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Post by -ALT- on 2011-04-19, 20:24

I've found this website... with listeners saying that they're "shikata san no. 2"

There are indeed some striking similarities, not only in terms of the music style, but also the voice(s).

Lily&Re:

Just click on the link and press the "play" button below the image of their alstroemeria album.

The vocal is done by Lily&Re: (I believe they're a duo)
Compositions & Lyrics by:Kaoling

I genuinely believe that they're a doujin group inspired by Shikata Akiko

You can also watch their individual performance on Nico Nico~ ( i can put up the links if you all wanna watch them ^^)

I'm currently following them~ will buy their album when it's released XD


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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by svetyalana on 2011-04-19, 20:33

Yeah... I think some of their main melodies are really common...

But no one can repeat Shikata-san's individual style!
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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by -ALT- on 2011-04-19, 20:46

Yeah, the style is VERY similar. I just hope that it's a group 'inspired' by Shikata san and not a group "mimicking" her... but I kinda like their songs (maybe that's because i really like shikata san =X)
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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by Nonomino on 2011-04-19, 21:41

o__o It's totally like her.

I just hope that it's a group 'inspired' by Shikata san and not a group "mimicking" her...

I hope so... I don't like imitators (especially because of experiences some of my friends lived). é_è Even though I like what they do. T_T
I'll still follow them!

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Post by svetyalana on 2011-04-21, 03:21

Nonomino you're right! She's pretty~
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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by Maruko on 2011-04-21, 06:52

MMmmh... actually they're very similar to Akiko... but they are two people... Akiko-san is completely alone. This make the difference <3
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Post by Spinel on 2011-04-29, 06:43

Ah, quite awesome. I'll try following them for a while. Is there any downloads available yet? oAo

Aiyah, silly me, their release is the 1st of May
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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by Artesox on 2011-04-29, 09:57

They are like the Akiko singing songs like makeda ~ Queen of sheba~, haresugita no sora. and some AT songs. But all this in the same song

No really, one of the songs sounded like Ar Ciel Ar dor with the vocal of Maked and Haresugita, : P
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Post by Maruko on 2011-04-30, 02:29

Wich one, Artesox? °A°
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Post by Artesox on 2011-04-30, 13:56

I don't know ºAº
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Re: Shikata Akiko number 2?

Post by -ALT- on 2011-05-02, 17:49

Ah~ I just realised that the composer (Kaoling) is one of the composers for Final Fantasy Tactics original soundtracks. Wow~ anyway~ their album was released yesterday~ but they're not on sale in stores yet T___T

Tracklist (click on the links to hear the songs)

01 神の名前に堕ちる者 (Lily Version;Combined version)
02 Memoria 君の赴くままに
03 羽根はないけど私は飛べる(Lily Version)
04 昔の話をしましょうか
05 E-nechtear,Liz-na
06 見えない黒に堕ちてゆけ (full version)
07 ♪ⅰ‐神の名前に堕ちる者(Voice Only)
08 ♪ⅱ‐ユークリッドと僕の解(Ver Re:)
09 ♪ⅲ‐ユークリッドと僕の解(Ver Lily)


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Post by Nonomino on 2011-05-02, 19:19

-ALT- wrote:Ah~ I just realised that the composer (Kaoling) is one of the composers for Final Fantasy Tactics original soundtracks.

Oooooh so she's Kaori Ohkoshi from FFTA and FFTA2... ... Oh my... o____________________o
She composed my favourite FFTA battle musics! I have always wondered when she would do something else! I can't believe it. I am totally blown away. Wow...

Thank you ALT for telling us who she is... adore *hugs hugs hugs*

Edit: If any of you are curious to know what she did for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. smile It's really different from her doujin.

