Exploring Anime Through Music

Take a moment and focus not on the words you see running down at the bottom of your screen, nor the colorful images that you see play out across the screen. Instead focus on the sounds. Watching anime is one experience, listening to it can be another experience altogether. It can be strong, soft and deep; it can trigger emotions in a way that words fail to do. An anime’s sound can have a story all its own and an opening can hold much meaning behind an anime. It is why we ourselves look so deeply into an anime’s opening as It has a characteristic that is uniquely that anime’s.

Other openings like, Nichijou’s first one are to showcase the pure randomness that is this gem of an anime.

Anime like ERASED, Konosuba, Interviews With Monster Girls are all wonderful examples of such divergence in music and song that allow for them to standout as prime examples. I could probably list dozens more as I just love composition. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has one of the BEST compositions in an anime that I have ever listened to. It has the heavy beatings of drums, the blaring of trumpets and horns and it has soft, tender moments portrayed via violin and piano. This honestly has some of the best composition work, at least in our own opinion. The story that one can convey from this anime’s soundtrack is empowering and heavy. No two anime will ever feel the same when you look at it from a musical standpoint. It is from this that we are able to better appreciate similar genre titles like Nisekoi, Angel Beats or Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions; as they all share similar themes, but the music is so unique to each and everyone.

Continuing with the above mentions in terms of an anime’s opening, the songs choice can signify what one can expect from a new season or a new cur. This is both informative and also revealing. Heroes will be tested, loves could be broken/shaped and it all will play out in such a gorgeous and melodious way.

Openings like Soul Eater 2 are deep and bleak in order to reflect a trying time and moment for Maka and Soul.

What are some anime that you love for their musical approaches? Have you ever decided to take a moment to look into watching an anime from just a musical standpoint? If not please consider doing so next time you fire up an anime to watch; you may end up walking out of the session with a better appreciation for the work that goes into bringing the anime to life. Feel free to leave us a comment down below!


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19 Comments Add yours

  1. marthaurion says:

    music’s a big selling point for me, but i have to admit im not great at paying a lot of attention to things like timing…only when it’s obviously off. but it’s nice to have found a lot of really cool composers.

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    1. Kausus says:

      It really opens up the anime more and it adds another layer of appreciation for titles.

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  2. You’ve made a point that I never really though about, you really make me wanna go and take a deeper look at the opening and endings of different anime.

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    1. Kausus says:

      Totally! It really makes everything so much more meaningful; at least to us it does.

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      1. Yeah it really can make you feel some type of way.

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  3. You are entirely correct! Anime music can be SO emotionally evocative. ♡

    Example: https://youtu.be/mui-KyRACYA

    The music of Hakuouki, especially this piece, gets me every time. ♡

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    1. Kausus says:

      Right? Such beauty ❤

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  4. julianarde says:

    Absolutely love your writing style and voice, and this is a phenomenal idea, I’ve always wondered why more people didn’t talk about the connection between anime and music! What’s your favorite anime series?

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    1. Kausus says:

      Thank you! Currently our top choices are Kill la Kill, Kyousougiga, ERASED and Mushi-Shi.

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      1. julianarde says:

        Awesome! And are you a fan of music as well?

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      2. Kausus says:

        I have an appreciation for it, just never have played an instrument.

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      3. julianarde says:

        Well I’d love for you to join our Facebook community for music fans and bloggers and share your articles! I think your take on music in anime is really cool 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/musicmoguls/

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  5. jinaya20 says:

    Omg this is so true and beautifully written ….I really do agree that music plays a very important role in an anime. I’ve written a little about anime too check it out …water997.wordpress.comm

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    1. Kausus says:

      Thank you! Music is a crucial function to a many great things. I’ll definitely check it out. 🙂

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  6. mshell2060 says:

    For me it started with Joe Hisaishi and now I’m hooked.

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    1. Kausus says:

      Hisashi-Sama is a brilliant man with whom we hold in such high regard. Beautifully composed individual!

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  7. Ani-OST.info says:

    Music really adds to the emotion of each scene! Loved how you wrote this.

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  8. I like that you took the time to address the different elements in these songs. They really do reflect the show’s heart with their compositions.

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    1. Kausus says:

      Thank you. I like to look past what’s on the surface of an anime. Music is one thing that I can easily attach to.

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