11 Anime Characters Who Can Play Instruments Like Taylor Swift

michiru playing violin anime wallpaper

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Taylor Swift is able to play multiple instruments, unlike your average musician in 2018. So I thought I’d use her as a reference.

You don’t always have to be a musician to play instruments well. As some of the anime characters in this post prove.

Here are 11 worth mentioning that you won’t see on other blogs…


11 Of The Best Anime Characters Who Play Instruments:


1. Shinichi Chiaki (Nodame Cantabile)

Shinichi Chiaki Conducting

Shinichi is a master musician, capable of using multiple instruments. Like the Violin, Piano, and other tools.

This comes down to the fact he’s been practicing since he was a child. So that’s no surprise after almost 2 decades of practice.

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2. Megumi Noda (Nodame Cantabile)

Megumi Noda On The Piano

Megumi Noda is more of a specialist than any other character.

When it comes to instruments other than the Piano, she’s awful. But when she’s on the Piano? She’s like a musical assassin, striking each key with precision, focus and dedication.

It’s entertaining to see it in action.


3. Maki Nishikino (Love Live School Idol Project)

Maki Nishikino Sitting Next To A Piano

Source: Maki Wallpaper

Maki, like Megumi, is another talented Pianist who’s been playing the Piano for years. Since childhood. Which leads to the question: what is talent?

Years of practice is really what it is. It’s the hard work put into the skills that matters most.


4. Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Mikoto Misaka Playing The Violin

Mikoto Misaka plays the violin occasionally in the anime series. Like during the celebration at her prestigious school: Tokiwadai.

It’s uncertain how long she’s been playing the Violin, but it seems like a skill Mikoto picked up during childhood.


5. Franz Von Stresemann (Nodame Cantabile)

Franz Von Stresemann Conducting

Franz is considered a genius with legendary status in the music industry. So it’s no surprise he’s on this list of characters who play instruments.

He even mentored Shinichi Chiaki, helping him develop his musical abilities.

Franz has a silly personality, but when it comes down to it he’s a master in his own right.


6. Ryuutarou Mine (Nodame Cantabile)

Mine Playing The Violin Nodame Cantabile

Mine is another Violin player on this list… Seems like anime characters love violins. 😉

He’s still in the learning phase in Nodame Cantabile, but it’s clear he has potential and know-how for playing the violin.


7. Mio Akiyama (K-On)

Mio Akiyama With Her Bass Guitar

Mio Akiyama is the introvert from K-On, who LOVES the bass-guitar. This is her speciality. Her #1 choice for musical instruments.

When Mio’s in the zone, nothing can stop her talents from shining on the stage while performing with her classmates.

Read: 10 Interesting Anime Girls Who Are Introverts


8. Ritsu Tainaka (K-On)

Ritsu Tainaka Playing The Drums

Mio provides the bass, while Ritsu Tainaka is on the drums. Anything to do with drums gets Ritsu excited and energetic. She can’t help herself.

You can clearly see it when she’s on stage expressing her loud, charismatic personality through the use of music.


9. Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)

Sebastian From Black Butler Playing Violin

It’s not something you’ll see often in the anime: Black Butler, but Sebastian knows how to play the Violin. And he looks good doing it.

Not too surprising when you consider the lifestyle he leads, the house he lives in, and his commitment to being “one hell of a butler”.


10. Tapion (Dragon Ball Z)

Tapion Playing The Ocarina Flute

Tapion from the DBZ movie: Wrath Of The Dragon is the most unique on this list of anime characters who play instruments.

Unlike your average character, Tapion plays the Ocarina. Which is an ancient instrument similar to a flute. And he plays it well!


11. Nonon Jakuzure (Kill La Kill)

Nonon Jakuzure With Her Music Baton Gif

I said Tapion was the most unique on this list of anime instrument players… But Nonon deserves a mention too.

Unlike your average anime character who plays instruments, Nonon is an expert with a musical baton.

She’s a conductor after all, and there’s no comparison to her level of skill with the baton.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie In April).
  • Reina Kousaka (Hibike Euphonium).

Which other anime characters who play instruments deserve to be mentioned?

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