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Song title
  • "ECHO"
Published October 8, 2014, with 6,888,000+ Niconico views, 56,101,000+ YouTube views, and 404,600+ SoundCloud views
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Background[edit | edit source]

It's been a while, hasn't it? In what kind of world do we have to twist and turn to become who we want to be? Do we have to trust ourselves? Can we trust ourselves? Was my stuffed teddy bear's name actually 'Bear Bear' or was he a figment of my imagination? Can I trust myself on that? Sometimes I wonder where Bear Bear went. I never saw him after I moved from my childhood home. Was he even real? Can he hear me now? Would he be proud?
—Author's comment

"ECHO" is an original song by CIRCRUSH, a collaboration between Crusher and CircusP. It became very popular shortly after its upload on Nico Nico, reaching #1 on Weekly VOCALOID Ranking and receiving many derivative works. The name of the character in the video is "Primadonna".

The lyrics to "ECHO" are vague, and can be interpreted in many different ways; Crusher has expressly stated that there is no particular meaning to Echos son lyrics, and that some fans have explained the lyrics better than Crusher could herself.[1]

This song has entered the Hall of Legend and exceeded over 1 YouTube views. Hence this is one of Crusher's most notable songs, one of CircusP's most notable songs, and one of GUMI's most notable songs.

This song has been featured on TBS's ranking show "Rank Oukoku" as 2nd most popular VOCALOID song of 2014 on Niconico Video.[2][3] "ECHO" is also available in JOYSOUND and Club DAM, allowing it to be sung in Japanese karaoke bars.[4]

Succeeding versions[edit | edit source]

Remastered ver.
ECHO remastered.png
[sc]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Crusher
Categories Revised Version
Piano Version
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Crusher, CircusP, Ditsy (video)
Categories Arrangement
CIRCRUSH sings ECHO
SoundCloud logo
[sc]
Featuring
Crusher, CircusP
Producers
MystSaphyr (illust)
Categories Human Cover; Self-cover
Kazoo Version
SoundCloud logo
[sc]
Producers
Crusher
Categories Arrangement
The Living Tombstone Remix
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
The Living Tombstone (remix), Crusher (illust), Fruutella (VSQ), Orko (guitar), Andrew Duemig (video effects)
Categories Arrangement
Utsu-P Remix
YouTube logo
[nn][yt][bb]
Featuring
GUMI English
Categories Arrangement
Teniwoha Remix
Crusher-P - CONCIENTIA.jpg
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Teniwoha (remix)
Categories Arrangement
Description
This remix is featured on Crusher-P's album, CONCIENTIA.
ECHO Special Version
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Crusher (music, lyrics, illust), Fruutella (VSQ), Emumelo (movie)
Categories Arrangement; Spin-off; PV
Description
Featured in the album ボカロで覚える高校英単語 (Vocalo de Oboeru Koukou Eitango) as part of the "MUSIC STUDY PROJECT".

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

The clock stopped ticking forever ago
How long have I been up? I don't know
I can't get a grip, but I can't let go
There wasn't anything to hold onto, though

Why can't I see,
Why can't I see
All the colors
That you see?

Please can I be,
Please can I be
Colorful and free?

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror

ECHO...

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
And never look back
And never look back
AND NEVER LOOK BACK

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror

The clock stopped ticking forever ago
How long have I been up? I don't know
I can't get a grip, but I can't let go
There wasn't anything to hold onto, though

Why can't I see,
Why can't I see
All the colors
That you see?

Please can I be,
Please can I be
Colorful and free?

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror

ECHO...

When I was sleeping, I had a dream.
If I had been awake, would I have screamed?
And who could have seen what was coming next?
Taunting me with her eyes, she disappeared.

I've been running,
always running.
Maybe you know
where she is.
Was my voice heard?
Did she listen?
Someone said I had been dead.

