After all, anime wouldn’t be complete without lovely ear candy from those OPs and EDs
|Hello gais! It’s Miyu’s turn to join in the fun in 12 Days of Anime and can you guess what she’s going to be writing about? Yup, that’s right, it has everything to do with the Niconico community. xD *so predictable* But this time it’s a little different, because I’m going to be introducing artistes who started off uploading utattemitas on Niconico Douga, but have now become established names in the anime industry.|
Every aniblogger here at Metanorn is writing about something that they found special this year, something true to their personality, so I thought I’d explain this little hobby of mine. Though I may seem obsessed with the Vocaloid fandom as well as the utaite community on Niconico, at the core what I really can’t live without is music. I’ve always loved singing since I was a little kid, and ever since I picked up my guitar for the first time in middle school we have been inseparable. I have had problems trying to pursue my passions in music in real life because of my ridiculously bad stage fright (no kidding, I get so nervous my legs actually shake). That’s why to me, the utaite community is a huge inspiration – simply because they’re people just like us, amateurs who upload and contribute to the site because they love music. And isn’t that the most beautiful thing ever? It gives me so much hope that someday, maybe I’ll be able to do what I love doing as a career too.
Okay, enough with all the mushy wushy stuff, you’re not here to listen to my life story, you’re here for some awesome music! This year has been a pleasantly surprising one because numerous utaites out there have actually taken their first steps out there in the anime world. You know that feeling when you’re so familiar with this artiste, and then s/he suddenly appears in one of your anime OPs/EDs? And you’re like all proud and teary and happy for them because they’re going to be able to get to such a larger audience and let their beautiful voices be heard by the millions? Yeah that’s what I get – ALL the feels!!
2012: btooom! / phi brain s2
First up is nano! nano is one of the best English-speaking utaites out there (and note I said English, not Engrish HAHA) because she was originally born in New York but moved to Japan for a long period of time. Her bilingual skills have allowed her to cover lots of Vocaloid songs while translating the lyrics into English, thus making her utattemitas truly one of a kind. As for her voice, she’s known for having a really deep, impactful voice – she notes that she is greatly inspired by Avril Lavigne. She debuted this year in the animusic industry with Now or Never (OP of Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S2), and followed up with the amazing No pain, No game (OP of Btooom!).
No pain, No game // I am in love with that beautiful PV *w*
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ShounenT / Sako Tomohisa
2012: kimi to boku. 2 / zetsuen no tempest (upcoming)
This boy is such a cutie. Although in reality he’s 21 and kinda past being a shounen, his voice really embodies the essence of youth (and this is coming from a 16 year-old – oh the irony). That gentle voice of his coupled by his amazing acoustic guitar skills and DAT ADORABLE FACE has undoubtedly won over a whole bunch of dedicated fangirls. Though I suppose there are fanboys out there too *waggy eyebrows* He debuted in the animusic industry with Zutto (OP of Kimi to Boku. 2) and is planning an upcoming number in Zetsuen no Tempest. It’s a pity that since his debut he hasn’t been posting covers on Niconico anymore though, the utaite community misses him. I’ll be looking forward to his future works though, he has such a charming voice.
Zutto (Live) // What is this ridiculous cuteness ;w;
2012: hyouka / girls und panzer
Choucho is famous for her classic cover of Magnet, in which she did both the low and high parts. She’s really good at portraying emotions through her voice – when it’s high, it’s gentle and exquisitely feminine, and when it’s low, it’s heavy and mysterious, and that’s what makes listening to her songs fun. In actuality, she debuted in 2011 with Authentic Symphony (OP of Mashiroiro Symphony), but only really hit fame in the animusic industry with the release of Yasashisa no Riyuu (OP of Hyouka). Personally I thought that that OP was beautiful coupled with the intricately designed PV, and that really sparked off her career as a professional singer. Other songs released in 2012 also include DreamRiser (OP of Girls und Panzer).
Yasashisa no Riyuu
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Gazelle / Nagi Yanagi
2012: ano natsu / jormungand / jormungand s2
Nagi’s voice is a classic. Ever since her first cover under the alias Gazelle on Niconico in 2007, her popularity has been steadily increasing. What’s really special about her is that her vocal range is unearthly – she can hit really high notes. Her cover of Melt caught the attention of Supercell’s ryo, and rather adorably, the two happened to be fans of each other’s music. And that’s also why when Supercell was producing their debut single, ryo recruited Nagi to be their guest singer. That sparked off her career as a professional singer, with her debut in the animusic industry Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (ED of Bakemonogatari) in 2009.This year, she released Vidro Moyou (ED of Ano Natsu de Matteru), Ambivalentidea (ED of Jormungand) and Laterality, a personal favourite of mine (ED of Jormungand: Perfect Order). She’s also going to be releasing her fourth single next year, with its title track being the OP of the upcoming series Amnesia.
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Alice☆Clara / ClariS
2012: nisemonogatari / madoka the movie
It’s pretty cool that ClariS debuted on Niconico under the alias Alice☆Clara as a duet, which is not something you’d often find. It’s even cooler that ClariS actually consists of two high school girls, pursuing a career in music while focusing on their studies – that’s why they chose to remain anonymous for now. Their voices work really well together and have that distinct cuteness you’d expect from girls of that age. They debuted in 2010 with Irony (OP of OreImo), but rose to fame with Connect (OP of Madoka), which was pretty much most highly-acclaimed anime of 2011. This year, they continued to shine with Naisho no Hanashi, a number composed by Supercell’s ryo (ED of Nisemonogatari) and Luminous (Theme song of Madoka’s recent movie). I’m actually really looking forward to what they’ll bring to us as they grow and mature both as teenagers as well as singers, and perhaps the day will come when they reveal their real faces. Pretty happy with their music now though xP
Naisho no Hanashi
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I’d like to think of Niconico as a platform that helps people to pursue their dreams. Although Niconico is essentially like Youtube in Japan, what I’ll say is different is the atmosphere. Japan’s culture has translated well into the different communities on Niconico, and when you visit the site with all those white comments flitting past your screen, you can’t help but smile at how warm and open everybody is, and how encouraging they are. Niconico is one of my favorite online websites, just like Metanorn is, and I don’t think I will ever stop loving Vocaloid music as well as the lovely utaite community. What did you like out of 2012’s animusic? Share your obsessions in the comments below!~