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SeeU VOCALOID3 English


SeeU (시유) is a Korean VOCALOID developed and distributed by SBS A&T (formerly SBS Artech), and was released in October 2011 for South Korea and later in December for Japan. Her voice is provided by Korean female singer, Dahee Kim (김다희 Kim Dahee), who was a member of the K-Pop idol group, 'GLAM'. Kim recorded in Korean and Japanese for the two voicebanks.

ConceptEdit

EtymologyEdit

Her name in Korean is rendered as "시유" (Siyu) and in Japanese it is "シユ" (Shiyu). During an interview with SBS A&T manager, Hyo Eun Kim, it was said that SeeU's name came to mind after thinking of a line from the 2009 film, Avatar. The line "I See You" popped into her mind and became the inspiration for 'SeeU'. According to SBS, this is only one of several meanings of her name.[1][2]

AppearanceEdit

SeeU was given a moe-esque design and is aimed more specifically to the general and VOCALOID Otaku fandom. SBS stated that SeeU was created to be a "cute and lively yet mysterious looking 17 year old girl." Her outfit was designed with a school uniform in mind. Her official illustrations and design was created by KKUEM.

Her cat ears/nekomimi are speakers. According to her illustrator, they are actually detachable[3] Her neckband is a CD player. Soundwaves light up on the rectangle of her flat-shoes and on the upper part of her top (chest). There is a pause button at the back of her clothes, a power button on the ribbon of her neckband and an "on" button on one of the buttons at the front of her top. During a virtual interview starring SeeU conducted by SBS, SeeU revealed her clothing size to be XXS.[4]

RelationsEdit

  • ZeeU (지유); the official male version of SeeU.[5]

Music featuring SeeUEdit

Examples of usage

Alone
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Romaji/English Alone
Featuring SeeU
Author(s) Team. Hurihuri
Category Original song
숨바꼭질
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Romaji/English Sumbakkokjil (Hide and Seek)
Featuring SeeU
Author(s) Ho-ong-i
Category Original song
시간을 달려서
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Romaji/English Siganeul Dallyeoseo (Rough)
Featuring SeeU
Author(s) Nico
Category Cover song
천 년의 시
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Romaji/English Cheon Nyeon-ui Si (Poem of a Thousand Years)
Featuring SeeU
Author(s) Sangnoksu
Category Original song
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Additional informationEdit

MarketingEdit

SeeU Limited Edition Contents

VOCALOID™3 Library SV01 SeeU Limited Edition Contents

VOCALOID3 Library SV01 SeeU Limited Edition was produced for her launch in 2011, which included a SeeU Demo song CD, photo frame, stickers, badges, phone strap, manual booklet and an illustration book called "SEEU COME INTO THE WORLD".[6] SBS also promoted SeeU to the public by printing her illustration on face packs and on the side of taxi cars.

During Nico Nico Chokaigi 2012‘s “VOCALOID NEWS", SBS stepped forward and claimed to be producing an album for SeeU. On October 19, 2012, SBS Artech teamed up with Big Hit Entertainment and released an album called SV01 SeeU's Compilation Album, featuring seven notable songs from the UGC contest. The album was released in Japan and translated into Japanese lyrics on October 29, 2012.

See also: SeeU/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

ReputationEdit

SeeU's character status
Sales

The SBS A&T team admitted SeeU sold less than expected within South Korea and Japan. Specific number of sales have not been revealed.

Reaction

Because of some issues between Japan and South Korea involving fans basing opinions on political and racial issues, this gave SeeU a rough start in both countries. The issues with Japanese fans in regard to SeeU has also left SeeU's Nico Nico Pedia page subject to issues reflecting this.

Therefore, her overall popularity ranges per website from amongst the "least popular" to "most popular" of the VOCALOID3 releases. It is affected by the opinions and politics of fans within that particular circle of the fandom.

Her overall popularity according to Google trends, spiked in September 2011 a month before her release, but she has since lost most of her popularity.

Impact

Amongst the other issues related to SeeU and her popularity, her English vocal was put on hiatus around Feb 2013. The hiatus was to raise SeeU's profile and make her more popular as SBS A&T were unsure how fans would react. Further developments to SeeU's vocal, remains unknown.

Miscellaneous

In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of Vocaloids on website Nico Video. For the year 2014, SeeU was the 38th most popular Vocaloid and the second least popular Japanese capable vocaloid.[7]

Achievements
  • First Korean capable VOCALOID
  • First female Korean VOCALOID
  • First bilingual VOCALOID3
  • First VOCALOID by SBS A&T
  • First female VOCALOID by SBS A&T
  • First Korean/Japanese bilingual VOCALOID
  • First Japanese voicebank produced by a non-Japanese company
  • First Japanese voicebank produced by a Korean company
  • First Japanese voicebank provided by a Korean provider
  • First Korean VOCALOID to be on stage
  • First Korean VOCALOID to perform with the voice provider
  • First female VOCALOID to perform with the voice provider
  • One of the first 4 VOCALOID3 vocals released for the engine.


Polls

Do you like SeeU?
 
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25
 
24
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 698 people voted.
What characteristic of SeeU do you like?
 
90
 
24
 
15
 
532
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 661 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for SeeU may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Korean SBS A&T official homepage Link
English Image Official Comics from Limited Edition Illustration Artbook Link
Korean Ate Li , art and media community Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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Start a Discussion Discussions about SeeU

  • SeeU should replace Miku Hastune

    19 messages
    • It's a tad silly when people bring up a Vocaloid "replacing" another in terms of popularity, or criticizing a Vocaloid as a result of th...
    • I've said it before, Miku's popularity is a double-edged sword and people just have to bear with it. The only discontent is that I have is th...
  • What was wrong with SeeU's demo songs?

    3 messages
    • human vocals were used in the demo, specifically Seeu's VP
    • It was mostly i=Fantasy. You couldn't tell because the vocal was so heavily autotuned, until you removed layers of the vocal. Since ...

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