supercell interview

Independent music group, supercell has taken the Japanese otaku community by storm! In March 2009, their popularity had caught the attention of record label Sony Music Japan earning them their first commercial album titled after themselves, supercell. In July of the same year, their new single Kimi no Shiranai was chosen as the ending theme song for the hit ghost anime series, Bakemonogatari.

In tracing their history further back, the group was started by independent music composer under the alias ryo. He is probably most well known for his music videos including Black Rock Shooter, which utilizes Yamaha’s voice synthesizer program, Hatsune Miku. The video has received over one million views on the popular Japanese video site, Nico Nico Douga. The song’s influence has led to an anime adaptation that is set to air on Japanese televisions in April 2010.

The group has been shrouded in mystery as none of the members have made public appearances. Learn a bit more about what the group’s leader and composer ryo, and vocal singer nagi had to say about themselves and their current and past works in our exclusive first English interview!


T-ONO: How did you decide to use the name supercell?

ryo: It comes from how the illustrators and musicians involved coming together and growing into one large entity, like a supercell.


T-ONO: How and why did you get started composing music?

ryo: I started when my parents first bought me a synthesizer when I was in middle school.


T-ONO: Have your parents always been supportive of your musical work?

ryo: They weren’t especially supportive, but I asked them to buy me one if I passed my high school entrance exam.


T-ONO: Tell me about the creation process of your songs.

ryo: It depends on each song, but usually I would play the piano and take notes of the chord progression, then I would put the lyrics on top of it. Usually the electric piano is the only instrument I would use when composing.

曲によってバラバラなのですが、だいたいピアノを弾きながらコード進行をメモして、歌詞を当てていくようなやり方です。作曲の段階で使用する機材は 電子ピアノくらいです。

T-ONO:Which of your songs was the most difficult to compose? Which was your favorite?

ryo: Well, actually none of them are difficult. It’s nothing complicated. I’m sorry… I don’t have a favorite song yet, but I do like the song “Line”. I’ve been wanting to compose a song like this.

どの曲もあまり難しいということはないんですよね。特別難しいことはしていないので。すみません……一番好きな曲というのは今のところないのです が、「ライン」という曲がまあまあ好きです。こういう曲調が作ってみたかった、というのが理由です。

 T-ONO: How did it feel to have your first major debut single, Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari used as an ending theme song for an anime series?

ryo: We were actually offered to do the theme song initially, so I’m glad that the music reached out to a lot of people.


T-ONO: With so many illustrators in the group, how was the cover for the album decided?

ryo: The illustrations are basically done by Shirow Miwa, redjuice (Shiru), and huke, and all of the artwork and designs are handled by wooser. From my side, I would only tell them the image of the song in a word or two besides actually having them listen to the piece.

基本的にイラストは三輪士郎、redjuice(しる)、huke、の3名で構成されています。またアートワーク、デザインはwooser(宇佐) が全てを執り行っています。自分のほうからは楽曲を聴いてもらった上でイメージを一言伝える程度しかしていません。

T-ONO: The theme song for CENCOROLL deviated from your past works, with a techno vibe to it. Could you talk about your inspirations for the song?

ryo: I asked Mr. Uki, the director of CENCOROLL, what kind of music he likes. Then he told me that he likes house /techno-like music, so I tried to meet his request.

センコロール監督である宇木監督と打ち合わせをしている時に、どんな曲が好きですか?とたずねたのですが、4つ打ちの曲が好き、との事でしたのでリ クエストに応えてみた感じです。製作面ではサイドチェインコンプを使ってみたかったので使ってみた、という感じです(笑。

T-ONO: The lyrics to “LOVE & ROLL” are rather playful, is there a story behind the lyrics? How did you come up with them?
またこの「LOVE & ROLL」の歌詞のアイディアはどこから来ているのでしょうか?

ryo: It’s about a couple going to a club, where the girl can’t be quite honest and the boy is a bit clumsy.


T-ONO: How did nagi come to join the group?

nagi: I really liked ryo’s music, and we’d been talking about how we should work together and collaborate someday, then the Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari offer came up. It was really good timing. We even finished the song on my birthday, so I felt it was kind of fateful.

ryoさんの曲が大好きで、前々から二人で何か作品をつくりたいという話はしてたんです。丁度その時期に「君の知らない物語」のお話をいただい たので、是非参加したい、と。タイミングがすごく良かったです。音源のマスターアップの日が自分の誕生日と一緒だったり、ちょっと運命を感じました。


You have a very beautiful voice, how did you start singing? Did you have any formal training?
とても素敵な声をお持ちですが、歌はいつから始めたのですか?またボーカル・トレーニングを受けていたり、元々音楽を勉強なさっていたの ですか?

nagi: I always liked singing since I was little, but I’ve never had professional voice training or studied music. We had an electric organ at the house, so I self-taught myself.

