Where would an anime be without the music to entrance and inspire, and to uplift a person who watches anime? Like music within movies, such as Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, music in anime brings a sense of wonder to the mind. It is there to stimulate the senses, to make the person either happy or sad, enraged or depressed. More importantly, it is to intensify the mood to make the person feel connected to the show. Growing ever so popular is the music featured within anime, particularly anime movies such as Wolf Children, Tokyo Godfathers, and From Up On a Poppy Hill. Ever noticed how your heart reacts to a certain music within an anime you like? This is because your heartbeat mimics the music. Music is made to affect us in a variety of ways.
Without music placed inside anime movies or in anime episodes, our senses would not uplift to allow us t0 connect to what is happening with the characters. When something profound takes place within an anime movie, music uplifts emotions in meaningful ways. There are many who listen to anime music outside of watching anime. Many of the anime music are on Youtube. To listen to anime music in this way gives the same effect that takes place when watching that particular anime. Not everyone’s experience with the same song is the same. A person who listens to Lullaby in the Peaceful Light, a song within Wolf Children will feel a different emotion than someone else. One person may feel sad from listening to the song while another will feel inspired or touched in some way.
Violent anime, such as Demon City Shinjuku, Vampire Hunter D, Attack on Titan, and Kite use fast paced music. The fast pace music riles up the watcher, instigating them into an excitable mode, thus preparing them for the intensifying connection to the particular episode. Such music awakens the soul in ways that romantic and classical type music do not. Yet, some are heavily awakened by blues and Jazz, while others prefer Art Punk music. Some extreme anime use heavy metal type music, while others use rock n roll. Whatever the music within the anime, it inspires and drives the anime fan in different ways. Many anime fans enjoy listening to the music, and many enjoy J-Pop, a variety of Japanese pop music inspired by the Beetles.
Very few songs within anime and in J-pop are in English. Most are in Japanese or in Korean, and yet, many of the listeners speak and write only English. The reasons why English speakers enjoy J-pop depends on the individual. Music is the universal language and every culture has it. Depending on a person’s taste, different types of music genre will inspire them, particularly during performance. A study on music demonstrated how music affects the brain. People who study, work-out, write, or clean, perform better than those who do not. Many anime fans write better when they listen to anime music, thus eliminating the dreaded writer’s block.
Without music within anime, the anime would not have such a profound impact on a person. The tempo of a particular music behind a song infatuates the desire to listen to more of the same kind of music by many different artists. The mind becomes open to wander, creativity increases, and performance improves. Music in anime connects fans to feel a variety of emotions and gives them a common bond to their favorite characters. Because if its influence, it is no wonder that music in anime will never grow old or die.