Roberu Yukoku – POP-TALK – TOB English Cover

Yet another HOLOSTARS song I thought I could sing in the original key. But again, at least my singing can still work with it somehow. But that’s not the trickiest thing to me here, especially with the way I worked up the English translyrics for this song titled POP-TALK, Roberu Yukoku’s first solo original. I mean, I had been struggling with the second verse so much, I had to rewrite a portion of it in the middle of the recording process, and I think my lyrics here overall have more heaviness, especially through self-deprecation and how I decided to keep the “complete” in “And complete your puzzle” as is rather than adding an “s” to the end of it for subject-verb agreement’s sake. I bet it makes the difference in my and Roberu’s social skill level pretty clear.

In more fun news, though, k. found this song a fun song! She even liked her audio engineering work on this cover, making me even more easily inclined to agree ’cause she’s keeping all this freaking awesome work freaking consistent so far! And this is kind of a rush order too! I mean, you hear how my vocals blend into the instrumental? Considering how my vocals were mixed in the Rise duet cover as well, I feel as if I’m being taught about how to value having my vocals blending into and standing out from the background at least a bit more. Thank you very much again for your work, k.!

Now, I feel like I should mention this especially because of how the POP-TALK MV prominently features rain alongside warmth and how I’ve been able to keep on making stuff like these music productions thanks to the increased convenience I’ve found in my grandparents’ residence, so yeah, I think I’d like to quietly dedicate this cover to my maternal grandpa, who had passed on recently. I don’t think I was that close to him, especially with how badly I took in some stories about his darker times he grew out of, and I might be more like myself as a quiet consoler, something these walls of text of mine expose my insecurity about, but as far as I’ve known the old man, he had been learning and doing his best a lot, especially for his family, and especially with how jolly he was. I think his Catholic faith also helped. So yeah, God Almighty grant him peace, and may my work here manage to build on the goodness God Almighty managed to help him make.

And now, the mp3 and the lyrics sheet. Please credit and link me if you’re going to use my stuff. And I’d like to ask again for honest constructive feedback.

Oga Aragami – Silent Night Requiem – TOB English Cover

So I faced what’s probably the greatest challenge for my lower range so far in this cover of Oga Aragami’s first original song. The way the gritty lore is combined with Christmas themes also helps. And yes, I decided to have two song covers this month (the other one is of holoCouncil’s Rise) because I also want to scratch my now stronger itch to cover more HOLOSTARS songs, especially in English.

Anyway, yeah, this cover was a challenge, especially in the verses and in the volume. I don’t think I can boom my lower register as well as Oga does, but at the very least, I think I made up for that with my expressiveness. And goodness, k. enhanced that freaking well with the rough vibes she gave the mix. It feels like something that you wouldn’t believe if you only knew the idea on paper. So thank you very much again for your help, k.!

Also, it’s been a while since I last made a song cover with my own translyrics, huh? With how I’m still writing translyrics and forming habits out of other translation stuff lately, I think it’s pretty much me being impulsive about things again. Hopefully, I’m learning and doing my best with it, and whatever the case, may God Almighty keep on challenging and guiding us all.

Now, here are the cover mp3 and the lyrics sheet. Again, please credit and link me if you’re going to use my stuff, and please give me honest constructive feedback.

hololive English -Council- – Rise – RingNin and TOB Vocal Cover

So here’s the big one I was talking about posting on the Sunday before today, my birthday. Just so happened that I started showing some symptoms of the Rona last Thursday, and hopefully, I’ll be fully recovered today or sometime soon, but anyway, that had this release slowing down, especially with my video work for this. But hey, at the very least, I got some sort of break, and I even learned some more about using AviUtl, my top highlight there being the use of curve movement for the camera control! And of course, this upload’s on my birthday! I feel like the most intense song cover I’ve made so far in terms of the production process should be posted on such a time, you know?

Talking more about how intense this is, this is a duet cover, and I haven’t done a collab cover for over six years already. And this cover singer who’s now more focused on VTuber songs, especially holo ones, had the honor of doing a cover of holoCouncil’s Rise with RingNin, whom I think I first encountered while looking through Shigeru’s mix commissions info again. Remembering the well-contrasted vocal combo in the epicness that is holoCouncil’s first original and my eager listening to the fluffiness that is Nin’s singing voice, well, I ended up wanting to cover this song with her, and I’m very humbled by her work! And it seems like this is her first song cover in English, too!

Leanna also made a smart move in putting Nin’s vocals in front and mine in the back. I mean, why have a voice as cute as Nin’s in the back? And I tend to blast my dude voice, so yeah. Add the warmth Leanna managed to add in a revision, and we got this epicness here! Also, it seems like Leanna and I share a birthday? Well, whenever her birthday actually is, I’d like to greet her a happy birthday!

