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Top 25 musical anime of all time

Looking for the best musical anime? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of top 25 musical anime. Musical anime are often neglected as they’re not included in the mainstream. But, they are truly special in their own musical way. Music gives life to the scene whether anime or real life then just imagine how amazing a series would be if music is the main theme of it.

25. AGGRETSUKO

I’m sure we all get stressed due to remarks from our co-workers, overwork, getting shouted at by the boss at work. What do you think is right to do when it gets more than one can handle?

Bashing Aggressive death metal karaoke on top of your lungs while criticizing everyone that has done you wrong. No? Well, our protagonist does this and we can’t control our laughter.

Every episode is or merely 1 or 1:30 minutes but it’s enough to entertain you and make you smile which you should do when sad.

The Art style is pretty simple and cute. The Plot is very straight forward but you won’t get bored anywhere.

It’s a pretty good watch for a quick laugh and very fun to see how she conveys her thoughts through her death metal music.

24. HYPNOSIS MIC: DIVISION RAP BATTLE

A world where women dominate the government and any type of weaponry is banned by all means. World now has a different way to settle disputes that is through rap battles.

As wacky as the plot sounds the actual anime is even more weirder.

One might say it is a Big Mess. Story, characters, dialogues don’t make sense or align but that’s what it makes it more fun.

The rap battles! They’re just pure head bangers. No matter what the situation is, war, kidnappings, hostage situation people use a device “Hypnosis Microphones” and engage in rap battles.

TBH it’s really bad but that’s what makes it really good. Am i making any sense ? well neither does this anime. But, watch it for fun and you’ll have a good time.

23. ANONYMOUS NOISE

A girl who has experiences two very emotional partings often finds herself singing to the sea.

But, it’s no fun without fate intervening and putting her previous two friends in the same class and the story of love triangle begins.

To put it in a simple way the story is really cliched but I guess sometimes that’s what people like in it.

It had potential but was wasted. Some eps felt frustrating and lengthy for no reason.

The music is where it shines and takes the center stage and the art style is good but the lazy animation took the fun out of it.

22. IDOLISH7: SECOND BEAT!

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this anime is criminally underrated in the idol/music genre.

The plot twists are so good you’ll be re-hooked into this every time.

Music is very generic as one might expect from idol musicals and this one does the job, nothing more.

Consisting of two seasons, second better than the first one by rating and personal opinion.

At times gives the feel of Shonen anime but won’t take the essence away.

21. FUKKA

Fukka takes the lead in art style and animation. However can’t say it about other departments.

The story starts out good but looses its charm as it proceeds towards the end.

The protagonist moves into a new city and meets a girl a girl Fukka who breaks his phone due to some misunderstanding, later founds out that they’re classmates and begins the story filled with music, humor and at times sadness.

20. Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo

Does it happen to you that you’re running late to school and you come across a fairy only you can see? Yea me neither.

But our mc did and was gifted a magical violin by her and thus her change starts to change.

Aired in 2006 it’s animation and art style is good considering the time it was released.

It explores harem genre and at times feel a bit annoying while our mc is not sure about her feelings for the other characters which happens way too often.

Character are well ranged but lack the depth but the music covers up for it and will keep you hooked till the end. 

19. Love Live! School Idol Project

Another example of why tested formulas always work.

Idol, musical and highschool slice of life is one such formula that always woks.

Plot is pretty simple and it is appreciated as it is.

The school is getting less number of students every year and is in the verge of closing, to avoid this bunch of friends create an idol group to make their school famous and end compete in Love Live a competition for best idol group.

The best thing about this one is the animation and music comes second.

There are no romances but there are always subtle hints of it.

 Love Live! Provides everything you expect from a good anime that too with a blast.

18. Vivy : Fluorite Eye’s Song

Vivy was created as world’s first autonomous ai tasked with singing at theme parks. One day an appears to her and mentions about the war that’s going to happen in next 100 years and thus the journey of vivy to stop the war starts.

The animation is really beautiful as expected from WIT studio.

Sci-fi and musicals don’t go together vey often but once they do it’s worth it and vivy is a great example of that.

The initial story might remind you of Terminator but it won’t take long for you to experience the real stuff.

