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Screenshots of "Black★Rock Shooter" music video

Black★Rock Shooter (ブラック★ロックシューター, Burakku Rokku Shūtā) is a song written by ryo of supercell and performed by Hatsune Miku. The song features huke's eponymous character, with a music video hosted on Niconico since June 13, 2008.

History[]

huke uploaded the illustration to Pixiv and his personal blog on December 26, 2007.[1][2] The illustration inspired ryo to compose a song based on the character, surprising huke, who recognized ryo's previous works such as "Melt", when ryo contacted him for a collaborative project.[3][4]

Music composition and lyrics were both produced by ryo, while huke as a new member of supercell provided artwork and animations for the video. The whole project took approximately half a year to complete. Although huke did not provide explanations behind his character's creations, ryo managed to write the lyrics solely based on his drawing, which would closely match huke's feelings on how he recovered from artist's slump via Black★Rock Shooter.[3][4]

The music video was uploaded to NicoNico (then known as Nico Nico Douga) on June 13, 2008,[5] which surpassed one million views by October.[6] On April 11 2010 the video reached its 3 million views milestone.[6] As of August 2021 the song "Black★Rock Shooter" was still among the top 30 of the most viewed Vocaloid songs on NicoNico.[7]

Lyrics[]

Japanese Romaji English
ブラックロックシューター burak kurokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
何処へ行ったの? doko e itta no? Where did you go?
聞こえますか? kikoemasu ka? Can you hear me?



あとどれだけ叫べばいいのだろう ato dore dake sakebeba ī nodarou How much more should I shout?
あとどれだけ泣けばいいのだろう ato dore dake nakeba ī nodarou How much more should I weep?
もうやめて わたしはもう走れない mō yamete watashi wa mō hashirenai That's enough, I can't run anymore.
いつか夢見た世界が閉じる itsuka yumemita sekai ga tojiru Someday the world I once dreamt of closes
真っ暗で明かりもない Makkurade akari mo nai On this pitch-black
崩れかけたこの道で kuzure kaketa kono michi de Crumbling road
あるはずもないあの時の aru hazu mo nai ano toki no From the time that was never meant to be
希望が見えた気がした kibō ga mieta ki ga shita I felt like I had a glimpse of hope



どうして dōshite Why?



ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
懐かしい記憶 natsukashī kioku Nostalgic memories
ただ楽しかったあの頃を tada tanoshikatta anogoro o Of those times I really enjoyed
ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
でも動けないよ demo ugokenai yo But I cannot move
闇を駆ける星に願いを yami o kakeru hoshininegai o I wish upon the star that shoots through the darkness
もう一度だけ走るから mōichido dake hashirukara Because I will run just one more time



怖くて震える声でつぶやく kowakute furueru koe de tsubuyaku I mutter in a frightened, quivering voice
わたしの名前を呼んで watashi no namaewoyonde Call my name
夜明けを抱く空 境界線までの距離 yoake o daku sora kyōkai-sen made no kyori The sky embracing dawn, the distance to the borderline
あともう一歩届かない ato mōippo todokanai One further step won't reach it



こらえた涙があふれそうなの 今下を向かないで koraeta namida ga afuresōna no konge o mukanai de The tears I've held back are about to overflow. Don't look down now
止まってしまう tomatte shimau Or I'll stop
未来を生きていたいんだ mirai o ikite itai nda I want to live the future
わかったの 思い出して wakatta no omoidashite I know. I remember,
強く 強く 信じるの tsuyoku tsuyoku shinjiru no And firmly, firmly believe it.



そうよ sō yo That's right



ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
優しい匂い yasashī nioi That gentle fragrance
痛いよ 辛いよ 飲み込む言葉 itai yo tsurai yo nomikomu kotoba It hurts, it's hard swallowing down those words
ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
動いてこの足! ugoite kono ashi! Let my feet move!
世界を超えて sekai o koete Overtake the world



最初からわかっていた ここにいることを saisho kara wakatte ita koko ni iru koto o I knew it from the beginning that you'd be here
わたしのなかの 全ての勇気が watashi no naka no subete no yūki ga All the courage inside me
火をともして hi o tomo shite Lights a fire
もう逃げないよ mō nigenai yo I won't run away anymore
ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
ひとりじゃないよ hitori janai yo You are not alone
声をあげて泣いたって構わない koe o agete naitatte kamawanai It doesn't matter if I raise my voice and weep
ブラックロックシューター burakku rokku shūtā Black Rock Shooter
見ていてくれる mite ite kureru Watch me
今からはじまるの わたしの物語 ima kara hajimaru no watashi no monogatari My story starts now



忘れそうになったら この歌を wasuresō ni nattara kono uta o If I ever start to forget
歌うの utau no I'll sing this song

Other media[]

"Black★Rock Shooter" is a playable song in several Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA rhythm games by SEGA, including Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f (PlayStation Vita),[8] Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F (PlayStation 3)[9], and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PlayStation 4).[10]

The song is also playable in several Bandai Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin rhythm games, such as Taiko no Tatsujin 14 and Taiko no Tatsujin (2011) on arcade,[11][12], Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Minna de Party Sandaime on Nindento Wii,[13] and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version!) on Nintendo Switch, with the last one available as part of a paid downloadable content.[14]

External links[]

References[]

  1. "ブラック★ロックシューター". Pixiv. Published on December 26, 2007. Retrieved on September 23, 2021.
  2. "ブラック★ロックシューター". HWB (huke's personal blog). Published on December 26, 2007. Retrieved on September 23, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "流行りモノ調査隊 ♯54 『話題のネットスター PART2』". ORICON NEWS. Published on August 5, 2008. Retrieved on September 23, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "スランプに悩む自分を変えた「ブラック★ロックシューター」 (4/5)". ASCII.jp. Published on August 28, 2009. Retrieved on September 23, 2021.
  5. "初音ミクがオリジナルを歌ってくれたよ「ブラック★ロックシューター」" ["Hatsune Miku sings us the original "BLACK ★ ROCK SHOOTER""]. Niconico Video. Published on June 13, 2008. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hobby Japan (Aug. 2010 Issue). Hobby Japan. p. 218.
  7. "ニコ動で最も再生された「ボカロ曲」ランキングTOP30! 2位の「千本桜」を上回る1位は?". ねとらぼ. Published on August 30, 2021. Retrieved on September 27, 2021.
  8. "初音ミク -Project DIVA- f 楽曲紹介". Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f Official Website. Retrieved on September 24, 2021. ,
  9. "初音ミク -Project DIVA- F 楽曲紹介". Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F Official Website. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  10. "初音ミク Project DIVA Future Tone DX 収録楽曲". Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone Official Website. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  11. "太鼓の達人14 収録曲リスト". Taiko no Tatsujin Official Portal Site. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  12. "太鼓の達人 収録曲リスト". Taiko no Tatsujin Official Portal Site. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  13. "太鼓の達人Wii みんなでパーティ★3代目 収録曲リスト". Taiko no Tatsujin Official Portal Site. Retrieved on September 24, 2021.
  14. "追加コンテンツ". Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version! Official Website. Retrieved on September 28, 2021.
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