There are no words to describe how moving this song is.
This post consists of four parts:
1. Recommended covers
2. Original lyrics
3. Transliteration (by viridian_lights@Livejournal)
There are no words to describe how moving this song is.
This post consists of four parts:
1. Recommended covers
2. Original lyrics
3. Transliteration (by viridian_lights@Livejournal)
鼻そうめんP (HanaSoumenP) is a popular Vocaloid composer best known for songs such as インカーネイション (Incarnation) and YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. In addition to being HanaSoumenP (whom I will now refer to as HSP), he is also a professional illustrator and animator known as かんざきひろ (KANZAKI hiro), which is his real name and actual profession. As well, he is a trance producer by the name of Hiroyuki ODA, and has garnered international recognition due to being acknowledged by famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. HSP’s birthday is on May 5th, 1978, had wanted to play H-games before he turned 18, uses a Mac, and the only thing on his desk besides his computer are a set of speakers.
Note: I will refer to him with each of his three names depending on the subject, but keep in mind that HSP (Vocaloid composer) = kanzaki hiro (Illustrator/Animator) = Hiroyuki ODA (Trance producer).
In keeping with his DJ works, HSP’s Vocaloid music is also of the trance genre, although he has also forayed into the Eurobeat genre with YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. His work is characterized by long intros, self-drawn illustrations of Miku for his songs’ videos, and generally long song length (most songs are 7+ minutes long). Despite composing songs with such strong synths and background intrumentals, Miku’s voice is not always vocoded, and the tuning for her voice is quite impeccable, an example being プラグアウト (Plug Out). Also, HSP’s P name comes from a comment he wrote on his video description after getting 4th in the niconico Rankings for the day, in which he said “うわああ気がついたら総合4位、ありがとうございます。思わず鼻からそうめん出ました。” (Uwaaa Just noticed that this got 4th overall, thank you. I couldn’t keep the white noodles from coming out of my nose.) Therefore, HanaSoumenP’s name translates literally to “NoseNoodlesP”.
kanzaki hiro’s illustration style is completely of the currently popular moe-style, with huge eyes, bright colours, and ver very cute expressions. What is distinctive about kanzaki hiro’s style is that his characters have pretty big, featureless mouths, extremely lively, cheerful, and energetic poses and expressions, and simple and round eyes. As well, colours are usually very vibrant, and the black outlines are very clean and thin. (Brush size for outlines is about 4-5px, usually.) His representative illustration work is for the light novel 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawai Wake ga Nai/My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). In addition to being an illustrator, his full-time job is actually working as an animator for studio BONES.
Hiroyuki ODA is a Trance/Progressive producer, and is known internationally to a lot of Trance music fans due to having his song “Transmigration” be named “Tune of the Week” on Armin van Buuren‘s radio show “A State of Trance“. What actually happened was that after Hiroyuki ODA posted his song on his website to share, Sevensenses recordings’ DJ Matsunaga heard it and asked him if he would play at his house. DJ Matsunaga then put Hiroyuki ODA’s song on a CD to give to Armin van Buuren while he was on tour in Japan, and that’s how van Buuren came into contact with Hiroyuki ODA’s works. Hiroyuki ODA, being one of the very few Japanese Trance producers at the time, became popular and armada music (van Buuren’s label) released Hiroyuki ODA’s tracks on a vinyl record and sold it on the web. His tracks can also be purchased through iTunes. A funny thing about the vinyl is that Hiroyuki ODA’s parents bought themselves a copy as they found it through searching his name on the internet.
Some other facts you probably don’t care about include that HSP uses Ableton Live 8, was first exposed to Eurobeat when he was at a field trip to hot springs in elementary school, and his music interests went from Eurobeat (late 80′s to early 90′s), Techno (Late 90′s), and then Trance and House music (Y2K to Current).
