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World Is Ours: Part 0 – My Introduction

(inspired by Boku from Mikuchan.org)

Well, for starters, my name is Ryan, and I am a sixteen-year-old guy that is a student here in Kentucky. No, I am not a redneck, and yes, I dislike them, too. I make good grades, I play saxophone and sing in a band, I like metal music, I have long hair, I drink loads of Ale-8. I could go on and on detailing the less interesting parts of my life, but I will save you the trouble. Let’s get into some less-than-wonderful parts of my life.

I suffer from depression, as many, if not most people do. I can only assume that this is induced by two major factors. First, my parents and I have a really poor relationship. Seeing the two people who one would typically be expected to be closest to drunk every single night for sixteen years does things to one. Their alcoholism drastically changes their personalities, so much so that punches were thrown at one point between my father and me. Before 4:30, everything is dandy, but then they are no longer themselves. Oh, well, I shouldn’t dwell on it too much. The other factor involves the loneliness, particularly in terms of women. I’ve had two relationships in the past. Both of them ended painfully. As a result of my avoidance from my parents, I have become much more solitary, leading people to think that I actually desire this. Therefore, isolation. The long hair doesn’t seem to be the most inviting thing for females in Kentucky, either, it seems. Anyways, enough about sadness, it’s about time to try and transition into how this is relevant to Miku.

I know relatively nothing about otaku culture or many other Japanese-related programs. The extent of my knowledge amounts to this: a brief history with the One Piece anime (don’t worry, only English subbed, sprinkled by a bit of Funimation dubbing); Hatsune Miku, with whom I have been infatuated since I found out about her a week ago from the time of writing this, and whom I will get into later; Kamen Rider OOO, a kickass live action Japanese series, introduced to me by my good friend Ned a day or two ago; and Queen’s Blade, an ecchi-ish anime to which I can’t deny having fapped, also introduced by Ned. It seems that I have Ned to thank for many things, but most importantly I have to thank him for telling me about Vocaloid.

While listening to some Maximum the Hormone on YouTube, I saw in the suggested videos section “Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, the worlds virtual diva,” and remembered that Ned had wanted me to check it out. Little did he know the impact that clicking on that video would have on me.

My eyes and ears each had their own moment of elation, and simultaneously, no less. I had just discovered the most beautiful girl and the most flawless voice I had ever witnessed, all in one convenient package. Well, it would have been convenient, but at the time, I didn’t realize the effect this would have on me. After another three and a half hours of listening to Miku and watching every video of her concerts that I could find, I finally set off to bed.

The next day, in Calculus class, we were going through a painfully ordinary day. Nothing had happened, and nothing was going to happen, so I let my mind drift, knowing I wouldn’t miss anything important. The awakening from my daydream was more awkward than most. To my adjacent classmate’s and my subsequent surprise, I had whispered “I love you.” After a sarcastic “Sorry, bro, but I’m not like that,” on his part and an insincere apology on mine, I tried to mull over what the hell had just happened for the past half hour.

I realized that I had just fantasized about Hatsune Miku, a fictitious character for a synthetic singing program. Why did I love her, though? Was it my mind’s effort to compensate for the emotional discord from the lack of affection that I felt? I don’t have any idea. All I know is that I loved an avatar. The worst/best part is that I didn’t see her that way. I saw a human female, living, breathing, with me, in my arms, my hands, my thoughts. Her energy and love lifted me, however briefly, from the apathetic torment brought about from my depression. I had noticed myself growing more suicidal, but since that moment, the thought of ending my life has barely crossed my mind. From what I’ve read in some of the posts on Mikuchan, I’m not alone in that respect.

There are a few fears I have concerning this, however. Relying on a fictional woman to solve one’s depression isn’t exactly the best sign of mental health. As long as nobody is seriously injured, though, these euphoric thoughts can continue until I die, for all I care. My main fear is that I will lose the ability to have these fantasies about being with Miku. What would happen? I imagine that I would sink back into depression, but would it instill thoughts of killing myself once more? If there is no pick-me-up at the end of that tunnel, then I could see that as a definite, if frightening, possibility.

