What is Anison?
Anison is a japanese Anime SongDB AniDB wants you to use when adding Songs or Collections.
Where do I find Anison?
I have no idea what the page tells me...
That's no problem because that's what this pretty wiki page is here for. To explain to you - the willing user - how to use Anison with its features you may not know of.
Before explaining the four different ways of searching it's better to go through the legend Anison provides on its front page.
|Anison Original Shorty||Anison Original Explanation||Romaji||English Translation||Extra Explanation|
|OP||オープニング||Oopeningu / Opening||Opening||marked song's been an opening song|
|ED||エンディング||Endingu / Ending||Ending||marked song's been an ending song|
|IN||挿入歌||Sounyuu Uta||Insert Song||marked song's been played in an Anime at some point as an insert song|
|IM||イメージソング||Imeeji Songu / Image Song||Image Song||marked song's been written for the Anime / with the Anime in mind and didn't actually show up in the Anime (!!rare cases say different!!)|
|TM||テーマソング(OP,ED分類が不明の時等に使用)||Teema Songu / Theme Song (OP, ED Bunrui ga Fumei no Tokira ni Shiyou)||Theme Song (OP, ED Category gets used sometimes)||A theme song is either a repeated theme for a character or for the Anime itself but can also be the opening or ending song of a movie (and gets just called Theme Song).|
|UK||不明||Fumei||unidentified / unknown||marked song's unknown which "role" it played|
|AR||アレンジ曲・カバー曲など||Arenji / Arranged Kiyoku - Kabaa / Cover Kiyoku Nado||Arranged Piece of Music / Cover Piece of Music and similiar||marked song's instrumental or a cover of another song|
|CF||番組関連のCMで使用された曲||Bangumi Kanren no CM de Shiyousareta Kiyoku||Piece of Music that's used in TV related Commercials||-|
|GE||一般曲(アニメ系タイアップのない曲)||Ippan Kiyoku (Anime Kei Taiappu / Type no nai Kiyoku)||normal/ordinary piece of music (they type that's not been used with an Anime relation)||marked song hasn't been used for an Anime (but is still listed in Anison)|
|Bangumi Tekiyou no Kikakumono to Douitsu no Imi - Doumyou no Bangumi ga Sonzaishi, Kikakumono no Kiyoku ga Aru Baai, OP/ED Bunrui de KK Toshi, Bangumi o Zouya Sazuni Taioushiteiru Koto mo Arimasu|
How do I find stuff?!
As it's a Japanese Website you need to use Japanese as input (or the pseudo-japanese English - case dependable)
The search Engine
Under the search field are 4 different markable choices. Those are:
Those specify the meaning of what you put in the search field.
Hint 1 Anison doesn't like spaces at the beginning of a search string
... means nothing else than Production or Work. In other words: use this to search for the Anime's name.
Hint 2 Easily take the Anime's name from its AniDB page but don't forget that you can also search with only half the name and still get results shown. As soon as there's numbers or for example a ~ in the Anime's name, better leave that whole part out as Anison may not have information about the Anime with that exact name Hint 3 When the original title is in English try the name with spaces in between or without. You may get a result then.
...means Piece of Music. This field is helpful when you know the name of the song already in its Kanji/Kana form.
...is a field where you can insert a person's name that worked on the song of your choice. It can be a lyricist, an arranger, the performing band, the singer/songstress aso. Use this field when you don't know the song's name nor the Anime it belongs to, but the Performer.
...translates to "Sound Source" and means the name of the Collection (Single, Album) your song is on. Use this field when you try to find a Soundtrack entry for example, which you couldn't find yet with other methods.
Hint 4 When the Collection you're looking for is a Soundtrack just put the Anime's Name in the search field. Anison will list you every Single/Album in its DB that has your search string as a part in its name.
Results or "It seems Anison found something but I have no idea what the fields mean!?"
If your search was successful Anison will you show you a little table with more than just one clickable field. Let's take [Asterisk], one of [Bleach]'s Opening Songs as a reference for explaining the different search results of each search method.
Hint 5 All columns are sortable, just click on them
Results for 作品
As explained before, this field is used to search for the Anime. As a search string let's insert "Bleach". This will give us 18 results - one of them is our desired destination.
There are three columns: ジャンル (Genre), 作品名 (Sakuhin'na - Production Name) and 放映年 (Houei Nen - Broadcasting Year).
The Genre column gives you for example:
- テレビアニメーション (Television Animation)
- 劇場用アニメーション (Theater Animation)
- ゲーム (Game)
- ラジオ (Radio)
The Production Name column lists the original names of the medium it derives.
The Broadcasting or Televising column shows the date the medium has been shown first.
-- Now just click on the correct link and you will be sent to Anison's Anime Page --
Results for 曲
This time we insert the song's name "*~アスタリスク~" in the search field and get a table with this time five columns: 曲名 (Kiyokuna - Name of the Piece of Music), 歌手名 (Kashuna - Name of the Singer/Performer), ジャンル (Genre (for example TV or GM (Game Music)), 使用作品 (could be seen as "used in:") and 種別 (Classification).
For "*~アスタリスク~" we got three results: two with the exact same string and a third one with an additional bracket (this time it's "Asterisk (Album Version)") in the first column. So this one lists the song's names.
The second one lists the performer. In this case all three are the same (just try to look for a song with such a generic name as "Yakusoku" (約束) and you will have more "choice").
The Genre column shows that two of the songs derive from an Anime (TV) and one from a game (GM).
As said before, the fourth column could be read as "used in:". Our "Asterisk" has been used in BLEACH and Bleach: Hit the Soul.
The last column specifies the usage. We got OP 1, OP (for the game) and AR (a kind of remix or other version of the original Asterisk).
-- Now just click on the correct song name and you will be taken to the Song's page --