Anime characters have various hobbies and talents, and that often includes creative expression. Some characters are good at painting or drawing, while others are poets or professional writers. Then there's music, with anime characters playing every instrument there is.
Trumpets, Violins, guitars, and pianos are all fair game, and plenty of anime characters can sit down at a grand piano and fill the room with incredible music. Some of them are famous for it in their stories, while other piano players just play a bit on the side and are better-known for other things.
10 Kosei Arima Is Trying To Hear The Notes Again (Your Lie In April)
The heartbreaking drama anime Your Lie in April is all about the magic of music and friendship, even if two friends can only spend a few weeks or months together. While Kaori Miyazono plays the violin with great skill, her new friend Kosei is all about the piano.
As a young boy, Kosei was a prodigy, but due to serious personal baggage with his cruel mother, he can no longer hear the notes at all. But with Kaori's generous help, Kosei just might let the music back into his heart once again.
9 Soul Eater Evans Played A Mental Piano (Soul Eater)
Not all anime pianos are a regular, physical instruments. Plenty of fantasy series depict characters going into their own minds or souls to interact with imaginary people or objects, often as a metaphor for gaining combat strength or even finding self-acceptance. Soul Eater did this with the piano.
Soul Eater Evans, a scythe-shaped living weapon, usually fights alongside his partner Maka Albarn, but sometimes, he needs more help. Soul took a great risk by accepting a devil's offer to embrace dark power, represented by playing the piano with loud, aggressive music. The devil was delighted to watch it happen.
8 Momo Yaoyorozu Dabbles In The Piano (My Hero Academia)
Students at UA are expected to study and train hard to hone their Quirks, which is hard work for even the most talented students. But these students are still allowed to pursue their own hobbies in their downtime, often playing music with drums or guitars. Then there's Momo Yaoyorozu, who's all about the piano.
Momo grew up wealthy, and while rich kids playing a grand piano is a tad cliché, it's still a wonderful hobby for an ojou-sama type like her to pursue. Momo later lent her expertise to class 1-A's rock band by playing an electric keyboard, which she clearly enjoyed doing.
7 Shu Tsukiyama Plays The Organ (Tokyo Ghoul)
Strictly speaking, the organ is a distinct instrument from regular pianos since it also involves controlling the airflow in pipes, but it still involves a keyboard, at least. Pipe organs are often associated with weddings, funerals, churches, and more, but they can also fit any dark Gothic story like Tokyo Ghoul.
Shu Tsukiyama is a pretentious and classy villain who does everything from dressing well to speaking in a lofty tone. He even plays the organ just because he can. He was playing the organ when Ken and later Touka confronted him in his hideout, an abandoned church.
6 Shoko Komi Plays A Bit Of Piano (Komi Can't Communicate)
The dandere heroine Shoko Komi dabbled in all kinds of hobbies and sports when she was younger, based on the photos that Tadano and Najimi saw in an album at the Komi household. Sadly, Shoko was all alone when practicing her hobbies, but at least she was good at them all.
Tadano and Najimi were pleasantly surprised to see a picture of middle school-era Shoko playing a grand piano, which only reinforces Shoko's image as an aloof, perfect princess. Shoko doesn't play that piano much in the main story, but even so, she must have had fun playing it once upon a time.
5 Kyoko Izanami Loves The Keys (The Day I Became A God)
The Day I Became a God is a somewhat obscure but emotionally impactful drama anime starring the ordinary boy Yota Narukami and his new friend, a pink-haired girl calling herself Odin Sato who claims to be a reverse-isekai guest to Earth. But there's another noteworthy character, Kyoko Izanami.
Kyoko was once a cheerful girl, but losing her beloved mother hit her hard, and she hasn't yet fully recovered from that. But she can play the piano, at least, and with her friend Yota's aid, Kyoko can use her music to take her mind off things and find true joy in her daily life.
4 Megumi Noda Plays The Piano By Instinct (Nodame Cantabile)
Megumi Noda is a cheerful and creative young woman from the Nodame Cantabile anime, and she absolutely loves playing her favorite instrument, the piano. But while some pianists are dignified and by-the-book, Megumi likes to make up her own rules and go wild on the keyboard. And she has a personality to match.
All that makes Megumi a foil to her new male friend and crush, Shinichi, who is definitely a more restrained musician. They might clash sometimes, but music will always bring them together, and it might even lead to true love.
3 Kaoru Nishimi Is Shy But Has Musical Talent (Kids On The Slope)
Kids on the Slope is a charming anime set in 1960s Japan, starring the terribly shy boy Kaoru, a teen who is quite skilled at the piano. He struggles to make friends, though, due to both his introvered nature and how often his family moves for his father's work. But that's about to change.
At first, Kaoru was all about classical music, but after making some new friends at school, Kaoru was inspired to try jazz music as well, which allows the piano to truly shine. He will even find true love at his new school.
2 Miu Nomura Finds Joy In Playing Music (Piano: The Melody Of A Young Girl's Heart)
The early 2000s anime series Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart is roughly similar to Your Lie in April, but without the grief. Miu Nomura is a young lady who absolutely loves playing the piano, and she spreads joy to everyone who hears it. Or at least, that used to be the case. Things have taken a bad turn since then.
Now, Miu is having a tough time truly expressing herself on the keyboard as she once did, and worse yet, she has become a rather shy and unassertive person. Not even her classmates, friends, and piano teacher can help her, so the magic of music must come from within.
1 Maki Nishikino Wants To Put Music First (Love Live School Idol Project)
Like Momo Yaoyorozu, the kind-hearted tsundere Maki Nishikino grew up as a single child in a wealthy household, and she also plays the piano. However, Maki's parents have strict expectations for her and want her to study medicine instead of music. Maki came this close to abandoning the piano for good.
However, Maki was inspired at the last moment to hang onto her passion for music and make it the central focus of her life, even if her parents might object. In addition, Maki is noted for having a gorgeous singing voice and for writing her own songs. She can do more than sight-reading, that's for sure.
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