Blog: http://nekomimi.tabgraphics.under.jp/ (Japanese)
HanaSoumenP’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/9594806
Youtube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0E33AF2DF358D083
Interview with ASCII.jp: http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/413/413221/ (Japanese)
Hiroyuki ODA Discogs.com entry: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Hiroyuki+Oda
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はるよ (haruyo) is an amateur artist best known for her artwork and PVs used in popular Vocaloid songs such as 眠り姫 (Nemuri Hime/Sleeping Beauty) by PENGUINS PROJECT and つきうさぎ (Tsuki Usagi/Moon Rabbit) by OSTER PROJECT & baker. She is also a relatively well-known niconico singer, and due to being good friends with Vocaloid composer baker, she sang a lot of his songs and baker also helped with mixing her tracks. haruyo’s name means “Spring Night” (春夜), lives in Tokyo, was born on June 5th, 1985, and used to play Ragnarok Online. She’s also good friends with other Vocaloid composers such as kz and ゆうゆP (yuuyuP).
haruyo’s illustration style is mainly the usual anime-style face, but her characters never look exaggerated or unnatural, and gives off a sense of maturity. haruyo seems to like using a soft textured brush for shading, which makes everything look light and airy, and the colours she uses for her artwork range from muted to vibrant to just plain awesome, though in all cases she still uses a lot of different colours. The subject of haruyo’s artwork always seem to be female characters, the most common of which sport long, sometimes cloud-like hair.
Despite drawing so many cute characters, haruyo’s voice sounds mature and soulful, with common use of vibrato and falsetto. She’s also able to hold very high notes quite well, though in her older works there is some strain. In addition to hitting all the right notes all the time, her voice also stays very stable throughout the song. Due to being atrocious at explaining things related to music, please listen to her songs to get a real feel of what she sounds like.
Blog: http://blog6.fc2.com/haruya/ (Japanese)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/haruyo_ (Japanese)
MP3 downloads: http://u6.getuploader.com/haruyo (Provided by haruyo)
Old site/Links Archive: http://www.tt.em-net.ne.jp/~arumi/hutokoro/ (Japanese)
Ustream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/haruyo-live
haruyo’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3540872
Playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=59858F5A2843F88F
*Edit: Sorry about the inconvenience, but the image example links have (finally) been fixed now. /o\
Hopefully I’m not beating a dead horse, although I’m pretty sure I am. Sorry!
Author: 浦沢直樹 (URASAWA Naoki)
Co-Author/Producer: 長崎尚志 (NAGASAKI Takashi)
Supervisor: 手塚眞 (TEZUKA Makoto)
Original Concept: 手塚治虫 (TEZUKA Osamu)
Genre: Seinen (Mystery, Science Fiction)
Status: Completed, licensed in North America by Viz.
My Rating: 10/10
In the far future where robots and humans now co-exist and robots even have freedom of rights, Gesicht, a highly advanced and world-renowned robot detective from Europol, gets called to solve the mystery of who or what is trying to kill off all the best robots and founders of robot law in the world. It is based on “The Greatest Robot on Earth” arc of Astro Boy.
Drawn and authored by the very famous Urasawa Naoki, it comes as no surprise that this work is of incredibly high quality in terms of coherency, depth, and storytelling. The strongest part of this series is of course its plot, which, being only 8 volumes, is just right in terms of length, and has absolutely nothing similar to filler. It also resolves 99.7% of everything mentioned throughout the series at the end, with the remaining 0.3% leaving the issue of a certain bear unresolved. At first the story’s direction seems relatively easy to predict, and then things happen, slight chaos unfolds, and a totally unique direction picks up in the latter half of the series. However, both halves of the story are equally immensely intriguing, which I thought was really amazing. The pace never slacks, and events just keep unfolding one after one. It even made me almost cry. Thrice.
On equal footing with the crazy good plot, characterization was just as awesome. I don’t remember what I’ve read of Astro Boy at the age of 5, so I can’t compare the characters’ counterparts, but every member of this series’ cast is not only memorable, but makes you feel something for them. Even the villians..! Gesicht is basically the protagonist overall, but for different segments, other characters get a chance on the stage too, and Urasawa really utilizes their spotlight time well to develop and let the reader learn more about them. If you must know, my favourite character was Atom, and not only because he is a perpetually cute little boy.
