The Cast


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The English Vocaloids are made by to companies, Zero-G(UK) and Power-fx(Sweden). Unlike their Japanese counterparts the English Vocaloids don’t have offical images but that still doesn’t stop them from being awesome.

Leon

Leon was launched at the NAMM show in Los Angeles on January 15, 2004, and released in Japan on March 3, 2004, at the price of 39,800 yen. He is a ‘virtual male soul vocalist modelled on a real professional singer’ that targets the English language. He, along with Lola, won a 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award in the category ‘Most Innovative Product’. He seems to have a tulip for a character item.

Leon is one of the most popular English Vocaloids among Nico Nico user but not for his voice. Leon is usually made fun of due to the odd apperance of the singer’s voice bank he uses and because of this Leon is usually drawn in a very manly way in most of his vids. However, others have given Leon a very bishie look by giving him a slender body, blonde hair, blue shirt, and white pants.

Most people like to think of Leon as the English version of Kaito.

Lola

Lola was also launched at the NAMM show in Los Angelos on January 15, 2004, and released in Japan on March 3, 2004, at the price of 39,800 yen. She is a ‘virtual female soul vocalist modelled on a real professional singer’ that targets the English language.She, along with Leon, won a 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award in the category ‘Most Innovative Product’. She seems to have a frying pan for a character item.

Lola seems to be the most unpopular Vocaloid in the fanbase. Even Nico Nico user(the ones who seem to use English Vocaloids the most) don’t seem to use her often.  In fannon most people like to see Lola as a sister to Leon, most likely because the two were released on the same day. Lola has been accused of sounding like a man despite fact that there are many videos showing otherwise.

In most videos Lola is shown as either a blonde, brunette, or black.

Miriam

Miriam was officially released on July 1st, 2004. Her voice is based off Miriam Stockley, a British singer who is the lead vocalist of Adiemus. Her software engine is up to three times faster than those of her predecessors.

Miriam is one of the better English Vocaloids of generation 1.  She is usually potray as having silver hair due to the silver coloring of her box art.

Most people like to see Miriam as the English Version of Miku.

Prima

As part of the Vocaloid2 releases, Zero-G announced VOCALOID SOPRANO, whose name was changed to VOCALOID PRIMA, on January 21, 2008, at the NAMM show of the same year. Her official release date is January 14, 2008. Prima is a virtual female vocalist based on the voice of a professional soprano singer.  Though she was created to target opera, Prima’s versatile voice allows her to be used for various other styles, such as pop, though her operatic flare will still be evident. Despite being English and being seldomly used in comparison to the likes of Miku, Prima is also somewhat popular with the Japanese Vocaloid scene, and has been given a uniform illustration agreed upon by fan consensus. In English-speaking fandom, a more “yandere” model of Prima is popular, stemming from jokes made by those who tried to download Prima and run her along with the other Vocaloids; most illegal downloads of Prima did not contain the proper confirmation keys, causing the program to “kill herself and take the other Vocaloids with her”. Her item is Wine.

Prima is usually potrayed in videos wearing a red dress and a white flower in her hair.

Sonika

Sonika (ソニカ Sonika) is the 5th Vocaloid created by Zero-G. Released on 14th July 2009, she is the first English speaking Vocaloid to use the updated Vocaloid2 software. She has been specifically tailored to mimic the Japanese vocaloids in both appearence and sound, and is the first English speaking vocaloid to use an actual character illustration as part of the product. Though marketed to an English speaking audience, Sonika can potentially speak any language due to the fact that her vocal bank is not limited to syllables and phonetics, so she is able to produce any consonant and vowel combinaton imaginable.

Sonika has been accused of being a Gumi ripoff due to her apperance and the fact she was release only a few weeks after the Megpoid.

Big-Al

Though an announcement was made about him on January 21, 2007, no official release date can be found. His voice is modelled after a Swedish rock vocalist. The first song demo using Big-Al, “Make Me Feel”, was prepared by Alexei Ustinov for the Frankfurt MusikMesse 2007 fair. Big-Al’s timbre is comparably lower, rougher, and more “manly” than Leon’s. More demo examples (I Feel Good, Alove, and PowerFX) were uploaded in early May.

Sweet Ann

Sweet Ann is the first virtual singer based on Vocaloid2. Her release date was on June 29, 2007. Her voice is modeled after a female pop-singer. In fan depictions, she is portrayed (perhaps erroneously) as having a sewn head with her neck laced with stitches; The truth is, those stitches are actually her necklace or choker. Her item is fried chicken.

Most people find Sweet Ann box art scary and there seems to be a meme running around Nico Nico where beams constantly shoot out her eyes.

One Response to “The Cast”

  1. Happy Says:

    Just read through the archives, I’m so glad there’s only like 3 pages, it makes it a lot easier than some of the other websites I’ve binged through😄;; Great to have a website dedicated to the English Vocaloids, and I’ll be a regular here!

    Now, why I posted here instead of the front page? I just have to say the section on Sweet Ann is hilarious. |DDDD Fried chicken and eye beams oh my god.


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