any order or ranking, we believe that every music anime mentioned in this list has its merits, the other anime will be on a final list. If an anime is missing from the list, or want to comment on it, use the comments section at the end of the article.

Some anime songs are focused only on music, while others have a deeper story and leave music as background. Let’s leave a number of • (1-3) that represent how much the music is present in the anime.

Classical music anime or instruments

Shigatsu wa Kimi in Use – This is undoubtedly one of the best and saddest music anime of all time. A heavy drama involving piano and violin. Art, designer, soundtrack, history, characters and direction is worthy of a masterpiece.

Like any anime has its flaws, but it’s a mandatory anime for those who like the genre. He tells the story of a boy with piano trauma because of his mother, until he finds a violinist who will help him get over it. Mandatory! •••

Nodame Cantabile – Another very good anime, with lots of comedy and drama involving classical music. This was one of the anime that gave life to the genre, tells the story of a crazy pianist who likes to play freely without relying on rules and scores and a perfectionist musician who only knows how to follow rules. The anime has several seasons and even dorama. SUPER RECOMMEND! •••

Sakamichi no Apollon – An anime that deals with the jazz genre, often ignored. It tells the story of a classical pianist named Kaoru who is introduced to the world of jazz music by a delinquent named Sit down. The anime shows the ties formed by friendship and music. Very good! •••

Music anime - Complete list with the best

Piano no Mori – A film involving a piano in the forest. I don’t know very well how to describe this story, but I recommend it!

Hibike! Euphonium – A cool and light anime with a different proposal, mixing songs, grinds and instruments we didn’t expect to see in an anime. The anime has a good background story, full of secrets and drama. We chose to put him in the instrument category, but they are a band of a school club. Recommended! ••

Other classical music anime: 

  • Kono Oto Tomare! 
  • Detective Conan – Movie 12 ;
  • Piano;
  • Haruchika;
  • Princess Tutu;
  • La Corda D’Oro;

Music anime involving bands

K-On – One of the most moe and famous anime of its kind. It tells the story of a light music club with five adorable, cute and talented girls. The anime is light, funny and quite popular. SUPER RECOMMEND! ••

Nana – An anime focused on drama and adult people. Tell the story of two girls named Nana who start sharing an apartment. One is punk rockeira the other is a dreamer looking for a novel. The anime has a great soundtrack and holds viewers with a deep story. Mandatory! •

Beck – Tells the story of a band that bears the same name, with 5 young musicians who need to deal with growing fame and daily struggles. The anime songs are made by the voice actors themselves, which will lead you to a journey of wild rock. SUPER RECOMMEND! ••

Music anime - Complete list with the best

Detroit Metal City – This hilarious anime follows the story of a shy boy who always dreamed of being an Idol pop, but to pay the bills ends up entering a death metal band. SUPER RECOMMEND! ••

White Album 2 – Although it’s written 2, they’re different stories. It shows the story of a vocalist, pianist and an undecided boy, a very heavy drama with an amazing ending. Anime seems to start focusing on music, but the story’s novel goes far beyond. Mandatory! • (The 1 is also legal…)

So Ra No Wo To – Tells the story of Kanata who enlists in the military only to play horn. The anime shows motivation and inspiration in music, in addition to the army’s hard training. Very good! ••

Music anime - Complete list with the best

Other musical anime involving bands: 

  • Macross Frontier (Recommended); 
  • Tari Tari;
  • Fuuka (2017);
  • Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai;
  • Super Sonico;
  • Fukumenkei Noise;
  • Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica;
  • Bakumatsu Rock (2017);
  • Shelter;
  • Show By Rock!!;
  • Kowarekake no Orgel;
  • BanG Dream!;
  • Fukumenkei Noise;

Music anime involving Idols and singers

Love Live! The story features a group of talented students who want to compete in an event called Love Live. For those who want to know the genre, this is MANDATORY! ••

The [email protected]R – The second most famous idol anime, with the story of 13 moe girls struggling! The anime depicts a story of friendship and struggle! Very good! ••

