VFS-01L Hibiki Lui (ヒビキルイ / Hibiki Rui), provider currently unknown, was described as being "easily mistaken for a girl because of his graceful manners."
In 2011 the "Everyone's Vocaloid project" (みんなのボカロ計画 / Min-na no Bokaro Keikaku) contest was held. Entries from within Japan and overseas were allowed. In late May 2011, the contestants were picked out of the thousands of entries. This was one of two designs selected, they were announced at Vocaloid Festa 02.
Lui's release schedule was originally set to be Winter/Spring 2012. Prior to this, in Summer 2012, voice providers both male and female were being interviewed for a suitable voice. However, this has come to past, due to financial reasons for both Ring and Lui. The focus is now primarily Ring, with Lui's current development status being unknown.
The idea of Ring and Lui was to improve the Vocaloid culture by bridging the gap between fan concept and official products. Therefore, both were intended to be fan made designs for original Vocaloids that became official ones.
He was originally drawn by Yuukari (ユーカリ) and was just known as "Lui" (ルイ / Rui). It is suspected, but not proven the name might have meant to be or based on "Louis". Due to the fickleness of translating the name into Japanese, it was not correctly written in the original concept art.
Like the Kagamines, he and Ring are based on "R and L".
His surname, Hibiki, can mean "sound" or "echo".
Both Ring and Lui are market as fan-based Vocaloids having had their mascots designed by fans in a competition. The image was then refined into the final look by a professional artist.
Lui's design was chosen from a selection of many other male Vocaloids on Pixiv submitted for the contest and was the most popular design amongst the choices given.
- Note; "R" and "L" mean "Right and Left", they are the letters you find on a set of headphones (and sometimes other equipment such as speakers). Usually there is not enough space to write "right" and "left" on headphones. "R"and "L" refer to the right and left ear.
- Hibiki Lui fanart DeviantArt / Pixiv
- Hibiki Lui models on MikuMikuDance wiki (currently empty)
- Hibiki Lui derivatives on Fanloid wiki