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Aikawa Kozue / 愛川こずえ

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I think that everyone, who is interested in Nico Nico Douga, heard about DANCEROID at least once. I would like to introduce you one of the founders of the team – Aikawa Kozue.

In the beginning she danced alone using other artists' choreography. She uploaded her first video in August 2008. In July 2009 she danced "Luka Luka Night Fever" presenting her own choreography and this brought her fame. Her choreography was later used in the PSP game Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-extend. Also in 2009 she, along with Itokutora (Ikura) and Minka Lee, founded DANCEROID. The team has changed over the time but I think that she is still the most popular member of this group.

Kozue prefers dancing to pop songs. Her choreographies include, first of all, many energetic and sweeping hand movements and simple steps resembling aerobic dance (a bit like zumba figures, but you shouldknow that the boundaries between many dances are very thin and sometimes it's really hard to distinguish them).

She chiefly performs with DANCEROID, but the girls take parts in many events, sometimes abroad. Kozue and Ikura were in Singapore on Eyo 2010 and in Los Angeles at the concert of Hatsune Miku "MIKUNOPOLIS". We can also watch Kozue on all DANCEROID's DVDs.

Sample dances:

1. Solos
Luka Luka Night Fever (Kozue's choreography)
Sweet Magic (Satchaso's choreography)
Hello/How Are You (Debisaku's choreography)
Lily Lily Burning Night (Kozue's choreography)

2. Collabs
Mikan (with Miume and Nora)
My Room Disco Night (with Hinata, Reichel, and Nora; Rere's choreography)
te-yut-te (with Mayuki; Mayuki's choreography)

Mono says:
Kozue is not one of my favourite female odorite, but when I'm watching DANCEROID's videos she draws the most of my attention. She is always smiling and it is clear that she deeply enjoys dancing. Her attitude has the biggest influence on my impression of her performances. While I may not like her very much I can understand why she is liked by so many people.
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This week's ranking has a lot of familiar names so it's pretty comfy and nostalgic XD. Not a lot of returnees aside from the usual regulars, although there are a couple of surprising rises. The Heart Sutra craze has died down but there are still remnants of Nirvana in the ranking. Aside from that, the Matryoshka/Calc. matsuri aren't showing any signs of lying low XD.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

I'll be including the weekly top ten and the overall top thirty of the week. Links to the nicovideo are included as well as some information. You may download the .mp3 file by inputting the link @ nicosound. Enjoy!

original Nico Nico Douga Link


o1. 【もんちー】太陽と月のロンド 歌ってみた【花たん】
Taiyou to Tsuki no Rondo [Montea x Hanatan]
• mylists: Montea; Hanatan
Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka original by Polyphonic Branch
• This is one of my favorite Polyphonic Branch songs and Montea and Hanatan sang this very well and their blending is something to admire. However, I kind of find this cover too gentle and still prefer the more powerful one by Choucho and Keisen ^^;.

o2. 【初音ミク】二息歩行を歌ってみた*LIQU@。
Nisoku Hokou [LIQU@]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku original by DECO*27
• Quite okay. The male part at the chorus is done by Touyu

o3. 「Calc.」歌ってみた エルシ
Calc. [Erusi]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku original by Jimmythumb
• This is a pretty good cover. Erusi's sharp, country singer-like voice fitted the song really well.

o4. マトリョシカ歌ってみた 動画も作った - neko
Matryoshka [neko]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku and GUMI original by hachi
• This is cute and fun and wonderful to watch I wanted it to be higher. The female voice at the start is Luschka, by the way. Another name for this is Nekoryoshka. LOL.

o5. 違う空 歌ってみた【そらる】
Chigau Sora [Soraru]
singer's mylist
GUMI original by baker x FullkawaP
• Soraru sounds quite nice in gentle ballads! I feel he sounds even better now minus the autotune. I love how he's showing off the full potential of his voice now.

o6. 【初音ミク】般若心経アシッドジャズ を歌ってみた by UmiNeko
Heart Sutra -jazz arrange- [UmiNeko]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku arrange by tomoP
• FFFFFFFFF. I admit, it was pretty amazing.

o7. 折れてないマイクで盲目の宇宙飛行士を歌ってみた
Moumoku Uchuu Hikoushi [Dakishimeta Tonight]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku original by yukkedoluce
• GAH I was so happy to see this since one of my favorite balladeers + one of my favorite Ps = awesome <33.

o8. 「白い翼の少年」を歌ってみた(にっとメガネ
Shiroi Tsubasa no Shounen [Nitto Megane]
singer's mylist
Kagamine Len original by SososoP
• Nitto Megane is not one of my favorites, but this is one of my favorite covers by him <3.

o9. 【歌ってみた】ARPK【鹿乃】
ARPK [Kano]
singer's mylist
Megurine Luka original by baker
• Still cute as always!

1o. 【マチゲリータ】 ジミーサムP - from Y to Y を 歌ってみた
From Y to Y [MachigeritaP]
singer's mylist
Hatsune Miku original by Jimmythumb
• It's pretty nice *_*

Overall Weekly Ranking under the cut )


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