Aoki Lapis (蒼姫ラピス) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and is distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation, and was created in collaboration with i-style Project. She was released in April 2012 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by a contest winner, Japanese female, Nako Eguchi (江口菜子; Eguchi Nako). She is a "Character Voice" type VOCALOID.
Aoki Lapis is a fairy who has no memory of who she is. She belongs to a race of fairies capable of transforming music into power and her voice is said to have the power to give life when she sings.
Aoki Lapis is named after the semi-precious gemstone Lapis lazuli because of her color palette. "Aoki" (her surname) means "Blue Princess".
The large gem she has on her head is a Paraíba Tourmaline, an extremely rare and precious gemstone.
Her design is "light" in contrast with her sister, Merli who is darker. Merli and Lapis despite being sisters are also portrayed as rivals, making them the first protagonist and antagonist of Vocaloid.
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- Merli - Older sister, rival.
- Violet - A virtual Chinese idol who often appeared alongside Aoki Lapis in VR concerts because the companies that owned Lapis and Violet were all related to a company named Ima Group. Previously, it was always suspected that Lapis' image was being used illegally.
Lapis had some fan direct marketing, such as her first CD Daydream Flight, which contained her demo, and character apps that later featured Merli.
- Aoki Lapis
- Aoki Lapis was a light and cheerful vocal that was intended for "lifestyle" genre of music, known for it casual and at times relaxing approach.
- Other versions
- The Lapis vocal had several alternative versions. For example there was a iVOCALOID (iPhone vers.)/VocaloWitter "tiny" voicebank.
- She also had a "lite" VOCALOID2 vocal released for iVOCALOID (iPad vers.).
Music featuring Aoki LapisEdit
|Translation||煙に巻けッ！ (Kemu ni Make!)|
|Translation||Suki ni Natte Shimatta.. Ayatsuri Ningyou|
Mayumix & CleanTears
Her version of the VocaloWitter app managed to earn 1st place out of all paid apps on the iTunes store on September 11th, 2013.
Aoki Lapis had a number of songs in the Nico Douga weekly ranking after release.
According to Google trends, Lapis' popularity peeked in the month of release (April 2012). Her popularity remained fairly stable until June 2014, when it suddenly fell. She was overall less popular at the end of the VOCALOID3 era than before she was released.
|Japanese||i-style Project official homepage||Link|
|Japanese||キャラクター The official webpage for VOCALOIDs Lapis and Merli||Link|
|Japanese||i-style Project @i_style_vc3 The official Twitter account for i-style Project||Link|
|Japanese||i-style project official YouTube Channel||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|