As per usual with Urasawa’s art style, characters are simply drawn but really expressive, perhaps even moreso than in his usual works, since even the robots seem to give off emotion. The character redesigns (as compared to the original) are super-cool and modern too, and so very realistic and plausible, even if Evangelion’s Ikari Gendou seems to have been the inspiration for one of them. Being set in the future, the backgrounds and buildings are drawn in excruciating detail as well, which I highly, HIGHLY appreciated.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a high quality work like this, so my final verdict is that this is now one of my Top 5 Awesomest Manga Ever Created, and maybe even surpasses Urasawa’s Monster solely because of the very satisfying 99.7% complete wrapup and the conciseness of everything, from 8 volumes to no fillers to 100% un-pretentious dialogue. It also made me unconsciously (!!) think about the depth of the whole issue of what is human and what is robot. The concept was just THAT intuitively presented. Another thing is that this is set mainly NOT IN JAPAN. Mostly Europe, and that just makes it better. Did I mention there were large robots? Well, there are large robots, and everyone likes large robots.
I recommend this work to everyone who can or wants to delve further into the issue of who or what can be considered as human, and to everyone who is fascinated with robots, technology, or Urasawa Naoki. Fans of Astro Boy probably shouldn’t miss this either, though I’m quite sure that this is an enormous departure in both atmosphere and tone from the original concept. Also, even though this manga’s pretty serious and thought-provoking, I recommend it even to readers who don’t want to think while reading, because mystery’s development is explained very well and very concisely (ie. no Death Note-length paragraph panels). I also recommend this to people who like perpetually cute little boys and girls and who aren’t afraid to read ~2-3 volumes in until they get to meet them.
Actually, you know what? I’m going to recommend this work to every human being who can read English or Japanese.
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This post became really big and detailed entirely by accident. Also, thanks so much for 10,000+ (unique) hits! I wanted to do a celebration post but I decided that I’m going to pretend to be humble. Unless you guys WANT to see a pointless post on this blog or something.
HACCAN is a professional illustrator best known for his colourful artwork in games such as Mushihimesama Futari and Avalon Code. He also does many illustrations for light novels, children’s chapter books, fantasy novels, and trading card games. HACCAN is from Hokkaido, Japan, likes collecting weird things, such as odd-flavoured ice cream containers, has a panda-like figure for a mascot, and likes reading children’s books, works of literature, and Weekly Shounen Jump. His birthday is April 6th, 1978, is 31 years old at the time of writing, and is friends (or acquaintances?) with yocky, one of my favourite illustrators along with HACCAN.
HACCAN’s fantasy-like illustration style is immediately distinguishable by the vivid, bright, and varied pastel colours he paints most of his artwork with, and he is also extremely good at coordinating colours. Although there are many different and sometimes opposing shades present, they never clash or look out of place. As well, HACCAN likes to draw with a lot of light, coloured lines that gives off a detailed and semi-realistic feel, and uses darker lines to outline the perimeter. This is most apparent when he draws hair as the majority of strands are drawn.
As for character designs, they are unique and give a twist on the regular anime-style characters. Even though the large majority of them have large, round eyes, abnormal hair colours, and extravagant costumes, there are a lot of small details, and the costumes are heavily influenced by HACCAN’s fantasy style, even in the usual sailor uniform. HACCAN seems to draw younger girls the most, but he is also just as capable of drawing well-figured teenage girls, handsome young men, manly muscled men, and even intimidating creatures.
The atomosphere that HACCAN’s illustrations give off is a very active sense of liveliness, as denoted by the energetic poses and sincere expressions plus the rich colours, and also a slightly exotic type of feel, strengthened by the relatively realistic backgrounds on which he places his characters, as well as the very detailed and well thought out outfits. To me, it’s this dynamic style that makes HACCAN’s works so easy to appreciate, which is probably one of the reasons why his illustrations are used in so many different genres of media, from fantasy books to children’s novels.
Website: http://www1.odn.ne.jp/haccan/ (Japanese)
Old website: http://haccan.tripod.com/menu.html (Japanese)
Wikipedia entry: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/HACCAN (Japanese)
Duel Master wiki entry: http://www27.atwiki.jp/duel_masters/pages/3403.html (Japanese)
Mushihimesama Futari Gallery: http://www.peacefuldeath.net/mushihimesama/mushihimesama2/
These are my own favourites (x10!), and it took me a long time to decide on them. Also included covers sung by human singers on niconico as well as remixes/re-arranges by other composers (versions using other Vocaloids are excluded). * = Recommended. Note: These are subject to change every year.
