IA (イア) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by 1st Place Co., Ltd., and was released in January 2012 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by the Japanese female singer, Lia, known for "Tori no Uta". This song was written by Jun Maeda and was used for the opening theme of the visual novel, "Air".
"IA" is taken from her voice provider's name, "Lia".
There are at least two ways to read her sub-title of "- ARIA ON THE PLANETES -":
- The words "Aria" and "Planetes" are Latin and Greek for "open space" and "planet" respectively, giving the translation of "Open Space on the Planet".
- "Aria", is also the Italian word for "air" and was used as a term in opera for expressive pieces, usually sung by a single singer.
Her design was illustrated by Aka Akasaka (D. Z.), while the design direction was by Maxilla Inc.
Despite the myth of IA's age being 15, she has had no age assigned to her. This myth seems to originate from a section underneath the paragraph on IA about her provider Lia, wherein one of the first things mentioned was that Lia debuted in America at 15 years old.
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Information on IA was released much slower than the average VOCALOID. Her promotions have taken the approach to make her seem otherworldly and mysterious.
The licensing for IA is slightly different than past VOCALOIDs, and it is worth taking the time to read this page for more details. Unlike some past VOCALOIDs, users can use her image on CDs, flyers and posters without requesting permission, although some consent from the company is needed for greater use of her image. This is a departure from past VOCALOIDs such as Crypton Future Media, who require you to ask permission for use of their VOCALOIDs' images on things such as CDs, flyers and posters.
Prior to her release, you could buy a t-shirt with her logo on it. IA x GROOVE COASTER t-shirts, as well as other related merchandise, was also available for purchase at the Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris convention in September 2013.
A Garage Kit has been made and the PVC version is being produced by Aquamarine. It is already up for pre-order and was released late May, 2013.
IA has collaborated with Nippon engineering to preform at Kamarok Festival 2012, however, this was not leaked. On November 28th, IA performed with Jin at Voice Fes 2012, singing Livedrive and World Calling, the theme song of the event. 1st Place also announced their next project 'IA Project Next Stage' which will start in 2013. Information about it is unknown, although they have mentioned promoting IA more in the following year.
IA (as well as Internet Co., Ltd.'s VOCALOID GUMI) also performed live via use of the SORIS VLS during the Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris convention, held from September 20 to September 22, 2013. This also marks the event as the first officially sponsored live European performance for VOCALOIDs. Songs featured in her performances were Children Record, Headphone Actor, and World Calling by Jin, as well as the debut of the song SEE THE LIGHTS feat. IA, originally performed by the band ASY.
On the first weekend of March 2014, IA was also a featured performer for the 1st Place 10th-11th Anniversary "KEEP ON HAVING FUN" two-day Live Concerts, singing My Soul, Your Beats! as a duet with Lia, as well as solo performances of SEE THE LIGHTS, LIVEDRIVE, One, Two, Hello, and America ~We are alright!~ Other live performers featured were Lia, Jin (feat. Maria), GARNiDELiA, Ishifuro, Aoi Tada, Mizusu Togashi (veil), "Contemporary Life", LiSA, marina, and "Rock, stock, and the Barrell," .
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IA made an appearance in the RPG Demon Gaze along with an IA theme song. The content was added as DLC and released to celebrate the game selling 50,000+ units. Other characters and content were also added. Currently, Demon Gaze is set to be released in North America and Europe in early 2014, however, it is currently unknown whether or not IA's DLC will be made available for this version.
On September 20, 2013, TAITO Corporation's GROOVE COASTER franchise, in collaboration with IA Project, released the IA Clubline Pack for the GROVE COASTER ZERO app available for iPod touch / iPhone / iPad, and is currently available as an in-app purchase. This pack, four songs in total, features music by producers Jin, Teddyloid, and the band ASY. As a bonus, a limited edition playable avatar featuring a pixelized version of IA was also included. A promotional event was also held from September 20th until October 7th: SEE THE LIGHTS feat. IA by ASY was given to all players free of charge upon pressing a special button available only during the event. In addition, players who ranked within the top 1,000 for SEE THE LIGHTS feat. IA stage received ten VISIBLE items for their GROOVE COASTER ZERO app at the end of the promotional period. 
In January 2014, an IA specific game was announced called "IA Visual Tracks Colorful" (abbreviated and first introduced as "IA/VT Colorful"). This will feature 60 IA songs, and is a "sound catching" rhythm game incorporating use of both the analog stick and face buttons. The game will be released for the PS Vita on July 31, 2014.
| IA developed a good reputation as a reliable voicebank library among many producers, this owed to much of her success. IA was well received and had many hits in the Nico Nico Douga weekly rankings after her release.
On December 14, 2013, research conducted showed she had over 750 hits on Piapro, 7,986 hits on Pixiv (after search was refined), over 6,595 hits on deviantART, 2,802 on BiliBili and 12,418 hits on Nico Nico Douga, making her the most popular of the early VOCALOID3 releases. Within 6 months of her release, several songs hit 1,000,000+ views on Nico Nico Douga, whereas none of the other VOCALOID3 vocals achieved success of this calibre. This put her on par with some of the more successful VOCALOID2 era voicebanks, with IA being the only new VOCALOID to achieve this thus far in the Vocaloid3 era.
|IA's popularity has lead to further Vocal development being considered for her and in 2014, IA-ARIA ON THE PLANETES - α Type C was released as a trial version via a one-month long feedback campaign. Several months later, it was announced that the finalized version of the new vocal library would be made available for sale in June of the same year.|
- Some of the overseas fans have mistaken the "Aria" in her boxes subtitle as part of her name, using it as her surname, or believing "IA" to be shorthand for "Aria".
- First 1st Place VOCALOID released.
- First female VOCALOID released by 1st Place.
- First VOCALOID3 to hit over 1 million views on NND.
- Having the highest tempo among all VOCALOIDs.
- First new VOCALOID3 to receive an additional voicebank upgrade.
- Tumblr IA Project
- Site IA Project
- YouTube IA PROJECT
- Facebook IA PROJECT
- Facebook (International) IA WORLD Page
- Twitter (International) IA WORLD Page
- IA fanart DeviantArt / Pixiv / Piapro
- IA models on MikuMikuDance wiki
- IA derivatives on Fanloid wiki