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Post by Aerlith on Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:04 pm

Hello everyone!

First off, we sincerely apologize about the delay in judging! A few of the judges got unexpectedly super busy before they finished, and we wanted to give them a chance to finish all their judging so it would be fair to everyone.

Since it was our first time running something like this, we have a quick survey for feedback on the event. If you'd like to fill it out, you can find the link here!

Finally... Drumroll please~~~~~ Congratulations to our first place winners...

Jan and hera!

They won first place with their entry of Kokoronashi! Their story was bittersweet and touching! Their soft voices convey a sense of desperation and sadness. Such a heart wrenching entry :’( Congratulations on winning first place! You can view their full entry here:
Spoiler:
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdR2lgUXj5g
Singers: へら & Jan
Original Singers: GUMI
Producer: 蝶々P
Original video: sm22608740
Lyrics: Original | Translation | Script
Mix: チョ子
Art: San
Animation: Jan


Why did we pick this song?:
We originally chose another song, however we talked about it and finally went with this as the duet song. When we first heard “heartless”, we immediately fell in love with the melody. The lyrics is really touching; as it talks about a male robot who wants to love a girl but he doesn’t have a physical heart to do so. This is why we want to convey to everyone the message of loving and cherishing those around you before you regret it.

Story behind the relationship the two characters in the song have:
The story is based on a boy who was ill and didn’t have much time left to live. He wanted to confess to the girl he loves before it’s too late.

The boy didn’t know how to confess in words, therefore he wanted to do something for her. He would go pick out the girl’s favourite carnations from his garden to give to her. And the girl had always wondered why there was her favourite flower on her desk every morning. Little does she know it was from the boy.

One day the girl came to class early to see who this mystery person was, but no one came. School ended that day, the girl went home and wondered confusedly. The next morning she went to class early again, and the several mornings after as well. However there were no more flowers on her desk.

After a week has passed, the boy’s best friend went to find the girl in the classroom and handed her a note.

“By the time you read this, I have already gone somewhere far from this world. I have always loved you but I was really ill and didn’t have the courage to confess to you. I planted your favourite carnations in my garden and had put one on your desk each morning. But recently I wasn’t able to come to class and put them on your desk. My illness had become more serious and I was rushed to the hospital. I’m sorry I won’t able to give you flowers anymore. I hope you’ll find someone who loves and cherishes you as much as I do. Although I have a weak heart, I’ll always love you. Good bye.”

The girl burst into tears and held the note close to her heart.


Second place was Warsfeil and Spoon, with their entry of Kakakuri Burst. We all loved the Swedish and Finnish rivalry the two of you portrayed, plus the added layer of the wolf and the sheep! The ending chorus with the Swedish and Finnish translyrics were such an awesome bonus!
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You can view their full entry here:
Spoiler:

Singers:
- 小匙 - https://www.youtube.com/user/raika0411/
- Warsfeil - https://www.youtube.com/user/Warsfeil

Original singer(s): Kagamine Rin & Len
Producer: Hitoshizuku-P / ひとしずくP ( http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/8159174 ) + Yama△ / やま△ ( http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/16330281 )
Original video: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm13313111
Lyrics: http://www.animelyrics.com/doujin/vocaloid/karakuriburst.htm

Mix: Warsfeil ( https://www.youtube.com/user/Warsfeil )
Art: (for soundcloud icon) Spoon (小匙) ( http://thebalticmermaid.deviantart.com/ / https://www.youtube.com/user/raika0411/ )

Why did you pick this song? (How is this song related to your theme?):
Considering we are from neighbour countries (Finland & Sweden) we decided to use rivalry/enemies as our theme! In Karakuri卍Burst, Rin & Len are enemies, which is why the song matches the theme we wanted to go for. But they're not just enemies, in the PV for the original video (with art by Suzu no Suke / 鈴ノ助 ( http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/14615344 )) it's hinted that Rin & Len share a deeper connection, possibly being siblings but only recoqnizing the other at the end of the video.

