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Top 10 Best Anime Raps, Ranked

Music is a big part of anime. The right track can elevate an opening or ending sequence and add weight to the most emotional or action-heavy scenes. Rap, however, is seldom used, but it can change the feel of an anime entirely.

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It doesn’t appear often, but numerous anime have implemented rap music naturally into the story and to great effect. Rap songs can sometimes lighten the mood and provide a break for the audience, but they can also be clever ways to provide context and advance a narrative.

10 Kotaro Katsura Wants To Try Something New (Gintama)

By this point in the Gintama anime, nothing should be surprising to viewers. That said, it’s still a hilarious surprise to see Zura… or Kotaro Katsura try his hand at rapping, complete with the backing of Elizabeth the duck. He wears a pink hoodie for the occasion, and it’s easy to tell that he has no experience with rap whatsoever.

Katsura attempts to rap about vague ideas like nationalism, but he cuts himself short, and the rap ends up being not much more than one of many hilarious gags that Gintama fans have come to expect.

9 Rap Can Be Used To Deliver Exposition (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Randomness is a natural part of the world in Blood Blockade Battlefront. It seems pointless to make sense of anything, even for the protagonists, but that’s why the anime has the brilliant idea of ​​using a rap song to provide context for the audience instead.

An unknown citizen begins to spit out some bars that are surprisingly low-key and easy to follow. He sings about the history of the city and lets the viewer in on crucial exposition while providing an enjoyable performance at the same time.

8 Rap Provides A Crucial Clue About Where To Go Next (Samurai Champloo)

The hip-hop-inspired vibes of Samurai Champloo are one of its greatest selling points. It’s an anime set in feudal Japan, and yet, it has no shortage of style and modern music that create a unique tone not found in other samurai-based stories.

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At one point, the heroes find themselves at a loss for where to go next. That’s when a trio of traveling rappers appear and bust some rhymes about a mountain haunted by Yoshitsune’s ghost. They leave as quickly as they appear, never explaining where the music comes from, and serve their purpose of helping the protagonists gain clues.

7 Killer Bee Has Had A Hard Life (Naruto Shippuden)

When he was young, Killer Bee was discriminated against and bullied by the other children of his village. In the midst of his pain, he began to rap as a coping mechanism so that he could drown out the voices of his bullies.

He’s one of the most unusual characters in Naruto Shippuden, and his rapping tendencies provide some welcome and unexpected levity. Bee’s simple rhymes are easy to follow and very lyrical, often incorporating lyrics about himself and the other ninja around him, and they never get old.

6 Rapping Helps Reina Aharen Be Heard (Aharen-san wa Hakarenai)

Reina Aharen has a problem with not being able to speak loudly enough to be heard by the people around her. That’s when Matsuboshi Raido had the hilarious idea to get the two of them to speak exclusively through rap battles.

By doing so, their voices could be elevated through the mics, and it let them communicate more clearly than ever. Even if what they were rapping about was nothing more complicated than what they wanted to share with each other for lunch, or how Reina didn’t feel like being at school.

5 Sachio Has A Lot To Say About Gearless Joe (Megalo Box)

Megalo Box is a retro-inspired boxing anime that stays modern thanks to its incredible selection of hip-hop music, including a rap scene that no one saw coming.

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Not long before the final confrontations of the first season, the young Sachio is out on the town and bursts into rap that perfectly encapsulates the feel of the anime and the belief he has in Joe. It’s a rap about the rise of Gearless Joe, an underdog story, and it hypes up the upcoming plots as much as possible.

4 Zhuge Liang Even Has A Stratagem For Rapping (Ya Boy Kongming!)

Recruiting a talented rapper is part of one of Zhuge Liang’s, aka Kongming’s, master stratagems to make Eiko Tsukimi a famous singer. Kabetaijin is the chosen rapper, but Kongming must first beat him in a rap battle in order to bring him on board. Club BB Lounge wouldn’t soon forget the battle of words that ensued.

Kabetaijin battled his inner demons to produce a rap that raised his self-confidence and dissed the Three Kingdoms that Kongming originated from. Meanwhile, Kongming elegantly weaves metaphors and life lessons into his words to push the young rapper to new heights.

3 Rapping Helps These Teens Express What They Are Feeling (Devilman Crybaby)

Devilman Crybaby is set in a city where dark and gruesome happenings are common. In such a dangerous location, a group of disgruntled teenagers takes it upon themselves to rap about their feelings.

It comes across as a brutally honest commentary about their situation, and the raps themselves are fast, aggressive sounding, and rhyme incredibly well to boot.

2 Miyuki Shirogane Needs To Express His Feelings In A New Way (Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War)

After one of their numerous signature training arcs, Miyuki Shirogane and Chika Fujiwara have come up with a polished rap aimed at dispelling Ai Hayasaka of her closed-off beliefs about social interactions.

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What follows is a sick beat where Miyuki and Chika lay down lyrics to convey their feelings about Ai, framed like a ’90s music video. Kaguya Shinomiya and Ai get involved with raps of their own before the cast assembles for an ending rap sequence with stunning visuals.

1 An Impromptu Rap Battle Turned These Zombies Into Idols (Zombie Land Saga)

When the zombie idol group, Franchouchou, visits an elderly folk home for one of their first performances, it results in an argument between Saki Nikaido and Sakura Minamoto. Fortunately, manager Kotaro Tatsumi was prepared to improvise.

His impromptu beatboxing skills gave the undead girls their backing track, Yugiri on the shamisen provided extra flavor, and Lily Hoshikawa hyped up the crowd. The bars spat between the two girls would be remembered by the elderly audience for a long time.