Oct 192014
 

odorite ririri toluthin antenna

It’s been a fairly slow week for Vocaloid song translations. Japanese Niconico uploads are still going strong, but it’s hard to review without the English. One of the more prolific translators, DescentSubs’s channel was blocked as Youtube copyright strikes again, and sadly many of my review articles are in limbo without re-uploads yet. So this week, I’m doing a Odorite showcase of my top five favorite females! (Males will be next.)

Odorites is a term for Niconico dancers that upload Odottemita (踊ってみた, “tried to dance”) videos. In the simplest sense, dance covers of what are usually popular Vocaloid songs, anime songs or other J-pop (and pop song) dances. The community, however, spans from the casual self-filmers to original choreographers, music video makers, and talented cosplay groups. Given the size of community, it’s hard to choose just 5 and properly cover them, but here are my favorites.

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Oct 102014
 

hatsune miku david letterman live

This isn’t a “Fan’s React” video, it’s actually Hatsune Miku’s 4 minute spot on Late Show with David Letterman. How the two mix originates from the promotional campaign for Hatsune Miku’s U.S. Expos that include a concert in NY and LA Halloween events (more info at their site). In order to reach a widespread audience, they went to a rather traditional media outlet. I would like Miku to be popular with a worldwide audience just as much as the next fan, but my reaction was more the kind of cringe you do when one of your classmates outs you for your closet otaku status. Was the choice to debut on U.S. telivision “live” in such a way effective in getting the word out? Watch the clip below the cut.

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Oct 072014
 

For big groups with multiple members, often people will leave without disbanding the entire group to pursue careers in music, modeling or acting. These revolving door groups tend to commemorate these departures with special songs that celebrate this bittersweet occasion, typically either giving the singer leaving her own single or singing a song about her. Morning Musume ’14′s Sayumi Michishige gets both, but since her solo single plays a lot on her cutesy-wootsey persona that makes my ears bleed, I’m going to go with the other one.

Let’s listen to Mikaeri Bijin (A Looking Back Beauty) by Morning Musume ’14.

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Oct 062014
 

Hey y’all! This week I’ll be looking at a solo artist that I’ve had an eye on since her debut. Ailee is a belter, having covered American artists like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey before her debut. It’s always enjoyable to review an artist with such a strong voice, so let’s take a look at Ailee’s new single, Don’t Touch Me.

ailee magazine cover

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Oct 052014
 

seeing a sixteen day old moon gumi

Every Vocaloid producer out there seems to be banking on the “high school story” series appeal in their songs, which given their success and manga-adaption ability, is unsurprising. I’m not really familiar with Last Note’s “Mikagura School Suite”, but Seeing a Sixteen-Day-Old Moon grabbed my attention with its name alone. The starry-themed PV is packed with sweet animations about a lonely boy who gets pulled into a happier social circle at school. And because it’s Last Note, the song mixes an electronic beat with a rock sound and a happy ending.

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Sep 302014
 

Hey y’all! You might have noticed that the song title this week is the same as last week’s. Total coincidence, I assure you (no, this rookie group did not copy 2PM, despite what HOTTEST may be saying). Last week’s Go Crazy! was a party song, this one is about love at first sight. Now that we’ve cleared the air, let’s take a look at ZPZG’s debut single, Go Crazy.

zpzg go crazy cover

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