Story behind the relationship the two characters in the song have:
Following Karakuri卍Burst's PV and lyrics we wanted to do something similiar and went for a "close friends even though different speices, separated, ending up on different sides off a battle and so becoming enemies" approach. Considering Warsfeil usually is portrayed as a sheep, and Spoon a wolf/dog, this idea came pretty easily. After all these two speices aren't usually considered friends, and the complications (like having different languages (which is why we made translyrics in Swedish & Finnish for the second to last chorus)) of it seemed fascinating to work with.
They get separated and as they aren't the same animals they will fight against each other, and years later they probably wouldn't recoqnize the other. They do end up fighting against each other, realizing who the other is and wondering if they somehow would be able to play together again, just like old times.

Third place was Jess and Hua, with their entry of multiple mash-ups to illustrate the changing relationship between a senpai and a kouhai who gradually fall in love with each other! The adlibs were hilarious, and it was really cool to see how you guys picked songs that fit the story you wanted to create. The ending and final message that your crush may like you just the way you are was a beautiful one, too!
You can view their full entry here:
Spoiler:
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEU72h0TA9E
Singers:
-Hua - http://www.youtube.com/xpomusume
-Jess - http://www.youtube.com/user/healiaquastar
Original singer(s):
-World is Mine: Hatsune Miku
-Just Be Friends: Megurine Luka (Rapbit & Zebra rap)
-Renai Circulation: Hanazawa Kana
-Suki Kirai: Kagamine Rin & Len
-Choose Me: Hatsune Miku x Hyadain
-Suki Daisuki: Kagamine Rin
Producer:
-World is Mine: Ryo
-Just Be Friends: Dixie Flatline
-Renai Circulation: SHAFT
-Suki Kirai: Gom / Giga-P
-Choose Me: Hyadain
-Suki Daisuki: RENA
Original video:
-World is Mine: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5473120
-Just Be Friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoPzP-MwcLI
-Renai Circulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmQQoCK6hFs
-Suki Kirai: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm19663995
-Choose Me: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm11269476
-Suki Daisuki: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6437728
Lyrics: [script + translation]

-World is Mine: Ryo
-Just Be Friends: Dixie Flatline
-Renai Circulation: SHAFT (?)
-Suki Kirai: Gom
-Choose Me: Hyadain
-Suki Daisuki: RENA
Mix: Hua
Art:
-World is Mine: Redjuice
-Just Be Friends: Yunomi-P
-Renai Circulation: Hajime Ueda (?)
-Suki Kirai: Yamako
-Choose Me: No art used
-Suki Daisuki: Eromame
Why did you pick this song?: We picked the songs above because they fit the idea of the story we had in mind. The chord progression also had to be considered as it changed from one song to the next, so we tried to find a few that would fit well together. We also knew the struggles of trying to change oneself to fit the preferences of the person they like, and hoped that people out there would realise that they don't have to be uber cute or a sparkling diva to win the heart of that special someone. Who knows ? Senpai might like the real you a lot more ! :>
Story behind the relationship the two characters in the song have:
    This story shows a kouhai's efforts in trying to get her senpai to notice her. She tries to be the typical himedere that other senpais seem to go after, thinking that senpai would be impressed, only to find out that senpai only wants to be friends. Kouhai doesn't give up, and tries a different approach ! She puts on a cute, cheerful facade and tells senpai her honest feelings in a fluffy song, to appear more endearing to senpai.
    Secretly, senpai already knows what kouhai is really like. She has already fallen for kouhai, and is finding it harder and harder to deny her true feelings. She tries to remember her feelings when she first rejected kouhai, hoping to erase what she really felt. (Hence the same pv, with the addition of a strong rap, as if she's convincing herself !) Even so, she starts to realise that she had already fallen for kouhai back then. In the end, senpai admits her love for kouhai with a loud, echoing confession ! <3

The winning three pairs, please contact Aerlith with your OC character information so she can forward them to the lovely artists. Please also include your choice for your custom title and color!

The rest of the scores can be found here. The next two posts will highlight a few entries that we really enjoyed that didn’t place, along with our personal thoughts of the event. <3

If any of you would like your individual pair's feedback/judges' critiques, please send a PM to either Kagi or me (Aerlith)!

Again, thank you all so much for participating and hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!


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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] YTC Blind Duet Results!

Post by Aerlith on Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:04 pm

Judges' Highlights


Below are some entries that we’d like to highlight as honorable mentions either for their vocal awesomeness or because of their creativity! Unfortunately, we couldn’t list them all, but the following five really distinguished themselves. Smile

Awaka + Onion: LINK
A notable vocal entry! Their voices sounded beautiful and blended quite nicely <3 But. WHATS THIS NON-EXISTENT STORY ABOUT DINOSAURSxHANATAN HMM? ಠ_ಠ

Eru + Wensu: LINK
Such fuwa fuwa feels. Such voice blend. MEIN KOKORO.

