Top 10 Music Anime of 2004
1. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Tanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki is a 14 year old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke's new band BECK. Koyuki's life starts to change as the band struggles towards fame.
At a young age, Nitaroh is stricken with an illness that leaves him blind. He inherits the shamisen guitar once used by his mother and is taught its basics by a blind travelling shamisen player. In time with the help of friends old and new, he walks the paths that leads to his ultimate fate - that of founder of the Tsugaru style of shamisen play.
3. Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure
After the final battle against Gaito, Sara had given her life to remain with him. The sea world is now at peace, but only with six mermaid princesses.
While Caren, Noel, and Coco have returned to their kingdoms, it should be time for Lucia, Hanon, and Rina to do the same. After all, Mitsuki Tarou is leaving for Germany, and Doumoto Kaito is heading to Hawaii. Lucia is devestated, and when things couldn't get any worse, Kaito is lost at sea! Worst of all, a strange angel named Michel has appeared, wanting the mermaids to join him. But on the lighter side, Sara's spirit tells Lucia of Sara's successor, a young mermaid named Seira. The mermaids are in for another adventure!
4. Tsuki no Waltz
First "professional" animation work by Atsuko Ishizuka of MADHOUSE. It was done and broadcast as an episode of NHK's Minna no Uta.
5. The Path of Wind
Animated video for Horishita Sayuri's Kaze no Toori Michi produced for NHK's Minna no Uta. Direction and animation by Mochizuki Tomomi, Kondou Katsuya and Tanaka Naoya from Ghibli.
6. Portable Airport
A 3 minutes long animated film produced by Studio Kajino, a small studio related to Studio Ghibli, was shown in a double feature prior to the Cutie Honey Live-Action movie. Supervision was done by Yoshiyuki Momose, director of the Ghiblies.
To be released 16th November 2004 on the "Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short" DVD, together with other Ghibli-Shorts like Sorairo no Tane, On Your Mark, Space Station No.9, Nandaro and Various Commercials.
7. Michi (Music Video)
An animated video music video for Yumirose's song Michi.
The haunting, hallucinatory, and oddly cute journey of a young woman into a fantastical world called "dambo", lovingly crafted in stop-motion animation. Music by the Japanese electro-pop band, Electrical Lovers.
9. Chuunen Punk
An animated music video for Denki Groove's song "Chuunen Punk".
10. Cafe de Oni
An animated music video for Denki Groove's song Cafe de Oni.