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I love nice surprises~!

"There is wonder is most everything I see.
Not a cloud in the sky,
Got the sun in my eyes,
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream."

-Kaito singing "Top of the World" by The Carpenters

As if all the lovely Kaito Append news wasn't awesome enough, he'll also be getting an English voicebank! It's a day one purchase for me, when the time comes, sometime next year. :) I could actually make out most of what he said before my brother pointed out where the song came from, haha.

I am so happy that Kaito's English is going to be clear and understandable totally unlike Luka's. Even considering that this demo was thrown together at the last minute and is still in the alpha testing stages, it's pretty incredible thus far.

Of all the Vocaloid news, I am most excited about Kaito's Append. Although I keep my eyes on the 12+ other upcoming Vocaloid releases, Kaito's at the top of my watch. I know I'm in the minority for thinking this, but it's still fun!
Scolipede/Pendoraa chibi

Hadn't done of these in a while, huh?

Anyone else dealing with really bad loading issues with LJ today? D:

I got some fun packages in the mail today, so I'll have a happy little collection update here.

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For weird news, I picked up Portal 2 (yes, I caved in from everyone telling me to play it) today and find it to be very amusing, although I am not that good at the game itself. XD I am slow when it's from 1st person POV, or at least I think I am. I do think the turrets are cute now, too. <3 "I'm different!" gets me every time~!
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Of Vocaloid listings and Shiki songs

I saw this video that covers pretty much all the current Vocaloids available:

So if you never really understood which Vocaloid usually sounds like or what sort of avatar they have, this is a good video that's a brief introduction to each one.

Related to this, I've pretty much decided who my absolute top favorite Vocaloid is. That would be Gackpoid. It's not limited to just one reason, but I will say the usual quality of songs using his abilities has really won me over.

Of course, my other favorites are Kaito and Piko, and I'm not about to ignore them at all. <3

Apparently Gackpoid did have a "live" performance, along with Megpoid, recently. However, unlike Megpoid's performance, Gackpoid did not get a hologram/projection and instead a limited PV was used. :( I feel oddly cheated. You can see each here:
Gackpoid's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-A1ufKq274
Megpoid's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzwEwRbwo_E

I also wanted to share some songs from Shiki with you all. Although there is no listed release anywhere, I am really hoping that there will be an official Shiki soundtrack release sometime soon. If all we're given are the sample CDs from the limited edition import home releases (DVD and Bluray), then I know that hardly anyone will be able to enjoy the music, which is beautiful stuff. It would be such a tremendous shame and waste not to see all the songs get compiled into an official release. Without any OST listing, I feel somewhat restless. Regardless, onto the songs themselves.

"Day and Night"
Somewhat somber, dreamy, and soothing all at once. I get the impression that this is a sort of general Shiki theme. Is that a violin I hear? I love the strings regardless of what it is.

It plays during some of the eerier segments. This song actually succeeds in creeping me out a great deal. *thumbs up*

More laid-back with a touch of wishful thinking, thanks to the piano playing.

"Eau de Vie"
A more mysterious song, making you feel like something isn't quite right, or perhaps there's a much larger picture we're not really seeing. I believe this plays when surprising developments are hinted at or acted upon.

"Muddy Water"
Can I call this a funky wannabe hiphop type song? XD A combination of somewhat rougher-quality vocals (as though you're listening to them on a radio with slight static) and jingling bells makes for an interesting combo.

It shares some melody segments with "Day and Night", but has a drier, bell-focused sound.

Even if you haven't given Shiki a watch, I hope you can still enjoy the music. :)
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Of being busy, Vocaloid expansions, and story planning

As I try to continue and hopefully finish getting packages ready, I'll say it's difficult doing so with everything else going on. It's a very rushed time of the year, and it's still not technically midway through the week yet. It's also raining quite heavily outside, as it has been since last night. I fear for my next couple work days, when it's supposed to rain for certain. :(

The latest Vocaloid news is that Megpoid will be getting some sort of expansion (referred to currently as Extend) in 2011. To be honest, I have a slight weird reaction whenever Megpoid is involved. Megpoid does have great quality and can sound mostly realistic if handled well enough, same with Gackpoid (they're by the same company, after all). Although I like the quality of her abilities, I find Megpoid's design to be disagreeable to my senses by default, and I am not a fan of the official artwork, either.

Her voice provider voiced one of my least favorite characters in Macross Frontier (Ranka) and annoyed me to such a degree, it takes me some effort to ignore the fact that I can technically enjoy the music if I try to visualize that it's not Ranka singing it, in any circumstances. So I'm somewhat torn when it comes to Megpoid. I feel like I shouldn't be so confused by the whole thing, but I believe that her voice provider's debut for practically everything was as Ranka in Macross Frontier, and debut roles can leave lasting impressions and other possible stigma. ~_~

At the least, this might mean that Gackpoid will get a similar treatment somewhere down the line. Still, Gackt is always so busy and popular, so maybe the money they make from Megpoid's Extend will be put into scheduling Gackt, hahaha.

