Sweet Ann sings "Helvetica Standard" in the anime Nichijou.
The anime Nichijou, translated “My Ordinary Life”, recently featured the Engloid Sweet Ann prominently in its “bumps”, short video segments separating a show from its commercial break, and backing track.
Outside of LOLA being used in the Paprika Soundtrack by Susumu Hirasawa (which I have issues pinpointing through all the effects) this is probably the most prominent usage of an Engloid in a Japanese Anime yet.
Beyond just featuring Sweet Ann this series has some awesome music. It’s second OP titled “Hyadain no Joujou Yuujou” is by Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada) of NicoNicoDouga fame. If you haven’t already definately check out his NicoNico Tribute Video titled “Me, Myself, and NicoNicoDouga”.
With sentiments I can agree with PrimaLove of VocaloidOtaku and her RL friend as Len performed this skit during the Anime Expo 2011 Masquerade.
I must say I love the accent and the entire persona she adopted as Prima. A bit more effort than the Mirai no Neiro cosplayers, but then again this is an Engloid so I am obviously and unashamedly bias.
Highlights include her referring to Miku as the “dreaded pigtailed monster” and Rin as Len’s “insufferable sister”.
It is probably not the kind skit non-Engloid fans would enjoy (I would say ‘Vocaloid fans’ but some Crypton fans might take offense) but it is better than most your Convention Masquerade fare.
Time+Space a site affiliated with Zero-G that distributes samples, sound libraries, and virtual instruments interviews Robert Hedin the creator of “Anarobik“, an alias for Vocaloid Lola that acts as the lead singer and ‘stage name’ of Robert’s electronic music projects.
How did Vocaloid Lola first come to your attention? What was it about the product that prompted you to buy it? I’m sure I discovered Lola by browsing the internet. I had the concept of anaROBIK several years before I had the idea of using a Vocaloid. Once I started listening to the demos of Vocaloids, it became obvious rather quickly that Vocaloid was the technology of choice, and Lola was the one I wanted to work with. I think she has the most versatile voice that can be placed in a very wide range of musical settings, and it just seems to work. I really wanted a voice that allows me a lot of creative freedom, I didn’t want to be stylistically trapped by a voice, and I don’t feel that I am with Lola.
aniROBIK is a great example of “Vocaloid as a Software” rather than “Vocaloid as a Character” where the Vocaloid is transformed by the artist into something unique and can go beyond the limitations of their boxart using the artist’s creativity as a medium.
Thats right its been a year already, or two in the case of Sonika (No, you are not getting old. No, you do not look fat in that dress.)
Originally released July 14, 2009 Sonika is the fifth Vocaloid created by Zero-G and the third English speaking Vocaloid to use the Vocaloid 2 software. She later became the first Vocaloid to enter Greater China.
Tonio released in 2010 originally supposed to have been released in June ended up being delayed till July 14th when according to Sonika “he had a sore throat”. The first male Vocaloid 2 to be released by Zero-G he sometimes doesn’t get quite enough love due to his specialized usage as a partner to Prima.