Jin (Shizen no Teki-P) – After Story – TOB English Cover

My previous song cover was also a Jin song, it’s been two weeks since this song was released, and I impulsively made a straight-up English cover of it. Feel free to wield a higher level of heat if you’re gonna roast my translation skills, also~ And yeah, I uploaded this a day later than planned ’cause I’ve been such a slow guy about my day job stuff.

Anyway, it seems like it’s almost a decade since I started tuning into Jin and his work. KagePro has been pretty much the main reason for my interest in him, and while I can’t say a lot about his non-KagePro work, which I hadn’t been bothering to check out and analyze as much as I do KagePro (and I still haven’t fully read the light novels and the manga), this song makes me feel like he’s really going somewhere in terms of the creative quality of his non-KagePro work. Maybe it’s because of the KagePro sound influence, e.g. the “Remind Blue”-reminiscent melodies at the earlier parts of “After Story, as well, which, as Mekakucity Reload has shown, has evolved even further. And maybe it’s because of how wisely youthful it sounds, too, making me think that he is taking pages from his KagePro work really well, which I think he should keep up. On the other hand, I guess I can hope for a lot more throat-friendlier songs now if he’s going to make and release more original songs with him on main vocals, hahaha! XD

Still, I guess it ain’t gonna be a Jin song if it ain’t requiring a lot of power in terms of vocals. I mean, for example, I can do the final sustain/shout of this song, but I have a particularly hard time yelling the “Let the end of this notice all this now” part as well as Jin does, and I only have so much time to record, so I settled for a falsetto instead. And then there’s Shigeru making my vocals sound so freaking clear and youthful, freaking nuts! I think I’m at a loss for words about that now, hahaha! Thanks very much again, man!

With all that said, here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Please credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, yo~

Also, honest constructive feedback, please~

Tobby tried to sing “Yuukei Yesterday”

So, Jin’s “After Story” is freaking awesome, and you should check it out. Also, Jin himself is singing there.

Now, as for the Jin stuff that’s the main star of this post, I picked “Yuukei Yesterday” thanks to my own experiences with what I think might be my own brand of tsundere that I’m not gonna explain further so explicitly right now. That, and for a KagePro song, it’s pretty easy to sing. And then there’s how my more popped-up taste in music got me grooving to this more lately. Yeah, I think I realized how much this song really screams tsundere in a deep and profound way, especially with how it paints a picture of how hard it is for us foolish humans to identify and, by extension, wield true love. I mean, seriously, us imperfect nuts are supposed to love our fellow imperfect nuts? Yeah, that’s a question we foolish humans often struggle to properly ask and answer.

As for the more technical stuff in the making of this, I very much enjoyed putting character into my singing here, and I felt like I really have improved in singing with character. RERO definitely helped enhance how that sounds on the record, too, also helping me make my first KagePro vocal cover with actually decent audio quality, something I never bothered to have in the years before, hahaha…Anyway, again, thanks very much for your help, RERO!

Now, here’s the mp3 for this vocal cover, yo~

And hey, I’d like some honest constructive feedback!

Souzou Forest – TOB Tagalog Cover

Huh, ang tagal na pala since huli akong gumawa ng ganito. At akala ko pa na hindi ko ‘to matutuloy, hahaha~

Anyway, eto, isa pang cover ng isa sa mga pinakapaborito kong kanta, pero sa Tagalog naman! Nabuhayan ng malakas recently ang loob ko para sa pag-translate at sa paggawa ng musika kasi. Saka matagal na ‘to, baka isa o dalawang taon pa nga na tagal, pero nagkaroon ako ng kutob na pwede maging magandang-maganda itong kantahin sa Tagalog. Saka August 15, so ‘yon. XD

Ah, at this time, among other things, may mga harmonies ‘tong take na ‘to, ‘di tulad ng nakaraang attempt ko. Saka gumamit ako ng subtitle template ni vgperson para mas may style yung video saka para mas madali kong trabahuin ang video.

Also, gusto ko talaga ‘to ipakita sa mga kapamilya’t kaibigan ko. Maraming salamat sa Diyos uli! 😀

Ngayon, heto ang mp3, at heto ang lyrics sheet. Pa-credit at link din po kung gusto n’yo din pong gamitin ang lyrics ko para sa mga sariling cover n’yo po.

And of course, honest constructive feedback. Penge po ng honest constructive feedback.

