Vocaloid Song Selection【2015-2020】

Thank you to three friends who unwittingly pulled me out of my mobage hellhole so that I can write this blog post.

A list of already very well-known Vocaloid songs, in no particular order, that I learned about and warmed up to in the past few years. All songs listed below were brought to my attention mostly through the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! mobile game and hololive’s crew of VTubers, who seem to be collectively channeling the best of Nico Nico Douga from its glory days of yore (also helps that VTubers are essentially reincarnations of Nico Nico streamers).

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【Interview】 BiBi on Love Live! School Idol Festival

Did a thing and need to post it somewhere. I-It’s not like I’m reviving this blog or anything!

Courtesy of mogyutto.tumblr.com

A translation of the BiBi interview from the Love Live! School Idol Festival Official Fanbook.

BiBi is a sub-unit of μ’s, consisting of seiyuus 南條愛乃 (NANJOU Yoshino; voice of Eli), Pile (voice of Maki), and 徳井青空 (Tokui Sora; voice of Nico).

Scans courtesy of cowboybibimbop at mogyutto: http://mogyutto.tumblr.com/post/94234342776

Related links
Love Live! Official Website (JP): http://www.lovelive-anime.jp
Love Live! School Idol Festival Official Website (JP): http://lovelive.bushimo.jp
Love Live! School Idol Festival Official Website (EN): http://www.school-fes.klabgames.net
Love Live! School Idol Festival Official Fanbook on CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1675724

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【Singers】 ClariS / Alice☆Clara (アリス☆クララ)


ClariS is a musical unit consisting of two singers, Alice and Clara. They are most well-known for their first major debut song “irony”, which was used as the opening theme to the anime adaptation of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない). ClariS is also notable in that both members of the unit are still middle school students and also that Alice and Clara never show their faces, instead being represented by illustrations from various artists such as redjuice, Aoki Ume, and Kanzaki Hiro. According to theirofficial bio, ClariS means “bright, clean, and brilliant” in Latin, and Alice and Clara’s old website also reveals some other interesting facts – Alice’s hobby is dancing, her special ability is swimming, and her favourite subject is English, while Clara’s special ability is playing the piano, her favourite subject is music, and if she was stranded on a deserted island, she would choose to bring her cell phone.

Before making their major debut as ClariS, Alice and Clara posted covers of songs under the unit name of Alice☆Clara (アリス☆クララ) on niconico. Their most popular cover is of “only my railgun”, which has more than 1,400 Mylists as of this post. However, the majority of their works are not niconico chart-toppers at all, with many of their submissions gathering under 200 Mylists. Despite this, Alice and Clara caught the eye of the staff at anime music magazine LisAni! and were chosen to be the vocalists of two exclusive original songs, Drop and Kimi no Yume wo Miyou (君の夢を見よう). Both songs were composed by kz (livetune) with illustrations from redjuice.

ClariS’s sound reflects the meaning of their unit name quite well – both Alice and Clara consistently sing in bright and clear voices. Although their voices are admittedly not very unique, they fit in very well with the pop genre, and to sum up ClariS’s current works, their songs are comfortable and easy to listen to. Despite being in the “musical comfort zone” for now, one of ClariS’s most attractive characteristics right now is their potential, as kz of livetune observed.

Essential Works:
1. irony
2. Drop
3. only my railgun (niconico link)

ClariS Official Website: http://www.clarismusic.jp/index.html
Alice☆Clara Website: http://x82.peps.jp/alicekurara
Alice☆Clara’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/15308474
ClariS at SonyMusic: http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Arch/SMER/claris
LisAni! on ClariS: http://asianbeat.com/ja/feature/issue_music/claris/lisani.html
kz(livetune) on ClariS: http://asianbeat.com/ja/feature/issue_music/claris/kz.html