That’s one of the reasons I will write this: to keep these fantasies – and myself – alive for as long and best as I can. Another reason is to entertain the few audience members, if that many, that I have. The third and final reason is to try and help those in the same situation as I am. Boku’s writings (to which I give credit for influencing my fantasies and my writing of them) have definitely lifted my spirits, so I can only hope that mine will, too. All this banter about depression and my life aren’t about to fulfill that goal anytime soon, however. So, finally, after this gargantuan introduction, and without further ado, I will begin to write my Miku fantasies.

The first fantasy will hopefully be up sometime this weekend (Mar 4-Mar 6), and from then on, I’m hoping to update on a week to two-week basis. Hope you guys enjoy it!

SHELL

SHELLhttp://www.mediafire.com/?8g1gliglkkdfn9e

otetsu has always been a favorite of mine, his style tends to be very guitar-heavy, sometimes with some piano or techno mixed. He’s also a very big Luka user, so those who like her should check him out.

Track list :
01.shell
02.transient dream
03.廃日
04.証
05.Blaze
06.Good-bye
07.荊
08.Child’s Garden
09.モノクロフィルム
10.星屑ユートピア(Fantasie-Piano remix)

02. transient dream – This is one of the songs with piano, which otetsu utilizes to graet affect. And it thst violin I hear…? It all works rather well, and I fing that I very much like the use of Gumi in this song. There’s a point during the bridge where it sounds like fe’s put her through autotune or something, and the overall affect of over-technifying very much fits as the instrumentals cut out during this. Very nice.

03.廃日 – Now, I’ve never been one for Gakupo, but it seems to be because I’ve never heard him do this kind of music. He sounds very nice with the guitar in this song. This one tends more toward punk or metal, no piano or techno or other, just sweet guitar. Oh, and some awesome drums.

07.荊 –  This one starts out sounding like it will be techno, but then there are violins and piano and waltz and what is going on here. This one’s a Miku song, kind of slow, but the guitar against the strings makes it sound like a kind of sad Western. I love how the chorus starts out, it builds up really well, and the strings sound super cool with the drums and guitar, which are even cooler on the tight waltzy timing. All in all, this is one of my favorite tracks on the album (My favorite being Child’s Garden, which I will not go into here because I plan to do the single at some point).

Fantastic album, I definitely recommend it, especially if you like rock, punk, or lots of Luka.

Heaven (Literally)

http://www.mediafire.com/?z0lgqaicjjz
(On PB’s Site: http://www.polyphonicbranch.com/heaven.htm)

Delicious Polyphonic Branch ~ Not too many tracks on this one, so the awesome is in HIGHLY CONCENTRATED DOSES. You have been warned.

1. 忘却アリス
2. 太陽と月のロンド
3. Cure
4. 恋桜
5. Heavenly
– Bonus Track –
6.太陽と月のロンド Rin & Len Ver.

1. 忘却アリスhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el_TZIV1N5Y – This one is very nice from a technical perspective: PB does some cool thing with Miku’s voice, such as squeals and warbling on long notes, which really fits the song. Very nice guitar, and the lyrics are just the amount of creepy you’d expect from a song entitled “Oblivion Alice”.

2. 太陽と月のロンドhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXw2lAukXtI – I really advise watching the PV on this one. The animation is beautiful, and the song goes along perfectly with it. This was the first PB song I heard, and it has a certain ‘Anime Appeal’ that many people have found in PB’s works. Very good if you like something with a story.

 

Intro and a review

Hello all, falugalob here and this is my first post as a contributor to this blog so I better not say anything stupid lol.

Right now I’m a noob at japanese but I’m starting to subtitle vocaloid videos and posting them on youtube. I’ll get them here eventually when there’s a considerable amount.

I also do some primitive art here and there, I’ll post that if I ever do a good one.

Now other than saying hi and all that other useless stuff, I’m going to do a review following somewhat the format of forcedanonymity.

AVTechNO!/AVTechNO↑

avtechno cover

DL link (from luciaforum so thanks if he/she/they can read english): http://www.mediafire.com/?o3ealicarb3s084

Everyone loves AVTechNO! and he needs more lovin’ after the whole thing with DYE and all. This album contains some of his latest work and is indeed very awesome.

