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  • polymetrica 1:56 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Things You Are Excited About】supercell 2nd Single “Sayonara Memories” Details Revealed 

    This is a translation (and more) for the Oricon Style article that disclosed further details of the single.

    Jacket picture for supercell's "Sayonara Memories", to be released on February 10th. (Illust: redjuice)

    Article title: supercell, a big favourite for 2010’s sakura/graduation song!

    Article translation: Suddenly debuting at 4th in the charts with their first album “supercell” on March 1st, 2009, doing it again with their first single “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” in August, and making it certain that they had made a vivid debut from the internet scene to the major commercial scene, supercell is a creator group headed by ryo. After “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” first appeared on the charts at 5th, it had continued to be in the Top 20 for 6 weeks, and with long sales, it is now a hit with over 80,000 copies sold.

    A 2nd single from supercell, to be released on Feb 10th and titled “Sayonara Memories”, has arrived. Along with composer ryo’s immensely heartrending lyrics and an impressionable melody, the vocals are will again be by nagi from the group’s previous work. ryo brilliantly shows his depiction of the anxious, bittersweet world view that is characteristic of adolescence. Also, the music video will be by MIKI Takahiro, who will make his debut in the coming spring as a film producer with the notable movie “SORANIN” (Starring MIYAZAKI Aoi), and will utilize a projector to feature fantasy-type content, making this a video a subject to be taken note of.

    As the jacket and artist picture was illustrated by supercell member and noteworthy illustrator redjuice, the jacket has gathered as much attention as the music itself.

    With “Sayonara Memories” having a big hold on being 2010’s huge sakura/graduation song favourite, the formerly internet-based, attention-garnering creator group supercell looks like they would again be of great acclaim in 2010.

    Artist picture drawn by illustrator redjuice.

    Description: Although it’s to be released on February 10th, preorders for both the regular and limited editions of the single have already started at various online retailers such as amazon.co.jp and cdjapan. The regular edition is retailing at 1,233 Yen while the limited edition, which includes a Region 2 DVD with music video, is priced at 1,575 Yen (1,338Y at Amazon.co.jp). The CD’s tracklist, from amazon.co.jp, is as follows:

    1. さよならメモリーズ (Sayonara Memories/Farewell, Memories)
    2. 教えてあげる (Oshiete Ageru/I’ll tell you)
    3. 約束をしよう (Yakusoku wo Shiyou/Let’s Promise)
    4. さよならメモリーズ -Instrumental-
    5. 教えてあげる -Instrumental-

    Further according to amazon.co.jp, the total time of the CD amounts to 25 minutes. In addition to having three wholly new songs on the single, the other noteworthy aspect of this would be redjuice’s illustrations, which were drawn in a style quite uncharacteristic of the illustrator’s regularly sleek, mechanical artwork. It’s surprising that a second illustration was drawn other than the jacket artwork, but what is even more interesting is that the second is being billed as an artist picture. What does that even mean? I’m guessing that it’s just a picture redjuice wanted to draw for the single on his own accord, maybe. Hopefully it’ll be used for a special limited edition add on, as the Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari single had an additional sticker with it. Furthermore, ryo wrote on the supercell member blog that there is more to the jacket illustration, and that the full version is even more stunning. Ideally the full, wider version will be released soon! I am also quite anxious to hear the demo tracks for the three new songs, and I’m personally happy that nagi is again providing the vocals for the single. Another notable thing is the curious, supposedly fantasy themed music video. I do hope that it will be more substantial than the “live action” Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari PV.

    Sayonara Memories Demo: http://www.supercell.jp/index.html
    supercell blog entry: http://www.supercell.sc/archives/2009/12/post-44.html (Japanese)
    Original text from Oricon Style: http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/music/71963/full (Japanese)
    Preorder at amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B002Y3DFDU/ (Limited Edition ver)
    Preorder at CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=SRCL-7203 (Limited Edition ver)

     
    • Belindahhh 10:50 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I pre-ordered the CD! thanks for the heads up (: I can’t wait till feb now >w<

    • Kitsune 11:15 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really like illustration by redjuice :)

    • Kevyn Legion 11:43 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Supercell for me is the best band!!! like woah!!
      All there songs are wonderful!!! Excellent Job Ryo! that’s what you call melody >.<
      Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari is the first song I heard in the band I fell in love with it eventually!

