Luka’s Somber Dance Ballad

(Note: In order to see the romanized lyrics and English translation, make sure to turn on the Annotations, in the lower right corner of the YouTube player.)

A couple of months ago, we showed you Miku’s melancholy rock ballad. This time, it’s Vocaloid newcomer Megurine Luka’s turn to make you grab the tissue box and yet at the same time, tapping your feet as you listen to the rhythm of this awesome song.

This fan-made music video is called “Just Be Friends” composed and produced by Dixie Flatline and Yeheyuan Studio. (The song is also a bit old; it has been floating in the Internets for a month now, but I stumbled upon it just recently.) This dance song is the story of  a loving couple. It follows their relationship from the good times, to the emotional drift and eventual falling out. The melody and rhythm is incredibly catchy, but the lyrics is very depressing. Even though you can dance to this song, you can’t help but feel the loneliness in Luka’s synthetic voice. Despite Luka’s robotic sounding voice, Dixie Flatline does an incredible job of programming her intonation and diction which made her sound honest and sincere in this sad song.

In any case, the song is awesome and you should buy it when Dixie Flatline releases it on iTunes. In the meantime, you can buy Dixie Flatline’s first album “Fragments” featuring Miku, Rin and Len on iTunes right now.

For more “Just Be Friends” goodness, check out the fan-made versions below.

Chorus Version

Piano Ballad Version

Miku’s Rock Ballad

Here’s an awesome Japanese fan-made music video from virtual songstress, Hatsune Miku. This music video is actually based on a composition made in 2008 by 203 Soundworks. The song is called “Shining Ray” (or “shiningray” as 203 Soundworks prefer); even though it’s a simple rock ballad, the song resonates with a lot of Nico Nico Douga users. The song feels like an Aerosmith ballad, it has an emotional guitar solo, a heart-pounding marching beat of the drums and a voice that’s very soulful that you almost forget that it’s computer generated.

This music video you see here is created by the MikuMikuDance community at Nico Nico Douga, Japan’s version of YouTube. The video took about half a year to complete and was released this past February. Even though the graphics look like it was made with the Unreal 1 engine, the composition and direction of the video is wonderfully crafted, you have to be a cold-hearted bastard not to play this video on repeat.

Here are other awesome Shining Ray videos:

with English subtitles

Band Edition

Session Band Edition