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Cute Anime Songs to Sing

Updated on July 11, 2013

Great Songs from Anime

Many Anime songs are cute or beautiful. There are a lot of reasons to learn and sing these songs. Learners of Japanese can increase their vocabulary and get better at pronunciation. Knowing a Japanese song in it's entirety can also help to impress your friends, both English and Japanese speaking. Cosplayers can also enhance their performances by knowing a relevant song and being able to perform it.

This lens features songs in Japanese from popular (and a few from less popular) anime. All the songs are sung by women or girls (Not that boys can't sing them!). I went for songs that have a definite 'cute' factor, along with singability. I have embedded the full songs (Usually longer than in the anime) combined with full Romaji lyrics. I have also included a star difficulty rating, for how difficult the song is to learn as an English speaker. The star ratings are my personal opinion. You might find it way different from your own experience.

I've also included a review section that just says whatever I am thinking might be relevant to someone who wants to learn that song.

These videos DO tend to get taken down because of copyright issues. (The copyright holders just need to put them up already!!) I do update as much as I can, but if the video is broken, you can copy/paste the title into a Youtube search. Usually the instrumentals stay up, so you can try those links as well!

At the bottom, please feel free to suggest songs for me to review or tell me about your favorites! Thanks for coming!

How to Learn Anime Songs - Step by Step!

A quick guide for English speakers/readers. If you can speak and read Japanese well, you sure don't need my help!

  1. Listen to the song (You can't learn it if you can't hear it!)
  2. Like the song (Don't learn songs you hate! That's no fun. o_0)
  3. Listen to the song while reading and singing Romaji lyrics. (Don't try to learn it by ear! You might embarrass yourself if you do that X_X)
  4. Sing along without looking at the lyrics
  5. Sing to an instrumental version of the song
  6. Perform! At a con, for your friends, or into a hairbrush in your room!

Let Me Be With You

Artist: Round Table Featuring Nino

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Chobits

Year: 2002

Difficulty: ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Available on YouTube!

Review: An oldie but a goodie, this sugary pop song is sure to please. It's a great song for a beginner to Japanese lyric-learning, since it only has a few lyrics, and most of them happen to be Let Me Be With You. However, knowing this song would definitely compliment a Chii cosplay, and everyone knows how much fun that would be!

They Have it On CD - Think of all the otaku cred!!

Sakura Kiss - Maybe You're My Love

Artist: Chieko Kawabe

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Ouran High School Host Club (Opening Theme)

Year: 2006

Difficulty: ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Right here on YouTube!

Review: Oh my goodness. This song is so sweet it's sure to give you type two diabetes. It's a really fun song to sing too. This theme song from the popular Ouan High School Host Club is also instantly recognizable to almost all female anime fans. It also has really easy lyrics to sing. I also can't stop watching the actual music video, in which Chieko Kawabe is some kind of frog of love, or peeping tom, you have to see it.

Sakura Kiss Instrumentals

You could download a couple different instrumentals of this on amazon. The CD also as some karaoke versions in addition to the original.

Naraku no Hana - Flower of Abyss

Artist: Eiko Shimamiya

Album: Naraku no Hana

Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai

Year:2007

Difficulty: ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Here on YouTube

Review: Wau Wau! This song really blurs the line between cute and creepy. It's incredibly memorable, and I find it easier than others to sing and remember. The melody is catchy, and it's interesting because it really changes in intensity without making it super difficult to sing. You can definitely add a lot of emotion to your performance, especially if you know the meaning of the lyrics. (Don't bloom there Rika! D: Break free!)This is a great song to keep in any anime arsenal.

Real Folk Blues

Artist: Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts feat. Mai Yamane

Album: Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless

Anime: Cowboy Bebop (Ending Theme)

Year: 1998

Difficulty: ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental:Too many videos...so hard to find. Coming soon. Please comment if you find one!

Review: This really pushes the "cute" criteria. In my opinion, it's not cute at all. But it is a fabulous song. I mean, seriously, who doesn't know this song by heart from watching on Adult Swim? Yoka Kanno's deep, luxurious voice just massages your brain into a completely relaxed state. Like if you've ever rubbed a lizard's tummy. His eyes just glaze over. He can't help it, even though he hates your guts and wants to bite you or run away, he just lays there. Sorry, went off on a tangent there. This song has slow, learn-able vocals, and if you perform it, everyone will love you.

