Yuezheng Longya (Simplified Chinese: 乐正龙牙; Traditional Chinese: 樂正龍牙) is a Chinese VOCALOID developed and distributed by Shanghai HENIAN Information Technology Co. Ltd.. He was released for the VOCALOID4 engine in June 2017.
Longya was a runner up entry to the first "VOCALOID™ CHINA" contest in 2012 which was held for choosing the design of the first Chinese VOCALOID, and he was a Vsinger supporting character for three years before being confirmed for a VOCALOID release.
Concept[edit | edit source]
According to the short animation series promoting VOCALOID CHINA, Longya is Yuezheng Ling's older brother and the heir to the Yuezheng corporation. He has an agile mind and many people look up to him. Like his sister, he is straightforward, but he also possesses the ability to make important decisions correctly and has the strong aura of a leader. His weakness includes troublesome issues, and the only time he's not bothered is when they are related to his younger sister. He is very protective of Ling and can become slightly hysterical when dealing with situations related to her.
In June 2016, additional information about Longya was presented. He is a postgraduate financial student and studies at Ling's school as they share the same campus. He is usually busy since he will take on the family business after he graduates, but still sets aside time for band practice in which he is the leader and drummer. He often disappears whenever trouble occurs, but always returns to clean up the mess. He becomes very intense while playing the drums and people call him "Drum Destroyer" for some reason.
According to Shanghai HENIAN's official website, his birthday is October 2. He is listed as a Libra.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
His original name was Yayin (牙音), however, this was dropped because it was written in a Japanese naming style rather than Chinese.
The surname, Yuèzhèng (乐正), comes from the governor of music during the Zhou Dynasty. The existence of this surname was proven when two historical books (《元和姓纂》&《尚友录》) state that: the "Zhou Dynasty's 'Yuèzhèng' Position was used as a surname", therefore hinting that the name existed as early in Zhou Dynasty which was more than 2,600 years ago.
After the Zhou took over the Chinese empire, the positions of the governing system were used as surnames. During this time, there was a head position called "Yuèzhèng", which was responsible for music and melodies at the palace. Any descendants of this governor would bear the same surname.
During the Zhou Dynasty, people took great measures with politeness and rituals. The Yuezhengs were heavily looked upon by the emperor and the standard of music can directly affect a country's impression to the outside world.
"Lóng" (龙) means "dragon" in Chinese, while "Yá" (牙) means "teeth", "tooth", or "fang". Combined, his first name means “Dragon's teeth”.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
The design was originally drawn by aya, but was refined and redrawn by Chinese illustrator, ideolo.
In his debut design, located on Longya’s gold belt, there is a charm with the Devanagari letter "ट" (ṭa). This represented the "Wood" element, the "East" position, the color "Green", and the "Spring" season. Its Chinese equivalent is "角" (jué), which is one of the 5 Traditional Chinese melody characters. It corresponds with E (mi).
Longya received a new design for his VOCALOID4 release. His arm-warmers were replaced by a long-sleeved white shirt with stylized designs at the cuffs, and black fingerless gloves. His gold and green belts were removed. The Devanagari character is located on the buckle of his black belt and on the back of his right glove. On his chest is a long gold ribbon. His boots are in a different style, and his right boot has two green straps while his left boot has one green strap followed by two white straps. He no longer has the pouch from his old design and the collar at his neck is more open. His headphone design was changed slightly.
Relations[edit | edit source]
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- Yuezheng Ling - Younger sister
- Luo Tianyi - Companion
- Mo Qingxian - Companion
- Zhiyu Moke - Companion
- YANHE - Companion
- Bei Chen - Official pet
History[edit | edit source]
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Yuezheng Longya was a fan-designed VOCALOID that was entered in the first "VOCALOID CHINA" contest like Luo Tianyi. He was created with VOCALOID fans in mind.
VOCALOID CHINA PROJECT released a five-part promotional animation series for the VOCALOID CHINA characters. On May 15, 2012, the full first PV was made available at CF03 and mainly featured Tianyi with Yuezheng Ling making a brief cameo at the end. Longya’s official introduction takes place in the second episode.
When Longya was officially introduced as an upcoming VOCALOID on July 30, 2015, Vsinger decided to conduct research as to how many fans of Longya existed and support him in becoming a VOCALOID. The Weibo post containing his announcement needed to have a total of 100,000 shares by August 30. This was to raise more awareness of his existence and announcement in addition to gaining more fans. The goal was reached on August 8.
On August 14, 2015, Vsinger asked fans to give them suggestions for his voice provider. The suggestions were run through a filter to decide who his provider would be. On October 2, Jie Zhang appeared onstage at CXC Nanjing International ACG Festival and revealed that he was the voice provider for Longya.
On June 3, 2016, Vsinger asked fans to give them suggestions for Longya's VOCALOID4 design.
Voicebanks[edit | edit source]
- Yuezheng Longya - CHUN
- "CHUN" is a calm sounding male Chinese vocal.
- Yuezheng Longya - YA
- "YA" is a whisper-like vocal.
- Yuezheng Longya (VOCALOID4), June 24, 2017
Music featuring Yuezheng Longya[edit | edit source]
|Categories||Original song, self cover|
Originally sung by Luo Tianyi.
|Translation||Yǔ Chīhuò Liàn'ài de Wéiyī Fāngfǎ?!|
|Categories||Original song, self cover|
Varied Music Studio
Reputation[edit | edit source]
As supporting characters in the Chinese fandom, Longya and Moke’s popularity levels were undefined as they were about equal to each other. However, Longya was considerably less popular than his younger sister and the male characters of the project were greatly overshadowed by the young females. In comparison to Qingxian and Moke, however, Longya appeared in more PVs and fanart. In the Western fandom, fans voiced a like for him but he was still far behind Tianyi and Ling. In July 2015, Vsinger noted that the lack of fanart and fans in the Chinese fandom could negatively impact his sales. They conducted research to find out how many fans of Longya existed and supported his VOCALOID production which became a success within nine days.
In May 2018, "The Death End" became the first song featuring Longya's vocals to hit 1 million views, however, he was used for harmonies while it mainly featured Luo Tianyi V4. This was followed by "Zài Yībēi!" in August 2019 where he was presented in a group song rather than a back vocal.
References[edit | edit source]
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|Chinese||Yuezheng Longya official Weibo||Link|
|Chinese||乐正龙牙 official bilibili||Link|
|Chinese||Shanghai HENIAN official homepage||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|
|English||MikuMikuDance wiki for models||Link|
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