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Merli (メルリ) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and is distributed by the Bplats, Inc., created in collaboration with i-style Project. She was released in December 2013 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by a contest winner, Japanese female, Misaki Kamata (鎌田美沙紀; Kamata Misaki), and is a Character Voice type VOCALOID.[1]

Concept[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A contest was held to determine the name their second character known under the development name of "Project Second". i-Style noted that the chosen name did not have to have a surname at all and surname-less names would be accepted. "Merli" was chosen out of the list of suggested candidates by fans and became her official name.[2][3]

Merli (Meruri) is named after Merlinite (メルリナイト / Merurinaito), a type of stone known for its dual light and dark appearance. The stone itself being named after Merlin.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Much like her sister, Aoki Lapis, Merli is based off a "Magical girl" and is also a fairy. In contrast to Lapis', her design is darker.

Official profile[edit | edit source]

Merli is identifiable by 3 distinct traits to her over Lapis in her official bio;

  1. She is strong-minded and tsundere; a charming mysterious girl, who is innocent and expressive.
  2. If Lapis is "light", Merli is "Darkness".
  3. Though she is Lapis' older sister, she is also a rival to her,[4][5] making them the first protagonist and antagonist of Vocaloid.

As she is the same race as Lapis she shares the same concept. She is also from a fairy race, they are special people who can convert “songs” into “power”, and can only be seen by a subset of the human population.[6] Merli's power draws away the energy of living things; the opposite of Lapis' power.

Relations[edit | edit source]

For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.

History[edit | edit source]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Much like Lapis, a lot of the marketing around Merli has been centered directly on the fans.

For her release, a CD was also produced.[7]

Voicebanks[edit | edit source]

In contrast to Aoki Lapis, Merli is a darker more mature toned vocal and intends to convey the idea of being a fairy of darkness to her sister's "Fairy of Light" voicebank. It is capable of upper registers but has a lower tone.
Other versions
She also had a "lite" VOCALOID2 vocal released for iVOCALOID (iPad vers.).

Music featuring Merli[edit | edit source]

  • On this wiki, Merli is featured in 23 songs , 8 albums .
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Translation 闇の彼方 (Yami no Kanata)
Categories Original song
Satoimo originally intended for it to be for Lily, but instead challenged himself to use Merli, tuning her as though she was a dark or mature append of Lily.
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Translation 大きなセカイ (Ookina Sekai)
Categories Original song
This song was created for the iVocaloid Merli Launch Contest. This was the winning entry.
How many tears
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Categories Original song
DanierukunP's 38th work and and first work with Merli. Merli sings of light and dark, and how she cries for the war between the two.
Midnight Drive
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Categories Original song
"I just uploaded a song yesterday and I wasn't planning on doing another one for a week or so, but as soon as I heard this awesome track with the newly released Vocaloid 3, Merli, I just couldn't resist uploading it for everyone to hear!"
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Reputation[edit | edit source]


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Merli's iVOCALOID version proceeded to claim the no.1 spot in the music section of the iTunes Japanese App Store soon after release.[8]

  • Merli and Lapis are the first two VOCALOIDs confirmed to be siblings.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Language Description Site
Japanese i-style Project official homepage Link
Japanese キャラクター The official webpage for VOCALOIDs Lapis and Merli Link
Japanese i-style Project @i_style_vc3 The official Twitter account for i-style Project Link
Japanese i-style project official YouTube Channel Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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