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Anison

Music in Japanese animation is often closely tied to the Japanese music industry, but is also a significant industry, and genre in its own right, with genre often referred to as "anison", a portmanteau of "animation" and "song", or "anime song". It is common for television and original video animation series to be accompanied by soundtrack albums, which may include the opening ("OP"), ending ("ED") and insert songs ("IN"), incidental music, original songs ("image songs") and drama tracks (short plays featuring the show's voice actors). Established Japanese musical acts often perform songs featured in animation series or movies. Likewise, it is not uncommon for voice actors from anime shows to have a music career in their own right; Megumi Hayashibara, Yui Horie, Nana Mizuki, Maaya Sakamoto and Minori Chihara are among numerous voice actors who have also recorded music independent from anime.

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Hiroshi Kitadani - Career
... Hiroshi became a prominent figure in the anison industry, but he was not singing many theme songs regularly like his peers in the group ... Throughout his journey as an anison artist, Hiroshi had been to many events with JAM Project members ... He also participated in Animelo, an annual summer anison music festival where JAM Project is a recurring guest ...
Animax Anison Grand Prix
... The Animax Anison Grand Prix (全日本アニソングランプリ, Zen-Nihon Anison Guran Puri?) is a Japanese anime song music competition, organized by Animax, in ...
Shoko Nakagawa - Discography - Cover Albums
... Release Date First week sales Total sales 1 Shokotan Cover Anison ni Koi o Shite ... Shokotan Kabā ~Anison ni Koi o Shite.~?, "In Love with Anime Songs.") May 2, 2007 12,579 31,501 2 Shokotan ...
Anison
... in its own right, with genre often referred to as "anison", a portmanteau of "animation" and "song", or "anime song" ...
JAM Project
... JAM Project ("JAM" standing for "Japan Animationsong Makers") is an anime music (or anison) supergroup based in Japan, originally founded on July 19, 2000 by famous 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki ... USA for a limited national concert tour called the Japan-America Anison Summit (日米アニソンサミット, Nichi-Bei Anison Samitto?) ...