There are literally tens of thousands of songs out there that use the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software for vocals, but few can inspire and touch people’s hearts like the work of Japanese 11-member music group Supercell.
On August 14, Supercell released the music video for their new single “ODDS&ENDS,” their first song to feature Hatsune Miku in over a year and the opening theme for the upcoming Playstation Vita game “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA-f.”
Check out the video below and be sure to grab a box of tissues because Supercell has once again managed to pour more emotion into this virtual singer than can be found in most pop songs today.
The lyrics, along with a translation by Descent87, are as follows:
You have always been laughed at
Unattached in all you do
In the end descending into the rain,
“My favorite umbrella has been blown away” you say
With appreciation for your efforts,
I’ve been treading upon that field
As always you are a disliked person
People keeping their distance without reason
Even though you’ve put in much effort
Thinking “It must be for some reason or another”
You’re at a loss and have fallen into sadness
So it’s fine to use my voice!
Not able to be understood by humans,
A painful, terrible voice
Even if it’s called such things
I’ll surely become your strength
So let me sing and you’ll see
Yes, let me sing your very own words
Compose them and join them together
I’ll cry out those words and feelings
Lay out your ideals
I won’t let anyone touch those feelings
And then the voice of the Odds & Ends will ring out
Clumsily connecting the truth together
Raising a big voice with all my might
Together we thought of so many words to say, haven’t we?
And yet, right now a single one doesn’t come to mind
But still everything is understood
“I see, surely this is a dream. Never waking up, coming to know you, that kind of dream.”
The Odds & Ends keeping a smiling face like that
No matter how much I call out, it still won’t move
At your desired conclusion, crying and screaming
It’s a lie right? It’s not true!
Yes, cry and scream
I could not rescue even a single neglected item
Those feeling, through your tears,
Stain your cheeks one by one
At that time,
The world will change that color in a grand way
Sadness and joy
All will be felt together as one
When I begin to sing
The world will once again go around for your sake
That voice entrusted with your intentions
Right now those feelings will ring out
The song has been flooded with praise and Japanese and international viewers alike have commented that the video left them in tears.
One Japanese viewer offers his interpretation of the final scene:
“At 4:58, Miku forms from the ‘odds & ends’ laying around the room. I think that each piece of junk represents the people, such as producers and illustrators, involved in making Vocaloid music. If even one piece of junk goes missing, Miku falls apart. They may never be able to compare to professionals, but when a group of amateurs come together they can create something big like this. It’s the same with her concerts. While an ordinary person would see that and think it’s nothing more than a digital image, it is us who make that ‘digital image’ into something real by calling out and cheering her on together. What I’m trying to say is, Miku is the embodiment of our love, sweat and tears-she’s our angel!”
Indeed, the lyrics themselves seem to be a shout out to all of the people who have found a voice for themselves in Miku. It’s easy to see why Miku is so loved by the Japanese and international net communities and we look forward to seeing what the combined efforts of her fans can create next.