Aru Ga Mama

New Cover WOO! I absolutely love this song . Its English title is As It Is and its the second ending credit song for the anime Nabari no Ou which I watched two months ago. Its now of my favourite shows.
I literally fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. This song rings so well with the two main characters I got a little teary eyed while listening to it.

I messed up some of the words and it kinda threw the harmonies off a bit but whatever I’m still proud of this.

Lately I’ve been singing songs which require the use of my lower register which is fun to use since I usually sing in a slightly higher voice. Its a nice change.

The mix I kept simple but I kinda messed it up a little in the end. I pushed the harmonies to far into the right channel but on the bright side if you listen with headphones you can hear both me’s in each ear . It kinda creates the effect of me sitting beside you and singing next to you.

For once I actually have decent harmonies but mostly in part due to the original having these harmonies so I could essentially just learn them instead of coming up with them.

Also I used the ending credit sequence to make the video interesting and subtitled for the first time except when added the subs on youtube they lost the colour I chose but next time I’ll figure out how to do it.

Anyways have a good day and enjoy.

P.S on this cover and the last two I started adding mp3 links in the video description , I will upload more Mp3 of old covers once I remaster the audio on most of them.

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Starlight Keeper Cover

For today’s cover I decided to do a vocaloid original song. Created by the talented youtuber momocashew (link to their channel in the video description) this is the first Oliver song I heard and I love it. I can’t believe this is her first original song its sounds amazing.

Oliver is probably the most popular English vocaloid and I like his voice its cute.

I literally did this song all last night. Since +reverse the mix in this is so good , I’m totally gonna rerecord/fix all my old covers eventually.

I used another effect I didn’t know to use before and it gave me nice results.
Harmony wise definite improvement not the best but its serviceable. I’m slowly getting there.

I also added mp3 links for this and my last cover , I will be putting download links from now on and I will upload my other songs as well. Anyways as always enjoy

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+Reverse Cover

Hello again , its time for another cover. So this time its +Reverse by niki. The unpopular vocaloid Lily was paired with the ever popular utauloid Ritsu Namine to make an amazing duet.

I don’t think my voice is particularly suited to rockerish songs but hey whatever I wanted to sing a song I love. Literally the first time I heard it I was addicted.

So this song took two days to record and mix. I did so many takes to just get the main vocals down and a million other ones for the backing vocals/harmonies. A lot of belting to annoy everyone in my house.

This is the best mix I’ve ever done! My other covers don’t even compare. the only one which had as much editing as this was my cover of Tell Your World but that had more harmonies than mixing anyways.

I used a whole bunch of effects I never used before so that’s why it probably took longer because I had to tinker a lot with them to get them to my liking.

Vocally this song is challenging. Its wordy , fast and high. Your constantly belting high and speeding through the lyrics and all the while your trying to make an emotional impact , tough to say the least.

But I’m proud of this and I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labour!

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What is This Feeling Cover

Its been a long time since I last covered a Broadway song. Its just easier and more fun to sing vocaloid/anime music. I mean acquiring instrumentals is so much easier when you sing Japanese music. But my singing really took shape when I started my love with musical theatre . Anyways one of my favourite musicals is Wicked and this is great song from the show. Its a duet that someone asked me to sing and well here it is. Its kinda rough on some parts because I couldn’t figure what crazy harmony was being sung by the character Elphaba. So I kinda made it up..

It was kinda freaky listening to this hearing two distinct sounding voices but knowing that its just me. Its a special skill I guess that I can sound like versions of me? So I’m quite proud of this and enjoy!

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Karaoke Challenge

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this but i LOVE vocaloid! So me doing one of these was inevitable. Anyways so for fun i tried doing a karaoke challenge I found this by accident by clicking through Nipah’s videos one day and I did this a long time ago at like 10pm at night ON a Wednesday or something like that…. well enjoy enjoy me being a weirdo and i’ll have two new covers soon!

