Camui Gackpo (神威がくぽ Kamui Gakupo), is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by Internet Co., Ltd. as Gackpoid (がくっぽいど Gakuppoido), which was initially released in July 2008 for the VOCALOID2 engine. There have been additional installments developed for the VOCALOID3 engine in July 2012 and for the VOCALOID4 engine in April 2015. His voice is provided by GACKT, a male Japanese singer, songwriter, actor, and musician.
"Gackpo" is based on the pronunciation of the name "Gackt". The software name of "Gackpoid" also takes its name from Gackt's own. The "poid" on the end of the name is short for "like VOCALOID". Consequently, the full implied name of this product is "Gackt-like VOCALOID".
The romanization of his name is "Kamui Gakupo" (かむいがくぽ) but is officially stylized by Internet Co. as "Camui Gackpo". "Kamui Gakupo" is the spelling overseas VOCALOIDs fans are accustomed to and frequently use. "Kamui Gakupo" can also be seen on the KARENT website. Other spellings of his name have also been witnessed from other sources.
Less experienced overseas fans mislabeled Gackpo as a "Gackpoid" rather than a "VOCALOID" and sometimes dismissed that he is a VOCALOID altogether. This is owed to the confusion over the separate name for both the VOCALOID and software package. The same issue occurs with GUMI and her software Megpoid.
The avatar of the software was drawn by the illustrator Kentaro Miura (三浦健太郎 Miura Kentaro). A note from Crypton Future Media's VOCALOIDs was that they were using cyber-style clothes which can "melt into" our everyday lives as much as possible. Internet co., Ltd drew up their own ideas from this on what makes VOCALOID popular. Gackpo's look was picked from several possible designs.
Gackpo has a samurai aesthetic: the VOCALOID is clad in a Jinbaori, a kind of kimono which was used as a battle surcoat, with parts of Japanese armor, and carries a katana which is named “Music katana, Miburi” (楽刀・美振 / Gakutou Miburi). The patterns on its blade make musical sounds when it is swung down. The sword existed because producers wanted a link to a musical instrument. There were no objections to the use of a weapon.
When considering the features of Gackpo, the producers informed them that they wanted the eyes to look like Gackt's and for his outfit to include a combination of cyber and traditional Japanese-styled clothing. The colours were picked to make him stand out from the other VOCALOIDs.
The symbol on the back of both Gackpo's fan and shirt/jacket is a stylized version of the kanji for "music" (楽). One of 楽's on readings (reading with a root in Chinese) is gaku, which is most likely a pun on both Gackpo's name and "楽" meaning music (as in 音楽 ongaku, "music").
Gackpo is one of the few VOCALOIDs to see his most popular Meme make it into merchandise form. The "eggplant", or rather the version with stick-legs, is an additional item included with his Nendoroid figurine.
Music featuring Camui Gackpo
- Camui Gackpo is featured in 150 songs and 162 albums on this wiki.
- There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.
Examples of usage
The Gackpoid software was marketed as part of the bid to introduce professional singers to VOCALOID, allowing users access to the vocal of a famous professional singer. He was also marketed with a guide book on his usage, which could be purchased optionally with his software. He was promoted as 'the first male (masculine) VOCALOID' for VOCALOID2.
Originally, Gackpo songs were not allowed to be sold on KARENT. However, this was later allowed in 2009.
- If you change the symbol on his fan and back further, the literal word "gaku" can be changed into hiragana, which will be "がく", a commonly known name given to males.
- Gackpoid could be considered another contender for the inside joke "BIG AL syndrome" that overseas fans sometimes use to describe late VOCALOIDs. He was delayed for a month, however, the term had yet to be invented at the time.
- Because Gackt was a major singer, Gackpo was also the most expensive Japanese VOCALOID2 vocal, beaten at his time of release in price by Zero-G's Prima. In Japan, he was the most expensive of the Japanese VOCALOIDs.
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In the Japanese fandom, he was slow to gain popularity due to a lack of demand for male vocals at the time of his release despite the high profile of his provider. Eventually, Gackpo gained popularity due to an increased interest for male vocals and Gackt's fame. Male VOCALOIDs had not been developed for a long time, indicated by the failure of KAITO's release early on in VOCALOID's life circle.
In mid-2010, he was reported to be on par with Crypton Future Media in terms of popularity. However, GUMI had overtaken him. Though he has always been among the most popular VOCALOIDs, post-VOCALOID2 vocals have overtaken his popularity. In VOCALOID3, he was often among the top 10 VOCALOIDs and is more often in the latter half (position 6-10). At times, he failed to make it into the top but still managed to maintain a popularity within the top 15.
He still is consider among the most popular Internet Co., Ltd VOCALOIDs, often the second most popular regardless of his stance with other studio-made vocals. This is most notable as he and Lily were the only other VOCALOIDs known to be considered for a English update when Noboru was asked.
Though Gackpo maintains a relatively high popularity, during the VOCALOID3 era, GUMI became much more popular. As a consequence, her updates became more prioritized than his.
A independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1 and December 15. Gackpo, however, managed to be the 4th most popular VOCALOID when a mean count was calculated with 375 views and 17 mylists.
In 2015, a survey was done based on the popularity of VOCALOIDs on Nico Video. For the year 2014, Gackpo was the 10th most popular VOCALOID.