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supercell – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari PV (Bakemonogatari ED)

 

Today I have the privilege of bringing a new PV to your attention (read: made to do). The ending single for the popular supernatural series Bakemonogatari, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (Your Unknown Story), was released today and along with it, the PV for the song.

Prior to hearing this song, I didn’t know anything about supercell. Even now, I still claim to know nothing except for the fact that they’re a unit comprised of Nico Nico Douga creators/performers. Centered around their composer “ryo”, who was responsible for a bunch of popular Hatsune Miku songs, and their vocalist “Gazelle” a.k.a. “nagi”, who was supposedly a really famous Nico Nico Douga singer before deciding to “retire” from the scene, supercell makes me wonder if the likes of Hollywood would ever look to YouTube to find amateur artists to perform the theme song for their next blockbuster hit. Hella unlikely I bet. However, this does go to show how you can make it big via online videos in Japan.

Being the “Internet people” that they are, apparently many of the members haven’t made any TV appearances yet. As such, it still remains a mystery as to how some of them look. According to Patrik, maybe they’re “ugly” and don’t want people to be turned away from their music based on how they look. We jest, but I’m inclined to think that way since people tend to be pretty shallow in showbiz. In any case, this probably explains why the PV features good looking actors/actresses in a story-like setting. Even if this kind of PV isn’t your thing, listening to the song alone makes it worth the watch.

Oh yeah, Omni said the main girl, played by Fukunaga Marika (福永 マリカ), is pretty cute. Personally, I’m edging towards Kitade Naho (北出 菜穂) but only after seeing her profile shot. Enjoy~

August 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm
52 comments »
  • August 12, 2009 at 6:09 pmActarus

    …my first feeling is that those chicks are barely bangable, but: a 6/10 for both the girls mentioned + 2 points extra for the exotic, for a total of 8/10(i.e. perfectly bangable) in the infamous ten scale…personally i have quite high standards. :D

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:12 pmiCafesuu

    lol I love supercell <3 They are VERY popular among Vocaloid fans ouo;; Wonderful PV~

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pmkaesyoo

    internet stardom.. huh? wonder if we’ll ever see supercell appear..
    very nice pv btw

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:37 pmRP

    love, love, love this song. Although the effect of the PV’s sort of lost on me since I dont understand the words outright.

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:38 pmlelangir

    shameless plug: get sheet music for this song here.

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:48 pmdamian

    COMPLETELY OFF-TOPIC:

    Omni, could you please translate the 1min+ promo for DarkerthanBLACK? (http://www.d-black.net/gallary/index.html) I cant find a translated version anywhere…

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:58 pmviral

    I like these type of PVs, and I’ve been listening to this song’s TV version for a while, so thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it!

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:00 pmSirMuffin

    Ah, awesome song fitting for an awesome anime.

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:05 pmMei

    If anyone has listened to ryo’s songs, it’s easy to tell that he is a very talented composer. Even the b-side track (LOVE & ROLL) of the single is awesome. Hopefully Nagi continues to provide vocals for ryo’s compositions. Imagine if supercell’s album was re-did with her vocals instead of lolMiku. Soooo much better.

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:05 pmpierce

    I really like “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” probably my fave ED this season. And of course, Bakemonogatari is awesome, especially that staple lady. :D

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:10 pmicie

    In terms of Internet people, the point about the looks might actually mean something. Took me some time to get over how the people in I’ve Sound looked like. Then I learned to stop worrying about crooked teeth and love the music.

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:30 pmKuroPonX

    @lelangir lol thanz!

    >_< The PV is good however I loved the song!

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:38 pmPutang

    i can’t wait for the staple stable OP to come out, but until then i’m happy I got these songs…

    the other songs that come with this are really good to o_o, even the instrumental was really awesome

  • August 12, 2009 at 8:00 pmMeery

    Patrik’s reasoning is the best; if you’re wrong, you’ve got a pleasant surprise. o_O The ‘ol shipping a couple on the school blackboard prank, great stuff – when I was in 4th grade. >_>

  • August 12, 2009 at 8:17 pmyowzers

    Can someone explain the story? Did the guy hook up with both the girls somehow at the end or something?

  • August 12, 2009 at 8:22 pmChimasternmay

    oh a real life love triangle, haha those are more awkwardly dangerous, any way thats a good song.

  • August 12, 2009 at 8:34 pmAnonymous

    Damn that PV was corny.
    Amazing song though.