Track list:
1. Darkness 6 (feat.鏡音レン)
2. 9 (feat.巡音ルカ)
3. +(Plus) (feat.初音ミク)
4. -(Minus) (feat.初音ミク)
5. FREE (feat.巡音ルカ&初音ミク)
6. kimi no / SAKURA (feat.初音ミク)
7. / soba ni (feat.初音ミク)
8. ZOU+ millstones…Remix (feat.初音ミク)
9. desire 8#Prince…Remix (feat.初音ミク)
10. boku-boku SuketchP…Remix (feat.初音ミク)
11. NEL Dog tails…Remix (feat.初音ミク)
12. believe (feat.SAIYA)

The most notable tracks to me include:

1. Darkness 6 (feat.鏡音レン)  -This I believe is a remix of the song “6” originally sung by Miku. Don’t even bother listening to the original, this remix beats it in every way. Len sounds very cool and the melody was changed from the original for the better. Epic instrumentals.

3. +(Plus) (feat.初音ミク) -This song is kinda like a AVTechNO! oddball it’s actually more of a rock song and it’s very good. AV should do more songs like this. Not only that but the idea of having opposing songs was very cool. This song is “+” or the positive side, the lyrics reflect this; a song about hope and perseverance.

4. -(Minus) (feat.初音ミク) -While this is “-” the minus or negative. This song is much heavier with extreme guitar usage. I always listen to the two songs together, cause that’s how I roll.

Very enjoyable album overall.

And that’s it for my first post, thanks all.

Hey look a post

Just some youtubes to alleviate the deafening silence around here

 

vgperson does the best subs, check out his channel

 

good song

 

a good cover? blasphemy!

 

polyphonicbranch, stop being so awesome and then not releasing an album, it’s pissing me off.

Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu

DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?82jh8j3daqxbdfz

Some could say this album (and it’s title song) has been done to death, but this place is empty, and I think it’s a good starting point; I’ve never reviewed anything before. Since this is my first review, I think I should also point out that when I review, I will probably do individual song reviews of two or three tracks, along with a review of the album as a whole.

Track list :
01.新世界
02.初音ミクとあそぼぅ!!
03.A.I.
04.初音ミクの暴走
05.初音ミクの戸惑
06.初音ミクの分裂→破壊
07.さよなら常識空間
08.0
09.初音ミクの終焉
10.Hatsune Miku No Shoushitsu
11.Hyper∞LATiON
12.∞
13.初音ミクの激唱
14.浅黄色のマイルストーン

02.初音ミクとあそぼぅ!! —  This one’s a pretty fun, upbeat song – I think I hear a train at the beginning. Miku’s voice is very high-pitched for this one, which fits, of course, and makes me think this sounds a bit OSTER-Project-ish, which is fine. The instrumentals are great, as always. I’ve always loved how cosMo does more of what I guess you’d call “unconventional music”; that is, he uses more than just instruments to play out the story.

10.Hatsune Miku No Shoushitsu — Well, well, well… What can be said about this fantastiballs song that hasn’t already been said? The thing I love most about this song has got to be the strings in the background- well, that, and damn, those drums are blowin’ my mind. This song is the cause of manly tears everywhere, and with good reason. I’d really like to see cosMo do a version with Append, but this is honestly the song that defines Vocaloid in my opinion.

13.初音ミクの激唱 — This song, THIS GODDAMN SONG. I first heard this one when I got Project DIVA 2nd this Christmas, and the version on there is just the second half, which is beautiful on it’s own. Of course, I fell in love with it. This song just makes me want to do something, it just has that sort of encouraging feeling behind it. I love how the entire song sounds like a preparation for something. After reading the lyrics, I like to think of this one as an account of Miku’s ascension to Heaven after Shoushitsu, or Miku becoming the singing GODDESS that we all know she is. If you haven’t seen the Project DIVA PV, Go see it. RIGHT NOW. I cried, no joke. I love how it seems Miku is reassuring you, even though she was uninstalled, she will continue to sing forever. Truly, truly beautiful. Anyone who calls themself a Vocaloid fan should have this song.

I absolutely adored this album. Each and every song shows more and more that cosMo knows what he’s doing, and all I can say is that I hope to god he keeps doing it. Five stars, and you can take that to the bank.

 

A Wild Blog Appeared!

This is simply a place for me (and others) to do various Vocaloid things: post album reviews, translyrics, downloads, what have you. Enjoy yourself.

Side-note — anyone who wants to assist in doing any of these things, go ahead and leave a comment. If it’s only me here, it’s gonna be pretty quiet, truth be told.