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MEIKO
  • MEIKO V1
  • MEIKO V3
Biographical information
Gender

Female

Voice

Meiko Haigō

Illustrator

Wasshi (V1/2004) iXima (V3/2013)

Product information
Company

Crypton Future Media, Inc.

Distributor

Crypton Future Media Inc

Language

Japanese English (Bilingual) Japflag Engflag

Code

CRV1

Affiliation

YAMAHA SEGA

Website

Company homepage Product page

MEIKO VOCALOID1 VOCALOID3

MEIKO, originally codenamed "HANAKO",[1] is a Japanese VOCALOID originally developed by Yamaha Corporation and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc., and was initially released in November 2004 for the first VOCALOID engine. There has since been a second installment developed for the VOCALOID3 engine, dubbed MEIKO V3. Her voice is provided by the Japanese female singer, Meiko Haigō (拝郷 メイコ Haigō Meiko).

ConceptEdit

EtymologyEdit

"MEIKO" comes directly from her voice provider's name, "Haigō Meiko."

"Megumi" was also a name that was considered during her development.[2]

MEIKO's codename of "HANAKO" likely came from " Yamada Hanako (山田花子)", a placeholder name for female characters and the Japanese equivalent to "Jane Smith".

AppearanceEdit

The illustration was done by Shogo Washizu, often called わっしー(Wasshi),  a former member of Crypton.[3][4] Crypton placed this product on the market with a box art that depicted a female illustrated character. This character had nothing to do with the singer's image, but her anime-based appearance appealed to the mainstream audience and the software sold well. Wat even stated how different the intention of the CV series and KAITO/MEIKO were during the development of KAITO V3. This even led to the direction of the updates leading to a completely different course of development compared to the Appends of Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin/Len, and Megurine Luka.

MEIKO's boxart hides the front of her red sleeveless jacket, it is difficult to tell what design it consists of. Due to this factor, there are many different designs, even for official artwork.[5] There is no official given age. Although, in Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix she is usually portrayed as a middle-aged woman by KEI, who mentioned in a magazine interview that what he depicts in the comic is not official.[6]

Spurned on by the items held by Hatsune Miku and KAITO, it became popular to feature MEIKO with One Cup Ozeki (sake).

RelationsEdit

  • KAITO: a complementary voice bank with masculine vocals.

VOCALOID ReleasesEdit

Examples of UsageEdit

Music featuring MEIKO
This VOCALOID is featured in 50 songs and on 89 albums on this wiki.
There are listings for notableoriginal and cover songs.
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Romaji — MEIKO | Favicon-nico Favicon-youtube Favicon-bilibili

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Change me
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Romaji/English Change me
Featuring MEIKO
Author(s) Shu-tP
Category Original song
雲の遺跡 (alternative)
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Romaji/English Kumo no Iseki (alternative) (Relics of the Cloud)
Featuring MEIKO
Author(s) Yanagi-P
Category Original song
Fairy-taled
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Romaji/English Fairy-taled
Featuring MEIKO
Author(s) yuukiss
Category Original song
Re:ЯítueL lily.
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Featuring MEIKO
Author(s) maya
Category Original song

GODDESS
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Featuring MEIKO V3
Author(s) Shu-tP
Category Original song
あきかぜそう
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Romaji/English A kika ze sō
Featuring MEIKO V3 Dark
Author(s) Yat@単純明快P
Category Original song
Romeo and Cinderella
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Favicon-youtube
Featuring MEIKO V3 Straight
Author(s) Krystal Petal
Category Cover song
MEIKO!
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Featuring MEIKO V3
Category - song


Dream Guy
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Romaji/English Dream Guy
Featuring MEIKO V3 English
Author(s) MJQ
Category Original song
Witness
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Romaji/English Witness
Featuring MEIKO V3 English feat KAITO V3 English
Author(s) EmpathP
Category Original song
Thanatos - If I Can't Be Yours
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Favicon-youtube
Romaji/English Thanatos - If I Can't Be Yours
Featuring MEIKO V3 English
Author(s) febuse
Category Cover song
Dark Horse
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Favicon-youtube
Romaji/English Dark Horse (Katy Perry song)
Featuring MEIKO V3 English
Author(s) Matt_Blue
Category Cover song


MarketingEdit

Putting a character on the boxart proved to be a successful marketing strategy. It influenced the development and art style of other VOCALOIDs such as KAITO and Hatsune Miku. Of the Crypton Future Media VOCALOIDs, while she does have a significant amount of merchandise, MEIKO is often less likely to be promoted than some of the other VOCALOIDs.