And last but not least, Nin and I got help from Syd for our avatars and the background in the cover MV! The designs match the members with the individual lines we covered, with me having Kronii’s and Bae’s and Nin having Mumei’s, Fauna’s, and Sana’s. Other references include Fire Emblem Engage’s Alear (who was also designed by Bae’s character designer, OG-level artist Mika Pikazo), and The World Ends With You’s Neku Sakuraba for this take on my avatar, while the titular Cardcaptor Sakura served as a reference for this take on Nin’s avatar. And I feel like purple is the hard-carrying color in our avatars here. As for the background, it makes me think of Syd as even more of a badass with how detailed and complementary it is! And speaking of Syd’s awesomeness, check out their official work for Elaine of KoMETA’s second original Nakaukit too!

Also, how much have I been watching holoCouncil recently? Well, like with the rest of the girls of holoPro, I feel like I’ve come to watch them more than I did before thanks to HOLOSTARS and their brand of classiness humbling and grounding me. As for specific members I’ve been tuning into, the most I have so far might be Fauna if we’re talking solo streams, Kronii and Bae for collab streams, and Fauna, Bae, and Mumei in terms of music. Surprisingly, overall, Fauna is at the top of my fave Council member ranking right now. I guess it’s the fluffy voice and the horror writing.

With all that said, here’s an mp3 copy of the cover~ And as always, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback!

Rikka – Re:Hello world (English Ver.) – TOB Vocal Cover

Back to holoPro covers, and I make a comeback to covering Rikka, though this is the first time I’ve covered a Rikka solo, given the first time I covered him along with Calli as a more obnoxious perv posing as a wise guy. And what I’m covering here is Rikka’s and holostars’ first original song, with this official English version having been made and released in commemoration of the original version’s MV hitting half a million views on YouTube. As someone who wants to cover holostars songs in English, official stuff like this and Tempus’s Top of the World go higher up in my priority list, and this song’s heartrendingly bright and refreshing vibes certainly helped me have fun with it. I think I also wanted to put this off for later, but remembering Rikka’s 3rd anniversary that got celebrated last month in so many ways had me wanting to upload the cover not any later than I already have.

Now, if you listen carefully, you’ll find that I did some modifications on Polymorphic Symphony’s lyrics for more natural flow. I also lowered the key, thus the extra dissonance as you watch Rikka being synced to my brattier voice. Still was a challenge to sing, though, especially considering how I had to control myself away from making my voice break while adding a bit more power during the final chorus. I mean, I wanted to yell that one part in the final chorus harder, but yeah.

Also, this is my first time working with k., who gave crisp tuning and clear and fluffy mixing to my vocals! She even convinced me very well into adding some artificial harmonies to the mix! I don’t think I even had to ask for corrections! It’s an honor to work with her, alright!

All that said, here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. Looking forward to your honest constructive feedback, too!

Finana Ryugu – TSUNAMI – TOB Vocal Cover

I am pretty inclined towards hololive Production, but I do watch VTubers outside that from time to time. Nijisanji is included, of course, especially the EN branch. Though the Feesh isn’t one of the members I’m tuned into the most, with the depths of my viewing being nothing deeper than peeks at her shenanigans. Still, with my perversion that’s worse than hers, she gets stuck in my brain hard with just those peeks. As for this first original song of hers that I covered, it’s pretty much the only Nijisanji EN solo original that I like enough to buy a digital copy of so far, especially with the combination of KIRA’s electronic dance pop sound and Finana’s cute and cool and cheeky voice. Also, it should be noted that I used e_ku’s very faithful instrumental remake for this cover.

So how do I put into more detailed words how I approached this cover? Well, basically, and while trying to outdo how wild the Feesh can get, I’d describe it as my sexy cuteness aggression (read: my tendencies toward being a slimy beast on the prowl). The mains were a lot of exercise for my lower register of creepiness, the harmonies ranged from pop-punk yells of desperation to scratchy falsettos of tryharding, and the ad-libs of posing were meant to help present my bored and overboard flexing on the naughty little Feesh as well. And speaking of flexing, a big part of what pushed me to make this cover of this song that’s been stuck in my head lately is outdoing the originally synth vocals of that one part near the end of the song with my very screeching and kinda moaning doubled wails.

As for the audio engineering, I had Leanna work on that. Stuff about it that I’d like to highlight include how she got the Autotune effect kicking in at the start of the song, how she quietly cherrypicked and powerfully tuned my harmonies and ad-libs, and how her frigid mix got me sounding like a boss monster (I wanted to say NieR:Automata‘s Grun, but as memorable as that boss is to me, I feel like I’d be disrespecting that kid’s lore if I used him for the comparison here). Again, thank you very much for your help, Leanna.

