Well.. I’m back from a very busy week to say the least, and looking back at last week’s VocaRan, I don’t think I really missed that much. Heck, I might as well say that I’m glad I didn’t waste any time making an article for it because of that silly meme going on. No offense to Buddhists and any other people who like the Heart Sutra of course, but setting the chant to the tune of J-Pop and Rock is kinda insulting, don’t you think? (I think it’s amusing.) Anyway, let’s just hope that phase in NND has died down and spare us another travesty of a VocaRan.
In other news, if you guys haven’t bought Recettear yet, I strongly suggest that you do. It’s a fun little gem and Carpe Fulgur deserves all the fame (or infamy) they get from localizing it. Me personally, any translation team with the “spirit of Woolsey” automatically gets my vote. YAYIFICATIONS!
Naho’s Opening Statement:
The time has come for this week’s VocaRan. Did everyone get to fully enjoy the holidays in September? I hope we’ve finished with the Buddhist memorial service as of this past week.
Lately, we’ve seen a lot of activity and competition in the Vocaloid world, it seems… more information after the ranking.
Well then, let’s start the ranking. This week like the rest, we begin with number thirty.
-Editors: Holocauxt, DTKel, Joe Mello, deztora, rebecca, redemtion2, GreenSage, descent87, bunnychan
-Song Stats: Up (↑), Down (↓), Unmoved (→), Unranked (–), New (!!)
- #30: 【オリジナル曲PV】結ンデ開イテ羅刹ト骸【初音ミク】 (↓23)
- #29: 【初音ミク】collapse【オリジナル曲】 (!!)
Another different sounding Miku, kinda cool, but can’t tell if I like this yet. It’s like chill but not very soothing. This would sound a lot better with an… older… voice.
- #28: 【GUMI】弱虫モンブラン【オリジナル曲PV付】 (↑31)
Will this ever get old? NO, Still making its strong push to 1mil, gogo. YES, welcome back!
- #27: 【初音ミクAppend】 心拍数♯0822 【オリジナル曲】 (↓18)
Perfect for chillin’ out. If you haven’t fallen in love w/ this song yet, then there’s something wrong w/ you.
- #26: 【初音ミク】みくみくにしてあげる♪【してやんよ】 (↑55)
Sudden jump why? Hurray 3 year anniversary time for one of the defining songs of Miku and by extension Vocaloids. Remember lol this ISN’T her demo song. (and vocaloid isn’t anime kthx =P) Derpderp on my part then. 😛
- #25: 【鏡音リン】約束と嘘【オリジナル曲】 (↑30)
Great artwork of Rin here but I don’t get the appeal. It grates a little bit, she can sound better. This just really doesn’t sound much like Rin to me. :/
- #24: 【初音ミク】 ALICE iN BLACK MARKET 【オリジナル曲】 (!!)
In love w/ the artwork and music.
- #23: 初音ミク・巡音ルカ オリジナル曲 「ワールズエンド・ダンスホール」 (↓21)
- #22: 【GUMI】 ロゼッタ 【オリジナルPV】 (↓5)
“Rozetta” (lol I can read my katakana now) Big drop, guess people don’t like this different Gumi voice like I do. Very cool. I’m glad this did well on the charts– I watched it when it first came out and hoped it would, so I’m happy.
- #21: 【初音ミク】ライムライトガール【オリジナル曲】 (!!)
Sounds like a keeper to me. Not bad, not bad.
- #20: 初音ミクアレンジ「般若心経ロック」 (↓3) Hate this meme all you want, I love it. BEGONE! Oh hush. This meme is awesome and you know it. ♪I’m havin’ fun just havin’ fun, makin’ the best of what can be done♪
- #19: 【GUMIオリジナルPV】 檸檬 【フェイP×Junky×こみね×とれパン】 (!!)
Epic chill Gumi collaboration is epic. Neat art. Geez, how many people where involved in this one??
- #18: 【MEIKO・KAITO】二つの物語【オリジナル】 (!!)
Meiko-Kaito duets always seem to bring out the best in both when done right. Always a fan of MEIKO & KAITO songs, they sound great together.
- #17: 【巡音ルカ】_theBlue【オリジナルPV】 (!!)
Interesting. Y’know, except for the blue eyes, this is what Mari looks like. (And no one will understand that statement. That’s okay.)
- #16: 【初音ミクAppend】DRY【オリジナル曲】 (!!)
Append Dark CAN be heard if used right! But it seems to shine best in slower, lighter songs.IMO, used right more often than not. A personal fave of mine, anyone know why its getting pushed up now?
- #15: 【GUMI】 COIN 【オリジナル！】 (!!)
The image is nice and the music isn’t bad. Not quite as good as Marygold.
- #14: 【初音ミク】 Scars 【オリジナル】 (↑57)
There are actually 2 Miku songs with this name, I recommend listening to the other one more lol. Also not bad, but needs a few more listens from me.
- #13: 「ARPK」 song by 巡音ルカ（ENG） (!!)
Fluffy! Fun! SHEEP! Also, very catchy.
- #12: オリジナル曲・月翅 【VY1】 (!!)