Full Moon wo Sagashite – It may seem more like an anime moe with sailor moon’s face, but it deals with a dark theme different from traditional shoujo anime. The main character is diagnosed with throat cancer and her singing career seems impossible, but she doesn’t want to give up. Perfect! ••

Music anime - Complete list with the best

Other animeinvolving Idols: 

  • Macross Frontier;
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama;
  • Precure Suite; Symphogear;
  • Kaikan Phrase;
  • Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica;
  • Pretty Rhythm;
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch;
  • AKB0048;
  • Wake Up, Girls!;
  • Sekkou Boys;
  • Miss Monochrome;
  • Starmyu; B-Project;
  • Aikatsu!; Magical☆Star Kanon 100%;
  • Magic-Kyun! Renaissance;
  • Tenshi no 3P!;
  • ClassicaLoid;

Honorable Mention: Guilty Crown – A great anime of action and drama, where the protagonist is an idol. The anime tells the story of an apocalyptic world dominated by a disease and on military dominance. A boy has the power to take weapons from inside the protagonist. Perfect soundtrack! Mandatory! •

Music anime - Complete list with the best

Ranking of best music anime

Below I will share in numerical order a ranking with about 12,000 ranker votes showing which ones the best music anime. You might prefer to follow that order when watching anime of this genre.

  1. Your Lie in April
  2. K-On!
  3. BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
  4. Uta No Prince Sama
  5. Kids on the Slope
  6. Love Live! School idol project
  7. Nana
  8. Comic Book Series
  9. Nodame Cantabile
  10. D’Oro Rope – step cousin
  11. Video Game
  12. Full Moon o Sagashite
  13. Nodame Cantabile: Paris
  14. Fuuka, Pennsylvania
  15. Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
  16. Comic Book Series
  17. Sound, sound! Euphonium, United
  18. fukumekei noise
  19. Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
  20. Gravitation, New
  21. [email protected]
  22. Tari Tari
  23. B-project
  24. Show by Rock!
  25. Uta No Prince Sama: Legend Star
  26. Wake Up, Girls!
  27. Lost Song
  28. White Album
  29. White Album 2
  30. Kaikan Phrase
  31. Valvrave the Liberator
  32. Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  33. Senki Zesshō Symphogear G
  34. Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy
  35. Fancy Lala

The best music manga

  1. BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad – Harold Sakuishi
  2. Your Lie in April – Naoshi Arakawa
  3. Forest of Piano – Makoto Isshiki
  4. Fuuka as Kōji Seo
  5. Kids on the Slope – Yuki Kodama
  6. Nodame Cantabile – Tomoko Ninomiya
  7. Fukumekei Noise – Ryoko Fukuyama
  8. K-On! – Kakifly
  9. Full Moon o Sagashite – Arina Tanemura
  10. NANA – Ai Yazawa
  11. Pretty Rhythm – Mari Asabuki
  12. Tari Tari – Evergreen (original work), Tohru Naomura (construction)
  13. Detroit Metal City – Kiminori Wakasugi
  14. Bremen – Haruto Umezawa
  15. Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Michiko Yokote
  16. Seishun Pop! – Touta Kitakawa
  17. Uta No Prince Sama – Utako Yukihiro; Broccoli; Kunozuki Kanon; Kurahana Chinatsu
  18. Love Live! School idol project – Sakurako Kimino
  19. La Corda d’Oro as Yuki Kure
  20. Watashitachi no Shiawase no Jikan – Sumomo Yumeka
  21. Gravitation – Maki Murakami
  22. White Album – Leaf
  23. Sensual Phrase – Mayu Shijou
  24. Idol Dreams – Arina Tanemura
  25. Solanin – Inio Asano
  26. THE [email protected] – Tatsuya Takahashi
  27. Rin Miasa – B-Project: Mousou*Scandal – Morino Mizu
  28. Mashiro no Oto – Marimo Ragawa
  29. Nousatsu Rock Shounen – Kamuro Kikuchi
  30. Aozora Yell
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