The 5-act play that is our Vocaloidism Awards is nearing its conclusion. We have another round of awards to announce that you all voted upon. Not only that, the blog team gets to have a little fun, and I get to write serious highbrow prose.
All that happens below the cut, but first, don’t forget to vote on our Big 3. The polls close on January 30.
Vocaloidism Technical Awards
These are awards that we were not able to put to a public vote, either because there wasn’t enough space or the category was much too silly. Instead, the blogger that proposes the award gets to name its recipient. Here are some of your Technical Award Winners.
- Best Song That’s Not Actually a Cover: “Pokerface” by Yuchiya (award presented by Joe Mello)
- tl;dr: “家に帰ると妻が必ず死んだふりをしています” by hobonichiP (award presented by Joe Mello)
- Best Vocaloid WTF Song & Video: “Watashi wa ENJA desu” by HikkiP and Nana㌔P (award presented by Bunnychan)
- Best UTAU WTF Song & Video: “【MMD】ラッパの激しくなったあの曲でテトさんが・・・” by Torotto☆ (award presented by Bunnychan)
- Best Metal Song: “THE DYING MESSAGE” by UtsuP (award presented by Bunnychan)
- Best DAWW Video: “Melancholic” by Teto by oimo (award presented by Bunnychan)
- Most Creative Use of Language: “Pane dhiria” by KAITO by ShinjouP (award presented by Krystal)
- Best Buns: Bunnychan
- Best Bottom: Gakupo – documented “optimal range” is as low as A1
- Outstanding Tight End: Meiko, “Change Me” (Project DIVA 2nd PV)
- Worst pun: Joe Mello, for the above three awards (award presented by Joe Mello)
- Tweet of the Year: Sonika, “Tonio refused to swim” (award presented by Joe Mello)
Congratulations to all of our winners. We may have more in our finale if time permits. Now, before we mention our Lifetime Achievement recipient, let’s finish our old business and name our second batch of poll results. Another 1,500 votes were cast. Add that to Part 1’s result, and the ongoing polls for Week 3, we have over 5,000 total votes. That is an awesome number. Anyway, your winners are
That 2.06% difference comes out to 6 votes, which is the third-closest margin of victory in our Series’ short history. All 5 of our nominees did very well, and if any of them do as well as 2009’s nominees are doing, 2011 is going to kick all kinds of butt.
Our #1 album gets upset, albeit barely, but that’s another award for DECO*27.
And that’s three for DECO*27, who currently has more awards than anyone else. I honestly thought Chaining Intention would do better. Oh well.
While the announcement of the Appends is the technical winner, having English-language Miku is also a very big deal. These two stories give us a glimpse as to what Crypton’s business strategy is going to be moving forward. No matter the result, it’s going to be exciting.
So we had four close races in Part 2, but Part 3 is shaping up to be something special. As this is posted, Song of the Year has 3 viable candidates separated by a total of less than 10 votes. The lead has changed hands regularly, and it’s shaping up to be the closest race ever. You have until January 30 to change the balance.
Lifetime Achievement Award
And now we come to the one award that honors not just successes of a year, but a career of success in the realm of Vocaloid culture. It’s strange to say “career” since the software is still only 7 years old, but for this year’s honoree, there’s been more than enough success for 10 careers.
Yu Higuchi is not a songwriter or a Producer, at least not by “trade”. By trade, Yu Higuchi is a computer programmer, and has quite possibly revolutionized not only Vocaloid culture, but the realm of animation itself.
Higuchi is responsible for programming MikuMikuDance for the Vocaloid Promotional Video Project in 2008. This, without the Vocaloid context, is already something to behold. We’re talking about a free 3D animation program that requires very little knowledge about animation or computers and very little artistic skill. Yes, you only had stock characters to work from, but as an entry-level program, and at no cost, you can’t do much better. Throw in the connection to Vocaloids and Nico Nico Douga, and you have the quintessential tool for PV creation.
In less than 3 years, MMD has evolved and so have the videos. We’ve now come to the point where you can’t tell it’s MMD without someone tagging it as such. When I said two weeks ago that the field for PV of the Year could have easily have been doubled, that may have been an understatement, and it is due in large part to Higuchi’s creation.
Amazing stuff, right? Those are just the basic applications. There has been uses with Augmented Reality, mods from 3D Custom Girl, and now there have been commercial software releases, too. And then, 2010 happened.
Three major advances in MMD technology occurred last year. MMDAgent put a Vocaloid spin on the future of the digital personal assistant. It still has a bit to go before it becomes a necessity, but it’ll slowly get there. The big ones were the ability to hook up to Kinect and compatibility with NVIDIA’s goggles. Now, not only could you theoretically create and act out your own movies without ever leaving your living room, you could view and interact with the world of that film. Think about that and what it does for the media of film and animation. And that’s likely just the beginning.
No matter what the future will bring, MikuMikuDance has proved that it has and will continue to meet that future head on, and that is the reason why Yu Higuchi is the proud recipient of Vocaloidism’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010.
Next week, we conclude our venture by announcing our final set of results. Thanks for reading, and see you next week.