Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Live action film for song "Sakura no Ame"

by Bob Turnbull

Vocaloid is a computer program that synthesizes singing via the simple entry of lyrics and a melody. The software comes with characters who have pre-canned voices and one of the most popular is Hatsune Miku (with a voice sampled from Saki Fujita). A recent "recording" of her version of "Sakura no Ame" ("Rain of Cherry Blossom") made via Vocaloid has been quite the smash. Not only has it hit #32 on the charts in Japan, but it has recently become a commonly played song at graduation dances for middle and high school students in the last month or so. Making further waves is the news that a student run outfit called Tetra Film Studio has started work on a live action film of the story within the song. As reported by Anime News Network:

"The coming-of-age love story will revolve around six boys that are called "otaku" behind their backs by their classmates. The boys try to become cool before graduation, but face trouble along the way."

Here's the song as sung by Hatsune Miku:

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