And who’s that you see singing their hearts out?
Hello everyone! (｀・ω・´)” It’s Miyu here again, and it’s been a long time since I first introduced Vocaloidism to Metanorn. Now I’m finally back with part 2, and this time, I’m bringing to you what you may often see on Youtube/Niconico videos as ~歌ってみた (utattemita). It literally translates into “I try to sing”, and it basically represents the Japanese version of covers. These Niconico coverists are called 歌い手 (utaite), and the term is most often used for those who cover VOCALOID songs. The utaites on Niconico form a very tightly-knit community – listening to one video will probably lead you to another, and another, and soon you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of utattemita. And then you’ll never be able to turn back – resign to your fate of continuing to check your updates every single day for new utattemitas! Σ(ﾟДﾟ|||) In this post, I’m going to be recommending a few of my favorite utaites and some of their best covers, along with brief story plots. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and let’s begin, shall we?
If you’ve listened to Episode 17 of MetaCast, you would’ve already heard one of his awesome covers! Soraru is my utaite husbando. (＾▽＾) I love him to bits and what’s so special about his voice is that distinctive huskiness you’ll notice instantly. He’s most known for covering DECO*27-produced VOCALOID songs, and is also pretty popular in the utaite world. Other than singing, he also does mixing for many other utaites.
Kagerou Days (Heat-haze Days)
Konoha no Sekai Jijyou (Konoha’s World Affairs)
These two videos are actually part of what is called the Kagerou Series produced by Jin. Kagerou Days is basically about these two friends who find themselves trapped in a never-ending reenactment of the same two days during the summer holidays over and over again. Each time, the girl will be gruesomely killed in one way or another, causing the boy to be horrified. The both of them will then wake up and realize that it is all a “dream”, but the series of events will continue to be repeated over and over again in an endless loop. They try to break free of this terrible fate, with the boy attempting to save the girl by pushing her out of the way and getting hit by the truck himself again, but to no avail – it doesn’t work, and the next day, the same horrible thing happens again. Konoha no Sekai Jijyou talks about Konoha, a character who was born into this world. He watches the sad plight of these two friends and starts to feel emotions, but realizes that he can do nothing to help them.
Produced by DECO*27, Mosaic Roll is actually the song that introduced me to Soraru in the first place. It’s about the contradicting feelings and emotions you experience when you know that the love you have is about to end. The feeling of finally being able to be free, the feeling of not wanting to let go – either way, it is painful, and you can’t change that. But isn’t the simple fact that you had loved, that you were in love, good enough?
Aimai Elegy (Love-lost Elegy)
Aimai Elegy is actually a song unique to Soraru, as when DECO*27 had created this song, the only two people he allowed to officially cover was Soraru (for the male ver.) and Marina (for the female ver.) The song is about a couple in falling out of love due to various differences and misunderstandings, and then realizing that in the end, without each other it is impossible to live, or to “breathe”. It’s presented in a really beautiful way with apt references of those suffocating feelings to drowning.. (okay that sounds terribly unromantic but xD)
ShonenT is famous for his acoustic covers, which are beautiful renditions of original rock or pop VOCALOID songs. He writes and transposes these acoustic covers himself, and then covrs them while playing his guitar at the same time. He’s done a couple of live shows too, and he is well-known for his boyish charm. He is very, very adorable.
Ama no Jaku (Weakness of the Sky)
Ama no jaku is produced by 164, and it talks about the feelings of a someone who’s been dumped, and the heartbreaking experiences that s/he continues to experience. I love the lyrics of this song as they convey so much emotion, and ShonenT’s voice just adds so much depth and meaning, it makes me tear up whenever I listen to it.
Just Be Friends
I’ve already introduced this song in the previous Vocaloidism post, but just to recap, it’s about two lovers and the progression of their relationship from childhood sweethearts, to mature adults, and finally, how it has to come to an end. ShonenT’s version is really touching and it makes you really feel what the lyrics are trying to convey.
One Less Lonely Girl
I just had to put this up. （＠￣∇￣＠） I’m sure everybody here knows this song, it’s by Justin Bieber! ShonenT just sang it better. xD Just listen to that Engrish and tell me you don’t find him cute.
