Even in the world of Japanese pop music, anime songs are their own special breed. Shamelessly sentimental, energetically explosive, or sometimes both, not everyone can grab a mic and sing a performance that will capture the hearts of legions of otaku, which is why Japanese music college just announced a brand new course, aimed at providing students with the education and training they need to become anime singers.
Oh, and the school also offers a scholarship for international students.
Last year, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music was celebrating her 90th birthday, but as she took a moment to remember her past, the primary focus of the school was on the future. In search of new areas in which it could expand, Senzoku administrators decided to create a series of courses focused on anime songs, and therefore its AS courses (Anime Song Course) was born.
In particular, the development of the program has been driven by the market demand for anime voice actors and actresses who can also sing. As such, the AS course takes an integrated approach that also covers topics such as storytelling and dubbing. Senzoku is also knowledgeable enough about the industry to realize that the most popular anime singers are also good at internet / social media promotion. and live performances, so the AS course students will also study dance and web content creation.
While there are a number of specialized voiceover schools in Japan, this is the first time that a music college in the country has created a program for aspiring anime singers. Classes will be held at Senzoku Campus in Kawasaki, Tokyo’s southern neighbor.
Masataka Matsuo, director of the Japan Society for Contemporary Music, will be the AS course leader and said that “We welcome applicants who wish to spread their wings and reach the world through their voice, their game and their music. “
While not specifically mentioned by Matsuo, this invitation apparently includes non-Japanese students as well. While the anime song classes will be taught in Japanese, Senzoku has an English website that includes an overview of the AS course. here, and the school’s scholarship page, found here, mentions a scholarship of 300,000 yen (US $ 2,500) for international students.