昨夜+ kura: LINK.
The vocals for this duet were gorgeous! You two did a great job with the harmonies and matching your emotions together!

Rygar + KurokoP: LINK
You overachievers you! Such a wonderfully written story accompanied by a lovely vocal performance. You did a great job contrasting the guy who is trying to help the girl overcome the “sea of darkness” she is trapped in. The script was cleverly divided and was well-suited to your narrative!

Coru + Euji/Echoe: LINK
You guys had some of the funniest adlibs! We had a lot of fun imagining you guys in the story/scenario you set up, where two girls create a fanclub for China! The added touch of Echoe getting Japanese and Chinese confused was perfect, too, since the song uses both languages!

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Judges' Comments


Taifuu wrote:Hello! I’d like to say, that I never expected judging to be this hard! And all the entries were beyond my expectations, and I really enjoyed listening to them! I hope in future, when something like this will be organized again, you guys would join!!

Riyumi wrote:Hey guys! It's me again //shot. I sincerely apologize for the delay. I dearly hope you'll forgive me for those--however--I hope the time and commentary I've put into this will make it up to you all. As far as judging goes--boy you guys made this tough! I thoroughly enjoyed rampaging through all these entries though ahaha. Unfortunately, I can't pick every song I listened to, but I do hope you all enjoyed this event!

Shinra wrote:Hii! Woah judging is tough. Despite the scoring, I’d like to commend every one of you on your entries <3 Some had wonderful blend and others really innovative stories and other others beautiful mixes. SUBARASHIIIII~!!. It was a pleasure to listen to all the wonderful music. I hope everyone had fun and look forward to future participation!

Aerlith wrote:Hey everyone! Thanks for participating again! It was a lot of fun going through all the entries! As I was going through them, I realized that I really wasn’t as clear as I could have been when I was explaining things, so I really apologize about that! I learned a lot putting this event together, since it was the first time I’ve really managed to host something this big. Aaaaah you learn so much in hindsight! But it’s okay. Hope to put what I’ve learned to use for the next event and to see more of you again!


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Post by KaRei on Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:02 pm

congrats to the winners and well done to everyone who took part :D
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Post by Legender on Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Congrats everyone :D
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Post by SAE on Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:06 pm

Woot! Congrats everyone! ^_^
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Post by Kumoshi on Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:48 pm

Congratulations to the winners! Great job everyone <3
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Post by xpomusume on Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:03 am

Thank you // GJ everyone ! 
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Post by Spoon on Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:31 am

Oh wow, thank you so much!!


Everyone's entries were so amazing, I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it was for you to judge *-*
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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:45 pm

AAAA thank you so much!! It was really cool listen to all the talented vocalists out there! <3

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Post by Delightify on Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:33 pm

Congrats to the winners, and thanks for hosting this event, it was really fun.  Happiness
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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] YTC Blind Duet Results!

Post by Aerlith on Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:48 pm

Aerlith wrote:The winning three pairs, please contact Aerlith with your OC character information so she can forward them to the lovely artists. Please also include your choice for your custom title and color!

Winners, don't forget about this part! We can't do the art part of your award without your information. >w<

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Post by Onion on Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:48 pm

 A notable vocal entry! Their voices sounded beautiful and blended quite nicely <3 But. WHATS THIS NON-EXISTENT STORY ABOUT DINOSAURSxHANATAN HMM? ಠ_ಠ 
But. WHATS THIS NON-EXISTENT STORY ABOUT DINOSAURSxHANATAN HMM? ಠ_ಠ 
 NON-EXISTENT STORY ABOUT DINOSAURSxHANATAN 

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Post by Azusa on Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:53 pm

Woaaaaah, good job everyone *w*
There was so much amazing entries omg
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Post by Kimoicchi on Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Onion wrote:



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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] YTC Blind Duet Results!

Post by Warsfeil on Thu May 01, 2014 4:56 am

Uwaahh thanks a lot for liking mine & spoons entry!!/////

&& Good job everyone~ All the entries are so good aahhhhh This was a really fun event ehehe Thanks a lot for hosting it~!
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