There is no scarcity of merchandise and side-material for anime followers to take pleasure in. Pins, garments, plushies and telephone instances are simply among the objects accessible for buy, as is the case with any fandom. Soundtracks, additionally referred to as OSTs, are additionally frequent choices. Whereas nearly each sport, film and TV present has its personal OST, anime takes this idea a step additional: characters get to sing their very own songs, even when the collection is not musically-based. Some even get their very own musicals, like Sailor Moon’s Sera Myu collection of stage performs.
Character songs, or picture songs, act as supplemental character improvement materials and discover particulars that may’t match into the present. Antagonists typically get their very own songs as effectively. Whereas the voice actors may contribute to the show by singing the opening or ending theme, particular songs are typically performed when a specific character is experiencing progress or some type of hardship throughout the present. Character songs are additionally not all the time sung by the respective VA.
This pattern began to realize traction when voice actors additionally doubled as professional singers and vice-versa, making character songs simpler to supply. Its reputation expanded even additional with the expansion of idol tradition, with many idols additionally doing voice-work for anime, bringing extra followers into the combination.
Many characters will get their very own CDs with particular songs to make it simpler for followers to help their favourite character or VA. This was made extra evident when, in 2009, After College Tea Time (Hokago Tea Time) from Ok-On! reached the No. 1 spot on the Japanese Oricon weekly charts, promoting 67,000 copies in its first week. The subsequent yr, the second OP would debut at No. 1 with over 83,000 copies offered.
Stage performs took this concept a step additional, with many anime and video games being adapted for the stage with extra musical numbers. One of many first collection to obtain a stage adaption was Rose of Versailles, carried out by the all-female group Takarazuka Revue in 1974. Whereas these performances aren’t what one would often expertise in higher-budget venues, they’re extra simply accessible for avid followers, making them extraordinarily fashionable.
The actors in these stage reveals are often not the identical ones who present the characters within the animated variations, however they’re equally liked (more often than not). The 2000 Hunter x Hunter stage play was one of many first to function the unique anime forged. One other side of stage performs that pulls followers is the unique storylines.
Stage performs and picture songs are fashionable amongst followers as a result of they’re simply accessible and provide extra perception into an anime’s characters. There’s solely a lot that may match into a typical episode, so these musicals and songs can go into additional element about what a personality is considering or feeling. It is also not required to know the character and is totally elective, however helps give them extra dimensions.
Stage performs usually provide new storylines which can be unique to these productions. Some Western TV reveals have toyed with the idea of picture songs lately, however for now it seems anime will proceed to dominate that individual market.