With all that said, here’s a link to this cover’s mp3 if you wanna the hear some sounds of me haunting your ass on a more regular basis. And again, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback~

HOLOSTARS English -TEMPUS- – Top of the World – TOB Vocal Cover

I don’t think this production shows how much I’ve really been tuned into Tempus lately. I think my even more busted sleep schedule bent over to keep up with this combo of three US-based members and one Australian-based member and their streams shows more of that. Not only do they speak English, they cater just enough to my disgusting straightness trying to be classy, with example clips being this one featuring Al and Kronii trolling each other in Dead by Daylight, this one featuring Dez’s eye getting caught by Natalya in Destroy All Humans 2, this one featuring Axel getting teased like a schoolboy with a crush on a teacher, and this one featuring Gramps starting that string of public teasing the Axel clip I featured here is a part of.

Their song “Top of the World”? Well, frankly, the lyrics sound a bit too simple for what I expect from a holostars original, though the bridge does get me into it further. On the other hand, the on-brand bright and free pop and rock sound it has plus how it pushed me to use my power vocals and practice my vocal control more are the parts of this song that got me the most. And I feel pretty lucky that I got to work with this production’s audio engineer Shig, who resonates with Japanese idol music in particular, and illustrator Han, who has soft lines and warm colors that emphasize her great appreciation for Tempus. Also, I am not a Tempus member, just a creating fan posturing to hide stuff like his very low social battery, his very high cishet pervertedness, and his throat’s near death in the final chorus of this cover.

Oh, and yes, my AviUtl skills have leveled up. I have learned how to make those graphic animation effects, those direction-blurred sudden pan cuts to slower pans, and those flare effects that I realized I can only use with the camera control feature…the first and second being in the bridge, and the third being in the outro. Also, gotta thank Shig some more for pushing me to replace them sharp Viner Hand text moments, which I decided to replace with the softer Lucida Handwriting.

Now, here’s a link to the mp3 of this cover for your personal use or whatever qualifies as that to me and my wimpy ass. Also, again, I very much encourage and appreciate honest constructive feedback.

Calliope Mori – Kamouflage – TOB Vocal Cover

So Calli along with holoMyth and holoEN is going two years, and this cover of a track from Calli’s first major-label EP, SHINIGAMI NOTE, is pretty much my commemorative upload for it. And yes, I decided to use the presence of the lyric “‘Play the role of ‘bad girl”” as a way for my take on this to be sassier on top of manlier, because hey, that is how I look at Calli at the very least: a crudely badass woman I’d like to spend my time fancily bullying into further improvement. Of course, it’s fine if she doesn’t notice my stuff. I’d even call it a miracle, since she seems to have a tendency to fixate on worthless feedback, which I think my feedback usually is, even and especially with how I tend to write like a wannabe reviewer, which is a double whammy because I heard that reviewers are supposed to be snobs.

And speaking of snobbery, yes, I did do some censoring on my cover here. I’d also like to say that I am a firm believer in sounding more insulting without using textbook curses. Still, this song is my favorite off the EP, which, along with “MERA MERA” being my second favorite, definitely is also saying something about how I perceive the quality of the whole thing (Hint: It also has me down bad at best). Not like having alfonsomusic remake the groovy instrumental, myself work these intricate vocals, and Shig do the effect-heavy audio engineering weren’t a fun challenge to me, though. I mean, what is an ordinary Tobby day without him plotting to outdo the Grim Reaper’s First Apprentice? And I like to think that I’m styling on her with my finer vocal control and wider emotional range. She still has me beat at emotional power and audio engineering quality, though.

Now, before I go TMI some more, here’s a link to this cover’s mp3. Also, again, I’d love some honest constructive feedback from you folks. You might find yourself with more range than you think here, too.

Izuru Kanade – Monologue in a row – TOB English Cover

Long-winded thoughtful lyrics plus emotional vocals, so much that they sound too good to form an idol song, sounds like a combo I’d rock with real good, and what held me back from appreciating Izuru Kanade’s first original song along with the rest of holostars’ music earlier was, yet again, my lust for fame, among other things. And yes, holoPro cover again, and a holostars solo again! Still gonna be surprised if this blows up like my last holostars solo cover, too.