“Moon Flowers”, YES it begins, get used to this folk VY1 can be this good an better, GJ SeikoP. While VY1 doesn’t sound unqiue to me, the voice is good. Whoa! No made-up language? Still awesome, of course.
- #11: 【初音ミク】 深海少女 【オリジナル】 (↓6)
*bobbing head* Still awesome. Eh… I don’t care for this.
- THIS WEEK’S PICK-UP: 【初音ミク】 アロウズ 【オリジナル/PV】 (#86)
Good for a pickup, but I really got creeped out with that animation…
- #10: 【GUMI】モザイクロール【オリジナル曲PV付】 (↓8)
Already at 1.5mil; Go DECO!
- #9: 【初音ミク】般若心経ポップ【PVつき】 (↓1)
- #8: 【鏡音リン】わすれんぼう【オリジナル】 (!!)
Hey, it’s been a while, sounds as great as ever.
- #7: 初音ミクオリジナル曲 「Calc.」 (↓2)
Oh so good. Very clear Miku here. ジミーサム… *sighs happily*
- #6: 【初音ミク】 The Beast. 【オリジナル】 (!!)
Really like the way this one flows.
- #5: 【オリジナル曲PV】マトリョシカ【初音ミク・GUMI】 (↓4)
Side-note, but I cannot stop listening to Shurio’s cover of this.
- #4: 【初音ミク】そらのサカナ【オリジナルPV付き】 (!!)
Skyfish? Very pretty, more like Sky Manatee lol. MANATEE/FISH WHAT??
- THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: (WVR #102)
This spot is for a look back at the VocaRan one year before. Here are the top five songs from that week.
- H5: So sadz. But so good. Awesome.
- H4: L-O-L, nuff said. Still amazing artwork. Awesome 2.
- H3:KuwagataP’s best imo. Lovely~ Awesome 3.
- H2: Awesome 4.
- H1: Every time DECO makes #1 I am happy, even in the past lol.My favorite DECO*27 Miku song! <3 Awesome 5. Seriously, what an awesome top five. Yeah it’s all Miku, but they’re all GOOD Miku songs. And I remember all of them!
- #3: 【鏡音リン】アンチクロロベンゼン【浄罪系洗脳ソング】 (!!)
Obviously its predecessor helped in its rise, but this is really good in its own right. Why hello there~ A sequel to “Paradichlorobenzene,” I believe? Can’t wait for translation on this. Wow, this is… wow… I’m in love.
- #2: 【ボカロおしゃべり】リリィがこんな性格だったら俺だけが萌える。 (!!)
Even my patchwork Japanese helps me giggle her, and the drawings are just fantabulous!! *kicks herself for not knowing Japanese* It is pretty funny. I might do a skim-translation of it later, if someone more competent doesn’t do it first.
- #1: 【初音ミク（1640㍍）】 タイムマシン 【オリジナル】 (!!)
Such a powerful opening. Speechless, 40mP always delivers, just an epic collab here. 2 hits in a span of weeks. Epic P matchup is epic. The song also reflects the epicness. Well, saw this coming… but this song is pretty awesome. And what a collab– two Ps I absolutely love teaming up? I just wish there was a little more 164 in the 1640mP…
- ED Song: 【巡音ルカ】 恋を泳ぐさかな 【オリジナル曲】
Very soothing song.
In Other Vocaloid News:
From pop love songs to ballads that make you cry, this is certainly a Vocaloid album for the girls! “VOCALOID LOVESONGS Girls Side” will be released from MOER on September 22nd.
Also, here is the famous Kittyloid! Don’t be fooled by its appearance as it seems to have a very capable voice, yo. “Hello Kitty to Issho! VOCALOID2 Nekomura Iroha” is planned for release on October 22nd from AHS.
In the October VocaRan, we’ll have two of the hugest names in Japan be included, so it could be an unbelievable battle… oh man…
And with that, here’s the rest for this week, from thirty-one onward.
Seems the latest meme has died down now. Wonder what the next one will be, hmmm? Anyhow, I was gone last week due to a getting ready for a con (if anyone was at AWA and saw the short Rin w/ the GIANT bow on Saturday, that was me) and now I have a whole Notepad and bookmark folder of Vocaloid-related songs/links to check on, especially after some of the great songs on this week’s Ranking. So much happened while I was busy! Personally, I’m excited for Iroha (AMAZING voice!) and on the fence about Gachapoid (I think I can enjoy the voice if I never have to look at the character). October should be an interesting month.
Much much happier now that sutra span has been reduced. Rather surprised the the only good one, the Miku(dark) x Iglesias mashup didn’t stay on the charts. Nice to see Miku Miku nu shite Ageru back on the charts to celebrate the anniversary, probably one of the most widely known song/pv combos of all time. I have to say that I am very, very impressed with VY1 so far. It is true that Miziki’s voice isn’t “unique” which is another way of saying its pretty “human” or “natural” sounding, but as such its just another amazing tool to write Vocaloid songs with. She is really going to be something special as her professional level voice quality will keep making professional sounding music in the hands of good producers. Can’t wait till next week, have a fabulous Tuesday!
…And so with that, we end this week’s Vocaloid Ranking review. Please join us again next week! Oh, and uh… can anyone tell me how to get the Obsidian Tower?