Tone Rion (兎眠りおん) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation, and was created in collaboration with Dear Stage (Moe Japan, Co. Ltd.). She was released in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine.
According to her comic and official website, Tone Rion is 16-year-old, born on December XX, 2095. Rion works as a Vocaloidol at Dear Stage in 2111. While cleaning the back of the store, she found a 2011 memory card containing recordings of idols from the past. Amazed by them, she decided to travel back in time to 2011. When arriving, Rion went to an interview at Dear Stage, claiming to be good and singing and dancing and saying she came from Akihabara in 2111.
She is a "2D VOCALOID + 3D idol = Vocaloidol" and was the first of the Dear Stage VOCALOID "Vocaloidol" a concept of "VOCALOIDs that you can go to meet", which the vocals would come from within Moe Japan's own vocalists.
The kanji for Tone Rion's name means 兎 (bunny/rabbit) and 眠 (sleep), however the phrase itself, "兎眠" (rabbit's sleep), has no significant meaning in Japanese. Though the company does not give any account, Rion's name is believed to be a double pun on the English word Tone and the musical instrument Tenori-on produced by YAMAHA.
The design has the distinct appearance of a 'cooking' maid. However, based upon her background, the design is meant to portray an Akibamaid (秋葉原 メイド), a cosplay girl whose role is that of a waitress rather than a cook.
Her VOCALOID4 design was intended to highlight her link to Yumemi Nemu. This includes a drastic change in color scheming and her physical features such as her hair and eye colors.
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- Yumemi Nemu - A VOCALOID voiced by Nemu Yumemi.
Tone Rion is the first VOCALOID to be specifically sold as "Moe" and the first to focus on the otaku-based culture. Rion is also the first to target this particular classification directly with her character design, and her vocal was designed around the commonly considered "moe" traits of Japanese manga and anime characters.
During Rion's segment, she was "trapped" behind a screen and needed encouragement by the audience to break out. Once she was free, she performed with Dempagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc). See VocaLawson Vocafarre Concert summary on Nico Nico Douga Broadcast
December 23, 2011 a commemorative live celebrating Tone Rion's voicebank release was held at DearStage, with a "VOCALOID songs only" show and the staff wearing cosplays. It was also broadcasted on a Nico Nico Douga Broadcast
April 12, 2012 an "I tried AR with VOCALOID3" demo, made by IMAGICA Lab., was held at YUNIKA VISION screen outdoor. The demo lasted 15 minutes and was shown 5 times during the day, it featured V3 Megpoid, Akikoloid-chan, and Tone Rion.
April 13, 2012 during the Dear Stage Entry Ceremony Event a special event was held where a LiveAR 3D model of Rion would appear as a worker. An original "Tone Rion cocktail" and cheki were made exclusive to this event. The LiveAR was later made available again during the whole month of May of the same year.
Tone Rion's vocals were used in a Japanese Norton Anti-Virus Commercial "Norton Antivirus USB Amulet". Her character illustration can also be seen on a man's T-shirt and monitor screen. She sings the background song as well, titled "Omamori Uta".
February 3, 2012 Tone Rion participated in the Fuji TV's quiz show, <SEE EGGs> Interactive Quiz! Monster Bout <Kinkira☆Night>. Using her 3D model, she appeared as a mascot of the program and made an announcement using the VOCALOID voicebank. It was not possible to interact with her directly, but the viewers could choose poses for her during the quizzes.
Tone Rion appeared on the 2012 march edition of the subculture magazine, EYESCREAM, along side the model Yui.
May 12, 2012, Hatsune Miku and Tone Rion made a small appearance during the program Tokyo Kawaii★TV. Rion appeared during a section filmed inside the Dear Stage bar, where a LiveAR model was shown interacting with costumers. 
November 7, 2013 Tone Rion & Dear Stage made an appearance in the game Akiba's Trip 2 for the PlayStation 3 and PSVita.
Also Rion has an official Twitter account.
- Tone Rion
- The Tone Rion vocal was designed to be one of several vocals, of which the others were not released. The vocal was later replaced by the Yumemi Nemu vocal. Tone Rion is an example of voice acting and was created to have a cutesy tone and instead of being aimed at professionals was more marketed towards an Otaku based audience.
- Tone Rion (VOCALOID3), December 16, 2011
- Tone Rion SE (VOCALOID3), April 27, 2013
- Tone Rion (VOCALOID NEO), May 26, 2015
- Tone Rion V4 (VOCALOID4), February 16, 2017
Music featuring Tone Rion
Tone Rion, Hatsune Miku
HoneyWorks' 17th published work and their first work to feature Tone Rion.
The song was uploaded onto Nico Nico on June 27, 2012. It has gained more than 10,000 views since.
Keikoutou is Okkusu's 16th work and 9th original song using Tone Rion.
Rion was popular upon release with the VOCALOID otaku crowd, however, she was not the most popular of the VOCALOIDs released in 2011. On December 11, 2013, research showed her as the least popular release for VOCALOID3. She also failed to receive songs in the Nico Nico Douga rankings in the week of her release and had mostly stayed off the ranking.
Although Rion received an "SE" release, she did not receive any further updates until May of 2015, where she was given a VOCALOID NEO update.
In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of VOCALOIDs on Nico Video. For 2014, Rion was the 32nd most popular VOCALOID overall and the 5th least popular Japanese capable VOCALOID.
- Otalab blog: Vocaloid event
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