Tobby tried to sing “Lost Time Memory”

Considering how my throat’s been acting up a lot after this one’s recording process, I feel like Persona 4‘s Teddie in that funny flattened form right now. Pat also pointed out how the messed-up instrumental sound quality gets in the way of my more or less good vocals, and I agree with her. But freaking nuts, I still managed to make a remotely listenable recorded performance with this song, something way better than the last time I tried!

Indeed, I’ve been loving this song more than I first expected. After all those college years, I found this truckload of feels a lot more fun to watch and listen to. Seriously, Shintaro’s growth never sunk into me that much until now. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again!

Now, here’s the mp3. And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Mekakucity Days, Records, and Reload

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Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Mekakucity Days, Records, and Reload

edited by Pat/Burrito of Feels

The defining work of Jin, a.k.a. Shizen no Teki-P, is a big multimedia mess with beautiful Vocaloid music at its very core. Its light novels and manga are a stack of supplementary flashbacks pretending to be stories, while its anime is also a big and non-sexual piece of fanservice exclusive for the established follower, but the Vocaloid music is where the actual stories are, even making all those adaptations and supplements bearable for the imagination.


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Tobby tried to sing “Additional Memory”

The end of the current semester is nearing, and surprisingly, I managed to make this along the way. At the same time, it’s also surprising to have free time, so much that I end up feeling confused about what to do next when I do realize that I have free time. I guess that’s some sort of inertia, then? Well, at the very least, it’s another reason for me to thank God Almighty very much again, yo~

Now, I am also surprised that not only I have sung this KagePro song with an MV before another one with a music video makes it more outdated, I can also sing this song in the original key, way unlike most of the previous KagePro songs I’ve tried to sing so far. I thought I couldn’t at first, but that was actually because of a sore throat I had when the song and its MV first came out, so yeah.

Also, I think I’m managing to be more aware of how I mix audio. I’d like to thank Pat yet again very much as well because of that, otherwise y’all nuts would probably find yourself drowning deeper into my voice, so much that you’d forget that there was an instrumental in the first place. Gotta give a chance to that freaking awesome instrumental too, yo~

Oh, and working those harmonies and ornamentations sure has been going more fun for me lately. Pop songs be helping me appreciate all that more, too~

Anyway, here’s the mp3 for this song cover.

Now, I gotta go chill in further preparation for the big final weeks of this uni semester…and hey, gimme some honest constructive feedback, yo! \(*A* )

Ah, and by the way, Mekakucity Reload is freaking awesome~

Tobby tried to sing “Headphone Actor”

So, after waiting for a number of days and going trial-and-error with deleting some browsing data, I’ve finally stopped delaying the upload of this song cover which was supposed to be uploaded on my birthday! Plus, I can’t go back in time, so yeah, I’ll deal with what I can deal with.

Anyway, about how I worked on this, well, I think I spent a day or two with recording and mixing vocals for this. I had already prepared the instrumental some time before, lowering the pitch and mastering the sound, the latter being something that I was doing along with a bunch of other offvocal tracks. As for singing the song, there was difficulty, even with the lowered pitch, particularly during the last hook, as I needed to make sure that I didn’t run out of breath while trying to stay on-key. Working on the harmonies also made me think about what can I manage and how I can improve there, especially considering how I hit the ceiling of my range while reaching the end of the high-range harmony track.

Also, I’ve been reminiscing about how “Headphone Actor” was one of the songs which really hooked me into Vocaloid. I think it was during 2012, back when I was just looking at example songs for various Vocaloids while sating my curiosity about the software that I found being referenced by anime and manga fans. IA was one of the Vocaloids I was checking, with Lia’s involvement attracting more of my interest towards IA, and “Headphone Actor,” an IA demo song, was one of the songs I checked out early on. Back then, I wasn’t quite attentive when it came to which musician produced which Vocaloid song and all that, but still, what made “Headphone Actor” so attractive to me was the combination of story and song. Eventually, while I searched for more Vocaloid songs, I found out about Jin, a.k.a. Shizen no Teki-P, and I became a fan of his works, especially the Kagerou Project. The interesting story + song combinations really got me, you know, and although I listen to other musicians more lately, Jin’s works still have a special place in my heart. Also, there’s a ton of other producers and works that kept me a fan of Vocaloid. I guess I can say that them song cover peeps helped out a lot there, too.