Hare Hare Yukai - Sunny Sunny Happiness

Artist: Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto (Voice Actors)

Album: Various Soundtracks

Anime:Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

Year: 2006

Difficulty: ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: In Video

Instrumental: On Youtube!

Review: This, right here, is the quintessential anime fan-song. You will hear it, and see the dance, ( Here it is on Youtube ) just about anywhere that anime fans come together in a group. Knowing the lyrics to this song will definitely come in handy for impromptu song/dance sequences!

Also, this is a fairly easy song to learn in Japanese. The tempo is predictable and follows the same pattern every time, usually with one syllable per beat. (not always...)

The version used for the dance is shorter too, only a few verses of the song. So you can get away with just memorizing a little bit for when it pops up in cons.

Personally, the song isn't one I like to sit and play on repeat for hours one end, but lots of people love to do just that. As far as sheer likability, I think you either love it to death, or feel a bit 'meh.' Either way, this song is the perfect social anime song, so it's definitely worth learning a bit of the song and dance for having fun with friends.

For Fruits Basket

Artist: Ritzoko Okazaki

Album: Memory for You (Soundtrack)

Anime: Fruits Basket (Opening theme)

Year: 2001

Difficulty: ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Here you go! (YouTube)

Review: OoooooooooooOooooooOoooh!

Ai (Chuseishin) - Love (Loyalty)

Artist: Yumiko Kobayashi and Mikako Takahashi (Voice Actors)

Album: Excel Saga Original Soundtrack Experiment 1 and 2

Anime: Excel Saga

Year:1999

Difficulty: ☆☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Ignore the creepy dude. o_O

Review: What's great about Excel saga is how perfectly silly it is. This song keeps up with the upbeat tone of the series. For instance, in the middle of the song, the girls break off into a conversation about whether tying someone up is love. It really is a relatively easy-to-sing duet. It can be sung alone, with a friend it would be much more fun. If you want, you could even go their odd little dance in front of the microphone, just not in a men's washroom please!

Be Your Girl

Artist: Chieko Kawabe

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Elfen Lied (Ending Theme)

Year: 2004

Difficulty: ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental:This YouTube video

Review: When I watched the anime, I used to hate this song, because of the Engrish at the beginning. You've gotta admit, it's a tad grating. You know? (As if my pronunciation wouldn't grate on a native Japanese speaker's ears lol) It was just one of those anime where I didn't stick around for the credits. HOWEVER, I just rediscovered it. It's a song that really grows on you! The rhythms are a tad tricky, but mostly because the tempo is so slow, the words go a bit slower than you'd expect. I also really like the instrumental version, just to listen to. The backup vocals that linger in there are also really helpful. It's easy to stay on beat in this instrumental without the help of Kawabe-sama's voice.

Tsukiakari - Moonlight

Artist: Rie Fu

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Darker than Black (Ending 1)

Year: 2007

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: *shrug* Seems like nobody wants to take Rie Fu's vocals off...Here's a piano cover though.

Review: This is one of those songs that I just listened to over and over after finishing the anime. When they do it right, it feels like it matches the anime, and you just can't get enough of it. Especially if the ending was bittersweet... This song is so pretty and easy to learn. It's got some tough notes, but I bet you could cheat and do the high notes a little lower if you wanted to. Play around with it. It sounds so nice you could spend a long time listening.

Still Doll

Artist: Kanon Wakeshima

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Vampire Knight

Year: 2008

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: YouTube Video Here

Review: Here by request! Wow, I need to see this anime. I don't usually like vampires but...I think I can make an exception. Anyway, this song is so eerie, yet mesmerizing. Kanon Wakeshima is like this fabulous cello-style Japanese version of Lady Gaga. I wasn't sure where to place this one, since the lyrics are so simple, but the melody is so challenging. I guess what I mean to say is, if you don't speak Japanese, don't worry. The words are cake. Bloodstained vampire cake. If you can't carry a tune in a bucket, you might wanna stick to something easier. (Sorry if I sound mean! * bows*)

Sweet Romance

Artist: Mayumi Gojo

Album: Released as a single

Anime: Yumeiro Patissiere: Professional

Year:2011

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental:Here on YouTube

Review: This is an adorable song. It's for a children's anime, so the vocabulary isn't hard. Actually, a bunch of it is in English. But you don't have to worry too much about pronunciation (to use the kana, or to just use English) because the original singer pronounces the English parts pretty well. It's sassy and the instrumental has these funky electronic elements. All and all, it's a really easy and fun song to learn and sing. (Except the few parts with funky English). But it's the kind of song you don't have to take too seriously, know what I mean?