Also, yes, it was definitely tough working on this thanks to the length, and I felt it the hardest while recording the vocals with my usual insistence on the one-shotting recording method, where I record myself singing through the whole song as one sort of track (main or harmony or ad-libs or, in case of inevitable overlap, a mix of those) rather than line by line or stanza by stanza to be sorted later on. Even more so when I had to change up some lyrics after a recording session and submission, so yeah, big apologies along with the thanks to DarkHole, who I commissioned to do audio engineering for me again. Dude had to deal with stuff like my breath struggles in the choruses and in the bridge, too. And speaking of the bridge, to my surprise, it’s what I consider the favorite part of my cover overall, and that’s on top of the bridge being my favorite part of the song itself.

I’d also like to kinda vaguely point out the redundancy in a certain set of chorus lines, that one being the clearest evidence of how I wrote this translation to be more self-asserting than the original, as the limits of my brain felt like going more literal in parts like that would result in something a bit too pathetic for my localization-obsessed butt. As for the video, yeah, check out those long lines and them overlapping fades.

Now, if you want to squeeze more behind-the-scenes talk from me, do leave some honest constructive feedback at least, okay? Also, here’s the mp3 for this cover, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Don’t forget to credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, too.

Jin (Shizen no Teki-P) ft. Lia – days – TOB English Cover

Late to the KagePro English cover bandwagon, late to finding out about the death of Ai Kamachi, yeah, nothing new to this slow guy. But it’s a weekend that’s the closest I can get to celebrating this year’s August 15, which is also the birthday of our little snake granny Azami, so yeah, I got this cover ready with what I consider my best right now.

And I did cover this song TV-sized with an acoustic arrange before. The difference in style and quality then and now may be different, especially with the number of years in between them, but either way, this song is very much within my abilities, though I’m sure Lia has the more heartrending performance, given how much she made me cry with her voice while I was watching sidu’s music video, especially past what the TV-sized version covers. As for the translyrics, I had fun whacking my pretentious sense of poetry into my more specific depiction of Azami’s character. And I gotta hand the credit for the audio engineering to Shig again, especially with those loud and clear vocals with the touching reverb.

Also, I don’t think I’ve actually watched anime for a long while now, clips and glimpses aside. Last I seriously watched was Ao-chan Can’t Study!, I think. More in the mood for manga and anime and music and video games and VTubers right now. Probably to a workaholic level, even. And I still haven’t totally read the KagePro light novels and manga. Anyway, if I were to watch anime again, I think I’d like to do it with a loved one, though my expectations for that are low, considering my taste and manners. Still thinking that I’ll have to watch anime again eventually, though, and I hope I help make sure that it’s truly worth everyone’s while.

Anyway, I digress. Here are the mp3 and the lyrics sheet now, and please remember to credit and link me if you want to use my stuff. Also, again, honest constructive feedback, please.

Miyabi Hanasaki – Kaika Sengen – TOB English Cover

Back to covering VTuber songs, and it’s still a holoPro one, but hey, it’s a holostars solo this time! And this upload kinda coincided with the announcement of what’s apparently holostars EN and its first group Tempus!

Anyway, this time, I got here an English cover of Miyabi Hanasaki’s first solo original, the title I translated as “Blooming Declaration” in English, and it was written and produced by 40mP. If you ask me about the quality of the song, it’s a pretty good combination of beauty, with Miyabi’s gracefully tough voice resonating with 40mP’s powerfully modest work, which reinforces not only Miyabi’s floral image but also holostars’ underdog image. As for how I interpreted it in the cover, I think I put emphasis on the feeling of slow but sure progress. Also, I think my vocals, which had to be accommodated by a downward key change, make the flower in the song sound more rained on than how Miyabi’s vocals make it sound in the original.

And now, I’d like to thank DarkHole very much again for helping out with the audio engineering, especially with his freaking amazing vocal tuning! I think I first remembered him for what I think are grainy mixes, honestly, so yeah, I’d say he definitely outdid himself with this production! And I think I just realized that so far, on top of a bunch of holoPro covers in English, I’ve been entrusting him with some of my more sentimental vocals, hahaha! X”D

Oh, and yes, I also did a bit of moving text in my subtitles for this cover ’cause damn, the video got so bustling during the first pre-chorus, and I felt like I had to make something that blended into that somewhat. And I’d have more color in the subtitles in general to be a bit more consistent with the original typography, but I found that trying to put in more yellow would make for way less visibility. And I kinda wish I translated the original credits in the MV of Jin’s “MERMAID” some more in the video of my English cover of that song.

Now, here’s the mp3 for this cover, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Please remember to credit and link me as well if you’re gonna use my stuff even in a mocking way, because hey, you would want me and not you seen as the weeby poser/piece of English dub trash who had the audacity to make this pathetic excuse for a cover, right? Also, again, I’d love to get honest constructive feedback.