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NattokuP- Pride

December 9, 2011

I found this song while looking for more song by my beloved and awesome Rekka Katakiri. Rekka sang it for her (mini >:) album Katakiri Min no Yuutsu, a very interesting work where she sings her favorite vocaloid songs. (Together with two AWESOME versions of the Evil series by the Kagamine Twins. She sounds SO MUCH like Len that is even disturbing. She sounds more like Len than Len himself.)

The two Aku no songs were awesome as expected but this one is even more…Interesting. Interesting because, for me, a huuuuge Rekka fan, I would never guess it was a Vocaloid song. It sounds so Rekka-like that I would say it was an original song by her.

All the horror, cute instrumentals,haunting melody, innocent vocabulary, distortion (I love how this word defines Rekka perfectly!).
I highly recommend it. ~

The verb Uru/Urimasu have two different meanings: to sell and to be popular.

Miku’s Original Version (With PV)

Rekka’s Awesome Version ~ (No PV ;_;)

Pride
Romaji ~

Seken kara no me wo kobamu
Tsukareta hitori no otoko
Hitobito no heibon wo nageiteru
Kare wa kokou no ekaki

“Ore no geijutsu wo wakari ya shinai darou?”
Kare wa e wo kaku jidai wo matte

Kodawatte tsumazuite
Tomadotte samayotte
Takabutte wazuratte egaku

Demo e ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai

Demo, sore de ii
Aa, sore de ii

“Gijutsu ya riron ya iranai kono tamashii sae areba”
Kare wa e wo kaku jidai ni kakurete

Dakyou mo omoneri mo
Mohou mo ryuukou ni noru ki mo
Kesshite nai

Tada kobiru nara ureru no ka?
Netamashii  sou ja nai
Nige na no ka? Nige ja nai
Nigeru no ka? Nigetenai

Mou, wakaranai
Tada, modorenai

Kodawatte tsumazuite
Tomadotte samayotte
Takabutte wazuratte kaku

Demo e ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai
E ga urenai e ga urenai

Demo, kore ga ii
Aa, kore ga ii

Koten wo hiraku kyaku ga futari
Sukunai kare no rikaisha
Yoi tokoro wo sagashite homeru
Karera mo urenai egaki

English ~
Pride

There is a tired man, alone
Who rejects society
He is an isolated painter
Who laments the normality of humanity

“Won’t they understand my art?”
He paints, waiting for an era

Obsessively, stumbling
Perplexed, wandering
Proudly, falling ill, he paints

But his paintings don’t sell (are not popular)
His paintings don’t sell
His paintings don’t sell
His paintings don’t sell

But, it’s good that way
Ah, it’s good that way

“I don’t need techniches or theories as long as I have this soul”
He paints, hiding on his era

He never
Compromises, flatters
Copies, falls into fashions

If I flatter about them, would they sell? (be popular?)
But then, wouldn’t it be envy?
Would it be a escape? It wouldn’t be a escape
Run away? I won’t run away

I don’t know anymore
I just…Can’t turn back anymore

Obsessively, stumbling
Perplexed, wandering
Proudly, falling ill, he paints

But his paintings don’t sell (are not popular)
His paintings don’t sell
His paintings don’t sell
His paintings don’t sell

But, it’s good this way
Ah, it’s good this way

When he opened his only own exhibition alone
There were only 2 persons
The very few ones who could understand him
Who praised him for looking for a good place
They were also painters who couldn’t sell (were not popular)

 
Kanji ~

世間からの目を拒む

疲れた一人の男

人々の平凡を嘆いている

彼は孤高の絵描き

「俺の芸術をわかりやしないだろう」

彼は絵を描く 時代を待って

こだわって つまずいて

戸惑って さまよって

高ぶって 患って描く

でも 絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

でも、それでいい

ああ、それでいい

「技術や理論はいらない この魂さえあれば」

彼は絵を描く 時代に隠れて

妥協も おもねりも

模倣も 流行に乗る気も

決してない

ただ 媚びたなら売れるのか?

