Friday, May 3, 2013

A Study in Vocaloid: Aria on the Game Center



It's been way too long since I've done one of these, so I thought I'd turn the focus of KP back to covering new and noteworthy Vocaloid songs.

Today's song, Aria on the Game Center is Hatsune Miku's response to Wreck-it Ralph and is a complete and unabashed love letter to the culture of arcade gaming.  Sure, it's not the deepest or most unsettling premise for a Vocaloid song - but it does have Miku posing as Ken from Street Fighter II and delivering what could be the greatest lyric in the history of all Vocaloid to date: "With magnificent manipulation, I repeat one hadoken after another".

While the song's catchy in and of itself, Madoka Kurosawa's animation really makes the video worth checking out!



Incidentally, there's also a lot going on with puns buried in the the lyrics of this masterpiece.

The YouTube translator, VGperson, notes that the title itself is a riff on Bach's Aria On the G String (editor's note: tee hee, G-string) and the repeated phrase "GET YOU!" is likely a pun on "gee-chuu", a video game addict.  

If for whatever reason you'd like to watch the original video without the English translation, you'll have to login to nicovideo.jp, but the translated version works just fine as well. I'm tracking down an Mp3 version of the song for downloading/purchasing, and I'll drop a link here if and when I find it!