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Song title
"Just Be Friends"
Uploaded July 4, 2009, with 2,669,000+ views
Singer(s)
Megurine Luka
Producer(s)
Dixie Flatline (music, lyrics)
Yunomi-P (illustration, video)
Links
Niconico Broadcast • YouTube Broadcast

BackgroundEdit

"Just Be Friends" (commonly abbreviated JBF) is one of Luka's most popular songs and Dixie Flatline's most notable work. It is about how a girl (Luka) and a boy's current relationship is going nowhere, and they start to realize their relationship is falling apart. Eventually the singer pulls the plug and breaks up with the other individual. What becomes of the broken-hearted person is up to the viewer.

Though the song is sung by Luka, some fans interpret it as being from the boy's point of view; however, this is not confirmed or supported in any way by the creator, and both interpretations would cause inconsistencies with the PV. Fans' opinions remain divided.

A reply song, "Answer", debuted at Anime Expo 2012 and was later posted on Nico Nico on July 27, 2012. It is set three years after the original song and shows how the girl has moved on.

The original upload of "Just Be Friends" reached over 2,453,000 views. The most popular reprint of the song on YouTube has over seven million views, and another has over five million views, internationally making "Just Be Friends" Luka's most popular song.

In 2014, this song was used as a demo for Megurine Luka V3 at Miku Expo. However, the demo featured Rockleetist's English lyrics in order to demonstrate Luka V3's new English vocals.

DiscographyEdit

This song was released as a single and is featured on the EXIT TUNES compilation albums Vocaloanthems and Megurythm. It is also featured on the the albums MIKUNOPOLIS in LOS ANGELES, The VOCALOID, VOCALOID BEST from ニコニコ動画(あお), and 初音ミク: Project DIVA 2nd - NONSTOP MIX COLLECTION.

Various covers and remixes of this song have been included in additional albums. Notably, a popular remix by Masakazu Kageyama is featured in SUPER PRODUCERS BEAT. Finally, JBF RemixAlbum, a rare album released at Comiket 77, consists entirely of arrangements of the song.

ControversyEdit

The original "Just Be Friends" upload on NicoNico was undisplayed by Dixie Flatline on August 3, 2010 due to Yunomi-P's plagiarism,[1] where all or part of her PVs were traced. Dixie Flatline made "Just Be Friends" public again on May 11, 2014.

Due to the nature of the controversy, its full explanation shall not be not be posted to prevent reviving old flamewars and attacks against Yunomi-P.

Succeeding versionsEdit

Vocaloanthems PV
Featuring Megurine Luka
Author(s) Dixie Flatline
Category PV
Rockleetist English cover
Featuring Megurine Luka V3
Author(s) Rockleetist
Category English Cover

LyricsEdit

Just be friends All we gotta do
Just be friends It's time to say goodbye
Just be friends All we gotta do
Just be friends Just be friends...


Japanese (日本語歌詞) Romaji (ローマ字)
浮かんだんだ 昨日の朝 早くに Ukandanda kinou no asa hayaku ni
割れたグラス かき集めるような Wareta GURASU(Glass) kakiatsumeru you na

これは一体なんだろう 切った指からしたたる滴 Kore wa ittai nan darou kitta yubi kara shitataru shizuku
僕らはこんなことしたかったのかな Bokura wa konna koto shitakatta no kana

分かってたよ 心の奥底では 最も辛い 選択がベスト Wakatteta yo kokoro no oku soko de wa motto mo tsurai sentaku ga BESUTO(Best)
それを拒む自己愛と 結果自家撞着(どうちゃく)の繰り返し Sore o kobamu jiko ai to kekkajika touchaku no kurikaeshi
僕はいつになれば言えるのかな Boku wa itsu ni nareba ieru no kana

緩やかに朽ちてゆくこの世界で 足掻(あが)く僕の唯一の活路 Yuruyaka ni kuchiteyuku kono sekai de agaku boku no yuiitsu no katsuro
色褪せた君の 微笑み刻んで 栓(せん)を抜いた Iroaseta kimi no hohoemi kizande sen o nuita

声を枯らして叫んだ 反響 残響 空しく響く Koe o karashite sakenda hankyou zankyou munashiku hibiku
外された鎖の その先は なにひとつ残ってやしないけど Hazusareta kusari no sono saki wa nani hitotsu nokotte ya shinai kedo
ふたりを重ねてた偶然 暗転 断線 儚く千々(ちぢ)に Futari o kasaneteta guuzen anten dansen hakanaku chiji ni
所詮こんなものさ 呟いた 枯れた頬に伝う誰かの涙 Shosen konna mono sa tsubuyaita kareta hoho ni tsutau dareka no namida


All we gotta do Just be friends
It's time to say goodbye Just be friends
All we gotta do Just be friends
Just be friends Just be friends...