ねたましい そうじゃない

逃げなのか? 逃げじゃない

逃げるのか? 逃げてない

もう、わからない

ただ、戻れない

こだわって つまずいて

戸惑って さまよって

高ぶって 患って描く

でも 絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

絵が売れない 絵が売れない

でも、これがいい

ああ、これがいい

個展を開く 客が二人

少ない彼の理解者

良いところを探して褒める

彼らも売れない絵描き

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Vocaloid- Snow Songs

November 18, 2010

On the very begginning of this year, I first downloaded this album while living abroad. Since I came back in the middle of the year, I just remembered about it now.

The album is a winter release and the limited version (10,ooo copies) came with a cute figure of a Winter Miku ^_^
As the title suggests, it’s a collection of new and old winter songs by the Vocaloids, by different productors.

The songs are mostly by Miku. But in my opinion, the best songs are not sang by Miku. I am kinda tired of her high voice, so my favorites are the tracks 4, 6, 8 12 and 13.
Track 4 is especially beautiful, cute, and has a atmosphere I can’t explain on it. Some parts of the songs made me remember of the winter on horror games, like Silent Hill. But the part where Rin speaks is so cute that I really can’t find one single word for it.
6 is a quiet song by Len that was beautifully covered by Asami Shimod
a on her album Prism. I really like Len’s voice when is used properly and on the right songs. This is one of them.
Track 8 is an exemple of how Meiko can be expressive and pretty when well used. The lyrics are also beautiful~ the first time I heard the song it really touched me.
Track 13 is a really cute song by Miku about kotatsu, the furniture japanese people use on winter. It’s really cute!

 

  1. Snow Piece (19’s Sound Factory) feat. Miku Hatsune
  2. Winter Alice (doriko) feat. Miku Hatsune
  3. Hitohira no (noripii) feat. Miku Hatsune
  4. Fuyu no Seiza (Captain Mirai) feat. Rin Kagamine
  5. Chillyditty Of February - DARS feat.KAITO
  6. soundless voice (Hitoshizuku P) feat. Len Kagamine
  7. White Lights (haura P) feat. Miku Hatsune
  8. Yuki Usagi (OSTER project) feat. Meiko
  9. Kimibun (40mP) feat. Miku Hatsune
  10. Tsunaida Te (mikuru 396) feat. Miku Hatsune
  11. Fuyu no Mahou (Studio IIG) feat.Miku Hatsune
  12. Fuyu no Sakura (SixteenRemix  AVTechNO!) feat.Luka Megurine
  13. Kotatsu no Uta (MaHime★P feat. Hatsune Miku)

SnoW: NightmaRe (Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori)

December 28, 2008

 

The opening song,performed by SnoW.Track 2 is a nice pop X’mas song.Yay,we have a karaoke track this time! 😀  NightmaRe has got enjoyable lyrics :3.

  1. NighthmaRe
  2. Yes
  3. NightmaRe (Instrumental)

Eiko Shimamiya- Wheel of Fortune

December 3, 2008

The theme songs from the Higurashi no Naku koro ni Live-action movie. Both are tense and dark. I really like track 2,Eiko’s lyrics are really interesting on both songs.Some of the CD scans are really scary,they reminded me of those japanese horror movies~ It’s really cute when Eiko sings “Unmei no wa wa”. That double ‘wa’ almost kill me ^^;; *stupid*

  1. Wheel of Fortune ~Unmei no wa~
  2. Diorama
  3. Wheel of Fortune ~Unmei no wa~ -Instrumental-
  4. Diorama -Instrumental-

Eiko Shimamiya-Naraku no Hana

December 3, 2008

Higurashi no Naku koro ni kai OP single. The title track is dark and provocative,matching the anime series perfectly. The second one is a nice pop song,very different from the first one. It’s really interesting to see how Eiko’s voice matches different kinds of songs~

