In need of some anime music on your playlist, but looking for something a little different? There are tons of anison cover channels on YouTube, bringing a twist to your favorite theme songs. With so much talent out there, it can be hard to know where to start — so here’s a trio of channels that specialize in anime songs, bringing their own spin to some old favorites.
South Korean channel Studio aLf is nothing if not diverse in her choice of anime music. You’ll find themes from One Piece, Digimon, Naruto, Dragon Ball, and other anime standards. What’s really eye-catching, though, is the attentions she gives to the tokusatsu and mecha genres. In the mix you’ll find Kamen Rider and Super Sentai themes, as well as openings from across Sunrise’s yuusha series. And there are some deep dives like the theme to Ghost Stories — yes, that Ghost Stories.
Studio aLf is a must-subscribe if you feel like no one else cares about the shows you like… because we guarantee she does.
If you’re wishing for some more jazz in your anime music, we’ve got great news for you. Swedish band Platina Jazz brings its smooth sound to everything from Devilman to Tiger & Bunny, and just about anything you can imagine in between. Some tracks feature vocals, while others make nice stand-alone instrumentals. (Who would’ve thought “Hare Hare Yukai” could sound so chill?)
The band also has a Patreon, where you can hear more great covers and help support their work. They’re doing something really unique in the community, so here’s hoping they keep going for a long time!
And sometimes, you’re just in the mood for something that slaps.
ChakiP has been on YouTube for several years now, bringing TV-sized guitar covers of your favorite show (and occasionally video game) themes to life. ChakiP also has a super distinctive, addictive sound that will have you bopping no matter what you’re listening to. Plus, if you’re a musician yourself, you can browse reviews for guitar accessories like capos and pedals in between tunes.
Right now, ChakiP seems to be uploading once or twice a month with something fresh — a nice addition to your playlist for an occasional surprise jam.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to channels covering anime music. There’s an entire global community of talented singers and musicians bringing their personal spins to your favorite songs!