Well, that’s that for now, I guess. I’m not up for rambling around too much, see. Also, I managed to get through a semester of classes again, I’m on break from school right now, and I’m gonna go back to it on January. I should take the opportunity to spend more time on sleep and other important things right now, alright…that, and stories, collabs, and more…but first, more sleep…

Also, mp3, yo. And see you again in the den as well. And before I further forget, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Outer Science”

I’m back with an arrangement + vocal cover, yo!

Also, I begun working on this one way before I worked on the first arrange cover that I uploaded. Like, my work on this begun while I begun figuring out chord charts online. And yes, although I like how this cover turned out, I don’t think I can call myself someone who has a firm grasp on basic music theory. Not like I can’t learn, though.

And speaking of which, I’d like to send special thanks with the upload of this cover! There’s Fuyuneru and Toshihiro, Youtaites whom I had asked for feedback regarding my arrangement plus help when it came to looking for a singer for my arrangement. I’d like to apologize to them as well, though, as I had done things that were contrary to their suggestions, such as having myself as the singer in this cover. Still, it’s not like they weren’t worth thinking about, so yeah, I’m still thankful for their thoughts!

Special thanks also goes to TechniKen, who had given me some encouraging feedback on the arrangement plus motivation to work harder on the vocal mix!

And last but not least in the Special Thanks section is a Vocaloid producer who had a lot of influence in the making of this cover: Tenshi~Akari! She got me improving the beat of the arrangement, and she also introduced the wonders of bass instruments to me! Along with those was an increase in my music knowledge, too!

Now, there’s one more person I’d like give credit to: Mcki Robyns-P! She helped me out with mixing the tracks, especially the vocals, and she also mastered the cover track. The result is something that I like very much, yo!

And here’s a reminder about how dark “Outer Science” is~ Freaking nuts, no?

Meanwhile, about my life lately, yeah, this semester is nearing its end, and as usual, I need to work hard and accomplish my academic requirements, yo~ That, and I should go talk with my parents sometime soon…

Oh, and hey, this cover’s mp3, yo. Also, here’s the offvocal. Don’t forget to credit me, The Overlord Bear, if you’re gonna use it, okay? Oh, and notifying me about that is a more fun idea, if you ask me.

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)

For Jin-san’s birthday, Tobby tried to sing Souzou Forest again

This is a late upload, with me having decided to make it a day before Jin’s birthday (which, I guess, is better than uploading it ten days earlier). Still, I’m confident in this retake of a song that’s freaking dear to me. I find my voice sounding better with a raised key, and I think I can say that the audio quality of this is better than my previous attempt at covering this song. Also, this cover has no harmony track, as I think that my singing sounds more natural that way.

Oh, and even though I can’t really watch it, I’m freaking excited about the KagePro MX4D movie! Special mention goes to sidu having the director role and to the character designs, yo~ Also, I wanna sharpen up my Japanese skills and properly get my own copies of the light novels and the manga! Oh, and then there’s Mekakucity Reload! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

Ah, and speaking of KagePro, I might do rearrange covers of Momo’s songs sometime…and emphasis on “might,” ’cause I got other things I gotta focus on, like school and homework, household chores, and that one music video I haven’t started working on yet.

Okay, so now, here’s this cover’s mp3, yo! \(^o^)

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! 🙂

Tobby tried to sing Kagerou Daze

This creation process of this cover is something that surprises me, really. Specifically, the cover I decided to make mostly out of Heat-Haze-Day-commemoration-related impulse ended up reaching the end of encoding stage yesterday, and I considered my vocals and mix impressive enough for me to push through with uploading it. Maybe some lack of sleep is messing me up, though, and there’s a little lyric slip-up (“fuurin,” not “fuuin”) that I feel embarrassed about, especially when I think about mentioning it in my video upload descriptions. (Oh, and my “Kanashimi no Nami ni Oboreru” cover has a little lyric slip-up too: “shihatsu,” not “shinhatsu.” I really need to work on reading Japanese without the help of romaji more as well…) I don’t feel like rerecording right now, though, as I have a bunch of other more pressing matters to deal with in my life right now, such as classes and homework, plus other art stuff I want to focus on, like writing stories, and there’s also me struggling with trying not to push my body too hard. So yeah.

Anyway, I’m still looking forward to honest constructive feedback on this. mp3’s here too, yo.