akio / あきお
Akio is a relatively unknown singer in Nico Nico Douga and has been uploading songs for less than a year, so far. His first upload was sometime in October 2010. In the span of 7 months the quality of his uploads have increased dramatically, and after listening to his latest upload, dateken's "Never", I just had the urge to write a spotlight about him.
Akio has uploads from various genres (including crack-y stuff XD) but he seems to like singing songs that are supposedly more suited for female singers, and he's really rather good at singing them. He has an "otoko ga utatte mo ii yo ne?!" (it's okay even if a guy sings this, right?!) series of songs and with his singing, I would definitely say it's perfectly fine that he sang them, lol. I would describe his voice as more of the smooth and clear type, but more than the type that's suited for ballads, I believe it's more suited for R&B-ish dance-ish jazzy-ish songs.
He mixes his own songs and his improvement in this area is what makes his newer uploads noticeably better than the older ones. It seems he is also able to rap and play the guitar, though, for most of his uploads, he just sings.
• Prayer will live
• Mr. Music
[collab with gurow]
• Roshin Yuukai JunK Arrange
(iroha/kuma; "JunK Arrange" by rerulili)
• Panda Hero
• Kimi ni Todoke
[he plays the guitar here]
I first encountered Akio's stuff through his "otoko ga utatte mo ii yo ne?!" version of Tete-a-tete. I didn't get to listen to him again for quite a while 'til i chanced upon his tweet announcing another one of his "otoko utatte mo ii yo ne?!" songs entitled "Prayer Will Live". I never heard that song before and when I listened to his version, I was just... surprised. Pleasantly so. lol. It was just... so good. I already pegged him to be good at singing, which is why I followed him on twitter, but the overall quality was just really far from the last thing I listened to from him and, yeah, I was surprised. XD
Though... I may be biased since I really like his voice itself, but I really do believe his singing is very good. X3 I also love his love for crack along with gurow, who seems to be his friend? lol. Quality takai unk, lolol.
Ahhh, anyway, my head is always a mess of thoughts running around disjointed in chaos, so I will stop ranting before the lack of coherence sets in, if it hasn't already~ /o/