    • The-O 10:02 am on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! Thanks! Did you translate this yourself?

      • polymetrica 11:19 am on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        No problem, glad the info helped! Yes, I do all the translations posted on this blog.

  • polymetrica 7:50 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】 livetune (kz) 

    Part 3 of the “Vocaloid Composers We Probably Know Already” series.

    livetunes logo

    livetune is a semi-professional Vocaloid-based music unit consisting of kz, Hatsune Miku, and previously, かじゅきP (kajyukiP), who left the group in February 2009. They started as an amateur group who uploaded ther songs onto niconico and provided free MP3 downloads, but after releasing two commercial albums, livetune has not uploaded any non-commercial songs onto niconico. livetune is the first Vocaloid group ever to go mainstream. Also, I’d like to note that although livetune is synonymous with kz in almost all cases, kz has also done work outside of the group.

    livetune’s representative works include Packaged (their debut song), Light Song, ストロボナイツ (Strobonights), and Last Night, Good Night, and is very popular on niconico, with Packaged being 43rd on the all-time Music rankings in terms of views. Due to livetune’s popularity, they have released two commercial albums, Re:package and Re:MIKUS, under Victor Entertainment.

    Re:MIKUS album cover artwork. Click for full size. (Illust: redjuice)

    Re:package is a commercial distribution version of their C73 album, and is notable as it consists of entirely original songs, was 5th on the Oricon Weekly rankings and 21st on the Monthly rankings, and was even praised by well-known mangaka ゆうきまさみ (Yuuki Masami) on his blog. livetune’s second album, Re:MIKUS, is a compilation of remixes by livetune of other artists’ songs and by other artists of livetune’s songs. Notable guest artists include baker, Hiroyuki ODA, and ryo (from supercell). Re:MIKUS got 18th on the Weekly Oricon rankings at the time. In addition, livetune’s music has been included in other compilation albums such as EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocarythm, and also in the PSP game Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA-. Two original songs, Far Away and Star Story, were written specially for the latter.

    livetune’s music style is strongly of the electropop genre, more specifically house music and electro music, with a lot of vocoded vocals, upbeat tempos, strong bass beats, and highly synthesized sounds. Unlike most other Vocaloid groups, livetune also doesn’t create a new image of Miku for every song, and it is only in Last Night, Good Night that a distinct character design is created. In terms of art direction, livetune works closely with redjuice, who provided illustrations for livetune’s two albums, and also made the video and drew the artwork for Last Night, Good Night.

    kz (also sometimes known as ダイソンP (DAISONP), derived from the misheard phrase “Light Song” in that song) is a DJ as well as a composer, which might be part of a reason why livetune’s music is so synth-based. Some details that you probably don’t care about are that kz uses Auto-Tune to edit Hatsune Miku’s vocals and uses a sequencer software called Ableton Live to manage and make his sound files, and due to this, livetune’s earlier videos always included the Ableton Live logo in them.

    Outside of livetune, kz has also released another Vocaloid album, called Crosslight, in collaboration with the previously mentioned mangaka Yuuki Masami. kz wrote the music for the album while Yuuki provided original character designs associated with each song in the album. Crosslight also marks the first time that kz used a Vocaloid other than Hatsune Miku, as he used Megpoid/GUMI to do the vocals in COSMiCA, a track he also uploaded to niconico to promote the album.

    Essential Works:
    1. Packaged (niconico link)
    2. Last Night, Good Night (niconico link)
    3. Light Song (niconico link)

    Website: http://livetune.syncl.jp/ (Japanese)
    Old blog: http://livetune.dtiblog.com/ (Japanese)
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kz_lt (Japanese)
    MP3 downloads: http://www.muzie.co.jp/artist/a058429/ (Provided by kz)
    kz’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3091300
    kz playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7A9F61871444552B
    Yuuki Masami’s blog entry on livetune: http://bit.ly/vLs8T (Japanese)

     
  • 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 7:16 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【CD】君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) by supercell 

    As if I don’t already have enough posts about this CD’s title song. Anyways, I finally received my copy of the CD today after preordering it last month.

    Click to enlarge. (illust: 三輪士郎)

    Click to enlarge. (illust: 三輪士郎)

    The version I got was the first press edition with an extra DVD and a sticker that you can put on your cap. The CD comes with 5 tracks, three of which have vocals and two are instrumentals.

