Trivia / Vocaloid

  • Acting for Two: A 1st Place concert featured a special where IA performed the Angel Beats! theme song "My Soul, Your Beats!" with its original singer, Lia. Lia is IA's voice provider, so techically, Lia is duet-ing with herself. Some other voice providers have also sang alongside their Vocaloids, such as GACKT with Gackpo and Chihiro Ishiguro with Yukari.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Though technically not fanon due to being created by a company to be the Mac response to Vocaloid, Macne Nana is the very first voicebank that can be used in UTAU to get an official Vocaloid voicebank.
    • Oliver's bird has no official name, but a number of fans decided to call him James, and the name stuck — to the extent that even the VocaTone staff have begun using it, but they stated that the name is still not canon.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: A huge hit in Japan and overseas, to the extent that there are musicals and even concerts of them!
  • The Danza:
    • Both of Gumi's names come from Megumi Nakajima. note 
    • Kamui Gakupo is named after Gackt.
    • Meiko's voice provider is named Meiko Haigo.
    • Miriam's voice provider is Miriam Stockley.
    • SF-A2 miki's voice provider is named Miki Furukawa.
    • Utatane Piko's voice provider is NND singer Piko.
    • YOHIOloid got his name from the singer Yohio.
    • Chika's name comes from her voice provider, Chiaki Ito.
    • Sachiko's voice provider is enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi.
    • Fukase's voice provider is SEKAI NO OWARI vocalist Fukase.
    • Kano Akira is named after OH-SE's "Kano Akira" persona in ARSMAGNA.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Gakupo was based of voice samples from Gackt. Then Nico Nico held a vocaloid contest hosted by Gackt where they asked him to sing the winning songs "Episode.0" and "Paranoid Doll." The result was Gackt not only created and released a remix of the song Episode.0, but also created a video that was identical to the original PV but with the pictures of Gakupo replaced with pictures of Gackt dressed as Gakupo. Here is the original PV of Episode 0.
    • Vocaloids themselves for Sharon Apple. Synthetic pop-star, human vocal element, live holographic concerts...
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Gumi is nicknamed "Rankaloid", due to the fact that her provider Megumi Nakajima is more well-known for the Macross Frontier character, Ranka Lee.
    • Quite a few fans have started using the nickname "Lenny" for Len, due to the number of PVs in which he dies. In the Japanese fandom, he tends to be called Ikelen (Cool Len) whenever he's portrayed as cool or badass, which is based off the Japanese term "ikemen" (roughly, cool guy) and variations of it seem to be common within Vocaloid songs featuring a character being badass; Ikerin shows up less frequently. Additionally, whenever his The Casanova side comes to the fore, he's tagged as Maselen (Mature Len).
    • Among Brazilian fans, Maika is also called Maikão ("Big Maika.")
    • YOHIOloid's are Hio or Yohi. Even though he technically has no official name, VocaTone members have gotten around to calling him Hio in some of their official talks.
    • Some people call Cyber Diva Cyva (a shortening of her official name) or Athena (Her most popular demo song).
    • Ass/Arseloid or Buttloid for Akira, thanks to his odd product name.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Export for You:
    • Many of the non-English Vocaloids were rather difficult to get if you don't live in Japan, and shipping can get to ridiculous prices. Yamaha attempted to avert this with some Vocaloid3 banks such as VY1V3, Mew, Aoki Lapis, Tone Rion, and the V3 Gumi banks available as downloads; Voctro-Labs ships Bruno and Clara internationally; and SBS put up SeeU on eBay, albeit at a considerably higher price; but some, like Yukari Yuzuki, are still rather difficult to get overseas.
      • Actually, Yamaha updated en.vocaloidstore.com (where they sell Vocaloids), and they now sell packaged versions of SeeU, Tone Rion, Mew, Aoki Lapis, and other Vocaloids to North America and Europe!
    • Do you want to buy an album by your favorite composer, or a compilation album? Unless it's registered on KarenT, you will probably never be able to get it, because they're usually sold at Comiket or VocaMas — and even if they're sold online too, they're usually on Japanese-only sites.
    • Even if you can read Japanese or use a translator, good luck seeing any of the Theatrical Plays based on the more famous songs. Those few that do have DVD releases never seem to have subtitles, English or otherwise.
    • And then there's the licensed games, notably the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series, which were Japan-only until Project Diva F, which at least was made available in the Southeast Asia region, but that's still in Japanese. There are hopes however for the latter to see international release, seeing as how an American promotional video for the PSVita shown in Gamestops shows gameplay footage of that game.
    • Averted with Project Diva F for the PlayStation 3, in which the localized version of the game in the US and Europe, eventually released on August 27, 2013 after an announcement by Sega.
    • Sega then topped the release of Project Diva F, when they released Project Diva F 2nd. Several fan favorite songs? Check. Playstation 3 and Vita at the same time? Check. Full English Subtitles, even in the Diva Room mode?! CHECK. Cross-save, even from the original Japanese release? ...SEGA out-did themselves.
    • Special Subversion Mention goes to Project Mirai for the Nintendo 3DS. It's Nintendo's Project Diva with Nendoroid-ified Vocaloid! Kawaii!. The game's never released outside Japan, both prequel and sequel... And then comes this announcement; it's coming to USA and Europe in 2015!
    • For a time, it was impossible to buy the Vocaloid 4 engine, VY1V4 and/or Cyber Diva from the official vocaloid online store unless you were from Japan, despite the fact that the latter is geared towards the American market.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: YOHIOLOID, Maika and Fukase all have their character designs chosen from fan designs.
  • Promoted Fangirl:
    • The role of Lapis' seiyuu went to the singer who submitted the best audition, Nako Eguchi.
    • This occurred similarly in Merli's case, with Misaki Kamata being awarded as the provider.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Gakupo was based of Gackt who then made a remix of a Gakupo song and PV.
  • Talking To Herself: Rin and Len are voiced by the same person.
  • Vaporware:
    • We haven't heard much of CV04 and its existence since its confirmation in 2009, and details get more and more scant as time passes by. Word of God says that he's still in production. However, he might not be in the Character Vocal series anymore since he's now listed as "Male Vocal" rather than "CV04." The last we've heard anything official about him is in 2012.
    • Ring Suzune and Hibiki Lui were announced at the end of May 2011. They were the result of a contest titled "Everyone's Vocaloid project", which called for fans to create an original Vocaloid character for the then-upcoming Vocaloid3 engine. However, Development Hell struck and the project was picked up by VocaNext, whose website became inaccessible in late 2013. The duo are all but said to be abandoned at this point.
  • What Could Have Been: In 2013, a bilingual Vocaloid named ALYS would have been the first French speaking Vocaloid in the database. She was crowd funded by a company called VoxWave, and she was set to be a part of the V3 engine. However, due to the technical limitations of the Vocaloid engine (such as not being able to speak as well as she could sing) and hoping to make the system she's packaged in free to use, she was brought over to the CeVIO Creative Studio instead. She was later released on March 10 2016, this time for Alter/Ego.
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