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« on: October 31, 2010, 08:59:49 pm »

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Theme songs and soundtracks from Japanese anime are making inroads into the mainstream J-pop music genre, drawing popularity particularly from female consumers as talented voice actresses sing the songs.

More than 60 anime songs hit the top 10 singles chart this year, according to entertainment information provider Oricon Co. Sales of CDs in the anime and soundtrack genre totaled 29.3 billion yen in 2009, up from 24.9 billion yen in 2005, according to Oricon.

Since the Tower Records store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district opened a section for anime songs this spring, Ryo Majima, who is in charge of J-pop music at the store, says he saw more than a 30 percent increase in female customers.

The songs have ‘‘good melody lines and the voice actresses singing are talented,’’ Majima says. He believes customers including women, who are not necessarily ardent anime fans, can easily connect with songs sung by popular anime voice actresses.

Especially noteworthy is the growing popularity in so-called ‘‘character songs,’’ in which the voice talents sing as anime characters, says Hiroko Katsuragi, editor at entertainment business magazine ‘‘Oricon Biz.’’ CDs released under a band appearing in anime ‘‘K-on’’ have topped Oricon’s weekly hit charts.

‘‘This is a big boom that we’ve never seen before,’’ says Katsuragi. ‘‘The talents are going into the anime songs genre and I believe the popularity will last,’’ she added.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 11:50:38 pm »

Cool, good to see anime, or related music, rising even higher in popularity over there.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 05:59:32 am »

At the same time, idol groups are making a come back in the mainstream, even ones tailor made for the Otaku market like AKB48 are mainstream right now. Japan seems to be embracing nerd culture in the same way the US is right now.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010, 12:26:38 pm »

Hmm, how is the US embracing it?
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010, 07:14:56 pm »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek#Geek_chic
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 10:39:38 pm »

I once knew the blue screen of death all too well.  Liked to show up while I was trying to do something online.  It's good to see stuff like this being embraced, though from what I've heard, being an anime lover is still way out there on the geek meter.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2010, 02:32:02 am »

Not really, being a casual anime fan is pretty normal.
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