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MAIKA ONA VOCALOID3


MAIKA is a Spanish VOCALOID developed and distributed by Voctro Labs, S.L., and was released in December 2013 for the VOCALOID3 engine.

In 2014, Giuseppe revealed that both MAIKA and ONA are the same VOCALOID3 library. While MAIKA represents the Spanish usage of the vocals, ONA represents the Catalan usage.[3]

On May 5, 2014, Voctro Labs confirmed on twitter that ONA and MAIKA were actually two different designs for the same voicebank.[4]

ConceptEdit

AppearanceEdit

According to Noriko Hayashi, MAIKA was based on the "Pop Diva" appearance requested by Voctro Labs.[5][6]

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She has a play/pause tattoo (▶ ll) located on her left cheek. The little droid that accompanies her acts as a pet, microphone and speaker; on October 16, MAIKA's Facebook page started a poll asking fans to give a name to the floating droid.[9] Later, on December 22, the site stated that the winning name was "NOVA".[10]

It was reported via a YouTube video that MAIKA's design was made to look mature like MEIKO's. However, it was accepted that MEIKO's design was a little plain, and so Noriko Hayashi went for a design that was more like Lady Gaga. The hairstyle was a main focus in the design. Due to the number of female VOCALOIDs out, it was felt that if the hair was not something bold, MAIKA would not stand out. The lineart was completed first; Voctro Labs requested Noriko to adjust the hair color scheme. The last one was to avoid comparisons with previous VOCALOIDs like IA or Megurine Luka, as originally, the hair was a gradient of peach to light pink. Noriko tested various color combinations with Voctro choosing the final color scheme. She was asked also to make MAIKA look a little happier, so her face was adjusted slightly. NOVA was purposely created to make her design different from other VOCALOIDs. The design itself did not pull any references from Spanish culture, as it was decided that a more international feel would make her more approachable by non-Spanish people and would avoid racial cliches.[11]

Details about her biography such as her height, age, etc, are included within her package.

2nd Anniversary Design Contest Edit

In November 18, 2015, celebrating MAIKA's second anniversary, Voctro Labs, along with Noriko Hayashi, Akuo and Yoistyle organized a contest to create a brand new outfit for MAIKA based on the "Sky" theme.

The winner design will appear in Maika's artbook, released in the first half of 2016, illustrated by Noriko. The runner ups will also receive prices, though their designs won't be included in the artbook. Prices included a MAIKA Artbook signed and dedicated, merchandising of VOCALOID MAIKA, and the winner would be considered as a new official design.[12]

In January 18, 2016, the winners were announced. First place was by Yukina Esteban, while second and third place were by Marisol Azcarate and Namy-bot respectively. Noriko Hayashi stated that some honorable mentions will be also listed in the final artbook.[13]

Music featuring MAIKAEdit

Examples of usage

The Little witch
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Featuring MAIKA
Author(s) YZYX
Category Original
HAYWIRE
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Featuring MAIKA
Author(s) Circus-P
Category Original
Quiero un Dinosaurio
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Romaji/English I Want a Dinosaur
Featuring MAIKA
Author(s) Akuo
Category Original
Fujoshi
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Featuring MAIKA
Author(s) darkbluecat
Category Original
Search for music featuring MAIKA [show/hide]

Additional informationEdit

MarketingEdit

MAIKA's promotion was handled much differently from her predecessors. An illustration contest was held which would allow fans to participate in her design. She was heavily marketed as a young pop idol with a versatile voice bank, and her demo songs were done by popular VOCALOID producers in the western fandom.


See also: MAIKA/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

ReputationEdit

MAIKA's character status
Reaction

Prior to her release, MAIKA was well received by the VOCALOID fandom, with many of her demos hitting over 20,000 viewcounts. "En tu mirar" had crossed the 100,000 mark and has caused her to become one of the more popular overseas VOCALOID3's to be released.

MAIKA was by far the most popular for the VOCALOID3 Spanish VOCALOID releases. Her popularity, according to Google Trends, peaked on September 2013. It almost reached the same height in the month of her release of December 2013. However, despite the high interest in her pre-release in the following months she began to lose most of this status. In the closing of the VOCALOID3 era, she was less popular then she was prior to her release, though still had more popularity then Bruno or Clara.

Miscellaneous

In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of Vocaloids on website Nico Video. For the year 2014, Maika was the 36th most popular Vocaloid and the most popular of the Spanish Vocaloids.[14]

Achievements
  • First Spanish voicebank developed for both VOCALOID3 and NEO engines.
  • Largest optimum range of any Spanish voice bank.
  • First Spanish VOCALOID with a boxed version.
  • First VOCALOID library with two completely different official mascots.
  • First 'overseas' VOCALOID to be displayed on the Japanese and English VOCALOID SHOP.


Polls

Do you like MAIKA?
 
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9
 
7
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 327 people voted.
What characteristic of MAIKA do you like?
 
45
 
23
 
4
 
231
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 303 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for MAIKA may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Spanish Voctro Labs official homepage Link
Spanish/English MAIKA product page Link
Spanish VocaloidMaikaOficial The official Facebook page for VOCALOID MAIKA Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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Start a Discussion Discussions about MAIKA

  • ONA/MAIKA share the same voicebank

    9 messages
    • Edit: do you guys want me to contact them so we can get this cleared up?
    • Musicnote98 wrote: Edit: do you guys want me to contact them so we can get this cleared up? I suggested this twice.
  • MAIKA Original Song Contest entries

    3 messages
    • I really really liked define me by Kenji-b I downloaded it right after I heard it.
    • Well, darkbluecat still is ahead (buena gallo, dale). Also I like Alex and Ankari's works

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