Art plays an important part in the story and has central meaning to the characters (e.g. valuable paintings, or sculptures). Alternately the protagonists show a degree of artistic skill, e.g. as painters, sculptors, dress-makers, potters, musicians, composers, designers, etc. The anime will then centre on the development of those skills, from the unrecognized dilettante stages, right up to the moment of (commercial) breakthrough.
Art — Subcategories
Music anime generally revolves around people concerned with music in their everyday lives. In addition they often adhere to certain genre conventions, the emphasis on training and practice in preparation for competitions, characters desire for self improvement, and pursuit of a specific goal. This is not unlike the Sports category.
- Examples: Nodame Cantabile
The different subcategories of music should be used when the anime specifically is about one of those activities:
The anime revolves around a group of people who work together in a band/orchestra for performances.
The anime revolves around people who are working towards a solo career.
- Example: Full Moon wo Sagashite
The song performance on stage or acting in a theatre (also see performing arts on Wikipedia) is a central part of the character's life in this anime type.
- Example: Perfect Blue