Many anime genres are action-oriented while others focus on romance, but there are also many music-themed anime. As a medium, anime can provide beautiful music, but can also convey the love of the characters visually, inspiring viewers to embrace the music and perhaps even choose their own instrument.
Although the following series differ from each other, they all have one detail in common: showcasing the characters’ passion for music. Viewers can not only be captivated by the story and the visuals, but also by the music. Fans will have a hard time figuring out which instrument they want to learn after viewing these three titles.
His! Euphonium presents a complete musical experience for concert band
Perhaps the best known of the three is that of Kyoto Animation His! Euphonium. From the studio that brought the world K-ON — another music-themed anime — His! Euphonium focuses on a high school concert band with its four main daughters: Kumiko, Sapphire, Hazuki, and Reina. With so many members, there are plenty of instruments to demonstrate and choose from.
Episode 2 shows the girls officially choosing their instruments. Kumiko sticks to the titular euphonium, while Sapphire (also known as Midori) accompanies her double bass (also known as double bass). Hazuki, being the beginner, learns the tuba and Reina selects the trumpet.
Although the main cast of His! Euphonium is mainly brass, there is still a wide variety of others among the other members of the group. It can give viewers a wide range of instruments to experiment with and be inspired by as the show’s intriguing plot focuses on a common high school band problem: whether they want to work hard and aim high to win. the national competition, or simply indulge and have fun with instruments.
While most band members openly say they want to work hard and be good, that’s not always how it goes. Just because they want to win the competition doesn’t mean they’re always ready to work at it. His! Euphonium follows this dilemma and explores how students navigate the high school group.
Kids on the Slope spotlights historic jazz music
The next anime inspired by music, Children on the slope, is rather less discussed but still impressive in its own right. Although the manga started in 2007 with the anime arriving in 2012, the story itself is set in 1966 Nagasaki, which makes for an interesting musical piece.
Children on the slope follows three main characters: Kaoru Nishimi, a rich kid who just moved to town and plays classical music on the piano, Sentaro Kawabuchi – a known delinquent who loves jazz and playing drums – and Ritsuko Mukae, the friend of Sentaro’s childhood. Although they have a rocky start, the three become great friends and even bandmates as the story progresses.
The plot revolves around jazz and how its music affects the lives of the trio as they explore and grow in their teenage years. Viewers can experience music through two different lenses. One is the experienced lover who has already honed his craft – Sentaro – and the other is through the fresh eyes of someone discovering jazz for the first time with Kaoru. With Kaoru and Sentaro proving to be good with their instruments, viewers can easily dive into the good parts of the musical anime and hear the main characters jamming out early on.
Given combines BL romance with rock & roll
Given may be more common as it follows a rock band, but it also stands out from the crowd in that it is a BL (Boys Love) anime. However, just because there are heavy elements of romance doesn’t mean Given ignore the music.
The story follows the main characters and loves: Mafuyu Satou, a high school student who still clings to his red Gibson guitar — even though he can’t play it — and Ritsuka Uenoyama, a punk who loves rock and is in a band. After much pleading during a chance encounter on the stairs, Mafuyu not only convinces Ritsuka to fix his guitar, but also teaches him how to play it.
Given then follows the whole band as Mafuyu and Ritsuka grow together, not just as musicians but as teenagers. With one of the main characters being a beginner in music and Ritsuka having to teach him how to play the guitar from the start, seeing Mafuyu’s progress may inspire any viewer to pick up a guitar and start rocking.
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