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.
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 is not part of Internets' "poid" series.
The name "CUL" has double meanings, short for "culture" and "Culnoza", a collaborative group organized by Hiroto-P.
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.
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- Lucia - A brown toy poodle that lives in CUL's neighborhood. The character was designed by Mion (みおん) of VOCALO revolution.
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.
- 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 CULEdit
"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.
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.
- ↑ http://www.fukushima-fes-2013.com/special/ (Archived)
- ↑ https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=15684317
- ↑ https://twitter.com/lucia8culture
- ↑ http://mixi.jp/view_community.pl?id=5450712
- ↑ http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-date-20110222.html (Archived)
|Japanese||SingerSongWriter Jp official homepage||Link|
|Japanese||VOCALOID3 CUL SSW product page||Link|
|Japanese||CULNOZA official about page||Link|
|Japanese||CUL Project The official website for VOCALOID CUL||Link|
|Japanese||SingerSongWriter Jp The official YouTube channel||Link|
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