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Music in Japanese animation is often closely tied to the Japanese pop 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 ("seiyū") from anime shows to have a music career in their own right; Megumi Hayashibara, Yui Horie, Nana Mizuki, Maaya Sakamoto, and Aya Hirano are among numerous seiyū who have also recorded music independent from anime.

There are also vocalists who have dedicated most of their careers to the performance of theme songs, including Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, Mitsuko Horie, Isao Sasaki, and many others.

See also


  • Patten, Fred (2004). Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews. Stone Bridge Press, LLC. p. 89. ISBN 1-880-65692-2. 
  • Poitras, Gilles (2001). Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know. Stone Bridge Press, LLC. pp. 88–90. ISBN 1-880-65653-1. 

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