How to Use

The Media Arts Database (Beta Version) search screen is equipped with a search method called “All” that makes it possible to comprehensively search information regarding works across the four fields of manga, animation, game and media art by entering the information you want to know in the search window. In addition, “Summary”, which searches summarized information that has been consolidated and/or listed up from a certain perspective, and “Field”, which searches information in accordance with each of the four above fields, are also available. Note that “Detailed Search”, which enables searches to be performed by specifying detailed search conditions for individual fields, is also available. Please use the search option that best matches the information that you want to know or look up. For details on database composition and search methods and details on each field, please see the below items.

Data Composition

The data that makes up the Media Arts Database (Beta Version) is comprised of two types of data: “Items” and “Collections”. A unique ID and page exist for each item and collection.

Items

Refers to materials and services that concretize the work in question that exist now or did in the past. Includes manga books and magazine issues containing works in the manga field as well as animation episodes in the animation field.

1 manga book, 1 TV animation episode, 1 game software package, 1 media art work exhibit, etc.

Collections

Refers to summarized information on items that have been consolidated and/or listed up from a certain perspective. One kind of collection is that compiled from the perspective of individual fields, such as information on all book volumes in the manga field and animation series in the animation field. Another kind is a collection compiled from the perspective of information that straddles multiple fields, such as creators and publishers.

All book volumes of a manga work, TV animation series, Japan media arts festivals, etc.

About Search Methods

The search methods available on the Media Arts Database (Beta Version) are as follows.

“All”

By entering the information you want to know into the search window and running a search, items and collections across all four fields of manga, animation, game and media art will be searched. For collections, a maximum of five hits will be displayed in the top area of search results. For items, search results will initially be displayed according to date with the newest items first.

“Summary”

A search will be performed from among collections across all four fields of manga, animation, game and media art.

“Field”

A search will be performed with an individual field, either manga, animation, game or media art, as the target.

Manga Field
Enables a search of information on manga books, magazine issues that contain manga works, and the facilities that own them based on the name of manga works, the name of their creators, the name of manga magazines, etc.
Animation Field
Enables a search of information on animated works based on the title of those works, the name of their director, etc.
Game Field
Enables a search of game works based on the title of those works, etc.
Media Art Field
Enables a search of information on media art works released in the past based on the name of those works, the name of their creator or associated events, etc.

“Detailed Search”

This option enables a search to be performed by specifying detailed search conditions for each individual field, be it manga, animation, game or media art. For detailed conditions for each field and other information, please access the page link provided below. Search results will initially be displayed according to date with the newest hits first. Sorting order can be changed with Detailed Search.

About Details for Each Field

For details on each field, please access the corresponding page using the links provided below.

About the Display on Top of the Search Results Screen

  • On the search results screen for each field, items and collections that include the search keyword(s) will be displayed for the field in question. On the results screen for “Summary”, collections will be displayed.

  • Please refer to the below with regards to the meanings of the alphabetic symbols and abbreviation suffixes displayed on the results screen for “Summary”.

Collection cm 
Denotes a collection in the manga field.

【Meaning of alphabetic symbols and abbreviation suffixes】

(A)denotes that data is a collection.

(B)denotes the field under which the data in question was generated.

  • cm: Denotes the manga field.

  • an: Denotes the animation field.

  • gm: Denotes the game field.

  • ma: Denotes the media art field.

  • co: Denotes the straddling of several of the above four fields.