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An image song or character song is a song on a tie-in album for an anime, game or dorama that is usually sung by the seiyuu or actor of a character, in character. It is meant to give a sense of the personality of the character. A tie-in is an authorized product that is based on an existing or upcoming media property, such as a movie or video/DVD, computer game, video game, television program/television series, board game, web site, role-playing game or literary property. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Tug of war is an easily organized, impromptu game that requires little equipment. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... For the article about the company named Seiyu, see Seiyu Group. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


Image songs are considered an important part of an anime or dorama's success, as they often provide insights to a character that may otherwise go unexplored on the program itself. The series creators may also include details about a particular character's design stages and evolution, and on occasion even design sketches so fans can see for themselves how a character changed. There may also be comments from the seiyuus or actors on how they feel about playing their characters.


In addition, fans are known to buy image song albums based simply on the seiyuu or actor. An example of this is Megumi Hayashibara, a well-known seiyuu who has released many cds and albums over her career, many among them image songs of her characters. Megumi Hayashibara ), born March 30, 1967 in Kita, Tokyo, Japan) is a very popular Japanese seiyū, lyricist and singer. ...


A related sub-type is a character version, where a seiyuu or actor sings a song from the series as the character. A famous example of this are the various versions of Neon Genesis Evangelion's theme songs, redone by the seiyuus of Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley Soryu and Misato Katsuragi. They are usually identified by a version tag at the end of the name (e.g. Cruel Angel's Thesis, Ayanami Version). Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... Rei Ayanami ) is a fictional character from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and the films Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion. ... Asuka Langley Soryu ) is a 14 year old[2] fictional character from the anime and manga Neon Genesis Evangelion and the movies Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion. ... Misato Katsuragi ) is a fictional character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and The End of Evangelion movie. ...


Similarly, a character song can also be a song about a character, but not necessarily sung by the character's portrayer. For example, while Mazinger Z's include songs about Kouji Kabuto and his friends, they are not sung by their seiyuu. Nevertheless, they still provide some insight into the character's persona. Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ or マジンガー・ゼット)(無敵鐵金鋼), derived from the original romaji majinga and also known in the US as Tranzor Z, is the name of a manga by artist Go Nagai, first published in Japan in 1972, and turned into a long-running anime television series later in the same year. ... Kouji Kabuto (Kabuto Kouji) is a fictional character featuring in the works of mangaka Go Nagai. ...


Examples of anime with image songs

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Trivia

  • Image songs are not restricted to anime protagonists. Antagonists such as Zechs Merquise, Master Asia, Sailor Galaxia, and some of the villans (such as Devimon and Dracule "Hawk Eye" Mihawk) also have their own image songs. In some cases, these are more interesting than those of the protagonists as they often provide the only glimpse into a villain's character.

Zechs Merquise, as he appeared in Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. ... Master Asia is a fictional character in the anime series Mobile Fighter G Gundam Quotes I will then crush you all and rather than merely being the Undefeated of the East I will become the ultimate champion, Undefeated of the East, West, South, North, and Center! I will become Super... Sailor Galaxias evil form as seen in Sailor Stars Sailor Galaxia is a fictional character in the Sailor Moon metaverse. ... Devimon is a fictional character from the Digimon franchise. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Three Great Powers. ...

Notes and references


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A neat manga image of Rosette standing with her back to Chrono in his full-fledge Devil form...The lyrics are from the translation of the ending theme "Sayonara Solitia" sung by Chiba Saeko.
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