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Post by -ALT- on 2011-05-02, 21:09

*hugs hugs* I was surprised too when I found out that Kaoling's the one who composed for FFTA XD Yea~ you're right! The style is sooooo different sweat I like her FFTA compositions too!
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Post by Artesox on 2011-05-03, 11:55

they are somehow close to the Goddess itself.
Good Q music.

but, even the voices being similar, they are not close to have the same magic as the Goddess
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Post by -ALT- on 2011-05-03, 14:20

Yeah~ somehow, the more I listen to the songs, the more I feel that the voices are not really similar to Shikata san~ but voice technique wise, yes. Something just feels lacking... probably the quality of the voice as well as the atmosphere they give? But I'll have to say that the music compositions are great~
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Post by phio_chan on 2011-05-04, 00:19

Still, it's amazing. They are unique to their own way, especially their voices, which made me happy. The composition might be similar, but with different soul of the singer, it becomes different. smile

By the way, Noe-chan, for the first link, you mentioned "Lily version" and "combined version". What are the differences? That first song of Lily version sounds awesome, though. ^__^

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Post by -ALT- on 2011-05-04, 00:35

Yeah ^^ For the album, the "combined version" was included. Lily (one of the singer) did another version with her singing alone (without Re:), so I thought of putting both up for all of you to listen~ XD

If I'm not wrong, out of the 9 songs, Lily sang the solo for 5~6 of them~ She's the one with the more versatile voice. ;) Re:'s the one with a deeper but more nasal voice (ironic description).
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Post by phio_chan on 2011-05-04, 00:58

Ah, I see. Thank you for the links! Can't wait to hear their complete album, I bet it's gonna be awesome! big smile

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Post by jellyfish_marine on 2011-05-30, 01:16

I cannot say that I'm a big fan of Kaoling, Lily or Re: but I feel an urge to defend them from a claim that they are a 'Shikata-wanna be' group. I think that, just like any other genre, most songs in Ethnic genre have something in common enough for listeners to be able to easily tell that 'oh, this song sounds ethnic'. Personally, I find Kaoling's songs to be a mix of Yoko Kanno, Shimotsuki Haruka, KOKIA and Enya rather than Shikata-san's. Many of their fans kinda agree that they should not be labelled Shikata II since the style is difference and it would just be rude to Shikata-san.

Originally, all the songs in this album were composed by Kaoling to be sang by Miku (the vocaloid). 'Kami no namae ni ochiru mono' was covered by many Niconico artists (and personally my favourite cover is Yoru's), Lily and Re: were just one of those singers that took liking to this song and challenged themselves in singing and mixing the over 30-choruses song.

I beleive that Lily is pretty much inspired by Shikata-san and many other artists with the ethnic or whisper-voice style as reflected in her earlier works. She's more keen at singing in whisper-voice. I did not really like her at first because she always uses special effects to make some of her vocal tracks sound rusty and 'ancient' (kind of 'cheat' to me) but she doesn't do that in ALSTROeMERIA so I'm chaning my opinion toward her now.

Re: is quite a well-known Vocaloid composer. He actually did a short a capella cover of Utau Oka~Eolia years ago so perhaps it's safe to presume that he's also a Shikata-san's fan. Re: and Lily sang duet for the first time in a cover of an ethnic Vocaloid song by HitoshitzukuP. Their latest cover is Matrovsika, which is by no mean an ethnic song ^^ili.

One issue I have with ALSTROeMERIA is how they handle Re:'s singing part. I just don't understand why Kaoling (and to some extent, Lily) have him sing in high-pitch since it's so obvious that his high-pitch is so nasal that it sounds funny, and this problem kinda ruins their duet. Kouhei, Owata, Halyosy or Soraru would have been a better singer for high-pitch voice but well,...it's not like you can find someone willing to sing ethnic song easily.

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Post by -ALT- on 2011-05-31, 13:59

Actually, the people don't really think that they're copying shikata san... "shikata no. 2" was actually given to them by many other fans/listeners (that title surfaced when I came across them). However, I do understand your point about that might be rude to Shikata san...

Personally, I don't feel that Kaoling's compositions have any relation to Shikata san, instead, I believe that Lily and Re: are the ones inspired by Shikata san... although that's just a personal opinion. I've heard other versions of the songs too... a couple of them did pretty well, including Lily. As for the part about Re:, I agree that Re:'s voice actually changed the 'atmosphere' of the song at the high parts. I'm not a big fan of Re: but I will have to say that Re: tried hard smile
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