気づいたんだ 昨日の 凪いだ夜に Kidzuitanda kinou no naida yoru ni
落ちた花弁 拾い上げたとして Ochita kaben hiroiageta to shite

また咲き戻ることはない そう手の平の上の小さな死 Mata saki modoru koto ha nai sou te no hira no ue no chiisana shi
僕らの時間は止まったまま Bokura no jikan wa tomatta mama

思い出すよ 初めて会った季節を 君の優しく微笑む顔を Omoidasu yo hajimete atta kisetsu o kimi no yasashiku hohoemu kao o
今を過去に押しやって 二人傷つく限り傷ついた Ima o kakko ni oshiyatte futari kizutsuku kagiri kizutsuita
僕らの心は棘(とげ)だらけだ Bokura no kokoro wa toge darake da

重苦しく続くこの関係で 悲しい程 変わらない心 Omokurushiku tsudzuku kono kankei de kanashii hodo kawaranai kokoro
愛してるのに 離れがたいのに 僕が言わなきゃ Aishiteru no ni hanare gatai no ni boku ga iwanakya

心に土砂降りの雨が 呆然(ぼうぜん) 竦然(しょうぜん) 視界も煙る Kokoro ni doshaburi no ame ga bouzen shouzen shikai mo kemuru
覚悟してた筈(はず)の その痛み それでも貫かれるこの体 Kakugo shiteta hazu no sono itami sore demo tsuranukareru kono karada
ふたりを繋いでた絆 綻(ほころ)び 解け 日常に消えてく Futari o tsunaideta kizuna hokorobi hodoke nichijou ni kieteku
さよなら愛した人 ここまでだ もう振り向かないで歩き出すんだ Sayonara aishita hito koko made da mou furimukanai de arukidasunda

一度だけ 一度だけ 願いが叶うのならば Ichido dake ichido dake negai ga kanau no naraba
何度でも生まれ変わって あの日の君に逢いに行くよ Nando demo umarekawatte ano hi no kimi ni ai ni iku yo

声を枯らして叫んだ 反響 残響 空しく響く Koe o karashite sakenda hankyou zankyou munashiku hibiku
外された鎖の その先は なにひとつ残ってやしないけど Hazusareta kusari no sono saki wa nani hitotsu nokotte ya shinai kedo
ふたりを繋いでた絆 綻(ほころ)び 解け 日常に消えてく Futari o tsunaideta kizuna hokorobi hodoke nichijou ni kieteku
さよなら愛した人 ここまでだ もう振り向かないで歩き出すんだ Sayonara aishita hito koko made da mou furimukanai de arukidasunda

これでおしまいさ Kore de oshimai sa


(Just be friends All we gotta do Just be friends It's time to say goodbye)
Just be friends All we gotta do
Just be friends (Just be friends) It's time to say goodbye
Just be friends (Just be friends) All we gotta do
Just be friends (Just be frien~ds)It's time to say goodbye
Just be friends (We should be, Just should be)All we gotta do
Just be friends (We should just be friends)It's time to say goodbye
Just be friends

Written by Rockleetist, this version of "Just Be Friends" was used for the development of Megurine Luka V3 English.

Just Be Friends
All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
It's time to say goodbye, Just Be Friends.
All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
Just Be Friends, Just Be Friends.


Early morning yesterday it finally occurred to me.
Just like a puzzle where I had placed every single piece.
And now I don't know what to do-
Now that I see what we're both moving to-
Is this the point in time where we both prayed and hoped we'd be?

Somehow I knew that from the deepest reaches of my heart.
The hardest choice would be the choice that tears us both apart.
And now I know I can't ignore-
All the feelings that I've felt before-
I wonder why I never tried to tell you from the start?


Here in the world of ours that's slowly falling all around us
We're trying to move on, but it's the best we can do.
Our happiness fading- And smiles evading-
The truth within the lies.

Now all I hear are screams between us
resounding and bouncing the echoes throughout my mind.
Nothing is left, nothing remains at the end of the line.
At the end of our chain, we've both run out of time.
So was it fate that brought us together
only to remind us that love's not forever?
I said, 'You know, that's how it goes.'
'That's just the way that life is.'
So no regrets, baby don't fret.
You know I hate to see you cry.


