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Hi, KwaN here. I tidy up all the situations I have encountered through my metadata checking life (?) and write a guide about advanced Japanese metadata. Of course, generic procedures of finding correct metadata are also included. Hopefully you guys find them useful!

If there are similar cases, I will check, judge and give suggestions to maps in line with this guide personally. If you have anything uncertain or doubt about, feel free to post!


Searching for Official Metadata

General procedures
  • Anime Songs (TV Sizes)

    This map is picked as an example.
    1. Go to vgmdb.
      (Remember, vgmdb is only a platform assisting us finding correct metadata, tracks listed can be edited by anyone, like Wikipedia. So, do not quote vgmdb tracklists as metadata reference for your map.)
    2. Search any information, including Title, Artist, Source, of the song you want to grab information for.
    3. Albums should be listed descendingly according to their release date.
    4. If you are trying to seek for a suffix, click the Products represented on the right, i.e. Dimension W for this example. All the albums relating to this Anime will be listed clearly. In most cases, TV Size songs are included in the Original Soundtrack.
    5. Copy the Catalog Number (LACA-9444), you do not have to copy '~5' as no results may be found because of different expressions publishing companies use.
    6. Click on the Publishing Company and the Official Website provided by vgmdb.
    7. Search the Catalog Number you just copy. The remaining procedures should be trivial. Title, Artist and Source can be obtained from the same page.
    8. Refer to the screenshots below if you are confused.
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    Title and Artist

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  • Anime Songs (Full Versions)

    This map is picked as an example.
    1. Go to vgmdb.
    2. Search any information, including Title, Artist, Source, of the song you want to grab information for.
    3. Albums should be listed descendingly according to their release date.
    4. You can find Full-size songs without any problems by clicking the specific Single.
    5. You can find information through three channels (where you can find their official sites easily on vgmdb):
      • Artist > Discography
      • Anime > Music / Products
      • Publishing Company > Artists > Discography
      • If you cannot read Japanese, pay attention to the URL the button direct to. It usually provides hint. For example,
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    6. Refer to the screenshots below if you are confused.
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  • Rhythm game songs from BEMANI

    This map is picked as an example.
    1. Go to RemyWiki. (I have to emphasize once more, this kind of sites only acts as a shortcut of finding correct metadata, they cannot be treated as valid metadata sources.)
    2. Search the Title of the song you want to grab information for.
    3. Click on the game (SOUND VOLTEX III GRAVITY WARS) on the right-hand side of First Music Game Appearance the Official Website at the bottom provided by RemyWiki.
    4. For such a large site, it is impossible for us to dig into the music list one by one. So, we use the site: searching function on Google.
      Code:
      site:p.eagate.573.jp/game/sdvx/iii Blastix Riotz
    5. Google will find the list or page containing the song for you and that's it!
    6. Refer to the screenshots below if you are confused.
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  • Songs from other genres

    Mostly the same technique is applied. Only the common platform of finding correct metadata for these genres are listed out.

    • Visual Novel: vgmdb
      ► Most galgame companies have their own official Youtube channel. Opening information of their games can be grabbed easily by watching their promotional videos or reading the descriptions.
      ► For example,
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piSLPUjwPdQ
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IazpFBFRvl8
       
    • Touhou: Touhou Wiki
      ► Official sites for specific albums are usually included, great site yea?
      ► For example,
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    • Vocaloid / Utaite: Vocaloid Wiki / Utaite Wiki
      ► By searching in these wikis, we try to figure out if the song is included in an album. If no, we move on to composer / artist's other official sites, e.g. Nico Nico Douga, blog, Twitter, etc.
      ► For example,
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    • Video Games: vgmdb
      ► Most game soundtracks do not have an official track list on the web. Register an account on vgmdb, all the album scans are visible.
      ► For example,
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Preferred Romanisation of Artists

There are three situations we have to use preferred romanisation.
  1. The official does not use the Modified Hepburn Method. For example,

    • Japanese: 南條愛乃
      Modified Hepburn Method: Nanjou Yoshino
      Official: Nanjo Yoshino
    • Japanese: 中川翔子
      Modified Hepburn Method: Nakagawa Shouko
      Official: Nakagawa Shoko
     
  2. The official does not follow the normal capitalization rule, e.g. all uppercase or lowercase. For example,

    • Japanese: 鎖那
      General Capitalization: Sana
      Official: sana
    • Japanese: 山猿
      General Capitalization: Yamazaru
      Official: YAMAZARU
    • Japanese: カスタマイZ
      General Capitalization: Customize Z
      Official: CustomiZ
     
  3. The official does not follow the 'surname, first name' format. For example,

    • Japanese: 西沢幸奏
      General Capitalization: Nishizawa Shiena
      Official: Shiena Nishizawa
    • Japanese: 梶浦由記
      General Capitalization: Kajiura Yuki
      Official: Yuki Kajiura
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Title / Artist exceeding the field limit

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    Reference: p/4072395

    The limitation of osu! is going to stand for a while, so we can only get rid of the error by altering the Artist. As far as I know, the number of characters in all the metadata fields cannot exceed 81. You can check the number of characters here.

  • Artist being too long

    This happens mostly because several voice artists performing the song in an anime / video game do not have a group name.

    There are two ways of dealing with such issue, both are acceptable under current Ranking Criteria.

    • First way to follow the original style
      This map is picked as an example.
      • Original Artist: 中津川 初(CV:中村繪里子)、神本円佳(CV:清水 愛)、日向伊吹(CV:青葉りんご)
      • Extract all the voice artist names from the Original Artist. Reason why we are doing this is characters are virtual roles only, the actual people performing the song are the voice actresses.
      • Put 、 between names to separate them.
      • Final Artist: 中村繪里子、清水 愛、青葉りんご

      This map as another example.
      • Original Artist: 宮内れんげ(小岩井ことり)、一条蛍(村川梨衣)、越谷夏海(佐倉綾音)、越谷小鞠(阿澄佳奈)
      • Again, take out all the voice artist names from the Original Artist.
      • Put 、 between names to separate them.
      • Final Artist: 小岩井ことり、村川梨衣、佐倉綾音、阿澄佳奈
       
    • Another way not to follow the original style (in case it is weird)
      This map as a demonstration.
      • Original Artist: 高坂穂乃果(CV.新田恵海)・南 ことり(CV.内田 彩)・園田海未(CV.三森すずこ)
      • Grab all the voice artist names from the Original Artist.
      • Put 、 between names to separate them.
      • Final Artist: 新田恵海、内田 彩、三森すずこ
     
  • Title being too long

    You may ask many questions when encountering with metadata, of which song title being too long cannot be solved easily by just reading a guide. So, seek help when you experience such matter!
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Finally done, have fun! Let me know if you want to have something to add.
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Nice guide, KwaN! It will be useful for those beginners on the metadata thing
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