- "I like Akira and I like tracksuits that's about it"
Parties Are For Losers is an English VOCALOID series created by the user Ferry, with Ferry also being responsible for making the art and videos. The first song (for which the series was named,) Parties Are For Losers, was released in January of 2019, with two more songs in the series being released in the following months and several more planned for the future. Ferry also provides a lot of the lore behind the series and background information about the characters on their tumblr blog.
The story, which borrows a lot from the movie Stalker, takes place in an Eastern European city that borders an an anomalous Zone that appeared after a catastrophic incident 50 years before. The Zone itself is tightly bordered and a research facility was founded to study both it and captured mutants—humans that were born with unusual powers or appearances as a result of their parents being exposed to the Zone. At the same time, individuals called "stalkers" help people enter and exit the zone illegally.
Parties Are For Losers introduces a group of troubled teens living in this city: Yura, his friend Sanya, her older brother Sergei, and Katya (or KT,) a young girl who allegedly ran away from home and meets Yura and Sanya at a party one night. Yura and Sanya quickly bond with KT over the next two weeks, only for their friendship to be cut short when it's revealed that she's a runaway mutant.
The sequel False Disposition expands on Yura and Sanya's backgrounds before KT. Punch it, Punk! introduces Yura's little sister Anya and her new friend Dmitry, who also allegedly ran away from home...
All songs in the series are available on Youtube:
This song series contains examples of:
- All There in the Manual: Ferry has compiled a comprehensive explanation of the story, as well as several basic details about the characters (like name, age, height, etc.) on a google documented linked to in the description of each video. The document also includes clarification on what's happening in each video, for those who may be confused about them.
- Big Brother Instinct: As her older brother Sergei is determined to protect Sanya from harm, which unfortunately includes calling the police on her new mutant friend.
- Bilingual Bonus: In Punch It, Punk! Olya's text conversation with Sergei (which reveals that, rather than telling Sergei about Dmitry's powers or calling the police on him, she's just asking if she can take a picture of KT's jacket) is all in Russian.
- Disappeared Dad: According to Ferry, Sergei and Sanya's dad was a "stalker" who died during his work. This means Sergei had to raise Sanya himself.
- Downer Ending: The first song ends on KT being captured by the police and taken back to the facility.
- Heroic Albino: Sanya, who in the first song leaps to KT's defense at the party where they met.
- Rescue Romance: Anya falls for Dmitry immediately when he leaps to protect her from some thugs (although he ends up getting the crap beaten out of him.)
- Runaway Hideaway: Ferry explained on their blog that during the two weeks KT knew Yura and Sanya, they set up a little hideout for her to stay and hang out in that becomes more comfortable as the gang brings more stuff to it, since it wouldn't be feasible for her to live with either of them.
- To AKIRA in the first song, as KT's powers manifest in a very similar way to Tetsuo's Superpower Meltdown (i.e. spawning a bunch of excess flesh.)
- According to the creator, Olya's surname, Orlova (which is a derivative of the Russian word for "eagle") is an obscure Shout-Out to Riva Hawkeye, another stoic blonde female character.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: In False Disposition Sanya goes from a yellow and grey gym outfit to her white and black track suit, puts up her hair, and changes her glasses to contacts—all signifying her change into the baseball-bat-wielding girl we see in PAFL.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Anya regularly stalks Olya on her way to work, finding her fascinating and curious about the fact that she takes a gun to work with her. Olya knows she does it and doesn't mind, though.
- Stepford Smiler: Yura as demonstrated in the first song. While going to a party with KT one night the lines say that he no longer has to "force a smile" and he breaks down in front of her.
- Wham Shot: At the end of Punch It, Punk! there's the shot of every sharp object in Olya's house floating, surrounded by blue light, and pointed right at Olya—showing the audience that Dmitry has telekinesis.