Nearly 3 years ago, TWWK over at Beneath the Tangles wrote about Japan’s connection with Irish/Celtic music where he observed how many anime series also use music from that broader Celtic region. The biggest takeaway for me was why the music appeals to Japanese listeners: its ability to evoke a nostalgia tied to simpler times, be it childhood or a romanticized past.
In short, Celtic music, with its yearning tones, evokes images of that romantic past remarkably well and popular fare like “Danny Boy” made inroads amongst the Japanese pretty easily. Not surprisingly, many Celtic conventions have crept into anime music, particularly traditional Celtic folk music and dynamic dance music. With that in mind, I decided to search through anime titles for instances of Celtic music. And this is what I came up with.
All pieces are in their entirety. If you want to just sit there and listen to this curated playlist, you can do so below: