Jul. 17th, 2011

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For ofurotaimu's anniversary month, we will be featuring two utaite spotlights each week. These two singers have uploaded collaborations with each other over the years. Last week, [profile] fascinais has featured Vivienne and Ten. For this week, [personal profile] stephieku and I will be writing about a very famous pair.

Pokota/ぽこた

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Pokota is very popular singer on Nico Nico Douga. Once you've entered the fandom, he will be one of the first ones you'll meet. Pokota's voice is very deep and vibrant. Rather than comparing him to other utaite, his voice is similar to Gackt. He started in Nico Nico Douga back in 2008 by uploading his covers to show his skill in impersonating Gackt. Eventually, he has managed to stir away from being compared to Gackt and managed to make the covers his own. His voice is less fuller and gentler in comparison. He has uploaded a couple of ballads and his voice fits them perfectly.

Along with Rino, Pokota is part of egamyer. They're a duo who releases original songs and covers. He provides the vocals while Rino is in charge of the keyboards, mixing and programming. They also created few vocaloid songs like message featuring Hatsune Miku.

Pokota's lives are a treat to watch because you'll never know what he'll be doing. Unlike other singers, he usually shows his face in his lives. His lives would really depend on what mood he's on but most of the time, you'll find yourself laughing while watching him. You can also catch him dancing in his lives. You can check his community and this mylist for some recordings of his lives.

Aside from singing, Pokota has also showed his talent in acting. He was part of the Nico musical along with Dasoku and the Nico Nico Douga CM with Gackt.

Pokota is very active in the Nico Nico Douga community. He has a lot of album releases under his belt, being a part of smiley*2 and Sengoku Band to name a few. He has also performed a lot of lives including the Nico Nico Daikagi. Because of his popularity on Nico Nico Douga, Pokota quit his job as a real agent and dedicated his time into his music career.

He has collaborated with a lot of other singers like Dasoku, Clear, Sekihan, Piko and Riseha but the most popular collaboration he has is with Hanatan.

sample songs:

solos:
Dancing☆Samurai (KanimisoP original)
Paranoid Doll (natsuP original)
Uta ni Katachi ha Nai Keredo (doriko original)
Kiritosen (40mP original)
Episode 0 (KanimisoP original)

collabs:
Fate:Rebirth -with Dasoku and Riseha- (natsuP original)
Aquarium -with Clear- (Kihee original)
Perfect Crime -with Hanatan- (samfree original)
Cendrillon -with Hanatan- (SignalP original)

len says

Pokota is someone I find very amazing because he is very talented. He sings, dances, acts and composes. I am really impressed with him. Pokota is a joy to watch as he is an interesting character. He is also a great performer. If you've watched him in Daikagi, you'd see how much effort he puts in giving a high level of performance.
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For ofurotaimu's anniversary month, we will be featuring two utaite spotlights each week. These two singers have uploaded collaborations with each other over the years. Last week, [profile] fascinais has featured Vivienne and Ten. For this week, [personal profile] stephieku and I will be writing about a very famous pair.

Hanatan/花たん/YuRiCa/ユリカ

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Hanatan, who is also known as YuRiCa, has been uploading songs since 2008 and is considered as one of the most beautiful voices of the community. She has a wide range and can hit really high notes like Usa. The beauty of Hanatan's voice lies in how much emotion she puts in the song. She sings uptempo songs best but she can do ballads perfectly as well. Her most famous work is her rendition of doriko's Romeo to Cinderella which has reached over 2 million views to date.

Aside from her Nico Nico Douga works, Hanatan is very active in the doujin music scene as YuRiCa. She has released albums with circles like Crest and Sound Holic that releases Touhou soundtracks. She has also released an album under her doujin circle, cordelia, entitled Colorful Flower.

She is mostly known to have collaborated with Pokota. You can view all their uploads in their HanaPoko mylist. But aside from Pokota, Hanatan has collaborated with Montea and ASK. She has also collaborated with a lot of producers like Yuyoyuppe, minato, SignalP and doriko who produced her major debut album, Flower Drops.

sample songs:

solos:
Romeo to Cinderella (doriko original)
Palette (Yuyoyuppe original)
Saihate (Kobayashi Onyx original)
Aitai (SignalP original)


collabs:
Suki Kirai -with Ask- (FernandoP original)
Never -with Montea- (DATEKEN original)
Perfect Crime -with Pokota- (samfree original)
Cendrillon -with Pokota- (SignalP original)


len says

It's not hard to love Hanatan. One note from her and you'll fall in love with her voice. My favorite Hanatan cover is Palette. It was a very difficult song to sing but she has managed to reach the high notes without any effort. She can be compared to most professional singers as every release from Hanatan is never a disappointment.

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