“Egao” – Miku ver. adapted by モコあき (illust. by 稲場冬樹, ヤグチタキシ and シロウ)
This actually isn’t an original Miku song, but just an Miku-style adaptation of the song of the same title. The conte art from the original was also replicated, but with a Miku hamster and some other modifications. The original song was released as part of a DVD single “Minna no Uta” (みんなのうた) in July 2003 and was sung by Iwasaki Hiromi. The illustrations are by Shinkai Makoto, who is well known for 5 Centimeters Per Second, Hoshi no Koe and the animation videos for minori works such as Wind: A Breath of Heart, Haru no Ashioto and Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two. Having played the minori games before, I’m very impressed with the opening videos.
There’s definitely something very tranquil about this piece. The art is really nice. The lyrics tell a very warm tale. My only disappointment is that it seems too short.
Here’s the original version by Iwasaki Hiromi and Shinaki Makoto.
I also recommend playing both at the same time and seeing the slight differences for yourself. The harmony is quite well done, naturally.