DAINA and DEX were given the theme, 'The Fox and the Hound', at the suggestion of Lupin. They were both focused on the pop genre. They were intended to be counterparts that complement each other. Lupin stated that he thought DAINA was what Zero-G wanted to achieve with SONiKA. He also noted that DEX and DAINA were a pair, but not twins. When asked about the aims of both VOCALOIDs, they were described to be aimed towards fans and designed to give producers with the voices they needed. AkiGlancy chose red hair and the blue and white colors for DAINA. The theme of "fox and hound" was one of many suggestions put forward, but one the group became fond of. Initially, it was treated as a light-hearted concept. The design was chosen after the team adored the primary sketches of the pair from EmissarySteel.
According to Lupin, he was the one who proposed DAINA's name in both writing and pronunciation. It was also chosen because it sounded whimsical. AkiGlancy and the staff members of Zero-G thought it was a reference to Dinah, a cat owned by Alice from the series, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". However, it was not Lupin's original intention.
What's more, "Daina" means "song" in Lithuanian.
AkiGlancy said they knew many would not like the designs and focused on the vocals instead. The animal traits were added to make the designs unique and to introduce something new in the VOCALOID franchise.
DAINA was also given an alternative design with slight changes to the original, but still retains the theme of The Fox and The Hound. This was done to appeal to non Japanese-styled art fans. The alternative design featured DAINA without her fox ears and tail. The ears were replaced by black headsets with a blue fox on it. This version of DAINA appears on the boxart.
Other concepts were revealed during a November 2015 livestream. This included DAINA as a thief instead of a kemonomimi in case Zero-G wished to scrap the 'Fox and Hound' theme. However, Zero-G liked the designs and they were kept as alternate fantasy illustrations, complementary to AVANNA. According to AkiGlancy, EmissarySteel added more detail to the thief design then the final chosen design. The final art was cel-shaded because Zero-G preferred it.
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- DEX - A complementary voicebank with masculine vocals.
- Namida (ナミダ) - An UTAU voiced by AkiGlancy.
- Tuna and Pesuto - Two other UTAU by AkiGlancy.
DAINA has been featured in VOCAMERICA since 2016 along with DEX.
- A female English speaking counterpart to DEX, sings with an American accent.
Music featuring DAINA
비 고양이(Ame Neko)
DAINA and DEX were put on sale within a short time of being released, noting that they were Zero-G's (then) current best selling product.
Both DAINA and DEX proved to be very popular and despite their recent release, both nearly claimed the no.1 spot from AVANNA in the 2015 most popular product for Zero-G. DAINA held the no.3 position. Zero-G also highlighted once again how well the pair were selling being "big news", noting their sales with the words "red hot" in red text which had never been seen before. In 2016, DAINA came in 4th place, 2 spots behind DEX.
In 2017, Zero-G added a top 10 products to the front page of their website. AVANNA, DEX and DAINA were often among the 10 top products an were often found within the 1-5 position overall. At the end of the year Zero-G released its "2017 Best sellers" list, all 3 made it onto their top 20s list.
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