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This page is a glossary of Japanese film credit terms translated into English. Translation of credits requires knowledge of the terminology used by both the American and Japanese film industries, including live action and anime. This article provides a useful translation guide for those wishing to do help out this project and its descendants in this way.

Terms[edit]

Terms are listed alphabetically according to romanization.

Japanese Rōmaji English Notes
アフレコ afureko dubbing from "after recording"
アニメーション animēshon animation  
アニメーション監督 animēshon kantoku animation director  
アニメーション協力 animēshon kyōryoku animation assistance/support  
アニメーション制作 animēshon seisaku animation production  
アニメーション制作協力 animēshon seisaku kyōryoku animation production assistance/support  
アテレコ atereko dubbing from to lay down a voice (声をあてる koe wo ateru?)
美術監督 bijutsu kantoku art director  
美術設定 bijutsu settei background artists
art design
refers to the major backgrounds, usually used for individual artists
文芸担当 bungei tantō script supervisor
 
動画 dōga in-between/clean-up animation  
動画チェック dōga chekku animation check  
動画検査 dōga kensa in-between animation check
In-between animation supervisor
 
動画協力 dōga kyōryoku supporting animation (studios) usually used to list outside studios which assisted with some of the animation
絵コンテ ekonte storyboard lit. picture continuity
演出 enshutsu production
director
episode director
usually used in combination with something else (e.g., "audio director")
演出助手 enshutsu joshu production assistant
assistant to the director
 
演奏 ensō musical performance
performed by
 
フィルム firumu film  
原案 gen'an original planning
original development
 
原案協力 gen'an kyōryoku original planning assistance/support
original development assistance/support
 
原画 genga key animation  
原画補 gengaho key animation assistance  
現像 genzō film developer  
背景 haikei backgrounds
setting
scenery
usually used for studios or groups that produced the backgrounds, sets or scenery, esp. in animation
配給 haikyū distribution company that distributed the film
ハーモニィ処理 hāmonī shori harmony treatment  
編集 henshū editor  
色指定 iroshitei color design  
助監督 jokantoku assistant director  
カメラ kamera camera operator  
監督 kantoku director  
企画 kikaku planning  
企画協力 kikaku kyōryoku planning coordinator/support  
記録 kiroku recorder, production diary/journal  
広報 kōhō publicity
public relations
 
公開日 kōkaibi release date  
構成 kōsei organization (as in "series organization")
composition
 
脚本 kyakuhon script
screenplay
 
キャラクター設定 kyarakutā settei initial character design
character design
 
協力 kyōryoku coordination
support
 
音楽 ongaku music
composer
 
音楽監督 ongaku kantoku music director  
音響 onkyō sound  
音響監督 onkyō kantoku sound director
audio director
 
音響効果 onkyō kōka sound effects  
音響プロデューサー onkyō purodyūsā sound producer  
音響制作 onkyō seisaku sound production  
プロデューサー purodyūsā producer
executive producer
 
連絡デスク renraku desuku communications desk
response desk
 
録音 rokuon sound
audio
recording
 
録音演出 rokuon enshutsu sound director/production
audio director/production
recording director/production
 
作画 sakuga animation
key animation
 
作画監督 sakuga kantoku animation director
key animation director
 
撮影 satsuei photography
camera
 
撮影監督 satsuei kantoku photography director
camera director
 
撮影協力 satsuei kyōryoku camera support  
撮影制作 satsuei seisaku photography
camera operator
 
製作 seisaku production
producer
executive producer
 
制作 seisaku production
work
 
製作委員会 seisaku iinkai production committee  
制作管理 seisaku kanri production manager  
制作協力 seisaku kyōryoku production assistance/support  
制作進行 seisaku shinkō production assistant  
製作担当 seisaku tantō executive producer
associate producer
production manager
 
宣伝 senden advertising/promotion/marketing  
宣伝プロデューサー senden purodyūsā advertising/promotion/marketing producer  
選曲 senkyoku theme song
music selection
 
仕上 shiage ink & paint
digital paint
finish animation
touch-up animation
 
仕上検査 shiage kensa digital paint check
finish animation check
touch-up animation check
ink & paint check
check the clean-up work to make sure the animation cels look good
仕上協力 shiage kyōryoku ink & paint assistance/support
digital paint assistance/support
finish animation assistance/support
touch-up animation assistance/support
usually refers to outside studios which assisted in the ink and paint processes
色彩設計 shikisai sekkei color design  
照明 shōmei lighting  
照明監督 shōmei kantoku lighting director  
主題歌 shudaika theme song  
general...
chief...
This can appear before any title
総監督 sōkantoku general director
chief director
series director
 
挿入歌 sōnyūka insert song
background song
song used during the movie, usually in the background (i.e., in a cafe)
総作画監督 sōsakuga kantoku general animation director
chief animation director
 
タイトル taitoru titles
titling
the credits (basically who picked the font and designed the opening and ending credit rolls)
特殊効果 tokushukōka special effects  
uta vocals
song
usually refers to who is singing the song

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