    CD Track List:
    01. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari)
    02. LOVE & ROLL
    03. theme of “CENCOROLL” instrumental track
    04. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) -TV Edit-
    05. 君の知らない物語 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) -Instrumental-

    All the songs are composed by ryo of supercell, and the vocals are done by nagi. nagi is basically the reason I bought this CD at all because her voice is too great. My favourite track is probably the title track even though it sounded kind of generic to me at first, but the lyrics are great. LOVE & ROLL, the main vocal theme for CENCOROLL, is a very welcome change from ryo’s usual style, and I love the main melody, but it seems to repeat a lot and makes the song sound a little long. Nevertheless, still a good song that I like, and it has interesting lyrics as well.

    The cover illustration is done by MIWA Shirow and the sticker illustrations were done by redjuice. I was kind of disappointed with the sticker because I actually thought that there would be 8 stickers, one for each illustration. But alas, it was only one sticker with 8 cropped pictures on it.

    The package design was done by wooserdesign, which is good and clean. I’m not used to buying singles, but I was a tiny bit disappointed that there weren’t any liner notes from the staff/vocalist. (Or are liner notes for albums only?) The paper insert (not a booklet) is only one piece of folded glossy paper with the cover illustration, credits, lyrics, and back cover, with a two-sided advertisement insert inside promoting Bakemonogatari DVD vol.1 and CENCOROLL. The CD case is pretty high quality, though, and isn’t exactly the ultra-fragile jewel cases I’m used to seeing.

    The DVD I haven’t watched yet since it’s Region 2, but I watched the videos from it on the web.

    DVD Track List:

    • 「君の知らない物語」 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) MUSIC VIDEO
    • 「君の知らない物語」 (Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari) CM SPOT

    The LIVE ACTION PV is a terrible disappointment since I was really hoping for something animated or at least related to Bakemonogatari in some way. It’s basically a juvenile story about a high school love triangle. The CM spot video is really short and reuses footage from episode 1 of Bakemonogatari.

    All in all, I’m not exactly regretting that I got the first press edition, but since the DVD bonus was mediocre, I recommend getting the regular edition, even though the one (big) sticker is pretty cool. I’m happy that I got the CD at all since CDs with nagi’s vocals are so hard to find, so jumping on this mass-produced single is a good opportunity if you are either a supercell or nagi fan. I don’t really think that there’s much here for Bakemonogatari fans unless they really like the song or really want to collect the sticker.

    Picspam under the cut. Click to enlarge.

    (More …)

     
  • polymetrica 5:33 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    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
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    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 9:37 pm on July 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Illustrator】redjuice 

    (Reposted from polymetrica@Tumblr)

    Long overdue coverage on the incredible redjuice (also known as しる, which he says is equivalent to the Mike of Michael, because juice in Japanese is “shiru”.), remembered because of icie’s lovely coverage of the Summer 09 issue of Gelatin, in which redjuice participated in.

    Anyways, redjuice is touted as one of the new generation of artists who have made their name from contribution to popular internet sites like Pixiv and Nicovideo, and he reached widespread recognition due to his work with supercell and livetune, providing artwork for both popular Vocaloid composers. (Notable songs include World is Mine and Last Night, Good Night, respectively.)

    However, what sets redjuice apart from other illustrators (other than his artwork style), is that he is not ONLY an illustrator, but is also capable of really high quality web design (he designed his own website as well as supercell’s 1st album home page) and really knows how to interact with the English community as well, creating a page on Deviantart and filling out his profile in English.

    As for his drawing style, it’s extremely distinctive (unless he is trying out a completely different style), and some notable features include thin lines, narrow eyes, and relatively “cool” colours. Most of his original stuff also has a techy kind of theme where he enhances the feeling even more with metallic backgrounds and renders created in AfterEffects and lots of mechanical components.

    Lastly, by visiting a few of his streams, I have concluded that he has really varied/good taste in music, and he also has pretty nice voice…A++++!

    Site: http://redjuicegraphics.com/
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3446
    Deviantart: http://redjuice999.deviantart.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/shiru
    Ustream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shirumamire
    Old website: http://redjuicegraphics.com/2007archives/

     
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