YAMAHA officially list Akikoloid-chan as the first VOCALOID3 vocal in their VOCALOID timeline.
Concept[edit | edit source]
She is based on Akiko-chan's character; much like how Ryuto (Gachapoid) is based on Gachapin, she is not Akiko-chan herself.
In 2011, the LAWSON convenience store chain's new mascot, "Akiko-chan" was announced to receive a synthesized VOCALOID voice makeover to become "Akikoloid-chan," who acts as a navigator for LAWSON's new Nico Nico Douga channel. On September 6, 2011, Akikoloid-chan videos were uploaded on Niconico. The vocal was from the VOCALOID3 engine and the voice provider was Arimoto (有本) from Koe-bu (こえ部), a voice sharing site for amateur voice actors. A video showing her "production" was made and she was revealed in an interview about VOCALOID with a YAMAHA representative. Songs were also shown using her vocals.
She was owned only as a private-license that Lawson acquired from YAMAHA and will never be released for commercial use. A boxart for her has also since appeared. However, it was for display purposes only.
Following a query submitted to LAWSON on July 23, 2014, it was revealed that her usage in music had been discontinued. Despite this, she will remain as a public character representing LAWSON.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Her name is a combination of "Akiko"'s own name plus "-loid" from "VOCALOID".
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Akikoloid is said to have been built by Akiko's older brother in a university lab within a week. Her appearance is based off Akiko-chan's, only designed to look more like an android. She is said to be a university sophomore student who also works part time for Lawson.
History[edit | edit source]
Akiko-chan was originally introduced as a campaign character for Lawson under the profile "a university sophomore student and a part-time worker for Lawson".
Marketing[edit | edit source]
A new campaign related to the character has begun "LAWSON x VOCALOID" titled "Vocalawson campaign", this ran from September 13, 2011 to September 26, 2011. During the campaign, customers at Lawson stores were able to obtain an ID application upon purchase of the ten goods in the promotion, which allowed them entry into a lottery. Applicants entered via mobile phone or the LAWSON website. This was the first campaign where original YAMAHA VOCALOID goods were won.
Included in this campaign was an Akikoloid-chan figurine and a MikuMikuDance model. The model is available for downloaded from the company's site. This model was used in various official promotional videos for the Lawson channel on Nico Nico Douga. It has been converted for use in MikuMikuDance with the help of Piron. It's first appearance was September 27, 2011, with a public download on December 18, 2012.
In January 2013, a campaign introduced Akikoloid-chan to Indonesia and other Asian countries.
Events[edit | edit source]
Akikoloid-chan and GUMI appeared in a concert, dancing on stage. Though other concerts have been done for VOCALOID, this is the first official "3D" concert, previously all concerts had been done with 2D technology. Merchandise related to the concert was later produced such asa CD and DVD. On the November 2, 2011, a video clip about the 3D Concert "VOCALOID3 x LiveAR" was released on November 26, 2011, GUMI, VY1, Tone Rion, Akikoloid-chan and Aoki Lapis appeared in a 3D concert at Vocafarre 2011.
On January 21, 2012, Akikoloid appeared in a Live Jam Event in 2012.
Video games[edit | edit source]
The outfit design for Akikoloid-chan is being used as a collaboration outfit for the character Wang Yuanji in Koei's latest installment in the long running hack and slash adventure series Dynasty Warriors 8 (Shin Sangoku Musou 7 in Japan). Perched on her shoulder is the Lawson Chicken Nugget Mascot, Karaage-kun. She will also be receiving a unique skin for her throwing knives, which makes them look like musical notes.
Akikoloid-chan appears in the game "鬼武者Soul（ソウル）".
Music featuring Akikoloid-chan[edit | edit source]
- There are listings for notable songs.
Product Information[edit | edit source]
Demonstrations[edit | edit source]
Voicebank Libraries[edit | edit source]
|Package details as noted:|
The following information is based on known details of a unreleased voicebank. Please note the details of this voicebank are subject to change without notice.
Her licensing was restricted to use only for Lawson's purposes and could only be used by Producers with special permission from Lawson., Ltd themselves. Therefore information on her vocals is limited.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
Her vocals have been used for both music and talking. Little is known on her except that she is using the VOCALOID3 engine. She is capable of speech on a more delicate level than most VOCALOID voicebanks, although appears to not be using VOICEROID and may be using a version of the VOCALOID-flex engine, although this cannot be confirmed. She was confirmed a VOCALOID3 at her time of introduction.
|Software issues as noted:|
Information unavailable, this section depended on the producers who had access to use Akikoloid-chan.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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|Japanese||Lawson Inc. official homepage||Link|
|Japanese||VOCALOID3 あきこロイドちゃん The official webpage for VOCALOID Akikoloid-chan (no longer available)||Link|
|Japanese||ローソンクルー♪あきこちゃん @akiko_lawson The official Twitter account for Akiko||Link|
|Japanese||ローソンチャンネル (Lawson Channel) The official NicoVideo channel for Lawson Inc. ft VOCALOID Akikoloid-chan||Link|
|Japanese||Akikoloid-chan Nico Nico Pedia entry||Link|
|Japanese||Akiko-chan Nico Nico Pedia entry||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|