This song was created for Yandere Simulator on October 8th, 2015. I decided not to reveal it until I had visuals for it. After 8 years, the visuals still aren’t finished, so I’ve decided to just release it in its current state, and let people see how far it got.
When deciding what visuals would be the most fitting for an “Anime Opening” for Yandere Simulator, I had ideas that were incompatible with the lyrics – for example, I wanted the animation to start by showing how “empty” Ayano felt before meeting Taro, so I wanted the song to begin with sad lyrics instead of happy ones. In the end, I decided to just not use this song and design one myself that would suit my vision of the ideal Yandere Simulator opening.
Over the years, I commissioned various composers, lyricists, and artists in an attempt to create the “perfect” Yandere Simulator opening theme and animation. However, I was never satisfied; I always wanted further tweaks to the music, the lyrics, the art…I could never get it the way I wanted it to be. In the end, it became such a frustrating project to work on that I just stopped working on it.
Last night, while I was looking through some old folders for something completely unrelated, I stumbled across this ancient song from 2015, and all of the artwork that had been created for it. I thought to myself, “What a shame that I never used this amazing song that someone generously created for me, and wasted a bunch of time completely failing to make a superior one.” I decided that it would simply be too much of a waste to never release this song, or reveal the visuals that were created for a potential Yandere Sim anime-style opening animation.
It feels wrong to release a half-finished, partially-animated storyboard; game developers typically don’t reveal cinematics until they are 100% finished and ready to be seen by the public. But, at this point in time, I just don’t know if this opening animation will ever get finished. So, I feel that it’s time to just share it, and let people see how far along it was before production stopped.
If you check my video descriptions, you’ll see that I almost always go through great lengths to credit absolutely anyone who created even a single asset for my videos. However, it would be exceptionally difficult to do that in this case. The vocalist wishes to remain anonymous. The composer has changed their name and identity. From 2015 to 2020, so many different artists touched this project that I would have to do absurd amounts of detective work to list them all.
All I can do is present it as-is, and hope that you enjoy it.
Maybe one day it’ll get finished, but it would be post-crowdfunding campaign, for sure.