ごめんなsorry (Gomen na Sorry/Sorry)
by あわあわｐ (awawaP)
A light-hearted song about being sorry for numerous (funny) things, but in the end is just a general “I’m sorry” song. Very funny lyrics with a few Japanese slangs in it, which just makes me love it even more. The melody is catchy, relaxing, and Miku’s voice tuning in this is soft and is easy to listen to. I could put this song on repeat for quite a while.
It might not look like it, but this post took a very sad and long amount of time to compile. Hopefully it’s not too much of a behemoth to read and that I managed to make sense.
吉成曜 (YOSHINARI You), the younger brother of Yoshinari Kou, is a professional animator and illustrator, and currently works under GAINAX. His representative works include doing the mecha designs in the Gurren Lagann series, and for doing numerous character designs and illustrations for the Valkyrie Profile series in collaboration with his brother. Y.You’s birthday is May 5th, 1971, and graduated from Tokyo Design Gakuin.
Y.You’s illustration style is hard to classify properly as he does a lot of different things, though the one thing that is consistent is that he draws with a lot of solid, straight, and angular black lines, and his characters’ faces are more anime-like than realistic as they lack details such as eyelashes, even though he usually draws real noses and lips. His colouring style is also extremely easy to recognize. For shading, he mostly uses relatively low-contrast shades, and as a result makes his pictures seem flatter and less “shiny”, and sometimes shades with a different colour than the main colour (In this case, the blue with purple on the legs). He also likes using inorganic colour palettes such as purple and cyan. Y.You is also very good at non-human pictures. However, Y.You is so overwhelmingly incredible that I can’t possibly apply all the above to all of his works, and you can see some significant contradictions to everything I talked about above.
In addition to doing character designs, he also did mecha/machine designs for series such as Gurren Lagann and Melody of Oblivion. His mecha style is generally pretty colourful and although they are machines, the lines are relatively more curved and are not rectangular or boxy, giving them a less “piece of large metal that moves” feel.
Y.You as an animator is extremely well-known for his action and explosion scenes, the latter of which became so recognizable that fans coined the term “吉成爆発” (Yoshinari Bakuhatsu/Yoshinari Explosion). His action scenes consist of a lot of jumping and soaring, plus interesting camera work that involves close camera shots and little panning. As for his explosions, if you see a large cloud-like ball of fire and dust marked by different colours at the border with an inward center, then you have just witnessed a Yoshinari Explosion. The next time you see something similar in an action-packed anime episode, please think of the genius that is Y.You.
Of course, animation is impossible to believe without seeing, so please take a look at the videos below. Each frame is drawn and coloured by hand, though for the newer clips they may be coloured by computer then had some CG/textures added into the original frame.
In no particular order:
1. Yoshinari You MAD (niconico link)
2. Cyborg 009 Segment (niconico link)
3. V Gundam Clip
4. Maze OVA Segment
5. ねこぢる草 (Cat Soup) Clip
6. WHITE ALBUM Ep12 ED (niconico link)
7. 秋色恋華 (Akiiro Renka) OP (niconico link) (This was animated by both Y.Kou and Y.You)
8. キラメキ★ヨーコ BOX(KIRAMEKI★YOKO BOX) cut (+frame by frame)
9. Pani Poni OP clip (On repeat, from full OP)
10. 宇宙海賊ミトの大冒険 (The Adventures of Mito the Space Pirate) Clip (niconico link)
11. Best of OP/ED (niconico link) (Y.You’s part is from 6:27-6:34)
12. Animators Rainbow (niconico link) (Y.You’s part is from 1:05-2:01)
13. 魔法少女プリティサミー (Magical Girl Pretty Sammy) omake PV (niconico link)
14. Gurren Lagann Parallel Works Track 08
15. FLCL Finished vs Rough Comparison (niconico link) (Y.You’s part starts at 0:28-end)
Wikipedia entry: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/吉成曜 (Japanese)
作画@wiki entry: http://www18.atwiki.jp/sakuga/pages/45.html (Japanese)
Y.You Youtube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C5AA844E010163B6
Gurren Lagann Y.You Rough Clip: http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/c242.html
It’s been a while since I’ve loved a song this much. I can’t get over it.
This post consists of three parts:
1. Original lyrics
いつもより泣き虫な空 (Itsumo yori Nakimushi na Sora / A Sky Who’s Being a Bigger Crybaby Than Usual)
Vocals： Hatsune Miku
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