All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
It's time to say goodbye, Just Be Friends.
All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
Just Be Friends, Just Be Friends.



Last Night a quiet moment helped me bring my thoughts around.
No sense in picking fallen petals up from off the ground.
This flower's past its bloom-
And you know that we can both assume-
Our time is gone, let's move along.
It was never meant to be.

Don't you remember the first summer it was all worthwhile?
Every moment that we spent together made you smile.
Arguments we won't recall-
With no regard to how we felt at all-
Our words were cruel we played the fool.
The end is on out minds.


And with every single day that passes slowly by us.
There's nothing I can do, nothing I can do for us.
I will always love you and I'll always think of you.
But I have to tell you now.

Oh, somewhere deep in my heart it's raining.
The clouds are remaining to drown me away from you.
I'm driven, but I've had enough.
Our broken heartache's still here.
It seems that no matter what, it simply won't disappear.
The bond between us has finally broken.
There's too much unspoken, we're falling so far apart.
Goodbye my love, it's done sweetheart.
Sayonara, it's the end.
It is time to depart and we will never look back, my friend.


Oh, this one time, just this one time.
If I could make a wish upon a fallen star.
If it came true, I'd stay with you.
Always forever you and I together~

Now all I hear are screams between us
resounding and bouncing the echoes throughout my mind.
Nothing is left, nothing remains at the end of the line.
At the end of our chain, we've both run out of time.
The bond between us has finally broken.
There's too much unspoken, we're falling so far apart.
Goodbye my love, it's done sweetheart.
Sayonara, it's the end.
It is time to depart, but you will always be my best friend.


All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
It's time to say goodbye, Just Be Friends.
All we gotta do is Just Be Friends.
Just Be Friends, Just Be Friends.


Baby it's over for us now
Just Be Friends

DerivativesEdit

IA's Cover
Featuring IA
Author(s) kyaami
Category VOCALOID cover

11 Person Chorus + 1
Featuring Various
Author(s) G-san
Category Chorus
halyosy's Cover
Featuring halyosy
Author(s) halyosy
Category Human cover
Aho no Sakata's Cover (WANKO ver.)
Featuring Aho no Sakata
Author(s) Inugami Hiroki
Category Human Cover, Arrangement

Music Box Arrangement
Author(s) Pokkari
Category Arrangement
Guitar Arrangement
Featuring Megurine Luka
Author(s) konanishi
Category Arrangement
Tatami-P Arrange
Featuring Himawari
Author(s) Tatami-P
Category Arrangement
8-bit Arrange
Author(s) PALPUNCHO
Category Arrangement
marasy's Piano Arrangement
Author(s) marasy
Category Arrangement)
Ginsuke's Remix
Featuring Megurine Luka
Author(s) Ginsuke
Category Remix

elpheal's Cosplay PV
Featuring Megurine Luka
Author(s) Kaika (Luka, editing), Reiko (Unknown Guy), Adrian, Peggy, Maria, Shiroin (Photography)
Category Cosplay PV
AutumnFox's MMD PV
Featuring Megurine Luka
Author(s) AutumnFox
Category MMD PV

お兄さんとJust Be Friends
Romaji/English Oniisan to Just Be Friends (Just Be Friends with Big Brother)
Featuring Kagamine Len
Author(s) Oten-P
Category VOCALOID Cover, Parody
Just Be Friends × Migikata no Chou Mix
Featuring Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len
Author(s) ZephyriaGenevive
Category Mashup


Other media appearancesEdit

ConcertsEdit

This song was featured in the following concerts.

PublicationsEdit

Piano sheet music appeared in the Piano Solo Yasashiku Hikeru VOCALOID Selection for Piano collection. This song has also appeared as sheet music in the Vocaloid Best selection series.

GamesEdit

Featured in the game(s)...
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- 2nd YouTube
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater 2nd YouTube
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Arcade Niconico YouTube
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- extend
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater extend YouTube
Miku Flick/02 YouTube

GalleryEdit

M sfon
Luka's Chiffon Dress module for the song, from -Project DIVA- 2nd.
Just Be Friends Closure Cover art
The new cover art, Closure, made for the song in Miku Flick/02.
Megurine Luka Chiffon One-Pice
Luka's Chiffon Dress module for the song "Just Be Friends" from the videogame Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Arcade

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dixie Flatline's Blog: About the PV of "Just Be Friends"

External linksEdit

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