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Soundtrack Cover Character Jam

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Definitely not the Cats musical you were expecting.

A common trend for Anime and Video Games that sell their soundtrack commercially. Have the characters of the work itself participating in a jam session, playing instruments, singing or listening to music on the cover.

Usually, the characters will be dressed and playing appropriate instruments to reflect the musical genre featured in the release. Can be considered a form of Go-Karting with Bowser if both heroes and villains alike are featured.

This can also include promotional artwork, like the ones used to advertise a live concert or represent an online music channel, as long as it follows the pattern of characters being musical (plus, said artwork tends to be reused for CD releases anyway). Works that actually focus on music (like Rhythm Games), however, do not count.

A lot of the artwork here can be found somewhere else on TV Tropes, usually in the Awesome Music subpages for those series. Those are frequently a case of No Export for You since the physical media market for music has been on a constant decline in the West for a long time already.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Blue Exorcist soundtracks feature the Okumura twins listening to music on their headphones.
  • The cover of the Bubblegum Crisis Complete Vocal Collection features the four Knight Sabers performing on musical instruments: Priss on vocals, Linna on guitar, Nene on keyboards, and Sylia on bass. In universe, however, Priss is the only character that is an actual musician.
  • Digimon has dabbled with this a few times.
    • The cover for Digimon Adventure Song and Music Collection has the chosen children performing on various instruments: Taichi on guitar, Yamato on his usual harmonica, Sora on keyboard, Koushiro on violin, Mimi on tambourine, Jou on drums and Takeru on triangle.
    • The covers for the Digimon Adventure 02 Best Partner Original Karaoke feature respectively Taichi, Daisuke and Yamato singing at the karaoke while the others react.
    • The cover for Digimon Tamers: Uta to Ongaku Shuu Ver.1 has Takato playing guitar, Jianliang on bass, Ruki on drums, Guilmon on tambourine, Culumon con cymbals, Terriermon blowing in a whistle and Renamon playing the fife. The Best Tamers Original Karaoke series also has once again the characters playing at karaoke, with different settings on each cover (the first disc has Takato and Juri at a Japanese fair, the second has Jianliang and his family in a karaoke place and the third as Ruki and Ryo at the former's house).
    • The cover for Digimon Savers: Original Soundtrack depicts Masaru as voice and guitar, Yoshino on bass, Tohma playing drums and Rentarou on keyboard.
  • One of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood soundtrack CD covers depicts Ed conducting an orchestra.
  • Haikyuu!! features the main characters listening to music with headphones for the first season soundtracks, the second season soundtracks have Kageyama listening to music for the first volume and Yamaguchi offering one of his earphones to Tsukishima to listen to his music, and finally the third season soundtrack features them play-acting as a band with random cleaning supplies in their classroom.
  • The Laid-Back Camp film album cover features one of the dogs listening to music on headphones.
  • My Hero Academia 2nd Original Soundtrack has several of the male characters playing music on the cover. The characters' apparel and instrument design seems to be a homage to 60s teen idol bands, most specifically The Beatles.
  • The poster for the 2023 Naruto The Live concert, features the characters from both the main series and Boruto playing instruments.


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    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck: The track art for "October" from One Year Older depicts the four main kids jamming out on a stoop. John, Rose, and Jade are playing their respective instruments, while Dave is beatboxing.

    Western Animation 
  • The cover for Bluey the Album features Bluey sitting on the patio listening to an MP3 player.
  • The cover of Steven Universe's second soundtrack has Greg playing his guitar while he and Steven are talking.