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:28 pmAntics

    @yowzers

    Nope nobody hooked up with anybody the guy just left. However it’s possible that he hooked up with the longed hair girl but stayed friends with the other one and if that’s true then the other girl throwing away the ice popsicle stick means that she got over him. And if you’re talking about them watching the stars together then no that’s like a flashback xD.

    I like the song btw.

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:42 pmjoez

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:55 pmmarsdrivein

    I never understood why niconico artists/posters don’t show their face either.

    Maybe they are in the same situation as the group GReeeeN who need to stay anonymous because their employers tell them to do so.

    O also, best ED of the year imo.

  • August 12, 2009 at 10:05 pmayumi

    love love supercell songs >>>ryo luv :P

  • August 12, 2009 at 10:29 pmbaka~

    i think ryo have shown his back in one documentary of hatsune miku :p

    i think it was entitled “hatsune miku the world’s virtual diva” in youtube

  • August 13, 2009 at 12:21 amOmni

    damian: It’s already been translated and torrented. Just search TT for it.

  • August 13, 2009 at 12:37 amIchigomaru

    WTF! this is awesome! I love nagi *-*

  • August 13, 2009 at 4:22 amzafyron

    woah a really nice pv, makes me kinda sad ;_;

  • August 13, 2009 at 4:49 amOnetime

    >marsdrivein

    Most people in Nico don’t show their faces (even the dancers and such) because they don’t want to be identified or made fun of their looks (happens a lot with otakus). Even the good-looking people who reveal their faces are insulted for either being “ugly” or for “wanting to become an idol”.

    The PV’s getting horrible reviews at nico incidentally

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:15 amChen^2

    What does the popsicle stick mean (atari)?

  • August 13, 2009 at 12:39 pmdivine

    Chen^2:
    「当たり」 literally means “hit” or “success”, but on popsicle sticks it’s used to indicate a winner. You’re supposed to turn it in somewhere for a prize. (Maybe another popsicle for free? I’m not even sure.)

  • August 13, 2009 at 2:44 pmK_a_n

    The song is my type of song, I’m definitely gonna check out supercell. Their album cover is awesome, has a futuristic feel to it.

  • August 13, 2009 at 4:06 pmmb

    The PV is kind of cute, and it is more interesting than watching a band for nearly six minutes. In general I do not care what a band looks like, so if there is a music video to be made, then I would rather it be entertaining than veiled voyeurism. I like the song quite a bit, and it engendered a positive impression of the ending sequence from bakemonogatari. I must have watched the ending sequence a dozen times after being enchanted by the piano.

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:30 pmZenzen

    Can’t be arsed to read your note Divine (but I promise I’ll do it first thing tomorrow at work!), but anyway the song is great and really addictive. After listening to it for few hours straight I decided to watch the PV and I couldn’t stop laughing. Oh THE DRAMA, that’s just so laugh inducing for me. Thanks for puttnig it up here, cheers!

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:55 amAquifina

    The video is kinda corny, but cute. And I personally find the main girl to be very cute. The long haired girl looks fine, but I kinda think the guy chose the wrong girl. Anyhow, in real life, a love triangle for a genuinely nice guy is something of a colossal nightmare. It’s nice to watch things like harems in anime, because in theory, it’d be nice to have be the object of so much female affection, but in reality, it’s not so great.

  • August 14, 2009 at 5:24 amAnonkun

    … They can actually go on the roof of their school!?! How exactly can the backside of your foot bleed from walking !? I thought Piggyback riding a girl and classmate would only be in animes! They actually have these kinds of relationships like love triangles !? How come I never see this crap happen in real life!? Where have I been all my life!? That ending sucked! The didn’t even meet again like most anime endings. I feel like I’m watching a Real Life Anime. This video is just so corny! but besides all that I loved it ^_^ lol

  • August 14, 2009 at 6:58 am???

    awesome ED + awesome anime = total pawnage!!

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:19 pmAwesome.

    Very nice ED. They show is very good, I wish it got more recognition overseas.

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:25 pmdivine

    Anonkun:
    Apparently yes, you can go to the rooftops of Japanese high schools. I think it makes for a nice lunch hangout place if I’m not mistaken.

    Also, I’ve had the same kind of cut on my foot before from walking in really hard, uncomfortable, dress shoes. Basically, the upper back part above the heel has no padding and just scrapes against your foot when you walk. Pretty painful.

