CUL (カル) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by Internet Co., Ltd., and was created in collaboration with VOCALO Revolution. CUL is a VOCALO Revolution mascot character and she was released as a VOCALOID in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by Japanese voice actress and singer, Eri Kitamura (喜多村英梨; Kitamura Eri). She is a "Character Voice" type vocal.
Concept[edit | edit source]
Originally, CUL was released without background information. However, the information was posted for her in 2013 when she was featured in a special event.
CUL was first introduced as the mascot for the show "VOCALO Revolution", and like Lily before her, CUL was not part of Internet Co.'s "poid" series. Several music videos were uploaded featuring a 3D model of CUL created by Lat, utilizing vocals from VY1 prior to CUL's release as a VOCALOID.
In 2011, a male counterpart for CUL named REV was revealed and confirmed to be designed by CUL's creator, Hiroto-P. Like CUL, REV was given a 3D model by MikuMikuDance modeler Kio and was intended to use VY2's vocals. In September 2020, it was revealed by Hiroto-P on Twitter that REV was planned to become a VOCALOID like CUL, however, progress on the project fell through.
In the same Tweet, Hiroto-P revealed that CUL was to have siblings. CUL was the youngest of four and each character was based on a different color: blue, white, yellow, and red. A twin version of CUL, "黒CUL" or "Black CUL", was also conceptualized. A 3D model for MikuMikuDance model of Black CUL was released in 2011 by Lat, however, it is unknown if this was part of that concept.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The name "CUL" has double meanings, short for "culture" and "Culnoza", a collaborative group organized by Hiroto-P.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Her initial design was conceptualized by Hiroto and modeled by LAT for an MMD PV. Another PV, "白の季節 (Shiro no Kisetsu)", features artwork by vient. The design is that of a young woman with a red and black theme. Her hair is in a ponytail and she wears a sleeved dress with striped stockings and boots.
Her V3 design is by an unknown artist, the initial theme is kept with the addition of white and gold. She now wears a corset, black shorts under garter, and a long jacket with an armband.
Relations[edit | edit source]
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- REV - The male counterpart to CUL and mascot for VOCALO Revolution. He was designed by Hiroto-P and 3D modeled by Kio. 
- Lucia - A brown toy poodle that lives in CUL's neighborhood. The character was designed by Mion (みおん) of VOCALO revolution.
- ROSA - Younger sister
- Four sisters - Three of which are older. According to Hiroto-P's tweets the characteristics of them are: Wind [Blue], Snow [White], Moon [Yellow], and Flowers [Red].
- Black CUL (Wet Crow) - Older sister and CUL's twin.
History[edit | edit source]
Marketing[edit | edit source]
She was introduced in "CUL makes Revolution!". CUL was featured in the show's introduction, the PV "白の季節" and the closing credits of the show. CUL was also the mascot of "CUL project: official", a website designed to promote making her official. Stickers featuring her were also released on sale. The MMD model used in her PVs, such as "CUL makes Revolution!", was later released. She also appeared alongside 秋元結衣 in a music video that later made it to DVD.
An official Twitter account was started for CUL on June 6th, 2021 
On June 8th, 2021, ROSA's official Twitter debuted two plush dolls as GREENFUNDING backer rewards for her CeVIO AI crowdfunder, one of ROSA and one of CUL to be distributed pending it's success. 
Voicebanks[edit | edit source]
- Cul is a female Japanese vocal known for its solid tones and is known from its ability to climb from low notes to high with ease.
Music featuring CUL[edit | edit source]
"Everyone has a good time. But, I have the experience only you specially painful. I theme song darkness of girl you've felt minority that it is (Minority)."
|Translation||FREYJA.sys ～システム・フレイヤ～ (FREYJA.sys ~System·Freyja~)|
One of Kaoling's most notable songs.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
Since CUL's existence as a VOCALOID is owed to her fans, CUL already had an established fandom prior to becoming a VOCALOID. She has had much support and publicity within the Japanese fandom which resulted in her overall positive reception. This made her one of the more popular releases for VOCALOID3 at the time.
CUL's popularity kept increasing after her release, according to Google Trends it peaked on July 2012. Afterwards she gradually lost popularity in the closing months of the VOCALOID3 era, she was overall less popular than before her release.
References[edit | edit source]
- http://www.fukushima-fes-2013.com/special/ (Archived)
- http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-date-20110222.html (Archived)
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|Japanese||SingerSongWriter Jp official homepage||Link|
|Japanese||VOCALOID3 CUL SSW product page||Link|
|Japanese||CULNOZA official about page (Archive)||Link|
|Japanese||@CUL1224 Official Twitter||Link|
|Japanese||CUL Project The official website for VOCALOID CUL (Archive)||Link|
|Japanese||SingerSongWriter Jp The official YouTube channel||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|
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