It’s time to look at some of our favorite tracks from anime again, and this time you’ll be hearing from me — Adam Capps.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was one of the first series I watched after having not watched anime for years. It was recommended by several of my friends, all of which said that it was an amazing series from top to bottom. What they didn’t say is why.

Fullmetal Alchemist is a series that makes you think. It poses a lot of philosophical questions, and it has an insane amount of depth. There is tragedy, comedy and everything in between — but what makes Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood so great is the music by Akira Senju.

Music is a huge part of storytelling, and it’s very important. Akira Senju nailed the music with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood by creating a soundtrack that covers every base. You have orchestral music for both the happy and sad times and in both cases it’s done phenomenally well.

I’ve always been a fan of classical music and music from soundtracks, but if there was one soundtrack to stand above them all, it would be the soundtrack from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It’s just that good.

Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara is a series that really surprised me last year. Before Nagi no Asukara I was into romance, but not incredibly so. After Nagi no Asukara I had to have more. What made it so great? A unique plot revolving around mermaids and people — but also the music.

The whole soundtrack is great and I would recommend giving it a listen, but I have a soft spot for chants and this song was done exceptionally well. You can tell by the voices of the people singing that this song was meant to be somber, and oh boy does it go with the scene in the anime.

Nana

Nana is probably one of the most logical choices for this list because of the obvious musicality of the series. Seriously, it revolves around music and if that’s your thing you probably need to watch it. It’s incredible watching the progress of a band, and I love that Nana provides that along with the hardships and romance in between.

As for the music, well it’s obviously pretty damn good. The first opening called Rose has the series off to a good start with a great hook and typical melody that will draw you in.

Golden Time

Golden Time is the series that I started after Nagi no Asukara, and it did not disappoint. I’d also go on afterwards to watch Toradora which is also by the same writer, and equally amazing in terms of story and musical choice — but there’s something about Golden Time that makes me love it so much.

Music is a very powerful thing capable of holding memories and making you feel. Every time I hear Sweet & Sweet Cherry by Yui Hori I immediately flashback to the feeling of watching the series for the first time. It was the perfect outro to accompany such a powerful series.

Beck

Another musical series that details the rise and success of a small band named after a dog, Beck is another sure choice for this. Like Nana, there is romance, drama, and a strong soundtrack to back it all up. Adapting music to a series like this is key, and Beat Crusaders who wrote most of the music under a fictional alias did an incredible job.

There are a number of great picks from this series, but Moon on the Water is quite possibly the strongest and most emotional that it has to offer. This series got me into Beat Crusaders, a great band who also does the opening theme.

I know this list has a heavy emphasis on emotion, but that’s what I wanted to write about. What are some of your favorite tracks from anime? Are there any that remind you of a particular scene or series?

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Adam Capps is the editor of video games at BentoByte. He spends his days playing video games and his nights writing about them. He’s also an avid fan of anime, manga and music.

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