Figurines
Meikonendoroid4

Nendoroid MEIKO figurine

MEIKO has had a few figurines based on her. Due to being the least popular of the Crypton VOCALOIDs, she tends to have the least amount of merchandise.

Food

A box of special "MEIKO Rum Flavored Chocolates" and themed sake pack have been produced.[7][8]

Calendar

Crypton Future Media VOCALOIDs have also appeared in 2013 calendars.[9][10]

Clothing

ACOS has also produced an official cosplay outfit and wig.[11]

An official wig was also shown in 2014.[12]

Manicure set

MEIKO appeared on a nail varnish set along with the other 5 Crypton vocalists. The colors within the set match the colors of the VOCALOID's painted nails.[13]

iOS App

They also appears in the app "AR Vocaloid Walk", a Augmented Reality app. Several other Vocaloids, UTAU and Derivative characters also appear in the app.[14]

Guest Appearances

Main article: VOCALOID in other media

Additional informationEdit

PopularityEdit

MEIKO Popularity
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Sales

MEIKO was well-received and sold well compared to her counterpart KAITO, becoming the most popular of the two. For a long time, she was the best selling Crypton Future Media VOCALOID until the release of Hatsune Miku and sold 3,000+ units. This was three times the number of sales she needed to sell to be classified as successful.

By 2010, whereas KAITO appeared in the Crypton ranking of their best-selling products, MEIKO had fallen from popularity, receiving the least amount of attention of the Crypton VOCALOIDs overall. In the same year, MEIKO was ranked as the 7th most popular VOCALOID product they sold and the least popular of Crypton Future Media's own VOCALOIDs.[15] On December 10th, 2011, MEIKO, along with the Kagamines' append, were the only VOCALOID software packages not on the top ten list.

A month after the Meiko V3 release, Meiko took the no.1 spot on the charts. This was the first time Meiko had ever held a spot in the top 10 since the charts began. However, her no.1 spot was short lived and by April she had dropped to the no.3 spot. This was a much faster fall from no.1 then KAITO V3, who managed to hang onto the place for several months after release. Meiko soon fell behind KAITO V3 in popularity, constantly being one or two places behind his package. By August 2014, MEIKO V3 was in 6th spot, while KAITO V3 held the 3rd place position, loosing out only to Hatsune Miku V3 who claimed the no.1 and no.2 spot in the ranking. She also lost out this particular month to the Kagamine Rin\Len VOCALOID2 package, which had temporary returned to the rankings.

Reaction

Despite the lack of media coverage, MEIKO was much better received and was more successful then Leon, Lola and Miriam and was overall the most successful of the VOCALOID vocals when she was released initally.[16]

After revived interest began to occur in her counterpart, KAITO, following Miku's release, MEIKO users also attempted to revive the interest as well. The Japanese fandom has taken great measures to push her voice to its limits. This is demonstrated by the fanmade derivative "Sakine Meiko," which was the product of producers testing MEIKO's capabilities to produce a much younger sounding voice. Though this involves heavy investment of time to make such a big adjustment to her vocals, it does highlight the overall potential of the VOCALOID era voicebanks, as the same techniques have also from time to time been applied to others of the same software with the same level of results.

Miscellaneous

An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less then 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. MEIKO, however, did manage to be the 2nd most popular VOCALOID when a mean count was done with 423 views and 21 mylists.[17]


TriviaEdit

  • A Japanese electro-pop artist, Susumu Hirasawa, announced that he used a female VOCALOID in the original soundtrack of "Paprika" by Satoshi Kon on his blog. Since Susumu Hirasawa did not reveal which VOCALOID he used for quite some time, except the fact it was a female, many producers speculated it was MEIKO. However, he later mentioned in a magazine interview that it was LOLA.[18]
  • An old myth within the overseas fandom is that her samples were not from Meiko Haigō, but from a computer that generated samples that sounded like her.

Notable for...Edit

  • First Japanese female vocal ever released
  • First Japanese vocal released for the VOCALOID engine
  • First Crypton Future Media VOCALOID released
  • First feminine sounding VOCALOID released by Crypton Future Media
  • First VOCALOID to have an official avatar
  • Being used in the oldest known VOCALOID related song

GalleryEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. link
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  3. [1] Meiko Haigou's official web site
  4. [2] Morio Morito Blog - MEIKOとKAITOのパケ絵描いた人について+α "Illustrators that illustrated Meiko and Kaito"
  5. [3] Nico Pedia: ワンカップp
  6. [4] P-Tina.net - KEIさんの描き方について聞いてみた (Interview with KEI about drawing style)
  7. link
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  14. AR Vocaloid Walk
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  18. [5] Nico Pedia: 白虎野の娘 (Byakkoya no Musume)

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