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
Into an ugly black
I'm gonna run away now
And never look back

I'm gonna burn my house down
And never look back
And never look back
AND NEVER LOOK BACK

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

What the hell's going on?
Can someone tell me please
Why I'm switching faster than the channels on TV

I'm black, then I'm white
No! Something isn't right!
My enemy's invisible
I don't know how to fight

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror

The trembling fear
Is more than I can take
When I'm up against
The echo in the mirror


Derivatives[edit | edit source]

Rylitha's Cover ft. SF-A2 miki, Kaai Yuki, Hiyama Kiyoteru
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
Rylitah (cover, illust, VSQ lyrics conversion)
Categories VOCALOID Cover; Chorus
Description
MP3 download link is here.
Utakoloid's Cover ft. Megurine Luka
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Megurine Luka V4X English
Producers
Utakoloid (cover, mixing, illust, harmonies), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx), Gran (video)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Slapegg's Cover ft. KAITO
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
KAITO V3 English
Producers
Slapegg (cover, edit, mixing), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Description
MP3 download link is here.
Ariotsu's Cover ft. GUMI
YouTube logo
[yt][sc]
Featuring
GUMI V3
Producers
Ariotsu (cover, Japanese lyrics adaption)
Categories VOCALOID Cover; Alternative Language
St. Derp's Cover ft. Merli
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
St. Derp (cover), Crusher & CircusP (VSQ)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Emi A's Cover ft. Sweet ANN
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
Emi A (cover), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
kimzipsin's Cover ft. SeeU
YouTube logo
[yt][sc]
Featuring
Producers
kimzipsin (tuning, mixing), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
JorroTreul's Cover ft. Utatane Piko
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
JorroTreul (tuning, mixing, VSQ lyrics conversion), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Seiho524's Cover ft. Kagamine Len
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Kagamine Len Append (Power)
Producers
Seiho524 (cover, mixing), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
AfiquTheVocaloid12's cover ft. Hatsune Miku
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
AfiquTheVocaloid12 (cover), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Jade S.'s Cover ft. Camui Gackpo
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Camui Gackpo V3 Power
Producers
Jade S. (illust, tuning, VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover
Shiogama's Cover ft. Kohaku Merry
YouTube logo
[nn][yt][sc]
Featuring
Kohaku Merry (Trapeze)
Producers
Shiogama (tuning), hikage (mixing), tama (UST), Neochroma (VCCV English lyrics conversion)
Categories UTAU Cover
fmcaddy12's Cover ft. Equinox
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
fmcaddy12 (tuning, UST conversion) Ashita-Tsukiloid (UST)
Categories UTAU Cover

Azure's Cover
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
Azure
Producers
Azure (mixing, encode)
Categories Human Cover
Alfakyun.'s Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
kain (mixing)
Categories Human Cover
Noir's Cover
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
Producers
CES (mixing)
Categories Human Cover
riza's Cover
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
riza
Categories Human Cover
Mes's Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
Eon (mixing), ajimita (illust), Michikora (movie)
Categories Human Cover
Wotamin's Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
Mabudachi (mixing)
Categories Human Cover
kradness's Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
tomoboP (mixing, mastering)
Categories Human Cover
JubyPhonic's Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
CircusP (mixing), Mystsaphyr (video)
Categories Human Cover
Reol's Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Reol
Giga-P (chorus)
Producers
Giga-P (mixing)
Categories Human cover
AmaLee's Cover [dj-Jo Remix]
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
dj-Jo (remix), LuLuSeason (illust), Shawn Christmas (mixing), Fruutella (pre-mixing), Sokei (video)
Categories Human Cover; Arrangement
Chalili's Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
N.U. (screams), Cally Q (rap lyrics), GongJun (mixing), Nanji (encode), Tsukamoto.G (video), Fade (illust)
Categories Human Cover; Fanmade Hand-drawn PV
Mirai Akari's Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
no name (mixing, mastering), nyankobrq (cutup)
Categories Human Cover; Fanmade PV
Akai Haato's Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
Razunon (mixing), Kinjo no niichan (PV), kichihachi (illustration)
Categories Human Cover; Fanmade PV
Suntory Nomu's Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Producers
近藤康行 (vocal direction), 滑川高広 (recording engineer),
Categories Human Cover; Fanmade PV

