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This month's Indies Ranking still has a lot of songs from the previous ranking, but there is surprisingly a large number of new ones. There are instrumentals, V-kei material, and your usual dose of post rock.

Like with the Weekly Utaran, a mirror to the English Nico Nico Site is also provided for the Monthly Indies Ranking, so if you want to comment in English, feel free to view this one.

English nicovideo link
original nicovideo link

new upload ranking )

overall upload ranking )
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This is a combination of the rankings for September and October. As the NNI category is pretty slow with updates, there's still a lot of old stuff in this ranking. However, there are also a lot of new ones worth watching, although you may have already encountered them somewhere if you follow some VocaloP/utaite's original stuff. Apologies for the lateness, I didn't realize it was already uploaded OTL.

original nicovideo link

new upload ranking )

overall upload ranking )
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You might remember that I did a sort of intro post (plus a previous ranking writeup) for Nico Nico Indies Ranking. This is the ranking for this month. As I said, NNI is much more slow-moving compared to utattemita and Vocaloid, so you might still encounter songs here which appeared in the previous ranking. In order to keep your interests piqued, I'll copy my intro discussion on the artist from last ranking as they appear here. :)

original nicovideo link

new upload ranking )

overall ranking )
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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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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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The first half of 2010 SP ranking (GUMI part) can be found here. For an intro on the SP ranking, please refer to the Miku compilation!

This compilation has even less songs at 80, but I'm sure they're all worth your listen!

Since all of them are GUMI songs, I'll just type the song, composer, and additional Vocaloids used if there are any.

original nicovideo link

list under the cut! )
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Weekly Utattemita Ranking # 116 (January 17-24, 2011)

This week is awesome because there are many, many wonderful covers from people we all know and love. The new number one caused a lot of songs from the same singer to return to the ranking. Some of the songs I expected to stay dropped out while some I didn't expect to excel rose far above others. I'm pleasantly surprised with some, so let's get started with this week.

↑# - 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

New Upload Ranking )

Overall Weekly Ranking )
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As you might remember, I posted the midyear special ranking sometime in July, where the songs included were those uploaded from December 2009 to June 2010. This is the LATTER PART of that ranking, where the top songs from June 15 to December 14, 2010 are uploaded.

The video has 80 songs, but the mylist has 200 songs O_O;. A-anyway, I've included them all in the list. As with the previous mid-year ranking and all the other rankings which aren't weekly, this is written in reverse for more suspense :D.

Since all of them are Miku songs, I'll just type the song, composer and additional Vocaloids used if there are any :).

nicovideo link 1
nicovideo link 2

list under the cut! )

The last few are so predictable XD;. Anyway, I'll be doing the rest of the rankings, too (how many more to go? D: ) so please wait for them! /o/

...The tags...I...will do them later orz.
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KuwagataP / クワガタP

mylist | blog | piapro | KarenT profile | HearJapan profile

KuwagataP has been making and uploading songs since 2009 with his debut Miku song "sing2song". Since then he's been active in the Vocaloid community, with his works always reaching more than 20, 000 views each. You might remember him by his 2 most famous works Kimi no Taion and Puzzle.

KuwagataP's main genre is rock, and his songs are always laced with solid, upfront guitar music which sometimes he himself plays with his Gibson Les Paul guitar. The charm in his songs lies in their fast-paced, crisp tunes, rising slowly into full-power choruses. There are times, though, when he does technopop song space. His songs often talk about inner self conflicts and problems met in everyday life.

He mostly used Hatsune Miku for his songs, usually with her voice solid and high. He also used Luka and GUMI at some points to sing his more recent works. Aside from those, he also sometimes invite real singers to sing his songs (like Denirou). His songs are all different with varying arrangements, there are tell-tale ways in his playing and Miku's tuning that makes his songs recognizably his.

He most often collaborates with artist Ryono for art in his music as well as in his album. KuwagataP also sings covers of his songs and other producers' songs. Recently, he released a mini-album where he sung some of his songs.

sample songs (aside from those mentioned above)
liar liar (Miku)
Ame (Miku)
Flashback Sound (Miku)
Usotsuki no Merry-go-Round (Luka)
Hysteria (GUMI)

sample covers/self-covers
Rinne (original by hachi)
Guriguri Megane to Gekochuu (original by FullkawaP)
Hysteria (self)

nikki says
I actually encountered KuwagataP's name very early with "sing2sing", although I didn't like his music first because his Miku is very high that it was hard to sing along with his songs. However, his release of "Puzzle" made me follow the rest of his works. While I love most of his hits (those that have more than 100k views) because of their catchy beats as well as wonderful tunes, my favorite will be (and always be) "Kimi no Taion". He is presently one of my favorite producers, especially when it comes to Vocarock. But I like him more when he sings てへ☆.


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