Sakine Meiko (咲音メイコ) is an officially recognized derivative. The term "Derivative" is used here to describe a fanmade VOCALOID character that is based on an already existing character.
History[edit | edit source]
She was conceived through the efforts of Producers working with MEIKO's voice, when many producers wondered if MEIKO was an older-sounding vocal, or younger-sounding vocal. (They quickly set on KAITO's voice since he sounded older.) Because of this, MEIKO had become forgotten because of Hatsune Miku's popularity, leaving her behind. MEIKO in particular did not have the younger sounding voice of the released VOCALOID2 voicebanks released at the time and therefore was not as appealing as they were to the Vocaloid Otaku based fandom.
Concept[edit | edit source]
Sakine Meiko was established by Nanameue-P to push the limits of the VOCALOID software to make MEIKO sound younger. Her official setting is "the MEIKO who came into the music trend in the age of 16" (i.e., she is not a younger MEIKO variation but MEIKO when she was young) and Nanameue-P is "the producer who rediscovered MEIKO in her youth". She was later made famous by the PV "Honey" featuring her and other derivatives such as Hachune Miku, Yowane Haku and Akita Neru, as well as the UTAU Kasane Teto alongside official Crypton VOCALOIDs.
Unfortunately, Nanameue-P has not disclosed the voice configuration so far, though theoretically, she carries a younger voice and higher-pitched voice of MEIKO.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Her name of Sakine 咲音, literally means "Blooming Sound" and has the same pronunciation as 先音, "Preceding Sound," i.e., she precedes Hatsune Miku. Her family name is sometimes shared among her other fanmade "siblings", MEITO in particular.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Sakine Meiko's design is reminiscent to that of MEIKO. She has light brown hair styled into teased bob. She has a side swept bangs and her eyes are brown and large, done in a style similar to illustrator KEI. On her left upper arm is the black mark "00 MEIKO", its significance is currently unexplained, though it may likely be homage to MEIKO's mark being CRV1.
Her top is red-orange sleeveless crop top with a black hem. The rest of her attire follows the same color scheme. She has a red choker, wears fingerless gloves with computerized print, a frilled skirt with a white belt, and another belt that hangs on her left side. She wears light brown boots with white fur trim, and has headphones.
In the Project DIVA PSP series and Project DIVA Arcade prior to the Future Tone update, Sakine's default attire was altered. It consisted of a more reddish-orange top and skirt, the top included a white zipper, her gloves were shortened to wrist-length and the cuffs are more coned-shaped with white trimmings, the belt buckle was gold, a fanny pack is hanging from a belt strap on the side, black bike shorts, and the boots are a darker brown.
Relations[edit | edit source]
Music featuring Sakine Meiko[edit | edit source]
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The first Sakine Meiko video. A cover of the Creamy Mami theme song.
This is Sakine Meiko's most popular video. So far, it has more than 380,000 view counts at Nico Nico Douga. And this number is the highest among the Vocaloid covers of "Seikan Hikou". Interestingly, the original Seikan Hikou was sung by the character Ranka Lee who was voiced by Megumi Nakajima, the seiyuu who would eventually voice GUMI.
"Honey" was created on MEIKO's birthday with the intention of promoting the 'Forgotten Vocaloid'. This song is Sakine Meiko's second biggest hit and it got more than 280,000 view counts on Nico Nico Douga.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Sakine Meiko is one of the Vocaloid derivatives that became officially recognized by Crypton Future Media, the publisher of the Character Vocal Series for VOCALOID2. The other derivatives bearing this distinction are Hachune Miku, Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, and Tako Luka.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Official licensed Sakine Meiko figurines have been produced, such as Nendoroid Puchi and a scale model.
Video Games[edit | edit source]
In the rhythm game, Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- (series), Sakine Meiko is an available character. If the player has not chosen her for a long time, she will get angry.
Project DIVA- f is the only game where Sakine Meiko is listed under MEIKO in Module Select rather than being listed as a separate character.
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