歌は小さい頃から好きで、よく歌っていました。ボーカルの専門的なトレーニングや音楽の勉強をしたことはないです。家に電子オルガンがあったので、 独学で弾いたり、自由に音楽をやってました

Are you currently working on any current or future projects?

ryo: we’ll be releasing our second single, Sayonara Memories in February.

Unfortunately at this point I won’t be able to tell you our plan after that, but we’ll have many activities coming up, so please stay tuned!

とりあえず2月の2枚目のシングル「さよならメモリーズ」を出します。その後の予定は現時点ではまだ言えないのですが、色々進展がありますので興味 あるかたはお楽しみに!

T-ONO: Were there any particular inspirations for your new song, Sayonara Memories?

ryo: February is the theme for the song. In Japan, this is the graduation season, so I tried to express those farewells, the anxiety for the future, as well as hope for the future.

「2月」をテーマにしています。日本では卒業シーズンにあたるのですが、そんな別れや将来への不安、同じくらいの期待などを感じる季節をテーマ に 楽曲を制作しました。


T-ONO: Any possibility of reusing Hatsune Miku in any future projects?

ryo: Of course, whenever I get a chance. I’m still currently using it in various ways.


T-ONO: Finally, a message for your oversea fans!

ryo: Hello, my name is ryo, and I’m the composer for supercell. I would be very happy if you like any of our illustrations, music, designs, or the website. I’ve never imagined receiving an interview request from overseas, and I’m actually very surprised. It would be absolutely great if our creation leaps over the language barrier!

Thank you very much for reading, and for all your support!

はじめまして、supercellで音楽を作っているryoと申します。イラスト、音楽、デザイン、ウェブ、何か気に入ってもらえているとしたらと ても嬉しいです。まさか海外から取材が来るとは全く思っていなかったのでびっくりしています。自分たちの作るモノが言葉を飛び越えて伝わってくれたら最高 です!最後まで読んでくれてどうもありがとうございました!

Special thanks to Ryu Takahashi from Sony Music Japan for providing the translations.
Translation edits provided by Tomoaki Hirai


2 cosplay/maid cafe in singapore

the above link show 6 parts of singapore very own maid/cosplay cafe
akibanana & i dunno another 1 is name wad (not interested in this lol)
hmmm shld find some day n gather a few comrades & friends & go a87 (wonder they wan anot lol)
for moar info on a87 visit
i hav nv been to a cosplay/maid cafe
well most of my friends & comrades dunno it existed orz

melty blood actress again

At this week’s Japan’s Arcade Operators Union 2010 (AOU 2010), Sega showcased the demo for the updated arcade version of the PS2 Melty Blood Actress Again 「メルティブラッド アクトレスアゲイン」. In the new arcade version, Sega has included Shiki Ryogi and Akiha Tohno from Kara no Kyoukai.


ice cream

have u eaten a ice cream tat is tall. i mean REALLY TALL

This ice-cream is called “World Tower” and will cost you 4,935 yen. It has about 3kg of ice-cream (enough to feed 10 persons) and stands around 1 meter tall.
Its really funny that you have to stand on the chair to eat the ice-cream. And if you managed to consume the ice-cream fully, you get a completion certificate!!

sorce –

upcoming movie in singapore cathay

1st is
summer wars
oyeah this movie is great
i will watch it again if it came out in the cinema (i hav watch it from other source lol)
this movie will come out in 25 feb 2010 according to cathay web

2nd is
nodame cantabile the movie
if u dunno wad this is den go watch the anime or live action drama
currently airing the last season of nodame in japan
this is gonna be great
this movie will be out in 11 march 2010 according to cathay web

hope for moar anime movie like
magical girl lyrical nanoha the movie 1st
macross frontier the movie
fate/stay night : unlimited blade works
higashi no eden the movie 2 paradise lost (the 1st movie was just a sumriaze ver.of the tv anime)
suzumiya haruhi no shoushitsu

hope cathay or wadever cinema in singapore will hav all this movie

random nendo photos from ytd

mio lion wan food

mio lion got some jellyfish

mio lion happy

mio lion wan moar food

mio got bored of cosplaying so she changes bck to school uniform & give me some of her tea

mio is thinking of how to share it with me

photos were taken at red star restraunt in the morning
not many moar photos due to sleepiness & relatives keep wanting family photos 

nv go eat tat restraunt if u r not willing to wait for at least 1 hr or so
 oyes we will lucky to gain a side by side table table 6 & 7
we will thinking we cant sit tgt but end up we got these 2 table
we hav bout 18 (i think) ppl so it was rly lucky

kino no yume

ytd night dreamt of nakajima megumi ^^
plus it was not concert , it was face to face
so happy woohoo
cho kawaii desu yo

sadden when i got home & read the last chapter of cross game
but it was cute how kou & aoba got tgt

den i got happy again (lol)
when i dl anisong sp 2
just watch 1st few second & saw nakajima megumi is inside the concert^^

still love tat dream from last night

some random figure photos coming up
took some shot while eating at red star restraunt