Oh Lon, I simply refuse to believe that you are male. Soraru is one huge troll, and he once tweeted that Lon was a boy. Till this day, I still don’t believe him. I mean listen to that voice, isn’t the cutest thing you have ever heard? Lon is well-known, obviously, for her baby voice. On utaite wikia they actually state that Lon’s voice is “tomboyish” and “low” I DON’T EVEN. Lon’s voice range is ridiculously wide and her high notes are really sweet and amazing to hear. She is my favorite female (I hope) utaite of all, and for very good reasons!
Yup, it’s PONPONPON. Lon is probably the best utaite you can get to sing this song because her voice is just. so. cute!! This is my favorite cover of PONPONPON to date and I have a lot of covers! I think her version is even better than the original~
I really, really like this cover. Lon’s voice in the first few lines of the song is really just cuddle-worthy cute and she’s sung it really well. This song was also introduced in Vocaloidism 1: Luka’s friends are all better in her in many different areas – and seeing this, she says she does not want to give up on life, and focuses on self-improvement (i.e. “spinning” further and higher). But while doing this, she is at the same time pushing her friends and family away from her. At the end she realizes that it’s okay to not excel at everything in life, because people around her will love her regardless.
Coward Mont Blanc
This song talks about a girl who has fallen out of love with a guy, but continues the relationship as although she feels the truth is best, she is a coward and enjoys the boy’s love for her, comparing it to sweets such as Mont Blanc. Here you can clearly hear how low Lon’s voice can go in the verse, and then how high it can soar to again in the chorus. She’s really very inspiring as an utaite *w*
What I like most about Wotamin’s voice is that it’s so clear. Her range is pretty wide too, and she sounds great singing both low and high notes. Her voice is extremely soothing and it’s easy to feel relaxed and comfortable when listening to her covers. She’s well-known for covering the gentler, slow-paced songs really beautifully.
Karakuri Pierrot is my favorite VOCALOID song of all time. 40mP did a wonderful job blending the catchy music along with the emotional lyrics, and the chorus is really addictive. The song has a simple story plot – it describes the inner turmoils of a girl as she waits for her date that never appears, feeling like a pierrot in his eyes. Wotamin’s voice is especially moving in this song and you can actually picture her as Miku in the PV!
Hello, How Are You?
This song is beautiful in itself. It’s about a girl who’s unable to accept herself for who she is, and chooses to push everyone around her away, thinking that it’s better to live life alone if everyone is going to judge her. But truthfully, she yearns to talk to someone – to connect to someone and love her heart out. Wotamin’s voice is gentle and light like a feather in this song, and she adopts a kind of an inquiring tone, as if talking to the girl herself.
Heart Democracy depicts a darker side of love, in which you get so obsessed that you would do anything for the person you adore, that a small mistake might kill you, that the thought of losing that special someone, is more than you will ever be able to bear. Wotamin portrays a stronger side of her in this song, and you’ll realize that her voice can actually be really powerful too!
Aaand those are a few of my favorite utaites! I hope that through this, those of you who have never encountered utaites before would be more interested in them now! And for those who are already familiar with the utaite community, I hope you’ve found some awesome new covers! If you want to be updated daily on the new utattemitas being uploaded on Niconico, you can subscribe to users like NebulasResolution and NicoNicoDouga77. I follow them to get my latest news on the utaite community too, and I end up downloading an average of 2-3 songs every day, which explains why my music library is exploding now. xD
In actual fact, I still have lots and lots of utaite and songs I’d like to recommend, but I’ll leave that for later posts. My next post will still be about utattemitas, but it’ll be covering collaborations, duets and groups formed by different utaites, which often result in a beautiful palette of different voices mixing together. I’m also thinking of doing one on producers, but later on~ If you have anything you’d like to see in upcoming posts, you can always leave a comment and I’ll keep them in mind for future Vocaloidism posts! Let me know your thoughts about these utaites, and also tell me about your own favorites! Till next time~ （⌒▽⌒ゞ