From Kanye West to Daft Punk, there are quite a few big name artists who are big fans of anime!
26 Apr 2017 - 1:17 PM  UPDATED 26 Apr 2017 - 2:33 PM

Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!

In the latest episode, Joey and Aki read an interesting article titled "9 famous bands that used anime in their music videos" and decided to go take a deeper look into the list this week.

To make things easier, we've decided to break this up into list form. So without further ado, here are 9 famous music artists who have used or sampled anime for their MVs.

9. Daft Punk - One More Time & Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Inspired by their love of anime, Daft Punk teamed up with their childhood idol Leiji Matsumoto to make an anime MV for their single "One More Time". However, this was just the start of their collaboration as the "One More Time" MV was just a precursor for Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, a 65 minute animated film that features no dialogue and uses Daft Punk's album "Discovery" as its soundtrack.

8. Kanye West - Stronger

While Joey isn't a fan of Kanye West's music, he can't fault the rapper's anime tastes as it is known that Kanye has a deep love for the iconic anime film Akira, so much so that he slipped in visual references to the film in his "Stronger" music video.

7. Pharrell Williams - It Girl

Pharrell Williams embraced his inner otaku by releasing an anime-inspired music video for his song, "It Girl." While Joey and Aki were impressed with the different anime styles used in the video, the duo were more impressed at how more big name artists are incorporating their love of anime into their work.

6. The Weeknd - Coming Down & The Hills

While The Weeknd doesn't actually incorporate anime sequences into his music videos, he has sampled lines from popular anime shows into his work, such as using lines from Neon Genesis Evangelion for his song "The Hills" and effects from Fate/Stay Night for "Coming Down". This thoroughly impressed Joey and Aki as the anime used by The Weeknd demonstrates that he is a deeper anime fan than most!

5. Lil Uzi Vert - Ps & Qs

Joey and Aki have no idea who Lil Uzi Vert is, but they do know he is a big anime fan thanks to his anime-inspired music video for "Ps & Qs"!

4. Migos - Slide On Em

Again, Joey and Aki don't know who Migos really are, but they certainly know what was going on for the trio's "Slide On Em" music video, which features footage from one of Madhouse's DC anime projects.

3. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

For those who are unaware, Matthew Sweet was a big-name alternative rocker back in the early 1990s and he was among the first American artists who used anime in his work by using footage from the classic anime film Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie for his "Girlfriend" music video. While Sweet's American fan base has tapered off in recent years, his Japanese fandom remains super strong!

2. Linkin Park - Breaking The Habit

While Joey and Aki aren't sure if Linkin Park are anime fans, the anime music video for "Breaking The Habit" suggests that the band know some stuff as it was animated by Kazuto Nakazawa, who is best known for working on the iconic anime series' Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.

1. Michael Jackson - Scream 

Michael Jackson's "Scream" music video was notable for two things - it was one of the first big American music videos to use anime (Akira and Zillion to be specific), and it was the first music video where Jackson didn't have a hand in coming up with the concept.

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