Okay, so this guy's singing is so, so good.
But his name... it's just so, so bad.
I'm really sorry, but:
Seriously though, go listen to his Sayonara Midnight or rain stops and wonder at how a guy with a voice like that has an utaite name that's so... yeah. Just call him Oliver or Bun, I think that's how the Japanese folks are skirting around it.
Actually, if I'm not mistaken 恭ちゃん/Kyou-chan refers to Kyouichirou, an extremely popular namanushi and occasional utaite/rapper (in fact, he qualifies for the wiki himself). He's friends with a lot of utaite (he's sung covers with the likes of halyosy and 96Neko), including Aho no Sakata - though he pokes fun at Sakatan's singing prowess from time to time.
From what I can gather from the comments, it seems like he linked to the video from somewhere. Hence all the "恭ちゃんから来ました" or "I came here because of Kyou-chan".
The thought to tell by Sasaki (she was the person who drew the song's PV too, for extra points). I'm not going to spoil the plot for you, but let me just say it tells a better story in 8 minutes than most movies do in two hours.
I'm not usually a sentimental person, but this is the only song that has ever made me openly cry at my keyboard (every damned time I listen to it, even though I already know the twist). Actually, now that I think about it "The thought to tell" in and of itself is the only VOCALOID song I've ever actually cried at, period. Such an underrated classic.
Honourable mention goes to Yumemachi Contrast by Soraru.
EDIT: Damn it, why do I do this to myself? I ended up listening to Sasaki's The thought to tell again and now I have to wipe tears off my keyboard.
As far as mics you can just plug into a USB socket go, I definitely recommend the Blue Snowflake . It was my first recording mic, it's a great quality mic for its price, and it's fairly easy to get for around 30-40 dollars. Most electronic stores usually stock them, though I've heard you can get them at places like London Drugs as well.
I love, love, love Blue mics (I currently use a Yeti ) so biased opinion, but Blue is a microphone company first and foremost, so their technical support is pretty top-notch to boot.
It's a good idea.
I think we shouldn't link to sites that don't ship internationally, though. Like, I'm fairly sure Toranoana, Animate, and Three!! don't ship internationally and thus require proxy buying services (which inherently comes with more risk because there's a middle man). That's my two cents.
Well, I know there are a lot of mixers for hire on NND, but you might have some better luck contacting some of the Youtaite mixers if your Japanese isn't up to snuff. DM-ing on Twitter or e-mailing them seem to be good ways to contact people, though I've never tried it myself. Though some of them might accept right away, it's always best to befriend people (for real, with no ulterior motives) before asking them for their services.
But if you're a bit impatient like me, you can do what Candii said above: start by mixing your own covers, and once you become part of the community and meet more people, you can ask around for mixing/encoding help.
I personally recommend practicing first in Audacity to get your feet wet if you have no experience with mixing, then graduating to Adobe Audition or other more advanced editing software. I'm horrible at mixing myself, so I'm afraid I can't give any advice other than that.
There's also a tag on niconico that links together a lot of mixing tutorials, how-to-do-harmonies for various popular songs and other useful things for new and aspiring utaite, so check that out too if you're good at Japanese.
I knew we were going to say goodbye to Q/Harajuku in advance because my Twitter feed had been talking about it, and I was apprehensive at first (because I loved Harajuku) - but I like GINZA more than I thought I would. However, there's a lot of new features, so it understandably lags on my computer at times.
I still have a lot of nostalgic fondness for Harajuku (it was easier on my eyes), but I'll get over it - I've been on the site since SP1, so I've seen a lot of changes over the years.
Last post of the night, I swear. I've dug a little deeper, and I'm just correcting a few details now that some things have been confirmed and are a little less vague.
A rough timeline of the events of 9/29:
The Asahi TV Matsuri wasn't interrupted during the event - Shamuon actually canceled at the very last minute, literally the day of the event, I think. Here's the Asahi TV operations manager's Tweet making the announcement. And of course, since the announcement said it was because of a sudden illness, no-one was too worried... yet.
He then made a Tweet he deleted shortly afterwards - and to clarify, it wasn't about his bad health (I mistranslated, oops), but instead a worryingly cryptic one saying "体調不良じゃない", or "it's not because of my physical health". So people started worrying.
Next came the depressing Tweets I translated above, and the next morning he deleted his Twitter account.
Also, Soraru and Amatsuki (at least) either don't know what's going on either, or whatever the reason is, it hasn't affected them negatively. Here's the tweets they sent him last night in response to the self-destructive ones he made:
Soraru: そんなことないよそう思っちゃうだけだべ (It's not like that at all, that's the last thing you should think of yourself.)
Amatsuki: 気が向いたらLINEをみるのじゃ (Once you feel better, you should look at your LINE.) *Note: LINE is a free messaging service, implying that Amatsuki sent him something.
