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  • polymetrica 10:00 pm on August 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】supercell (ryo) 

    Long overdue post spotlighting this popular group. supercell is probably the most well-known Vocaloid-based group out there, and also the most successful in turning from amateur to professional. When ryo used 119′s illustration in his video for MELT in 2008, he borrowed it without asking, but when he later got permission to use the image, supercell was formed as a group. The group consists of ryo doing the lyric writing and song composing, and the other members, ranging from pros to amateurs, doing illustrations, website design, and package design. ryo is the creator and leader of the group.

    The current members are:
    ryo (music)
    三輪士郎 (MIWA Shirow) (illustration, logo – professional)
    huke (illustration – professional)
    redjuice (illustration, website design)
    SUGA (illustration)
    mac (illustration and videos)
    宇佐義大 (USA Yoshiki) at wooserdesign (package design, binding, printing)
    丙8郎 (hei8ro, support in illustration and photography)
    guitar (support in illustration)
    crow (support in ???)
    golv (support in ???)

    supercell’s first and most popular song is メルト (MELT), posted on nicovideo on December 7th in 2007, and has had more than 4 million hits and 144,000+ mylists since. It is 3rd in nicovideo’s all-time mylist rankings. supercell’s other songs, 恋は戦争 (Love is War), World is Mine, Black★Rock Shooter, and 初めての恋が終わる時 (The Time My First Love Ended) almost all have more than 1 million hits as well (the only exclusion being The Time My First Love Ended). As well, almost all these songs have remained on every iteration of the Weekly Vocaloid Rankings since they were posted on nicovideo.

    supercell 1st album cover. (Illust: 三輪士郎)

    After Black★Rock Shooter, they released an album with new, unposted songs at Comiket 74 in 2008 along with an included artbook that had many new and old illustrations based on the songs. They were also able to release the same album commercially on March 4th 2009 under Sony Music. This album reached 2nd on the Oricon daily charts and 4th on the weekly charts, and in June 2009 supercell’s album was awarded the monthly Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The limited edition of the album came with the same artbook from their C74 release. The last song that supercell posted on nicovideo was The Time My First Love Ended, on December 12th 2008.

    supercell released their first major single on August 12th 2009, featuring the ending theme song from Bakemonogatari named 君の知らない物語 (The Story You Don’t Know), and got 5th place in the daily Oricon single rankings. This single also marked the first time that supercell did not use Hatsune Miku for vocals, and instead used a (human) vocalist named nagi, who was famous for her singing on nicovideo under the name of Gazelle. The single also included two songs done for the (upcoming) anime movie CENCOROLL.

    supercell’s music style is usually pop or rock with vocals done by Hatsune Miku (they haven’t used the other vocaloids for their songs yet), with the occasional techno. Piano solos a la MELT have become a characterstic of ryo’s compositions, and the main melody is usually repeated throughout. What makes supercell stand out the most, though, is that the personality and character design they create for Miku (or their songs’ protagonists) are always different, which makes it very easy to tell the songs apart and makes it much more memorable. In terms of lyrics, ryo says that he likes to write them according to his initial instincts and without hesitation, and doesn’t like to “add decorations” to make them less “embarassing” to sing. (This is from a section of the Japanese wikipedia entry, quoted from supercell’s interview with Oricon. Translated wiki excerpt is below this entry.)

    As of now, supercell can probably be classified as a professional group, as they have had increasingly more mainstream releases in not only music, but also figures and other anime-related things, the newest being the Black★Rock Shooter anime pilot DVD release (which may develop into a full series) being animated by Ordet and directed by YAMAMOTO Yutaka (aka Yamakan of Lucky☆Star fame).

    Official site: http://www.supercell.jp/
    supercell member blog: http://www.supercell.sc/index.html
    supercell interview at Oricon: http://rn.oricon.co.jp/special/20080805_02.html (Japanese)
    ryo’s nicovideo Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3291521
    ryo playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FF5DC29263C4C9C3
    ryo at Twitter: http://twitter.com/ryo_9987

    Wiki excerpt translation: On writing lyrics, ryo says that he “doesn’t edit” and “writes according to the first immediate ideas that float into his mind”, and when told that some people find this manner of writing odd, he says that because “when people sing, they usually think something like “Oh, these lyrics are too embarassing to sing, let’s go with some different ones instead” and end up putting in excess decorations in”, “and because a robot is singing my lyrics, I don’t think that it’s necessary to change my lyrics to make them less embarassing, and so I write them without a second thought.” (Original JPN Wiki entry)

     
    • lelangir 6:01 am on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      One thing I’m wondering is, do Ryo’s compositions get performed by real people or is it all through samples? I’d think Bakemonogatari’s ED is performed by real people, but I wouldn’t know for his other vocaloid songs. Composing drum music for a drum machine seems awfully difficult if you’re not a drummer. Is he a drummer? O_o

      • polymetrica 3:02 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        This is an extremely good question, thanks for asking! From what I’ve looked up, the drums (and probably other intruments) in most of his songs are synthesized by a software instrument called Omnisphere that he uses. ryo is a pianist, so all the piano parts were performed by him. The bass and guitar in his songs on supercell’s first album were performed by real people, as are all the instruments used in Bakemonogatari’s ED.

