CUL (カル) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by Internet Co., Ltd., and was created in collaboration with VOCALO Revolution. CUL is their mascot character and she was released as a VOCALOID in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by Japanese female voice actress, Eri Kitamura (喜多村 英梨; Kitamura Eri).
Originally, CUL was released without background information. However, background information was posted for her in 2013 when she was featured in a special event.
CUL was first introduced as the mascot for the show VOCALO Revolution.
The name "CUL" has double meanings, short for "culture" and "Culnoza", a collaborative group organized by Hiroto-P.
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She was introduced in "CUL makes Revolution!". CUL was featured in the shows introduction, the PV "白の季節" and the closing credits of the show. CUL was also the mascot of "CUL project; offical", a website designed to promote CUL to make her official. Stickers were also released on sale featuring her. The MMD model used in her PVs, such as "CUL makes Revolution!", was later released. CUL also appeared alongside 秋元結衣 in a music video that later made it to DVD.
As part of promotion, CUL has had several drinks named after her, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as a chocolate dish. These include the "Bloody CUL", "CUL and Milk" and "CUL Chocolate".
CUL has been performing on stage in a Nico Nico Douga broadcast, which ended on the 25/11/2012. CUL also performed at Nekocon 15 in 2012.
CUL was featured in a special event alongside other singers.
A book for CUL was released as part of her background story.
| Since CUL's existence as a VOCALOID is owed to her fans, CUL already had an established fandom prior to becoming a VOCALOID. She has had much support and publicity within the Japanese fandom and this has resulted in her overall reception being positive.
After release, CUL had suffered a slow rise in popularity; having just 550+ hits on Nico Nico Douga, 769 hits on Pixiv and 114 hits on Piapro when researched on 08/04/2012. However, this made her one of the more popular releases for VOCALOID3 at the time.
- Some Japanese fans have noticed how similar her VOCALOID design is to English VOCALOID2 BIG AL, leading to a few jokes relating the pair. Incidentally, both were released on Dec 22nd.
- Like Lily and galaco, CUL is not part of Internets' "poid" series.
- Hosted VOCALO Revolution
- Performing with a live singer in a music video
- Vocarevo Web
- CUL Project
- Internet Co
- CUL's page on Internet co's site
- YouTube Channel Singer Song Writer
- CUL fanart DeviantArt / Pixiv / Piapro
- CUL models on MikuMikuDance wiki
- CUL derivatives on Fanloid wiki