VOCALOID: What’s with the hype for World’s End Dancehall?

Not to be confused with World’s End Umbrella, which is a very different song by hachi-P. World’s End Dancehall is produced by wowaka, known for Rollin’ Girl [ローリンガール] and the very famous Uraomote Lovers [裏表ラバーズ].

It has been 6 weeks since this song has been on the VOCALOID Weekly Charts. Since then, thousands of PV related to World’s End Dancehall (Or variations of those videos) has dominated the entire VOCALOID rankings, including the Daily Charts and the Monthly Charts. The video even spreads all the way from Nico Nico Douga (I visit the site every single day, even when I’m typing this) to Youtube. Here are a look at some variations of the World’s End Dancehall video:

Animated Version:

Kaito Version:

Disco Version (Similar to the animated Rollin’ Girl’s PV):

And another version…:

Other versions in NND:

The song is on this week’s (#142) Weekly VOCALOID Rankings, coming in as #2 this time. The song’s popularity seems to intend staying there for a long time, I suppose. And apparently I don’t know what the song’s about, since there aren’t translated versions on this song.

There’s more on Nico Nico Douga, but unfortunately you have to register before you gain access to the site. For people around the United States, however, I don’t think you could access it because the website only allowed premium members (Members who paid some sort of subscription, with privileges) to visit the site 24/7, according to the time in Japan. There are also variations of World’s End Dancehall in Youtube too, but you have to try harder to find videos aside from the original.

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  1. Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Yes I’m baffled by its popularity too. The song itself is no different from the Uraomote Lovers melody pattern and chaos rap. Personally I think Rolling Girl is wowaka’s better song. Anyway nice find on the animated PV, will check out later.

    As for longevity, you should be more baffled at Just Be Friends which is at the weekly ranking for a WHOLE YEAR NOW, although I’d agree that the song is very good and deserves the popularity. And Gumi’s Yowamushi Montblanc (my current obsession) is lurking in the Vocaran for weeks now which is a very rare thing for a non-Miku or Luka Vocaloid.

  2. d3v
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Did we really need to have the entirety of this article on the front page?

    • Posted June 22, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I forgot to place the ‘Read More’ link. My bad, so tired publishing fanfictions lately.

      @ bluemist: Oh yeah, Just Be Friends is one of my favorite songs. Not surprised that it has been in the Top 30 in the Weekly Vocaloid Rankings for more than a year now. Montblanc is also good too; DECO*27 and Dixie Flatline are some of my favorite composers within the VOCALOID community.

  3. Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that THAT Anime Blog also covers the Vocaloid scene (usually, any posts covering the Vocaloid scene means the blog faces eviction from the circle-jerk animebloggging community – or what people in #animeblogger would like to tell me so -).

    As for this article-in-question, I will need to go back and take a look at the PV, because I do not have Flash on my workplace. It’s an IT security issue.

    • Posted June 22, 2010 at 5:49 am | Permalink

      You know what? I’m the only person in THAT who has some exposure on the Vocaloid scene.
      Really? I would face eviction if I write anything about VOCALOID? No one told me that… T.T But at least I talk about the songs only and not its merchandise and whatever you guys know about it.
      I agree with SlashZero and bluemist: Rolling Girl is way more appealing than Uraomote Lovers and this.

    • Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      o rly? i could write about it all day long in that case…

      • Crusader
        Posted June 22, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        DO IT

      • Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

        DO IT x2

        I don’t really know or care about japanese culture in general, but if RV wants to blog it, she can (I endorse her post~). I have no issue with it.

        • Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

          Thanks for the encouragement. It just that the song’s popularity has been bothering me ever since the day the song is uploaded in NND. I don’t find the song appealing as much of wowaka’s previous works, just wondering if you guys out there feels the same way.

          Maybe I should do this more often.

  4. SlashZero
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Actually I almost never have problems viewing Nico, because their peak hours are 8 hours or so off from the US’s.

    But there is one thing that potential users might want to watch out for. I don’t know if their policies have changed or not, but when I first registered I did have to wait a while for my account to get cleared (for them to raise the user count cap number to above my own account’s number). It’s definitely worth getting an account though; the quality on Nico is typically higher on Nico than Youtube, and also there’s also the interesting real-time comment system only available there. Granted, the comments are mostly in Japanese, but you don’t need much Japanese knowledge to appreciate the sometimes very intricate comment ascii(?) art that diehard fans of videos will adorn them with.

    And yeah, bluemist, I agree, Rolling Girl appeals to me more as well. I don’t know what’s up with this.

    Maybe I should actually listen to World’s End Dancehall’s lyrics sometime….

  5. Ibis
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I love wowaka’s songs.

    I have the first cd and I love most of his songs. I found a video of its translation here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVaR50H4U_A so this might help on its meaning.

  6. Exar
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Its not a bad song, and Im also baffled by its popularity. To be honest the other song Two face lovers is the better song for its very wierd subtle messages. I am happy someone finally started blogging the Vocaloid Scene thats going on in the interwebs. Gives us a different view on certain things. Maybe you should also look at the Touhou scene. That is filled with all kinds of remixes on what it seems to be an unlimited number of songs from the games (which I play here and there).

  7. Posted June 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    holy sheet do I hate this song.
    I watch the vocaloid rankings daily and everytime I hear it I spam troll rage comments in Japanese
    Seriously, enough already. It’s not even a good song! I wish they did this with just be friends or something >>

    • (=3=)
      Posted January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      i wuv this song <3

  8. Kya
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    (popping in because I found this on Google)
    It’s interesting. Wowaka-P has had at least one or two of his songs on the rankings each week.
    What’s interesting is that most people interpret this song as a suicide song, too. The more popular of his songs are actually pretty dark in meaning.

    I think people are captured by Wowaka’s style because it’s very upbeat, catchy and driving, in spite of dark meanings, which makes it very recognizable to the fans.
    In a way, it’s kind of like how Hachi-P (clock lock works, World’s End Umbrella, Mrs. Pumpkin’s Funny Dream) always tells a story of some kind, and there’s typically bells in the background and a festive beat, which brings in the old fans as well as new ones.

  9. kawaii.neko
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    i actually find this song very upbeat and catchy, especially the chorus. my class is learning this for choir and many people who haven’t heard a single j-pop song like this one ^^

  10. Nightingale
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know why its popularity is so widespread, but I personally like it because there aren’t a huge selection of vocaloid songs that are catchy and have an insane tempo. I like Wowaka’s songs in general, and even though I like this song, I don’t like it LESS if I like the others more. Plus this one is easier pitch-wise to sing compared to rolling girl! Haha~

  11. 3DS
    Posted June 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s a pretty good song, in my opinion. One thing I don’t understand, though, is Mosaic Roll. I mean, EVERYBODY LOVES THAT SONG, but it’s so boring!!

  12. Effie
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I personally like this song and I’m even learning the lyrics.

    But….. what is it about anyways?

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