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Best anime music videos of all time – Black Girl Nerds

Best anime music videos of all time – Black Girl Nerds

It’s no secret that anime has inspired musicians for decades, with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Uzi Vert often boasting of their love of the Japanese art style. Sometimes our favorite musicians will take that love a step further and give us full collaborations with Japanese artists and anime studios, producing visual images for music-loving Otakus to be obsessed with. For this list, we searched far and wide and compiled the best official music videos to receive the anime top.

Twice, “Candy Pop”

TWICE is a K-pop group that has been a crossover sensation since their debut in 2015. In 2018, they released an anime-themed video for “Candy Pop”, their second single from their Japanese debut album BDZ. The video has the perfect recipe for a typical shoujo, complete with bright and sparkling images, cute poses and transformation sequences. The positive electro-pop sound of “Candy Pop” sets the perfect tone for the anime images, which show that Twice goes to great lengths to make a young fan happy.

2. Daft Punk, Interstella 5555

We could have chosen just one of Daft Punk’s cinematic anime videos, but why should we fool you for the whole experience? After all, all of these 14 videos play like a movie, from the infectious “One More Time” to the concluding “Too Long.” Anime, officially named Interstella 5555, was directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi. It is a science fiction story about a group of music-loving aliens who are captured and exploited by a greedy music director. The concept was very innovative for its time and is considered a timeless masterpiece by both music and anime fans.

Pharrell Williams, It Girl

The colorful aesthetic of “It Girl” is everything you can expect from VA rapper / producer Pharrell Williams, known for his eclectic style and unique, futuristic sound. The positive atmosphere of the explosive Kawaii art style is perfectly synchronized with the infectious groove of the track, which makes you jump and sway in the seat. “It Girl” was directed by Fantasista Utamaro and produced by the animation studio Naz, the same studio that gave you the popular romantic comedy My first boyfriend is a girl.

4. Kanye West, “Good Morning”

In “Good Morning”, we see Yes mascot being put through the knot as he fights desperately through the streets of Universe City to get to college exams on time. The video was produced by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., the artist collective run by the legendary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The anime mixes Yes texts about upgrading and the concepts of “stepping up” with the abstract, contemporary image Murakami is known for.

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5. The Weeknd, “Snow Child”

The melancholy singer / songwriter The Weeknd is reportedly a big anime fan. So it’s no surprise that when he wanted photos for his autobiographical track “Snowchild”, he visited Japan’s first (predominantly) black-owned anime studio: D’Art Shtajio. The video contains dark, cryptic elements that The Weeknd is known for, and tells about his journey from growing up in Toronto to his current glorious R&B career.

6. Matthew Sweet, «girlfriend»

The video for the alternative rock star Matthew Sweets “Girlfriend” is one of the first music videos that incorporated anime into the visual. “Girlfriend” alternates between a singing, guitar-playing Matthew Sweet and clips from 80’s sci-fi anime Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie. Fans on Youtube thank Sweet, not only for his catchy powerpop hit, but also for putting them on the grandeur of Space Adventure Cobra.

7. Porter Robinson & Madeon, «Shelter»

The video for Porter Robinson & Madeon’s EDM track “Shelter” is authentic anime from start to finish. The 6-minute short film was a collaborative project between Crunchyroll and A-1 Pictures, the anime studio behind Fairytale and Sword art online. “Shelter” is a sci-fi fantasy that follows Rin, a 17-year-old who lives an isolated life in a virtual simulation. At first, Rin seems happy with her lonely life when we see her create and manipulate the world using a tablet. But while the soft electronics song plays out, the happy story becomes tragic as Rin quickly reveals the origins of his mysterious universe.

8. Yaeji, “Waking Up”

Korean house singer Yaeji gave us a fun anime short film for her single “Waking Up Down”. The visual, produced by Studio Yotta, shows an animated Yaeji as she tackles her exhausting to-do list with the help of her adorable puppy side kick. As the captivating dance track unfolds, we are immersed in Yaeji’s imaginative universe as we watch her be whipped in the form of quirky characters such as kawaii Coach Bird and Worm and the intense chef Eggman. When they take turns motivating Yaeji to complete their tasks for the day, you will cry with laughter from the hysterically exaggerated scenes that make anime one of the funniest art forms to watch (like the infamous anime crying face).

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9. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

The anime version of “Bad Habits” was produced by CALF studios and illustrated by Rui Ikeda. It depicts a tragic tale of toxicity and deception when we see a celebrity pop star charm a unsuspecting woman into a false sense of security; what at first seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime shot at love, turns out to be a trap when we discover that the male pop star in the video is actually a vampire! With its lively aesthetics and extensive love story, we must admit: the anime was better.

10. Linkin Park, “Breaking the Habit”

Linkin Park is a rock band that was the voice of a generation that responded to their harrowing lyrics of sadness and self-loathing. “Breaking the Habit” depicts several tragic stories of toxicity, abuse and self-harm through the lens of Studio Gonzo, the Japanese art studio behind anime films such as Afro Samurai: Resurrection and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. The video won countless praise and accolades and is still a favorite among Linkin Park fans.

11. Britney Spears, “Break the Ice”

Pop star legend Britney Spears is known for her groundbreaking music videos. In 2009, she made all our mouths shut with an anime-themed music video produced in South Korea. “Break the Ice” follows a superheroine, Britney Spears, as she kicks and takes her name in an underground laboratory. The heroine, who is reportedly based on a character in Spears’ “Toxic” video, has powers that include agility, hand-to-hand combat and a deadly kiss that paralyzes her victims.

12. Dua Lipa, «Leviticating»

A look at Dua Lipa’s Levitating visual, and it’s clear that someone is one Sailor Moon fan. The video oozes “Sailor Moon aesthetics” from its pastel color palette to its glowing, spinning transformation sequence. “Levitating” takes us “on tour” into a futuristic sci-fi galaxy, just as the song suggests, while we watch an anime Dua Lipa set up a pop performance among the stars. If you’re a fan of the 90’s anime art style, you will really appreciate this anime themed video brought to you by the creative minds of NOSTALOOK.

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13. Billie Eilish, “You Should See Me in a Crown”

The anime-themed music video for Billie Elish’s “You Should See Me in a Crown” is another masterpiece by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. Just like you think you’re watching a video of a dancing and singing animated Eilish, things get dark when Eilish turns from a human into a giant spider monster that terrorizes a city and turns its inhabitants into her spider-human creations. If that description sounds like a nightmare, it’s because it is. The video manages to be visually stunning while at the same time being downright intimidating.

Kaillaby

Kaillaby is a writer from The Bronx with an infectiously high energy and passion for geek culture. She loves to get in touch with Blerds like herself and hopes to make her own cartoon one day.

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