Band Anime is Low-Key an underrated Genre

Article at a glance:

  • I find band anime like Sound Euphonium, K-On, and Bocchi excel in character dynamics and emotional storytelling through music, making them a captivating sub-genre within music anime.
  • These anime use the band setting to facilitate character development and deeper interpersonal understanding, offering both drama and light-hearted moments.
  • While I appreciate critically acclaimed band anime like Beck, I prefer the emotional resonance and engaging character interactions in Sound Euphonium, K-On, and Bocchi.

Look, I don’t like going around throwing the word “underrated” at anything I liked and others didn’t. But I do feel like Band Anime as a genre is an underrated one. We know how good its members can be with awesome entries like Sound Euphonium and Bocchi. I like music anime in general because, over the years, that genre has provided me with some of the most memorable experiences like Your Lie in April and Kids on the Slope.

But today, I want to go over Band Anime in particular. So that means animes like K-On, Bocchi, Sound Euphonium, etc. I have just started my descent into this genre or sub-genre of music anime I should say. But I look forward to seeing more because music is amazing at conveying emotions and a band can provide some very interesting character dynamics. So let’s talk about it.

Why am I starting to like Band Anime so much?

Well, I started noticing how cool this sub-genre can be thanks to Sound Euphonium. By the way, in this particular sub-genre, I have watched well, not much. K-On, Bocchi, and Sound Euphonium off the top of my head. I am about to start Bang Dream as well. I know that Angel Beats had a band that was kind of relevant to the plot, but I don’t consider that as a member of this sub-genre. The same goes for Whisper Me a Love Song. The band part is important in that anime too but it is not the main theme of it.

So yeah, as I was saying before I got sidetracked. Sound Euphonium perfectly exemplifies all the strengths of this sub-genre. Amazing character dynamics, the band provides an interesting environment for all kinds of different characters to interact and express themselves through music. I could easily recommend Sound Euphonium to anyone but if you are a fan of this genre just go watch it. The drama and the sense of time progression it provides are quite incredible. Another gold medal in Kyoto Animation’s rich history.

So now let’s talk about the two more light-hearted takes on this category. K-On and Bocchi. I am grouping them because both of them are quite similar. Bocchi just has a far more unique protagonist. And again, these two anime have amazing character dynamics and interactions. The band is a nice backdrop to facilitate the growth of certain characters and their coming to understand each other on a deeper level. This sub-genre is truly amazing.

That is all for now!

So if you have more band anime recommendations for me, please comment below. By the way, I have watched Beck too and while it does fit here, I am not quite fond of it. I get the appeal and I appreciate it critically, but personally, it doesn’t resonate with me as much as the 3 I mentioned here. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my top 5 anime of 2024 so far here!

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