If you've always wished you could combine your love of anime with your passion for piano, then you're in luck. We've put together nine of our favorite piano anime songs for players of all abilities. Everyone can find something that fits their skill level. Best of all, each song is available to learn in the flowkey app (look in the "Film & TV" category).
Now, without further ado, here's our list of the best anime songs to learn on piano.
1. Pokémon Theme
Even if you're not a hardcore Pokémon fan, odds are that you've heard its legendary opening theme. While the English TV series features 24 different theme songs (one for every season), none have come close to the original. It's a piece of pop culture history and probably the biggest song to come out of an anime dub ever.
Piano arrangements of the original Pokémon theme tend to be fairly complex, but there are easier versions out there that have been adapted for beginners. You'll need to know your way around the keys to tackle our arrangement in flowkey, which is aimed at advanced players. It's an impressive-sounding, fast-flowing song, and one that you can't help but sing along to. Gotta catch 'em all!
2. Fullmetal Alchemist – Main Theme
Considered by many to be one of the best animated TV series ever, we had to save a spot on our list for Fullmetal Alchemist. This piece comes from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – the second adaptation of the original manga series.
Created by Akira Senju, a legendary anime composer and musician, the main theme accompanies two pivotal scenes in the anime (we won't give them away if you haven't watched the series yet!) It's a powerful, memorable piece of music that you definitely won't regret adding to your piano repertoire.
3. Howl's Moving Castle Theme
One of the best things about Howl's Moving Castle is the movie's magical score. Composed by Joe Hisaishi, the genius behind the music of many other Studio Ghibli films, the score really adds to the otherworldly feel of the story.
Originally written for a full orchestra, the movie's main theme sounds equally beautiful on piano too. At flowkey, we love this song so much that we've created arrangements for every level. So, whether you're a piano beginner or a seasoned pro, there's no excuse not to learn this masterpiece.
4. Attack on Titan – Guren no Yumiya
The opening theme of the 2013 anime adaptation of Attack on Titan was created by Japanese band Linked Horizon. Its title roughly translates to "Crimson Bow and Arrow," picking up on the dark and violent tone of the TV series.
"Guren no Yumiya" became extremely popular following its debut, reaching the number 1 spot on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 and gaining a huge following beyond anime fandom. Our piano adaptation is a short, but fast-paced piece that will put your rhythm and timing to the test. Are you up to the challenge?
5. Castle in the Sky – Innocent
"Innocent" from Castle in the Sky is another Studio Ghibli movie and another gem from Joe Hisaishi. In his sheet music, the composer notes that the piece should be played "in the sense of an artist before fog in a distant landscape." It sounds strange if you haven't heard this piece (or seen the movie) before, but once you're familiar with it, we think it makes complete sense!
A delicate, dreamy piece that's tinged with a special sadness, playing it can make you feel nostalgic for a place you've never even been. In flowkey, we've created adaptations for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players, so everyone can discover the beauty of this singular piece for themselves.
6. Koe No Katachi – Lit
This song accompanies the closing scene of the 2016 anime Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice). The movie's score was composed by Kensuke Ushio, a well-known solo electronic music artist. Sound and music play an important role throughout the movie, and "Lit" is no exception. It's a wonderful way to wrap up the story, which ultimately shows that no matter how much you've been through, you can make it through and find the world beautiful again. We think this gentle, gorgeous song is truly a pleasure to learn and play, especially when you're in a reflective mood.
7. Violet Evergarden – Sincerely
"Sincerely" is the opening theme of the Violet Evergarden anime series. It's sung and performed by Miho Karasawa (you might know her better by her stage name TRUE). Hopeful and energetic, we can't help but feel optimistic when we play this anime song on the piano. Our arrangement is fairly advanced, moving quickly and requiring your hands to roam pretty far around the keyboard. If you have the skill and patience to work your way through it, you'll be rewarded with an inspiring, uplifting piece.
8. Tokyo Ghoul – Unravel
This song debuted in the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul as the closing theme. From the second episode onwards, it became the show's opening theme. Performed by TK, vocalist and guitarist of the band Ling Tosite Sigure, "Unravel" has become synonymous with the anime series and hugely popular in its own right. There are hundreds of covers of the song on YouTube, with the most popular videos receiving millions of views. Learn to play this piece for yourself and, who knows, your version could become a hit one day too!
9. Spirited Away – One Summer's Day
No list of piano anime songs would be complete without a pick from Spirited Away, which many consider as one of the greatest animated films ever made. Its score, composed and conducted by (you guessed it) Joe Hisaishi, has received equal acclaim. The dreamy, lush music combines with gorgeous animation and an enchanting storyline to make a modern masterpiece.
"One Summer's Day" is one of those songs that makes you feel happy and sad all at once. Like other Hisaishi compositions, the piano features prominently in the original, making it a great adaptation for solo piano.
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