        Composing music for an instrument you don’t play is probably pretty difficult indeed, so I’m thinking that he got help in some way with writing the parts for live players, especially since supercell is releasing a book of sheet music for bands to perform to. I’m not very familiar with how music is produced or composed, so this is all I can tell you.

  • polymetrica 5:33 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Banpai Akira, , huke, , , , , peachi, REDALiCE, , shu-t, , , , , yuuyu   

    Things I Am Excited About 【August Ep1】 

    I know I just posted one of these but you know what, news are just waiting to be reported.  Shorter than usual since these are smallerish updates.

    Illustrators

    Music

    Illustration by 三輪士郎

    Illustration by 三輪士郎

    • 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari), the Bakemonogatari ED, has its full version leaked. On nicovideo it has received an overwhelming response, giving it the daily #4 ranking of all videos. I guess ryo and nagi are awesome like that.
    • 恋は戦争 (Koi wa Sensou), the popular song by ryo, is being remixed by notable composers like bakerm kz, and ゆうゆ (yuuyu), and being compiled into a CD as an omake for 三輪士郎 (Miwa Shirow)’s Comiket76 Vocaloid Visual Works release.
    • よっぺい (yoppei)’s new song is 七色のニコニコ動画 (Nanairo no Niconico Douga). It is #2 on the daily rankings, but I think Cagayake!GIRLS and Meltdown were better.
    • shu-tP‘s new song is a very good rock song featuring MEIKO as usual. (Nicovideo link)
    • REDALiCE‘s Comiket76 album will be a Touhou Project Arrange album. It has a song guest composed by kz and the album illustration was done by 晩杯あきら (Banpai Akira).

    Game

     
  • polymetrica 7:26 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cosMo, huke, , Kazuma Kaneko, , , , OneRoom, , , , , , ,   

    Things I Am Excited About 【July Ep2】 

    It might not look like it, but this post took a very long time to compile because WordPress’s editor is clunky as hell. ARGH.

    Illustrators

    Click on image for source (Danny Choo)

    Click on image for source (Danny Choo)

    Music

    • ざにお‘s (zanio, aka パイパンP) new gag(?) song, ボカラン詐欺 (Vocaloid Ranking Fraud), is very funny and addictive. リツカ (RITSUKA) even did a cover for it lolol.
    • OneRoom (aka ジミーサムP)’s first full Vocaloid album Toy Box, released on July 29th with cover art by ゆのみ (yunomi).
    • cosMo (aka 暴走P), is participating in DEBUTANTE 4 and changes name to Storyteller. His entry is titled ANTI THE∞HOLiC.
    • Persona 4 Vocal Selection in high quality with very accurate Japanese translation of the English lyrics.
    • 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) finally gets an animated sequence as the ending theme of Bakemonogatari, and also has an official PV video preview up. I’m assuming the latter will be what’s on the limited First Press edition DVD of the single release.
     
  • polymetrica 9:35 pm on July 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Illustrator】 huke 

    Please do the image justice and click on it for a full view.

    Going back to the basics. Anyways, huke is extremely well-known in the anime-style art world (aka Pixiv), and is definitely most famous for his character design for supercell’s hit named BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER. Other funny facts about him include that his birthday is April 20th, his blood type is B, and he listens to E-rin when he draws. Or so he says. As well, he is part of the illustrators under the Vocaloid music group “supercell“, along with redjuice and Miwa Shirow, to name a few.

    His style is extremely grungy. He uses a lot of textures and seems to really like the checker pattern. The eyes of his characters are also unique in that it seems luminous and lacks a dark pupil at times. Character designs are, in my opinion, very fashionable, and makes use of forgotten (at least in Japan) trends such as zippered hoodies and tights, and characters frequently have long, thin limbs.

    huke also seems to love large weapons and objects with a gun metal-like sheen to it, and due to this he is able to draw art related to shooters such as Killzone and Gears of War, a very very uncommon subject in the Japanese art world. His shading for these objects (helmets, guns, armour) is impeccably accurate, as seen on his streams. In addition, he is largely capable of drawing in a realistic style (with real noses and mouths!) as well as his take on the anime style.

    Colour palette is usually dark, and a lot of the neutral shades lack contrast (especially the blacks and greys as they never seem to be fully solid.) He likes to use colour as a highlight rather than splashing colour everywhere like most artists. As well, when he does use colour, it is usually not bright or vibrant at all.

    Blog: http://huke.blog.shinobi.jp/
    Old blog: http://hwbold.blog.shinobi.jp/
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=9794
    UStream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/hukeweb
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/hukeweb
    Nicovideo Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/2534123

     
    • shaquile 3:08 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ok i don’t want to seem like a fan boy or anything but his drawing are awesome i just wanted to know is there a way i can learn how to draw like him .

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