Top 10 Music Anime of 2002
1. Searching for the Full Moon
Twelve-year-old Kouyama Mitsuki was devastated when she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the throat. She had made a promise to the boy she loves that she would one day become a singer, but her illness made singing impossible. To make matters even worse, two angels of death, Takuto and Meroko, appeared to Mitsuki and informed her that she only had one year left to live. This news provides an even greater motivation for Mitsuki to fulfill her dreams, and with a little bit of divine intervention, she begins her quest to become a professional singer so she can be reunited with Eichi before time runs out.
In the year 2012 Japan was invaded by the Mu. Human-like beings from another dimension with blue blood.
In the year 2015 Tokyo is attacked by invaders, who are repelled by a humanoid weapon called a Dolem. During the chaos, Ayato Kamina meets Reika Mishima, a classmate.
During that same day, he is attacked by government officials but a woman named Haruka comes to his rescue, informing him that she was sent to get him by the Organization TERRA, and that Tokyo had been sealed in a time rift where time flows one third as fast as the outside world.
He flees from Haruka onto a train where he sees Reika once more. Arriving at the Room of Rah, he follows her to a tremendous egg where the Dolem RahXephon is hatched from, and upon her singing his mother appears atop the Dolem that had stopped the TERRA Invasion. In the battle Ayato's mother is injured, and Ayato flees Tokyo Jupiter with Haruka upon seeing his mother's blue blood.
3. Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Five supernatural factions have been fighting against each other for who knows how many centuries, with the beginning of Aquarian Age always in mind. Kyouta, soon begins to see visions of mystical girls fighting, except they do exist. Soon he and his girlfriend Yoriko become involved and the battle for Earth and Aquarian Age lies in their hands.
4. Lupin III: Return of Pycal
Lupin steals an extraordinary gem from a Mediterranean party, only to be interrupted by Pycal, the trickster "magician" who had apparently died fighting Lupin early in his career. Pycal, now armed with real magical abilities, is determined to take revenge.
Music video by Ayumi Hamasaki, created by Studio 4°C.
6. Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart
When Miu was young, she was fascinated by the piano and took up lessons.
When the show opens, Miu is in middle school. She is shy, a softspoken girl who doesn't have a lot of confidence in herself. Her friends would describe her as “sweet” and “quiet.” At this point, Miu has been taking piano lessons for some time and while people have told her that she's gotten very good over the years, Miu herself feels she's not really good at anything – including the piano. Her teacher, Mr. Shirakawa, is often frustrated with her playing. Although she plays every note exactly correct, her heart just isn't in it…
Meanwhile, Miu's come of the age when she's noticing boys and this shy young lady has noticed the handsome Kazuya Takahashi – even if he hasn't noticed her.
This is Miu's story. The story of a young girl who is on a journey to discover the melody within her own heart and the courage to express it.
7. Densha Kamo Shirenai
Black-and-white music video for the song "Densha Kamo Shirenai" by a Japanese folk band Tama (たま). Directed by Akino Kondoh.
Mika Katagiri wants her band to perform at the upcoming local festival. However, complications arise. Their keyboardist, Jun, refuses to play, and their stage has been cancelled. Refusing to give up, Mika and her band strive to find a way to play at the festival, using any means necessary.
A cover by Jun Inoue for the Henri Dès's song "Le Beau Tambour" that was featured on NHK's Minna no Uta program.
10. Time: Toki no Shiori
On a wonderful night the desire to stop time is overwhelming. Longing for it to remain at it is with a spirit of hope and love that we contain in ourselves worried that the passage of minutes might snatch it away.