15 Music Videos Inspired by Anime

15 Music Videos Inspired by Anime

This list does not include anime music videos, which are very different.

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Anime has been influencing Western art since its inception—and although anime music videos are swiftly disappearing, music videos inspired by anime are not. In between nostalgia, streaming, and accessibility, anime is making moves into music videos in a big way, especially as more and more people are reveling in their love of the art form. So, let’s move on to the music videos! This list isn’t ranked, but I can assure you that my favorite one is at the end of this slideshow. Enjoy some absolute bangers in the meantime.

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“you should see me in a crown,” Billie Eilish

“you should see me in a crown,” Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown (Official Video By Takashi Murakami)

You might not recognize Takashi Murakami’s name, but many people would recognize his happy face flower or his super-flat aesthetic. Eilish is a renowned anime fan and this isn’t even the first animated music video she’s done.

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“Boss Up,” Tyga

“Boss Up,” Tyga

Tyga - Boss Up (Official Video)

Tyga is dealing with an isekai assination situation here folks.

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“Gomenasai,” t.A.T.u.

“Gomenasai,” t.A.T.u.

t.A.T.u. - Gomenasai

One of the earlier anime references in our slideshow, t.A.T.u. leaned into cyberpunk aesthetics for “Gomenasai.”

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“Pink Youth,” Yuna with Little Simz

“Pink Youth,” Yuna with Little Simz

Yuna, Little Simz - Pink Youth

Yuna’s take on immersive narratives draws from super sentai stories, Akira, and 1984.

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“Another Life,” Afrojack and David Guetta

“Another Life,” Afrojack and David Guetta

Afrojack & David Guetta - Another Life (Official Music Video) ft. Ester Dean

Ever since Bjork changed the game with her incredible sexy robot music video forAll Is Full of Love,” people have been trying to replicate it. This video does a good job at homage, merging some epic space scenes.

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“Breaking the Habit,” Linkin Park

“Breaking the Habit,” Linkin Park

Breaking The Habit [Official Music Video] - Linkin Park

Studio Gonzo animated this music video, and the director, Kazuto Nakazawa, created this film in the style of the O-Ren segment from Kill Bill, which he also worked on.

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“Shelter,” Porter Robinson and Madeon

“Shelter,” Porter Robinson and Madeon

Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter (Official Video) (Short Film with A-1 Pictures & Crunchyroll)

A real anime collaboration between the musicians and Crunchyroll, this short film is really great.

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“Waking Up Down,” Yaeji

“Waking Up Down,” Yaeji

Yaeji - WAKING UP DOWN (Official Video)

This style reminds me of Guadetama, and I really love the kind of laid back, almost Sanrio-meets-Jojo vibe here.

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“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran

“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran「Bad Habits」日本版アニメーション・ミュージック・ビデオ

The Japanese version of Bad Habits got its own anime version, and it’s super charming, actually, mixing idol culture and supernatural horror.

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“Levitating,” Dua Lipa

“Levitating,” Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa - Levitating (Official Animated Music Video)

The Sailor Moon references are all over this one.

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“Snowchild,” The Weeknd

“Snowchild,” The Weeknd

The Weeknd - Snowchild (Animated Video)

The Weeknd’s anime-horror aesthetic is great, actually.

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“Emotions,” Cashmere Cat

“Emotions,” Cashmere Cat

Cashmere Cat - EMOTIONS (Official Music Video)

Cashmere Cat wants you to play JRPGs or die.

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“One More Time,” Daft Punk

“One More Time,” Daft Punk

Daft Punk - One More Time (Official Video)

One of the original anime music videos, this banger from 2000 was directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi who used these scenes as part of the feature film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, which he also directed.

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“Break the Ice,” Britney Spears

“Break the Ice,” Britney Spears

Britney Spears - Break The Ice (Official HD Video)

Say what you want about this animation, this song is a bop.

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“Sing Along,” Sturgill Simpson

“Sing Along,” Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson - Sing Along (Official Video)

Okay so I’m not going to wax poetic about Sturgill Simpson’s Sound & Fury, but the fact is that this country artist fell in love with anime and then went to Netflix and was like, “How about we produce a 40-minute episodic anime film that uses my newest album as a soundtrack.” What came out of the collaboration is a cypberpunk/country mashup that is a delight to watch and listen to, and I have not seen enough people talking about it. Japanese director Junpei Mizusaki took on the project, and everything about it is weird, wonderful, and works alongside Simpson’s outlaw country roots that have sprouted electronic flowers. So while this one single is available to stream, the whole thing is on Netflix, and it’s well worth your time. Also, if you do want to read me waxing poetic about this, I’ve got you covered.


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