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Anime Terms

Misaki's faceMy anime history started with me watching anime on tv dubbed when I was little. I watched Sailor Moon , Cardcaptor Sakura and Pokemon to begin with and when I got a little older I watched Inuyasha , a bit of the Gundam stuff (though I didn’t really like it) and because I was a rebel I watched Witch Hunter Robin late at night. Then I went away from anime for a long time probably because I wasn’t to fond of Yu-GI-Oh , Beyblade or any of the other shows playing.

But in late 2011 I got back into anime when my sister was rewatching Inuyasha and watched it with her. We then re watched Cardcaptor Sakura. From there we began watching more current shows all in English dubs and I became more immersed in the shows often finding the shows I wanted to watch were only in subtitles. I also discovered the joys of manga and how much fun they were. My sister lost interest again but here I am still watching more anime than ever.   I only recently found out about anime blogs last summer when I somehow stumbled upon randomcuriosity.net and it was from here that I began seeing terms I didn’t understand.

As any fan of the anime/manga fandom would know , the terms that are thrown in blogs can be confusing and there isn’t much help around to help you understand them . I know that I myself basically make inferences as to what most of these terms mean and refer too. So anything here I describe is my own personal opinion and may be wrong , so feel free to correct me .

So starting off are two basic terms dubs and subs.

Dub – Short for dubbed  All audio accompanying the animation playing is not in the native language it was made in. In the case of anime not in Japanese. Dubs can be in English , Spanish , German , Chinese etc.

Sub – Short for subbed The complete opposite of dubbed. Subbed being subtitles. So the language being spoken on screen is kept intact and near the bottom of the screen the dialogue is translated into whatever language the viewer wants.

These next terms I found confusing when I started watching shows episodically according to Japanese broadcast schedules.

Simulcast –  Shows that you watch episodically direct from Japan through the internet. Think of the two which make up this word – simultaneous and broadcast . So what a simulcast aims to do is bring anime to your screen as soon as it shows on Japanese television. Albeit an hour two after since it takes time to subtitle but its close enough.

As a random note : anime schedules follow all four seasons when airing shows. Spring and Fall tend to have the higher quality and most amount of shows airing at one time.

1 Cour – Refers to episode count for a season. Shows labelled 1 cour are usually 12-13 episodes. Sometimes some animes do 15 or 17 but they usually don’t air on tv they are included in the dvd. But this rarely happens.  A show really can’t go over 13 eps due to scheduling conflicts for the next seasons. An example is Kokoro Connect.

2 Cour – Same idea as 1 cour but the episode count is higher. Shows with this label are around 24-26 episodes. Though most shows go for 25. Two cours work differently on the tv broadcast schedules because 1 cour fits into a season , 2 cour fits over two. I.e. Sword Art Online began airing in summer 2012 but ended in fall 2012.

This all makes sense when you realize that an episode a week is actually a long time. When you watch a whole series not episodically you can breeze through it in a couple of days.

These are random terms I see thrown around a lot.

  • Seiyuu – the Japanese word for voice actor
  • Manga – Japanese comics
  • Light Novel – Short books that images in them i.e Spice & Wolf or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Visual Novel – Japanese video games where you go pick between different options/scenarios to end up with being with a certain character
  • Otome games – like a visual novel except aimed at the female demographic
  • NEET/Hikimori – a person who is socially awkward and has a fear of leaving their home – go watch Welcome to the NHK for an example of this subbed or dubbed
  • Otaku – a person who obsesses over something like a fangirl/fanboy
  • OST – short for Original Soundtrack
  • BGM – short for Background Music
  • OP – opening song
  • ED – ending song
  • Insert Song – a song that is neither the official op/ed but is a song that is not part of the shows score. Its usually a song that has lyrics and is only used in pivotal moments , often the op/ed is inserted for dramatic effect
  • Character Song – a song sung by the characters voice actor which the music/lyrics reflect the characters personality
  • Amv – short for anime music video – fanmade video where episode clips are edited together with music in the background
  • Mmv – short for manga music video – scans of manga images are edited together with music in the background
  • Pv – short for promotional video , a trailer or sneak peak video for an upcoming anime

 

Well that’s all the terms I can think of for now and if anyone needs further clarification let me know , next post I’ll do on genres so stay tuned!

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