Anime Audio CD Covers: They are visual delights

Welcome back to Appreciation Station! This time I would like to write a post about my appreciation for illustrators who work for covers which we often see on anime opening/ending EP’s. Yes, these guys are methodically the same as those who do arts for DVD, Blu-Ray, Character Song Album, Drama CD and OST CD covers!

For EP’s however, production budgets could easily be reduced by just not having an illustrated cover but I just won’t forget that MOST Japanese artists don’t half-ass it.

 


Sometimes they are even more accurate than the actual visuals

 

Anime visuals are illustrations used as the very front face of the show. They should technically be the absolutely best representation of said show and most of the time act as hype starters for massive attraction from worldwide audience. Please tell me if you ever got curious and felt like giving Just Because! a try… ‘just because’ of the visuals?

First visual of the bunch to come out.

 

You can find them in any titles on MyAnimeList; the site stores up quite a lot of them.

Since the visuals’ job is now to potentially drag in viewers, there are no boundaries when it comes to being creative for other illustrations. It just happens that audio CD covers are lucky enough to have some of it!

Now, let me grab the first example of an EP illustration that definitely says more than the anime visual — Girlish Number.

Here is the anime visual:

 

And here’s the illustration for the ending single:

Now tell me which one is more accurate representation of the show.

 


Pictures say a thousand words so I will just let you decide: Anime Visual vs. EP Cover Illustration

 

They are all damn great so are you feeling appreciative for the artists like I do? 🙂

Beautiful spoiler.
Tsuki gs Kirei: Visuals vs. Opening Cover

“As the moon, so beautiful.”: What ‘moon’?
Ah, there’s the ‘moon’ in the opening cover and a beautiful couple indeed~

 

Here is some subtle comedy; only the fans will get this.
Imouto sae Ireba Ii.: Visuals vs. Opening Cover

I got to admit. The visuals for this anime is top notch in both being inspired and being creative.
Yeah, the first half of this anime is pretty much about what is represented by this illustration.

 

A rare case where both are similarly accurate representation of the show.
Gabriel Dropout: Visuals vs. Opening Cover

It’s not hard to grasp; you are not supposed to know what’s happening in this show.
The Opening Theme is called “Gabriel Drop Kick“. Do you see the girls about to do that now?

 


They DID NOT have to, but they did it anyway!

 

Some anime singles also come with pictures of the singer(s) on top of the illustrated covers. Maybe it is the other way around but the thoughts do count!

Anime-Gataris Opening Theme Covers

 

Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo Opening Theme Covers

 

Taking creativity to the next level: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ Ending Theme Covers

These are the singers, not voice actresses…

 

There are like gazillions of examples out there ranging from character song to OST covers, but obviously I can only share a few or else this post would become a massive collection!

 


 

So there you have it. To keen eyes, anime is clearly more than just moving pixels; it’s a place for artists to gather up and work their talents into products of the multimedia franchise. Illustrations for anime related audio CD covers are probably among the most overlooked so here I am, through my appreciation, sharing my love of them with you.

10 thoughts on “Anime Audio CD Covers: They are visual delights

  1. Great post: visuals can definitely do a lot for whatever medium: whether it are books, movies etc. I can honestly say that I have bought way too many things based solely on a cool cover. (And at times that wasn’t such a good decision 😂😂).

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    1. Damn I guess this is what I get for being too much into anime; I even forgot that books are practically the same in concept.

      Haha I’m so with you on the last part!
      The number of times great visuals have baited me into hell…. hmm… 😂

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  2. true, some of the audio covers are a lot more enticing. i use most of them in my collective lineup since the title posters aren’t often good. on rare cases, i even just search alternate drawings by the illustrator and slap the anime logo in it. haha

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  3. Can definitely relate to all this. I love cover art — it’s why I have such a huge collection of physical games rather than, as many people are these days, going all-digital. I also love how it’s evolved over the years; I have some old Atari 8-bit and ST games with some amazing cover art that has absolutely nothing to do with the game in question, but looks amazing regardless. Roger Dean’s work for Psygnosis was particularly noteworthy in this regard.

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    1. Oooh, the true pride of physical copy collectors. I salute to you!

      I’m a big rookie on that one since all I have are Saekano light novels Girls SIde 3 and volume 13…

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