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This week, Senbonzakura still reigns supreme, making it a bandwagon song that doesn't pale in comparison to Matryoshka and Ura Omote Lovers. This week also gives us a bit of nostalgia because there are a lot of covers of old songs, songs we have encountered when we're all new to the fandom. I hope you enjoy this one.

Also, as a very kind move, Utaran-san is trying to upload the Weekly Utattemita Ranking IN ENGLISH. That means the blurb, the intro notes as well as the data in the ranking will all be in English. This is really a plus especially to those who have a hard time watching and/or commenting in the original ranking. The English ranking will be uploaded in Nico Nico.Com and for starters, he has created a mirror of the ranking there. If you cannot comment in Japanese in the original NND video, go all out in commenting in the English site to show your comments and reactions to the ranking as well as thanks to Utaran-san, who is painstakingly trying to reach out to us foreign fans.

From now on, I'll prioritize linking the English version.

↑# - 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!

English Nico Nico Link
original Nico Nico Douga Link

New Upload Ranking )

Overall Weekly Ranking )
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ArieP / アリエP

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ArieP is a fairly new Vocaloid producer, having started (quite successfully at that) sometime in 2010. His name came from his blurb in his first song, where he said "Arienee" (arienai, meaning "no chance at all"). He was first called ArienaiP and soon it evolved to its shortened form, ArieP. You might know him as the composer of the highly popular song Monocross Road.

As he is a new producer, he has released only a few songs and it's noticeable that he's still trying to find a genre he can flourish in. His first upload was sugary pop, followed by a eurobeat-infused dance track and eventually rock ballads and pop rock. Recently, however, he seems to have found his niche in upbeat rock and rock ballads. His songs are often filled with sharp guitar music in repetitive phrases, highlighted in an enriched solo bridge which shows his guitar prowess. His slower songs also has wonderful piano music, fast and subtle in the background but blends nicely with the bass and guitars. Most of his songs have a cheerful flavor, which means they're all a bit upbeat with a seemingly lifting feeling (think KuwagataP songs, but in a different approach). However, his songs mostly speak of regret, usually in love, and how it would be better if time turns back. Other themes of his songs include nostalgia and moving on.

ArieP has only used Miku in his works so far. His tuning is not yet distinctly his own and he changes a lot of his tuning techniques. His first works has Miku a bit whispery-breathy, with soft echoes. Recently, his Miku is a solid soprano, often really high pitched and sharp. This could be his tuning adjusting to his change in chosen genre. His Miku is notable for being able to holding long notes at the ends of lines without faltering or sounding short of notes.

Despite not being a season producer yet, ArieP has released his first doujin solo album called Mono x Road. He also forms the circle Sugar Brave with fellow producer InogashiraP, also known as Jigiru in the Utattemita world. You can buy his albums at Three! He also sings covers of his own songs and other's, like here where he sang a self-cover of Monocross Road.

sample songs
Honoka (pop)
Silence (hard rock)
Monocross Road (rock; translation)
Kawaranai Basho (rock ballad; translation)
Ai ni Iku Yo (rock)

nikki says
It's funny that I first knew ArieP before he was even named. I really liked "Honoka" as it was gentle and catchy at the same time. Eventually, I learned of his name when I translated "Monocross Road", which is his most popular song to date. My favorite song by him, however, would have to be "Kawaranai Basho". The lyrics are pretty and so is the melody and the PV is just breathtakingly beautiful in a simple way. I like what I hear from him so far and I hope that he'll be releasing more songs, whether in genres he wanted to experiment in or in a genre he had settled comfortably in.
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Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #171 (January 03 - January 10, 2011)

This week's Vocaloid ranking has a new video size as well as format, and that is why it is late by a day. And I am also late because...of some distractions. Sorry! D: Anyway, this song has very few uploads but most of them are by awesome people worth noting. There is a lot of movement this week, with surprising pushes to the top and returns. The top 3 are indispensably amazing, too.

↑# - 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

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )
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This week's ranking only has a few new songs, but they're all wonderful. Most of the songs in the ranking are just movements from the previous week but there's a couple of surprising re-entries. Also, some of the songs in the higher ranks are from new and/or underappreciated producers so please look through them! :)

↑# - 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

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )

* BTW, if you are a member of this community, please be informed that I have added MU links to the recently locked post. Thanks for your patience! :)

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