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ZOLA PROJECT consists of three male Japanese VOCALOIDs released in June 2013 for the VOCALOID3 engine, marking the 10th anniversary of the VOCALOID software. YUU, KYO, and WIL were developed and are distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation.[2]

Concept[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

"ZOLA" is an acronym for "Zenithal Operated Liaison Aggregation".

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Yuki Seto confirmed that hiring Yoshitaka Amano (character designer for the Final Fantasy series), for "image illustrations," was part of an effort to expand the VOCALOID™ fanbase beyond the current segment of listeners. This was to create a new image for the software.[3] Yuki Seto has stressed that Amano's artwork of the three vocalists are "image illustrations" and not "character designs." In other words, the artwork is like concept art, conveying a specific image instead of a specific character design. For the logo design, it is credited to Souun Takeda.

Though Amano's designs remained the primary focus of advertisement and identity of the ZOLA product, additional designs were also produced with the intent of being additional, yet official, boxart designs. One of the reasons for this was to highlight different interpretations of the original Amano artwork, while giving YUU, KYO, and WIL, additional promotional art as well as alternative designs.

Official profiles[edit | edit source]

  • YUU Blood type B; Gemini; age in adolescence; sweet voice.
  • KYO Blood type B; Aquarius; fair, strong voice.
  • WIL Blood type A; Capricorn; exotic, husky voice.

History[edit | edit source]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

ZOLA PROJECT was heavily advertised prior to release; a number of interviews and spotlight events were hosted as part of this. YUU, KYO, and WIL later appeared on the cover of DTM magazine.[4]

In September 2015, a manga was produced featuring ZOLA PROJECT titled "ZOLAの人たち―僕らはいかにボカロで人気者になるために作戦会議をしたか―". Published by PHP Institute, created by VOCALOID producer 卓球少年 (Takkyuu Shounen) and Illustrated by 夢乃ハルカ (Yumeno Haruka), the manga follows the ZOLA' PROJECT members and their quest to become popular.[5][6]

In March 2019, ZOLA PROJECT's KYO, voiced by Yu Miyazaki, was an invited speaker to the 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok 2019 as a moderator of the opening ceremony of the event. [7][8]

Voicebanks[edit | edit source]

YUU
YUU is the high pitch vocal of the trio, made to cover upper ranges. He has a shallow vocal range, but a large tempo range. His voice is made to blend with KYO and WIL when used together.
KYO
KYO is the middle range vocal, acting as the bridge between the vocals of YUU and WIL. He has a shallow vocal range, but a large tempo range. His voice is made to blend with YUU and WIL when used together.
  • ZOLA PROJECT (VOCALOID3), June 20, 2013
  • ZOLA PROJECT (VOCALOID NEO), September 2013
  • KYO (Mobile VOCALOID Editor)
  • KYO (VOCALOID NET)
WIL
WIL reaches the lowest vocal range of the 3. He has a shallow vocal range, but a large tempo range. His voice is made to blend with YUU and KYO when used together. He has a foreign accent compared to the other two.
  • ZOLA PROJECT (VOCALOID3), June 20, 2013
  • ZOLA PROJECT (VOCALOID NEO), September 2013
  • WIL (Mobile VOCALOID Editor)
  • WIL (VOCALOID NET)

Music featuring ZOLA PROJECT[edit | edit source]

  • On this wiki, YUU is featured in 33 songs , 10 albums , 1 series .
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  • There are listings for notable and original songs.
  • On this wiki, KYO is featured in 38 songs , 12 albums , 1 series .
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  • There are listings for notable and original songs.
  • On this wiki, WIL is featured in 31 songs , 9 albums , 1 series .
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ゾラミク★エキセントリックフューチャーナイト
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Translation ゾラミク★エキセントリックフューチャーナイト (Zola Miku ★ Eccentric Future Night)
Featuring
ZOLA PROJECT - YUU, KYO, WIL; Hatsune Miku
Producers
Categories Original song
Soar
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Featuring
ZOLA PROJECT - YUU, KYO, WIL
Producers
cillia
Categories Cover song
世界へ送るレクイエム
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Translation 世界へ送るレクイエム (Sekai he Okuru Requiem)
Featuring
ZOLA PROJECT - YUU, KYO, WIL
Producers
Categories Original song
夢中願望
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Translation 夢中願望 (Muchuu Ganbou)
Featuring
ZOLA PROJECT - YUU, KYO, WIL
Producers
Categories Original song
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Trivia
  • KYO's original star-sign was given as "Leo" and YUU's as "Aquarius."
  • As well as being a 10th anniversary release, ZOLA's release marked a few other events for VOCALOID™ overall:
    • Being the 23rd product released for VOCALOID3, ZOLA was the product that oversaw VOCALOID3, beating the overall number of released packages for VOCALOID2 (it had reached 22 releases).
    • With the release of ZOLA, VOCALOID3 consisted of a total of 35 vocals released between its 23 packages, the same number of vocals released within the lifespan of the VOCALOID2 engine.
    • In addition, this was the first time a multi-bank release had contained vocals from more than one singer.
  • Was originally intended to be a limited edition package.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Language Description Site
Japanese ZOLA The official website for VOCALOID ZOLA PROJECT Link
Japanese VOCALOID3 ZOLA PROJECT product page Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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