Zhang Chuchu (章 楚楚) is a Chinese VOCALOID developed by Shanghai Wangcheng in collaboration with Migu Comics for the VOCALOID4 engine. She made her VOCALOID debut in November 2016 and was officially stated to be an exclusive vocal in April 2018. As an exclusive vocal, she is not commercially distributed and only certain users have access to her voicebank.
Concept[edit | edit source]
Zhang Chuchu is the main character of the manhua "Chǔchǔ Dòng Rén" ("楚楚动仁"). She was initially a model and became a lingerie designer. Chuchu is described to be brave, lively, daring, and full of justice. Her VOCALOID counterpart markets her as a fashion idol and designer.
After her debut on May 13, 2017, her biography was altered. Her birthday is listed as August 9 and her astrological sign is a Leo. Her three sizes are listed as 88-60-90. According to the new biography, she has a girlish heart under her mature appearance and she can't help but love cute stuff. Her special talents are finding strange and unknown things as well as origami. She likes to collect agendas and amazing design prints. Her character color is rose.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Zhāng (章) is a common Chinese surname. It could also mean "chapter" or "order". Her given name, Chǔchǔ (楚楚), means "gorgeous", "bright", "tidy", "dainty", or "charming".
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Chuchu’s VOCALOID appearance is much different in comparison to her manhua counterpart. She has long rose-colored hair tied in a half ponytail and a purple thigh-length dress. Her design consists of purple butterflies located on her dress, her right wrist, her necklace, the bow holding her half ponytail, her short-sleeved black shrug jacket, and her open-toed, white heels.
History[edit | edit source]
2016[edit | edit source]
Zhang Chuchu was a character from the manhua "Chǔchǔ Dòng Rén" ("楚楚动仁") published by Migu Comics. Some time in 2016, Shanghai Wangcheng decided to attempt creating VOCALOID voicebanks and wanted to do so using the Business-to-Business (B2B) method. As a result, Shanghai Wangcheng collaborated with Migu Comics to give Chuchu a VOCALOID voicebank. It was made known that Chuchu would a VOCALOID4 under her first name since September.
2017[edit | edit source]
On April 14, 2017, Nalanxunfeng, a well known producer recruited as the voicebank developer, posted test samples on his bilibili. Four of these samples featured potential voicebanks provided by four different voice providers selected from the audition. The candidates were Jun Qing (君卿; Jūn Qīng), Jizhi de Bai (鸡汁的白; Jīzhī de Bái), jackwin (降温; Jiàngwēn), and Wan Su (苏婉; Sū Wǎn). Shanghai Wangcheng hoped to have Chuchu enter the final recording stage by April 25. Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua were to appear in an upcoming event, which was later announced to be the "A Pretty Girl in Her Whole Day" event hosted at Club MYST on May 13. There, Chuchu was promoted alongside YALANKA Lingerie and a 3D model of her was shown.
On June 21, Wan Su was confirmed to be the winning voice provider for Chuchu. jackwin was in second place while Jun Qing was in third.
Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua made promotional appearances at the 2017 FUN event hosted in Chengdu on July 1.
2018[edit | edit source]
On January 26, 2018, Chuchu's Weibo account confirmed that her and Yuecheng's voicebanks would be used during Xin Hua's 3rd anniversary.
On April 27, it was announced that Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua would be performing at 2018 FUN Chengdu, which would be held from June 30 to July 1. In addition, Chuchu and Yuecheng's voicebanks were reported to be completed. Chuchu received a promotional image, but unlike Yuecheng, it only featured her logo. It was also announced that Chuchu would be appearing with a new design.
On April 30, Chuchu and Yuecheng were officially stated to be exclusive vocals. Users who would like to use the two in exchange for their music production may apply to get them, but must agree to the contract before doing so. The first set of authorized users were to be made known soon.
On July 28, the first 11 authorized producers were made known.
2020[edit | edit source]
On June 12, 2020, it was noted by one of the authorized users, GobouP, that Chuchu and Yuecheng would no longer be available due to the serial codes ceasing distribution. Like Ring Suzune, it is only possible to use them as trials when changing computers. This is because of the contract between Shanghai Wangcheng and YAMAHA expiring. While this still allows officials to publish and create works, it was no longer possible for them to authorize the libraries to new creators. While authorized users can still use the voicebanks, there were not many of them in the Chinese VOCALOID fanbase.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Media[edit | edit source]
Chuchu was originally from her own manhua series branded by Migu Comics. Through Shanghai Wangcheng’s B2B methods, she received a VOCALOID counterpart. Those who attended the A Pretty Girl in Her Whole Day event on May 13 received a comic featuring Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua. She, along with Yuecheng and Xin Hua, was also featured in a manhua known as "Butterfly".
Events[edit | edit source]
On April 13, 2018, Chuchu's model was seen onstage using a live actress's voice to test out a voice recognition software developed by iFlytek. An app featuring her voice, Migu Lingxi, released. Her voice was used to read text out loud.
On April 27, Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua were announced to be performing at 2018 FUN Chengdu, which was to be held from June 30 to July 1.
Music featuring Zhang Chuchu[edit | edit source]
- There are listings for notable songs.
Creuzer (tuning), Bingshan_huozan (mixing), Liuxu (VSQx)
|Translation||Jiǔ Zhāng Jī|
Guling (VSQx), Xin (tuning, mixing), Ouyoudafeiyan (illustrator), Semaa (video), Yingsuilongfeng (special thanks)
Nekock·LK (compose, arrange, mixing), Kong Qing (lyrics), Yue Yi Xi (tuning), Shuimo Duan Lian (art)
Product Information[edit | edit source]
Demonstrations[edit | edit source]
|Molihua (Jun Qing)||bilibili|
|Molihua (Jizhi de Bai)||bilibili|
|Molihua (Wan Su - Winning candidate)||bilibili|
|祝你圣诞快乐 (Zhù Nǐ Shèngdàn Kuàilè) (feat. Xin Hua & Yuecheng)||bilibili Weibo|
|詩 (Shī) (feat. Yuecheng & Xin Hua)|
|好运来 (Hǎo Yùn Lái) (feat. Xin Hua & Yuecheng)||bilibili Weibo|
|一梦千寻 (Yī Mèng Qiān Xún)||bilibili|
|风之咏 (Fēng zhī Yǒng)||bilibili|
Voicebank Libraries[edit | edit source]
|Package details as noted:|
The following information is based on known details of a unreleased voicebank. Please note the details of this voicebank are subject to change without notice.
Zhang Chuchu's licensing was restricted to use only for Shanghai Wangcheng's purposes and could only be used by producers with special permission from the company. Users must apply in order to obtain her vocals and submit examples of their work to Shanghai Wangcheng. Once approved, they are required to either create two original songs or three cover songs to maintain their status as an approved user. Because of this, information on Chuchu's vocals is limited.
Chuchu is a mature female vocalist.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
References[edit | edit source]
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|Chinese||时尚女王章楚楚 Official Weibo||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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