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i-style Project is a collaboration project for VOCALOID3. It is headed by the animation Studio DEEN and doujin e-retailer Surfer's Paradise.
On August 5, 2011, their first VOCALOID was confirmed to be named Aoki Lapis. A voice recording competition was held to find the voice provider. Aoki Lapis was released on April 6, 2012.
i-style Project announced on April 7, 2012 that they were making another VOCALOID who is female and will be Lapis's sister of some sort. A competition was done to choose her name, which was decided as Merli.
Merli, their new VOCALOID was revealed as Aoki Lapis' older sister with dark character-themed, as Lapis's exact opposite. In August 2012, i-style Project started an open recruitment for a voice provider for Merli; the deadline of the recruitment was set on September 10, 2012, but was the changed to November 30th, 2012.