Aaaaannd I believe that sums up all everyone knows at this point in time. I'll be keeping tabs on the whole thing, though. It seems whatever happened, it went to hell in a handbasket over the course of a day, since Shamu was acting normally (at least on the surface, this might have been a long time coming) until 9/28... the Japanese fandom is just as stumped.
EDIT: Didn't notice that miss-simplicity over at Tumblr summarized it much better than I did, haha. Tumblr is hella blocked on the internet connection I'm using.
Alright, sorry for spamming but some details have come out about things that may have happened yesterday (9/29 Japan time), which is when all of this went down. None of it points to any sort of scandal at this point, which is the good news. The bad news is that none of it gives any sort of answer as to why this happened, and on top of that it's just more worrying and confusing.
I wonder what happened? (´；д；`) He had a one man live in November, too... Also, the Asahi Television Matsuri 2013 landing page on the Asahi TV website is gone, but I'm not sure if that's supposed to happen or not. ;;
Anyway, that's all I could dig up even with my super powers of stalking.
But to answer the op, if you're talking about these tweets, I don't know any of the circumstances but here are those tweets, translated:
I'm praying that he's getting the help he needs and his friends are talking to him... it's all we can do, really.
he's not the only one, either. Chomaiyo's been making some pretty depressing tweets (which is worryingly out of character for him) as of late as well, but he hasn't gone so far as to delete things yet.
seems a lot of utaite are in utsu-mode lately
Here it is for anyone who wants to read.
Yeah, I managed to read half of the blog entry before my eyes started watering.
Breast cancer is a nasty, nasty thing. It seems the family knew it was terminal since it was diagnosed in 2009, meaning Minmin's had to cope for a good portion of her time on niconico, ugh. So much respect for her.
RIP Wotamin's mom. I can translate the whole blog post if anyone wants me to.
I personally think it's useful to keep popular covers at the top (thus, ordering by popularity). But then again, I have horridbad OCD and disorganization makes me irrationally unhappy, so take my words with a grain of salt.
Manually frameshifting covers to maintain order really is a pain in the ass though.
Well, I'm not a mod, but I think I know why.
The important thing is, mylist numbers fluctuate, while view counts do not. Once something is viewed, it can't be unviewed, so the viewcount is a bit more "reliable" than the mylist count.
People add and remove things from their mylists all the time, because space (especially for non-premium members) is limited. The problems with basing popularity on mylists are that a.) it gives newer videos an unfair advantage over older ones which are more likely to have been removed from mylists to make room for newer videos, and b.) people/covers can and will fluctuate below any requirements that we set.
In theory, it's a good idea, but it requires an asinine amount of monitoring because utaite/covers can qualify, then suddenly not qualify a month or so later because their mylist counts went down. It's a lot simpler this way, imho.
Well, he goes mononymically as "natsushiro" (in all lowercase romaji) as a member of the band einie, so I'm assuming yes? Especially since Eve (the band's other vocalist) retains his capitalized E.
And yeah, that's a good point. He changed it very recently though, so it was after I wrote the article. orz
Page Title, Linking & Infobox: Eastern Order Name
And then the text portion begins: Western Order Name (Kanji, Eastern Order Name)?
If so, then that sounds okay to me, especially if we do it for everybody.
But in this particular case, considering he prefers his name to be in all lowercase should the page title be in Eastern order but with the lowercase title template, or...? Idk, it feels weird to have one and not the other.
↑ I'm just finicky because I actually have a page written for him already and this issue has been keeping me from publishing it. orz
Seeing the majority opinions of everyone else, I think my final verdict is Eastern order for page titles unless the utaite specifically states otherwise in an official document like an album cover, or in a way that can be sourced (for example takaaki natsushiro, whose name is apparently supposed to be romanized that way). Pages for professional singers who are also utaite, like Yumi Matsuzawa and Rekka Katakiri should also have their names romanized in Eastern order, unless again, otherwise stated.
In those cases, I think it would be best to still include their names in Eastern order in the page content to minimize confusion, perhaps in the way I suggested earlier; ie. takaaki natsushiro (夏代孝明, Natsushiro Takaaki). I don't think we need to include Western order on pages with titles or content listing names in Eastern order (like the status quo, for example Swi being Mizukawa Taichi (水川汰一) can stay the way it is). As for stuff in the infoboxes, those should also be left in Eastern order, imo.
And if needed, for pages for utaite who romanize their names in Western order we can add a reference (or a note, if the wiki has that function) explaining why it's romanized that way with a source, ie. takaaki natsushiro (夏代孝明, Natsushiro Takaaki). Please forgive me in advance if I break the forums.
If not, (since I'm rereading what I wrote and realizing that I'm making zero percent sense) 'straight up Eastern order for everything would be fine if just to avoid unnecessary confusion. I'm just really torn between consistency and following utaite's wishes. ;;