- "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 subsequent videos both continue the story and further develop the main cast while also introducing new characters into the mix, like Yura's little sister Anya and her new "runaway" friend Dmitry...
All songs in the series are available on Youtube:
- Parties Are For Losers - The first video establishing the main cast as Sanya and Yura meet Katya and then are separated from her.
- False Disposition - A mostly flashback video depicting Sanya and Yura's past with each other.
- Punch It, Punk! - A video taking place over the same time as PAFL, focusing on Yura's sister Anya and Sergei's enigmatic girlfriend Olya, who discover another child who claims to have run away from home, Dmitry.
- KT's Official Guide to Coolness - A song depicting PAFL from Katya's perspective.
- The Mill - A song continuing on from where the end of False Disposition left off, while providing cryptic flashbacks for some of the characters.
- Strike 3 - A song from Sergei's perspective about the events immediately following The Mill.
- Occam's Razor - A song from Yura's perspective following the events of Strike 3, wherein he discovers what may be a new lead to saving Katya.
- message lost - A song from Nikita's perspective about his past relationship and regrets.
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.
- Several lines in "The Mill" are in Russian, and near the end of the video a single word appears on the screen as being said by a border guard. It's "Orlova?", Olga's last name.
- At the climax of "KT's Official Guide to Coolness", as Katya is being captured, the lyrics go "it's not okay" as the video pans over Yura, where the chorus of "Parties Are For Losers" had "it's okay, it's okay".
- "The Mill" has a lyrical callback to False Disposition's chorus near the end.
- Despair Event Horizon: "KT's Official Guide to Coolness" depicts Katya seeming to go through one after being recaptured in the end, being told an awful truth about her powers (which the video doesn't reveal) and resigning herself to the idea that she simply has to be contained rather than live a normal life.
- 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.
- Dramatic Irony: "KT's Official Guide to Coolness" reveals that Yura knew that Katya was a mutant all along. He tells Katya that he won't tell anyone, and then suggests that they could get Sergei to help her if he "eased him into it". Unfortunately Sergei ends up being the opposite of helpful, as viewers already know.
- Foil: In "Parties are for Losers" and "Punch It, Punk!" respectively, Katya and Dmitry's stories are intentionally played off each other to demonstrate the differences between them, and the differences between their respective friend groups:
- Katya and Dmitry both run into their allies through a rescue, but while Katya is rescued from a rival gang leader by Sanya (who proceeds to beat her potential attacker with a baseball bat,) Dmitry attempts to defend Anya from some thugs and is beaten to a pulp because he's a wimp.
- PAFL shows Katya having a montage of fun times with her new friends, as does PIP for Dmitry and Anya—though Dmitry is shown as going along with a lot of what Anya wants (including going out with her) because he's dazed and its' convenient.
- Katya primarily befriends Yura Beletsky, a cooler laid-back ne'er-do-well, and Sanya Kazarin, Sergei's rebellious little sister. Dmitry starts dating the bombastic and rebel-wannabe Anya, Yura's younger sister, and stays with Olya, Sergei's mysterious girlfriend. Katya and Dmitry even have important conversations with their respective Beletsky—while Katya comforts Yura not to "escape" the future, Dmitry tempts Anya to run away from her home with him.
- When both mutants are exposed, Katya is turned in and briefly demonstrates her power to horrible effect, freaking even Yura out, while Dmitry is quickly assured that he won't be turned in and is met with Anya's immediate acceptance in the face of his ability.
- Not So Different: Once he realizes the truth about Dmitry, Yura muses in "Occam's Razor" that maybe he and Anya might not be "as different" as he'd thought.
- 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.
- Taking the Heat: In "Strike 3" Olya claims that she's the one who shot the Zone border guard to get Yura off the hook. Sergei is not happy about this, but neither is Yura.Yura: No one asked her to be Mother-fucking-Teresa!
- 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.
- During the climax of The Mill, a border guard stopping the characters is shot in the forehead. Then it's revealed that Yura is the one who fired the shot.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Most of "Strike 3" is Sergei giving one to Yura for what happened during The Mill and the fact that Olya took the blame for shooting the guard so Yura could get off easy, culminating in banning him from ever coming around again.