【Singer】 はにちゃむ★ (hanycham★)

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はにちゃむ★ (hanycham★) is an obscure singer from niconico (whom I found out from a very knowledgeable friend of mine. Thank you!), and her most mylisted song was a cover of DATEKEN’s Imagination, and gathered only 101 Mylists.* When asked about her gender, hanycham answers “I’m not a man or a woman, I’m an uncle~☆”, but in reality she is really female as is apparent by her speaking voice heard on her live broadcasts on niconico.

*Post edited on 10/10/2009: hanycham got her big break and ranked 8th on the daily utattemita rankings on Oct 4th with her rendition of Ur-Style, which at this time of posting has 840+ Mylists.

Unfortunately, hanycham’s reply is of no help at all as her voice sounds quite androgynous, and if I didn’t tell you her gender, it would be very hard to guess, but this androgyny is one of her’s prime characteristics. As well, hanycham’s voice is very well suited to the R&B genre, and she seems to like singing songs from those genres. Her pitch is also somewhat low, but can also hit the most awkward and hard-to-sing notes (as well as high notes!), and most of her songs sound really professional because of the incredible stability and the high accuracy in hitting all the right notes. As for atmosphere, hanycham’s voice gives a relaxing, soothing, and easy-to-listen feel. She rarely sounds strained, if ever, and even English pronounciation is quite good. The only shortcoming that hanycham may have is that she doesn’t give off a emotional performance full of lasting impact, though that can be said for most niconico singers, it seems.

Essential Works:
1. Imagination (niconico link) **Highly Recommended**
2. Bye-Bye Lover (niconico link)
3. Ur-Style (niconico link) **Also Highly Recommended**

hanycham’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/10810691
hanycham’s niconico Community: http://ch.nicovideo.jp/community/co45824 (Sporadic live broadcasts of her doodling and singing practice)