Time travel , great animation, music that’ll stay in your head for a while, Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song is definitely binge worthy.

17. Mashiro no Oto

In the midst of girl band or idol musicals this one is a different story which is often overlooked.

Setsu Sawamura gives up shamisen after the death of his grandfather moves to Tokyo to discover his own music style but fate has other plans for him.

The Story is very mature compared to other slice of life anime offered and you’ll end up knowing a lot about the instrument and Japanese music.

Character development is really admirable, you will notice the change of setsu from leaving the instrument to rediscovering himself through it.

 It doesn’t matter how much you like other instruments shamisen is going to be your favorite after watching this anime.

16. Hibike! Euphonium 1 & 2

How Music helps to overcome tragedies will serve as an underlining tone throughout the series.

Oumae enters highschool after leaving music behind due to an incident. But, music eventually finds way into her life again.

The formation of a band and the inside clashes, struggles are shown in a discrete manner and their journey to the top is very heartwarming.

An anime with good 1st season and even better 2nd season

16. Hibike! Euphonium 1 & 2

How Music helps to overcome tragedies will serve as an underlining tone throughout the series.
Oumae enters highschool after leaving music behind due to an incident. But, music eventually finds way into her life again.
The formation of a band and the inside clashes, struggles are shown in a discrete manner and their journey to the top is very heartwarming.
An anime with good 1st season and even better 2nd season.
Critically acclaimed and appreciated by many this one will be a treat to your eyes and ears.

15. Liz to aoi  tori

With a score of 8.21 on MAH, this one is an absolute pleasure to watch.

Two friends are made to play lead instruments lead instruments in the third movement of Liz and the Blue Bird, a concert band piece inspired by this fairy tale.

But this takes a toll on their friendship and so does the story moves ahead.

It is a side story or spin-off film adaptation of the Hibike Euphonium! Series.

Story is simple and sweet with friendship, music and fairytale as its main cast and is not to be missed.

14. White album 1 & 2

Having a girlfriend is a good thing but what if she’s a famous idol and you’re a normal college student.

Might sound good initially but will love last while they face their own problems.

White album 2 is set 10 years after the events of WA 1 , it isn’t a sequel but could be called as a alternate story.

WA2 is often overlooked because of average ratings of 1st season but give it try who knows you might thank us for introducing you to this piece of art.

13. BanG Dream

Yes another all girl band but still makes it into this list because of how good response it has that it had 3 more seasons , live concerts ,2 movies and also a mobile game made on it! I mean it’s rare to reach this popularity considering it’s not a shonen.

First season has mixed reviews but the next two seasons were well received by the audience.

 Kasumi Toyama a high school girl tries to rediscover the magic she felt while stargazing as a child which she finds through a live performance and ultimately decides to form a band.

Might remind you of k-on at times but surely has a different feel to it making to the 13th spot.

12.  Gravitation

The lgbtq+ representation of anime has been on quite a burst recently but gravitation was one the major and early ones to make it into limelight.

The story starts out as suichi trying to be the best singer in the world meets yuki who insults him. From here they go from friends to something much more while pursuing their dreams.

yaoi genre filled with humor, tragedy and danger, no wonder teenager girls of that era were crazy after this one.

Animation quality is kind of okay but the music will make up for it.

11.  Zombieland Saga

Being an idol is a big dream that many wish for, so did Sakura Minamoto our mc but unfortunately gets in an accident and wakes up years later a zombie with no memory.

Later founds out there are six others resurrected for a reason i.e economically revitalizing Saga and make a band.

A zombie idol band. Because why not?

Witness their journey filled with humour as they regain past life memories and save saga prefecture.

10. Beck

A rock band anime sounds good for 10th spot in this list.

Koyuki an average 8th grade high school boy who lives an ordinary life until one day he saves a dog from some kids named beck and it’s owner happens to be a emerging rock musician who then inspires him to play guitar.

The Beck revolves their journey as an emerging band in japan and the highs lows they face.

If being a musician you’ll instantly get hooked to this but even as a normal watcher you’ll feel satisfied with it.

9. Detroit Metal City

Everyone has 2 sides to them is a statement we often use.

But, the MC souchi or AKA  Johannes Krauser II takes it to a whole other level.