Speaking of which, apparently Kaito will be getting an Append disc sometime as well. Kind of crazy, huh? He's one of the original Vocaloids and was released back in 2006, so to have a new addition nearly 5 years later makes you wonder, hahaha. Well, if this really goes through all right, I'll definitely be interested!

Again, my experimentation has proved useful. If I have a mental rambling session in order to deeply work on story details, I don't suffer from mass insomnia issues. Unfortunately, I generally find a need to speak aloud to get the best results, which I can't do most nights. Next time, I'll attempt simply writing things down to see if it'll still tire me out. In relation to this, I've figured out how to work through a very large story hurdle in InSer, hooray!
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Before the release date x 2

I just got home not long ago, so I didn't get the opportunity to post this sooner. Excitement is in the air~! Got a couple packages of awesome today, though. I'll share two particular items because their official release dates are tomorrow, so I got them this morning, thus early.


Vocaloid: Utatane Piko
I've been wanting to test this out ever since I opened the package with this inside. ;A; Piko~! It's in a DVD case with an extra cardboard "holder". If there's anything fun inside, I'll update this entry later. For now, I'll have to actually install it first before I can say anything more. This is the first Vocaloid I've actually owned, so I'm really excited!


Nier OST: 15 Nightmares & Arrange Tracks
This might seem as though it's come out of the blue because it's been a while since the games and main OST were released, yes? This is the second OST album, specifically with the remixes used in the DLC along with bonus remixes that were never released before now. :D Although Cavia's disbanded and we'll probably never see any future official Nier merchandise, I'm still glad we got something extra like this regardless. <3 I'll let you guys know how the songs sound after I give it a listen!

In other news, I saw Tangled, and it was actually a lot of fun! :D If you like/can stand Disney movies, then I can definitely recommend it.
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Much faster than expected

What's the brief news of the night for me? My copy of Utatane Piko actually shipped out four days ago. @_@ Only now am I finding this out. Was not expecting that, so there's a chance I'll get the package before the official release day, whoa!

Also worth noting:

I am happy when the English singers actually do justice to the source material when it comes to covering Vocaloid songs. <3
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One week until Utatane Piko's release!

I had been wondering why there was no demo or early music samples of Utatane Piko before his release in exactly a week. D: So one week until the release, the demo finally comes out. Since I preordered the retail version, I don't see a reason to install the demo, to be honest. The demo will only work for 5 days total anyway, probably as a means to keep hackers away. Instead, I looked around to see what the demo actually sounds like.

Most people apparently don't understand the settings, hahaha. Utatane Piko is crazy diverse, if you know what you're doing, apparently. Let me show you how diverse.

Girly voice:

Manly voice:

Even for just demo works, some people are really having lots of fun with what's available. :) Personally, I'm really pleased with Utatane Piko's capabilities thus far, so I'm very excited about getting the retail version. <3

If you're interested in trying the demo, it's here:

Just keep in mind that it'll only work for 5 days.

Also, Miku will be getting an English release eventually. It's in the workings and she's getting an English language voice bank, which is being recorded and worked out currently.
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Current progress report for 11/9/10

Still no doujinshi update because no one even redelivered my package, so I think we got a fail!mailman this week already. D: Our regular one is awesome and so nice. My mom said she'd drop by the post office to see if she could still pick up the box.
Edit: She somehow forgot the package after she signed for it, so that's yet another day of not getting it. x_x I don't even understand this.

And now it's raining again.

Since I was a bit productive last night, it's time for an update.

"Dreadful Thoughts" picture: 100% (not uploaded yet)
Prize picture #2: 85%
Old "thank you" picture for Evan: 80%
Diethelm character artwork: 40%
Prologue!Morpheus character artwork: 40%
Utatane Piko fanart: 40%
Current number of other artwork in progress: 5+
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The owl returns + couple fun songs

The owl is back to hooting continually outside. I wish I could see what type of owl it is, but it's too difficult to see when you don't have a video camera with night vision. :(

In the meantime, I've found a couple fun songs to share.

Firstly, a Gackpoid cover of the song "Joker", normally sung by Miku.

I wish I heard this on Halloween because it sounds somewhat spooky, haha.

Secondly, here's a group cover of the song "Cendrillon", which is usually handled with Kaito and Miku.

So far, I think this is the best group cover and real people singing version of this song I've heard.

This stuff makes me think about possibly singing (preferably with friends!) a Vocaloid song or something random, hahaha. Unfortunately, I have nowhere to sing in private here and I know how unimpressive my so-called singing can be. I still think back to a particular college music class and the teacher noted how I didn't "sing" in the usual fashion, hahaha.
But hey, if things change down the line, I'd be perfectly happy to try for fun voicework in the future with anyone else who'd like to work together. <3