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Since I dropped the monthly Vocaloid ranking, I decided to replace it this time with the Monthly Nico Nico Indies Ranking.

Nico Nico Indies is a small part of the Nico Nico Douga site where people post their original works. The concept that is different from Vocaloid/Utattemita/Ensoushitemita is that the works here are all original and are usually instrumental or sung by people. Of course, while there are many unfamiliar names here, there are VocaloidPs and utaites that participate in this area, too, especially when they collaborate to sing original songs. Oftentimes, original songs from NNI appear also in utattemita, so you might recognize some of them. NNI is also a very slow-moving category, so there are only a few views/participants than what you might be used to.

I'm glad this ranking is just monthly because gathering information on the artists is a bit difficult, especially since I am also a bit new in this area. Since this writeup is to introduce people to NNI, I tried my best to be as descriptive as possible. If you are a fan of anyone mentioned in this ranking please feel free to chip in other information you can share re: the artist!

Since it has almost the same format, this ranking will be arranged just like the utattemita ranking, minus the colorful letters :). This might be a bit tl;dr than most of my rankings, so please be warned! Also, as I said before, this is a slow-moving category, so you will encounter songs here which you might have already heard months ago :).

original nicovideo link

new upload ranking )

overall ranking )
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Since Nikki will be gone for a few days, I'll be filling in for her today! Also Sippotan is back, so this is likely the last weekly ranking by Iori.

Sorry my comments are so boring, I liked most of the songs this week (even the ones I didn't comment on) 8D;. There are some old returners due to new uploads and news.

↑# - 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 "album" is a collaboration among Vocaloid producers, utaite, illustrators, and other artists, but it's not really an album. Actually, it's a series of songs uploaded in Nico Nico as a "set". If you know about the previous season albums "Utaite Tsunagu Album" which has included Clear, Wotamin, Re:A and others in the past, "&" is very much like them.

The theme is "relationships, ties and connections with all things". Each song is a collaboration of a VocaloidP, a singer, and an artist who did the PV. All songs are original and they are not covers of existing songs.

Here's the list of the songs, collab team and a short description on each song. The whole set is in this mylist. When you listen to one song, it automatically forwards to the next track, but in case it doesn't work, just check the mylist :).

track list )
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Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #164 (November 15-22, 2010)

This week has a lot of movement, especially with old hits. Missing some hits that disappeared from the ranking? Fear no more! Wanting some recent hits to go up again even if their meme factor is kind of dying? Don't worry. Yup, that's how much movement we have today XD. Very few new songs and it's a bit disappointing, but they are all awesome, so please check them out!

↑# - 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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So it's been ages since a Producer spotlight, and I figured I'd help fill in the blank :D! Hope no one minds x_x


mylist | twitter | website | community

DATEKEN is one of those producers that have been around for quite a long time, but fall under the "Oh I've heard of him....I think" category. Which is an absolute pity, because he's one of the most versatile producers I know of. Spanning from traditional songs all the way over to club music (though he's definitely more prolific in that sector), he's a very hit-or-miss producer for those who only like a particular genre. DATEKEN is most well-known for NEVER, Tsumugi Uta, and Namae no Nai Uta, which are all completely different in terms of style, going so far as to show his ability to please in whatever genre he chooses to take on. He's possibly most famous for being absolutely amazing at tuning the Kagamine twins (listen to the samples and you'll understand in an instant), though he has shown that he's got his way with Miku Append. He's also good friends with utaites Hanycham and Airi*, and have collaborated on NNI songs with them, as well as producing the music track for Tightson and Kettaro's dddawn!!.

A signature of his is that he keeps his melodies and lyrics fairly simple, choosing to let you "feel" the song rather than pay too much attention to lyrics (which can span from absolutely mindless, to deep and meaningful). He usually only writes a single version of a chorus and repeats it, which in turn, makes his songs easy to pick up and hum along to. His songs are also very human, and very much the type you can always envision an utaite sounding amazing on. All in all, I think writing is too difficult to explain DATEKEN's music, and it's easier understood by listening!

sample music
Tsumugi Uta
Namae no Nai Uta
trick art

sample NNI music
Drawing Palette (with Hanycham)
One Way Love❤ (with Airi*)

Ciel says

hnnnngggg choosing sample songs was so hard, but I tried to pick stuff that show how versatile he is rather than my favourites (though if anyone wants to know them feel free to comment and ask :D).

He's one of those hard-to-approach-through-twitter types, but is genuinely a nice guy, so no harm following him and stuff! He's also quite okay at English, and I've conversed with him in both English and Japanese before (though mostly Japanese, English only coming up whenever he decides to be a smart aleck and prove that he's good at it 8D), and I believe it's because he has to deal with non-Japanese in his post-graduate course and such.

Also his singing voice is adorable :D (community locked link I'm afraid! Though is an absolutely beautiful song!)

Everyone should love DATEKEN damnit. LOVE.
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For a proper intro, please read the Miku ranking here. The Kagamine twins has 184 songs in the ranking mylist, but I'm only tackling the top 100. Since there are technically two singers here (Rin and Len), I'll note who is singing which song.

So far, this and the annual rankings are the only ones I type in reverse order (from 100-1) so that it'd be more exciting :). If you want me to do the midyear/annual rankings in the traditional way (the 1-xx order), just tell me :).

You might notice that some of the titles/P names are still in Japanese. It's because I'm not sure how to romanize them correctly.

nicovideo link

top 90-1 under the cut )
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Thanks to everyone who pitched in their two cents on producer and utaite day! Look forward to them every week, ok? ♥. It's a bit hard deciding who to feature, but I'll make sure to feature someone who is not that popular so you'll get to know them more :3.

I almost forgot this ffff. It's because I usually do this while in the office /shot. And I was busy at work today XD. Anyway, here is the weekly Vocaranking. Again, order is NOT reversed.


top 30 for this week )

There are a lot of great songs this week! I hope it's a good sign of a good Vocaloid month :3.


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