Araki's Arranged Cover
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Producers
Shino (guitar)
Categories Human Cover; Arrangement
DIVELA's Remix
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Categories Arrangement
ikapi's dubstep remix
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
ikapi
Categories Arrangement
ryogo's Arrangement
Niconico logo
[nn]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
ryogo (music, video), Satou Shio (illust)
Categories Arrangement
aru's Rock Arranged Cover ft. Megurine Luka
YouTube logo
[nn][yt]
Featuring
Megurine Luka V4X English
aru (chorus)
Producers
aru (cover, arrangement), Crusher & CircusP (VSQx)
Categories VOCALOID Cover; Remix
Description
Download and off-vocal links are here and here.
Meltberry's Remix and Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
Meltberry
Producers
Meltberry (illust, remix)
Categories Human Cover; Arrangement; Fanmade Hand-drawn PV
Sakasafukurou's Piano Cover
YouTube logo
[yt]
Producers
Sakasafukurou
Categories Arrangement
dj-Jo's Remix
YouTube logo
[yt][sc]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
dj-Jo (remix, video), LuLuSeason (illust)
Categories Arrangement
Yunosuke's remix
YouTube logo
[nn][yt][sc]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
Categories Arrangement
PLAMA's Remix ft. Kagamine Rin & Len
Niconico logo
[nn][yt][sc]
Featuring
Producers
Categories Arrangement
KIRA's Arrangement
YouTube logo
[yt][sc]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
KIRA (arrangement, tuning), Ekkoberry (illust, PV)
Categories Arrangement

MikuMikuMina's MMD PV
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
MikuMikuMina
Categories Fanmade MMD PV

ヒビカセ × ECHO
Niconico logo
[nn]
Translation Hibikase × ECHO
Featuring
Hatsune Miku, GUMI English
Producers
Usana
Categories Mashup
Description
A mash-up of Giga-P's "Hibikase" and "ECHO". It was included in the 2015 Niconico Cho Party.[5]
Kahoot In The Mirror
SoundCloud logo
[sc]
Featuring
Producers
fmccaddy12
Categories Mash-up; VOCALOID Cover
「MAD」 Gravity Falls
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English, Mes
Producers
sakicchi
Categories Parody
Description
A parody PV featuring DIpper Pines from the TV series Gravity Falls. Added vocals from Mes's cover are added into GUMI's version.
「MAD」 Undertale
YouTube logo
[yt]
Featuring
GUMI English
Producers
BillNight Cipher
Categories Parody
Description
A parody PV of the song featuring Frisk from the RPG game Undertale.

Other media appearances[edit | edit source]

Literature[edit | edit source]

On October 8, 2015, the one year anniversary of the song, it was announced that ECHO would be receiving a Japanese novel adaption.[6] It was written by Akira and illustrated by Oguchi, one of the official illustrators for Kantai Collection.[7] A promotional video was uploaded on February 12, 2016. An English translation of the novel was released.

Discography[edit | edit source]

This song was featured in the following albums:

Concerts[edit | edit source]

This song has been performed as part of the set list for the VOCALOID performance at Niconico Cho Party 2015, as a remix/duet with Hibikase.

Video games[edit | edit source]

This song is featured in Project SEKAI COLORFUL STAGE! feat. Hatsune Miku.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first song by a western VOCALOID producer to enter the Hall of Legend.
  • The song was originally to be sung by Megurine Luka. CircusP cites himself as the reason why it ended up being sung by GUMI.[8]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Thanks for 800,000 views! - Google+
  2. TBS Television: Rank Oukoku
  3. ECHO on TV - KEEPING IT SURREAL (blog post)
  4. ECHO in a Club DAM karaoke bar - KEEPING IT SURREAL (blog post)
  5. @CCrusherP: I had no idea that the Echo x Hibikase mash up was the second song in the nico cho party
  6. @PHPcomix
  7. ECHO novel website
  8. Let's try to tune Nana English [Attempt 2

External links[edit | edit source]

Official[edit | edit source]

Unofficial[edit | edit source]

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