She is voiced by the singer Mayumi Morinaga.
MAYU is based on a yandere junior high school student.
Currently, there has been no official word explaining the name "MAYU." However, it is likely to be taken from her voice provider's name "Mayumi".
MAYU's design is based on Lolita fashion. Her hair itself fades from a light blonde to rainbow, and she is depicted with a hat that has a speaker attached. Her earrings appear to be styled like in-ear headphones that hook over the ear. The buttons on her dress are amplifier buttons/knobs, while the bottom of her dress has a keyboard pattern. Her shoes also have neon-lighting.
According to VOCALOID NET, she is supposed to be a junior high school age student.
She holds an axe, which is to show her yandere influence. She also holds a rabbit doll which has a microphone at the top of its head. When she holds it up to sing, she grabs it by the neck, as if she were strangling it. It was first introduced as an April Fools' Day 2012 joke as a parody of the Crypton Future Media Character Vocal series website. There, it was listed as a new line of VOCALOIDs called "Animaloid."
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- Usano Mimi - A stuffed rabbit that acts as a microphone.
As part of her promotion, EXIT TUNES released MAYU as a special package, which features her VOCALOID3 voicebank and a Special 2-disc CD. This bundle also comes with a MAYU cellphone strap and mouse pad, though note that these items are limited stock. MAYU also has several pieces of merchandise based on her.
And a dress based on MAYU's outfit has been produced by Coslook, from which an Usano Mimi stuffed animal has also been made.
- MAYU is a Japanese female voicebank and one of the more unique VOCALOID3 releases, she has an expressive youthful vocal.
Music featuring MAYU
|Translation||Horumarin no Umi|
|Translation||Kodoku no Bannin|
natsu-P (music, lyrics), Haku (guitar, bass, drums, mix), HaruAki (illust, video)
Due to early announcement, MAYU started to gain popularity several months before her release.
In Japan, due to EXIT TUNES' effort, she received much attention. MAYU songs appeared in the Weekly VOCALOID Ranking seven weeks before her release. By the release date, her most popular song had earned 330,000 views on NicoNicoDouga, and had hit the #1 position in the Ranking (but only for one week). By that date, she had six songs with 50,000-150,000 views, and seven songs with 10,000-50,000 views. However, despite her heavy promotion, this result was not spectacular. Moreover, some of her promotional songs reached a lower number of views despite having been created by famous producers. These producers had experienced much more success in the past with other songs featuring different VOCALOIDs.
In addition, EXIT TUNES normally produce the most successful of the albums ever released featuring VOCALOIDs, popular VOCALOIDs such as Hatsune Miku, GUMI and IA owing part of their the success due to EXIT TUNES' album as a result. MAYU being owned by EXIT TUNES themselves, has maintained a presence on the albums since her introduction. As a consequences, MAYU has been present on albums that have sold well among VOCALOID fans and has in turn contributed to a level of success for MAYU herself.
However, this does not mean that the songs using her voice within those albums are as popular as those featuring different VOCALOIDs. More often then not, these songs were not as popular or gained as much popularity compared to the works of artists using other VOCALOID vocals featured on the albums. The result has been a mixed reaction since her release and it is unclear how popular she is overall and her popularity tends to place her in the mid-range of VOCALOID popularity overall.
In February 2014, VOCALOID Otaku user "Dessert>desert" decided to run a test to see how many illegal VOCALOID downloads had been made via torrent. At 11,404, MAYU was the second highest download, beaten by 12,434 illegal downloads for the VY2v3 package.
|Japanese||EXIT TUNES official homepage||Link|
|Japanese||Mayu San The official website for VOCALOID MAYU||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|