Long Kiss Goodbye

Artist: HALICALI

Album:Released as a single

Anime: Naruto Shippuden (ending 7)

Year:2008

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental:Here on YouTube

Review: This song is so sweet. Even without knowing Japanese, you can tell it's all about disappointment :'( It's nice because the melody has a really pleasing sound, but it doesn't have any crazy high or low notes to contend with. It is hard to catch onto the lyrics at first, but it has a really long chorus, so you'll be singing those same lyrics several times.

Renai Circulation - Love Circulation

Artist: Kana Hanazawa (Voice Actress)

Album: N/A

Anime: Bakemonogatari

Year: 2009

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: In the video below

Instrumental: Here on YouTube

Review: Wow, I love this song. It's super-adorable. It's a bit of a tongue twister, with spoken rap-like parts. But what's great about it is, you don't have to have a super-great vocal range or have an astoundingly resonant voice to sound good. Hanazawa actually whispers part of the song, and sings simply without any vocal riffs or computer effects.

It has a cute dance associated with it too, but good luck doing both the dance and the song at once without succumbing to oxygen deprivation! It's a pretty athletic little dance.

Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi - Only But One Wish

Artist: Kokia

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino

Year:2007

Difficulty: ☆ ☆☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental:Here on YouTube

Review: This song is so beautiful. What I like about it is how supremely singable it is. The melody just flows. If you have a nice singing voice, you can really show your stuff here. However, it has some difficult rhythms and uses really tough words for an English speaker to pronouce. (The vowels..just..never...end!!!) But if you have the patience, it's totally worth learning!

Sobakasu - Freckles

Artist: Judy & Mary

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Samurai X (Opening Theme)

Year: 1996

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: On the Video Below

Instrumental: Here on YouTube

Review: This is Classic. Classic (bold italic underlined) Samurai X was the big thing before Narootoo and all these other newfangled anime. Knowing this song gives you so much anime street cred. The thing is, it's a tough song to pull off. Between the high notes, punky attitude (at least in Japanese), and irregular beats, it'll take real work. If you have this song virtually memorized from hundreds of hours of DDR, however, it should be easier for you ;);)

The song was translated, quite nicely I might add, for the American version of the anime, but learning it in English would be a bit of a copout now wouldn't it? Just kidding. I'll just leave the youtube link here.

Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari - The Story You Don't Know

Artist: Supercell

Album: Released as a Single

Anime: Bakemonogatari

Year: 2004

Difficulty: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Romaji Lyrics: At anime lyrics

Instrumental: Adapted on a YouTube Video Here

Review: This song almost makes me cry every time I hear it. It's about unrequited love. Awwwww. Anywho, this is such a lovely song to sing and hear. It's crazy hard! There are a whole bunch of lyrics to remember, a ton of transitions, and some super high notes. Oh, and thay actually have a Vevo! Wow! Sorry, I can't write more. I'm way too busy listening to this song.

You can actually download Kimi no Shiranai! - and all of Supercell's stuff

Support them so more Japanese artists bring their stuff over here!

What are your favorite anime songs? Can you sing them? Have any ideas for songs for me to review next? You can just say Hi if you want, too.

Please don't post any links or html in your comments! kthx!

Anime Songs You Like

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      del3l3ie 4 years ago

      still doll <3

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what about Haiyore nyaruko-san opening song? or Dokuro-Chan opening song? or 'Gomen ne, watashi' from fairy tail? :D or, or, or 'SHINY SHINY' from deadman wonderland? there all cute songs that I think sound good ^.^ (you don't have to put them if you don't think there good, there just my suggestions) (>3<)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you should put on 'nanodesu' and 'Happy!Lucky!Dochy!' I think that's there real names there both from higurashi :D love the songs you put on so far :)

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      Ha-chan 6 years ago

      @MokonaMoka: Wow! Thanks for the comment. I think I found the song you mean (added). Vampire Knight, where have you been all my life?

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      MokonaMoka 6 years ago

      I love the songs you picked out, especially tsukiakari. There is one that should be there as well, though: vampire lullaby, the ending theme song for vampire knight. it's super easy to sing, too.