  1. Naraku no Hana
  2. FLOW
  3. Naraku no Hana (Instrumental)
  4. FLOW (Instrumental)

Eiko Shimamiya-Higurashi no Naku koro ni

December 3, 2008

The first single I got by Eiko Shimamiya.Of course,I got it just because of the title song, Higurashi no naku koro ni,the opening of my favorite anime. I even forget the second song. The dark and mysterious song is the perfect main theme for the Higurashi series. The PV is a little weird,but once you’re used to Ali Project’s PVs it seems really normal…

  1. Higurashi no Naku koro ni
  2. all alone
  3. Higurashi no Naku koro ni (Instrumental)
  4. all alone (Instrumental)

Eiko Shimamiya-Hikari Nadeshiko

December 3, 2008

Eiko’s full album.  After you know Eiko Shimamiya and her unique style,there’s nothing much left to say about this. There are a lots of songs from previous albuns/singles (tracks 3,7 and 9).My favorites are track 10 and 6. Track 6 is my weakness; I just love arabian-like songs. Track 12 is really cute n.n Eiko’s lyrics,mellow and intelligent as usual,makes of this album a good opportunity for those who want to know her.If you know her already,I’m sure you know what I’m talking about ^^;

  1. Introduction
  2. Hikari Nadeshiko
  3. All Alone
  4. Atlante
  5. Kanransha
  6. scheherazade
  7. Naraku no Hana
  8. Aoi Kajitsu
  9. Flow
  10. Asunaro no ki
  11. Juuyon no tsuki
  12. Haru michiru
  13. Ai no uta

Eiko Shimamiya-Ulysses

December 3, 2008

Eiko Shimamiya’s second album. I won’t hide the fact I just wanted to hear more stuff by Eiko because of Higurashi no Naku koro ni ^^;; I think it was really important for her to get more fans.This CD turned out to be a great surprise: I really enjoy her style and voice. There’s a mysterious and epic atmosphere on the songs here,she did a good work.I can say I’m really glad to have this one~ My favorites are track 5,8 and 9. Track 5 can be called “cute”.The lyrics are really sweet,like the song title ^___^ Track 9 is a beautiful and sad love song,with awesome lyrics written by Eiko herself.

  1. Introduction
  2. Ulysses
  3. Sukurabe no Inori
  4. Mosquito
  5. Vanilla
  6. Ai no Uta
  7. Spiral Wind
  8. Uchuu no Hana
  9. LOVER

Nana Mizuki- Trickster

December 3, 2008

Nana Mizuki’s 18th single,it’s also the OP/ED single of the Rosario+Vampire Capu2 series.I was waiting for something like “Dancing in the Velvet moon” for the ending song,but the only song that I liked is track 2,Discoteque. No,I loved it.It’s an awesome song. The PV of Discotheque is surely the best PV by Nana Mizuki! She’s sooooooo damn cute on that PV! I want a stuffed Nana-chan T//T

  1. Trickster
  2. DISCOTHEQUE
  3. Trinity Cross

Nana Mizuki-StarcampEP

December 2, 2008

Nana-chan’s 17th single. (Mini-album? Where are the karaoke tracks?>_>) It presents us with the Rosario+Vampire series Opening and Ending songs,and 2 new songs.I don’t like the series OP,but the Ending song,Dancing in the Velvet Moon,it’s just awesome.It’s one of my favorites songs by Nana-chan.Her voice is awesome,and it’s really cute when she sings softly together with an orgel on that songs…Mmmhh,I want Nana-chan!~ The first track,Astrogation,it’s a beautiful,but strong song with terrific lyrics.It’s another of my favorite songs by Nana-chan ;__; I don’t like the Cosmic Love song,but this CDs carries 2 of my favorite songs by Nana Mizuki. I’m really glad to have this~

  1. Astrogation
  2. Cosmic Love
  3. Dancing in the Velvet Moon
  4. Soradokei