Vocaloids are really popular for most people around the world, but did you know that not everyone’s a fan? It seems that there’s a debate whether or not schools in Japan should play vocaloid songs. This is all started when one daughter asked her father an innocent question. Said father, @hatunemix, then tweeted his little talk with his daughter.
— また〜り（にーにー） (@hatunemix) July 2, 2017
“This is a question from my daughter who’s in elementary school. ‘We can play our favorite music during lunch, but our teacher said that vocaloid songs are not allowed. When I asked him why, he said that it’s because they sounded robotic, but Perfume is fine. Why is that?’”
In Japan, schools would often broadcast music during lunch, with the school’s own broadcast deciding which songs to play. However, as the tweet reveals, not every song is allowed. After the tweet was put out, Japanese social media exploded in a debate, with some agreeing with the teacher, and others with the father. One who agreed with the teacher said:
“Perfume’s music does sound artificial, but it’s all modified. They sing at live concerts and release songs like other idols do. Their dances leave a lot to be desired, but I definitely prefer actual people singing. Vocaloid is 100% artificial, and that’s the main difference.”
However, others who agreed with the father also voiced their own opinions.
“My junior high school was like that as well. Some boys said, ‘What’s so great about that artificial voice? It’s so uncomfortable to hear it!’ Vocaloid songs were stopped for some time, but they slowly came back. In the end, a meeting was held and it was decided that there would be no more of those. Back then, I didn’t want to hear your selected songs too!”
“Vocaloid music isn’t artificial, it has a source. Sure it’s modified, but if you count that as being artificial, then all real singers are like that too.”
“I once worked as an elementary school staff member. At the time, it seemed that there were a lot of people who refuse to accept our subculture. Just the mere mention of games or anime in the workplace is enough to make them treat you like an alien.”
While there are schools which allow broadcasts to play Vocaloid songs, there is still a huge debate. But in the end, many see the ban as anti-otaku, as many in Japan aren’t really fond of them. Though there are also those who downright don’t like Vocaloid songs too. For them, it’s more of a matter of taste rather than disliking a certain subculture.
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Source: Sora News 24