Detroit Metal City or DMC is filled  with offensive humor, so easily offended ones this one might not be for you. If not then you’ll be rolling on the floor with the vulgar jokes and offensive remarks throughout the series.

The story revolves around Souchi negishi is a calm and composed graduate student who likes listening to soft music and drink tea but this is one side, other being his alter ego Johannes Krauser II the lead vocalist and guitarist of the popular death metal band – DMC.

Get ready for a ride while will leave you laughing like crazy or enjoying the death metal music.

One things for sure you won’t be bored.

8. Carole and Tuesday

One thing humans have always had a upper hand on AI is creativity.

But what if I tell you they reached the same potential and dominate the scene.

This anime will answer that question for you as carole who works part time at day and plays keyboard at night comes across Tuesday a girl who left home to pursue her career in acoustic guitar take on the ai musicians.

Based on futuristic mars, carole and Tuesday takes a different approach exploring the sci-fi genre with a handful of good music , teaspoon of good characters and pinch of wholesomeness.

A perfect recipe for a hit anime.

 7. Given

BTS, 1D who? After watching this anime “Given” will become your favorite band.

What happens when two guitarists come across and helps each other and form a band…?

A good anime!

This might feel really fresh as it explores an lgbt relationship and that too not in a weird or clichéd way. It just feels right in every way.

Also the songs fit right into the story as they progress further as a band and as friends.

IN short a great anime with great songs and amazing character development.

6. Sakamichi no Apollon

Into jazz music? Well look no further.

Kaoru Nishimi is a introverted pianist and also a top student, constantly relocating due to his father’s work. He never had any friend due to transfers and his attitude. That is until he meets Sentarou.

Sentarou’s passion for jazz inspires kaoru to learn it and thus this story unfolds.

This one is filled with relatable characters , highschool drama and deep friendship.

Till the end you’ll end up falling in love with jazz and feeling nostalgic.

5. NANA

Do you ever come across someone and in that instant you know you’ll be the best of friends.

Something similar is experienced in the plot of NANA.

Two girls nana osaki and nana komatsu with the same name but life and  background poles apart come across each other through fate and thus begins the rollercoaster of events while they share the same apartment and support each other through thick and thin.

Music Check!, romance Check!, fashion Check!

Fifth spot in this list? Double Check!!

4.  Piano no mori

Surely there are many anime based on piano, but this one is a bit different. How about an urban legend of an abandoned piano in the jungle that spirits listen to. Got your attention yet?

This one will be more than your average musical anime. It reflects the differences between the rich and poor.

 Two boys from different upbringing kai a poor boy who has been playing the abandoned piano since he was a child and Syuhei son of rich and prestigious parents. The two worlds collide through the common thing, the abandoned piano.

3.  Nodame Cantabile

The main plot revolves around Shinichi Chiaki who is a great musician with a dream to play piano in Europe with the best in the world. But his fear of flying grounds him in japan. There he meets Nodame, a carefree and goofy musician and thus their love story starts.

If you want an anime with good music and a good long range of characters, this might be your next favorite.

2.  K-ON

The story of how five school girls make a band, learn, make music from the scratch and explore the journey of high school while eating a lot of sweets.

The whole anime is very wholesome and is composed of very relaxed atmosphere. So you’ll always come back to it for the feels and of course for the music. Also, Did I mention the sweets?

Cake, pastries, and music will serve(pun intended) as an important part throughout the series.

It is a good example of how slice of life anime should be – Calm and smooth and with lot of sweets.

1. YOUR  LIE IN APRIL

Come on you saw this one coming.

The anime explores the story of a child piano prodigy Arima kousei who gives up music after his mother’s death. However, he meets a violin player at a park who helps him get back to it.

It is filled with amazing musical pieces and the tension that builds up around it will make you mesmerized by it.

The development of not just the main cast, even the side ones are so thought-of, you’ll feel connected to them personally.

It has great animation quality, good music, amazing characters & will leave you absolutely heartbroken. What more can you ask for?

Honorable mentions :

  • Tari Tari
  • The [email protected]
  • Full Moon wo Sagashite (Searching for the Full Moon)
  • So Ra No Wo To (Sound of the Sky)
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