    I would offer to piggyback a girl who can’t walk. >_>

    Personally, I’m edging towards the idea that this isn’t a love triangle story like everyone’s thinking. I believe that’s the impression they want to give you, but if you take into account the lyrics (which fit each scene pretty nicely), the relationship with Naho’s character comes off as misunderstanding since Marika’s character (the main girl) doesn’t really know the guy’s real situation at first.

    i.e. He’s moving away from graduation and actually likes her, but was trying to be distant about it to make it “easier”. He did invite her to the Summer Triangle stargazing thing, but she declined thinking he was going with Naho’s char. The scene with Marika crying is what she imagined would’ve happened if she ran into the other two that night. Near the end, Marika got the popsicle stick back with the guy’s new address on it though. The PV’s all about his “unknown story”, which the girl understands at the end.

  • August 15, 2009 at 9:30 pmAsteroth

    Author says
    “supercell makes me wonder if the likes of Hollywood would ever look to YouTube to find amateur artists to perform the theme song for their next blockbuster hit.”

    I expect something great from that comment but the PV is seriously not a big deal, the music is unspectacular atbest, meh …

    whats with this hollywood bashing

  • August 15, 2009 at 10:18 pmAquifina

    divine:

    Yeah, I think I buy your interpretation of the video. I don’t really read Japanese, but looking at the popsicle stick, that does look to me like a Japanese address, and while I don’t know what the lyrics say, your explanation of the scenes (in particular the dream sequence, which always struck me as *odd*, but now actually makes sense to me as a *dream* sequence) makes a lot more sense to me. That being said, it does look like a love triangle to me–just that the guy actually picks Marika instead. After all, Naho certainly looks like she likes the guy, but her goodbye looks pretty final. Marika in contrast gets an address–written on the same popsicle stick she had thrown on the ground in frustration, but which the guy had picked up later. Anyhow, if nothing else, I like this interpretation more, because I think Marika’s really cute, and the whole piggyback thing was just too sweet.

  • August 15, 2009 at 10:24 pmAquifina

    BTW, with all the constellations stuff, did anyone else wonder why this song wasn’t used for Sora no Manimani instead?

  • August 16, 2009 at 12:23 ambrainscratch

    I get what you say man.
    It’s pretty much the same everywhere. It’s just human perception.
    In our country, we usually say “average actress never gets a chance on-screen” even though other actresses are way better compared to the pretty ones.

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:41 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Can anybody familiar with the real-life Japanese tell me if the guy is supposed to be hot or just a usual guy that happens to be part of a love triangle?

  • August 16, 2009 at 2:26 am?????

    That’s how they work, why do you guys whine at them? anyways great music, this is the first supercell song i heard and i’ll probably look forward to the other songs :D

  • August 16, 2009 at 4:06 amIndef

    There were so many anime tropes in this video, it was amusing. Was it that way because it’s an anime ED, or is this kind of story common in Japanese pop culture in general?

  • August 16, 2009 at 11:53 amgatariotoko

    I hate the story and think it’s terrible, a C grade romance story, worse than B grade. Just can’t stand it.

    But the song is OK, and the voice of the singer is OK.

    My review: not good enough that I strongly want to buy the song, but I don’t feel at loss if I shell out money buy it.

  • August 17, 2009 at 12:56 pmDxJ

    Anyone have links to Love And Roll translation? :3

  • August 18, 2009 at 1:25 am?????

    @DxJ
    I’ve been looking for an english lyrics too but so far not a single clue on where to find :(

    google failed me. well, let’s hope someone would post an accurate translation of Love & Roll. BTW gazelle version of Melt 3M MIX was pretty good too :D

  • August 20, 2009 at 8:27 amyour unknown story

    http://managarmr.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/lyrics-supercell-love-n-roll/ <– found a link to LOVE & ROLL’s english lyrics :D

  • August 24, 2009 at 10:55 pmZeo

    Wow, quite a few people hating on such a nice PV, haha.

  • August 30, 2009 at 12:12 amSaku

    damn. The story of this is confusing (-.-).

  • September 13, 2009 at 8:28 amrainbow

    i knew it!
    the way of lyrics is the same as melt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hle6nXWI6kE

    quick let miku sing this!
    i think it will sync greatly

  • September 19, 2009 at 11:58 amCanti

    This reminds me of 5 centimeters per second for some reason.

  • December 4, 2009 at 9:36 amdevin238

    Naho’s my friend :)
    we go to school together!