This is a group blog project for the Asian American Studies and Film & Media Studies course, Asian Americans and Popular Culture, at the University of California, Irvine (Spring Quarter 2012).
The theme of this blog is music in anime and video games with a particular concentration on Japanese-based anime and video games, which are very popular among Americans in the United States.
According to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), in 2009, the anime-related market in the United States of America was estimated to be worth $2.741 billion. This includes $15 million in films, $306 million in DVDs, and $2.420 billion in character goods. About 60% of the anime character goods market are Pokémon-related items.
According to the Entertainment Software Association, in 2008, computer and video games software sales grew 22.9 percent to a total of $11.7 billion in the United States. Also, 68% of US households play computer or video games. The top three game markets are the US, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
Most anime and video games have their own soundtrack with a variety of music. Music plays an important role in anime and video games. Music helps set the mood and fully captures the action. Therefore, this blog will take a closer look into the music of different anime and video games.
So what is your favorite anime and/or video game? Do you like its music? Feel free to leave a comment below.