- "Stardust" redirects here. For other uses, see Stardust (disambiguation).
Stardust, also known in Chinese as Xingchen (Simplified Chinese: 星尘; Traditional Chinese: 星塵), is a Chinese VOCALOID developed by Shanghai HENIAN Information Technology Co. Ltd., in collaboration and distributed by Beijing Photek S&T Development Co., Ltd. for the VOCALOID4 engine in April 2016. She is the first VOCALOID for the Voicebank Customize Project.
Stardust was originally a mascot for the doujinshi group and series Quadimension.
According to the Quadimension 3 album artbook and November's design concepts, Stardust is capable of flying to Earth by using her hair. However, it was noted that she does not necessarily need to flap her hair while flying in space.
Her birthday is August 12.
Her name, Xingchen (星尘; Xīngchén), means "Stardust" in Chinese. "Stardust" is her official English name as it appears on her boxart, numerous promotional material, and is utilized on her official social media accounts.
She was originally known as "Quadimensionko".
Stardust's initial VOCALOID design was based on her original Quadimensionko concept. There were notable minor changes as she was given a skirt, shorter pigtails on the lower side of her head, and a different top. This design was drawn by November.
However, due to the Chinese fans' worries about her appearance looking similar to Hatsune Miku, Stardust was later redesigned. Her final design was drawn by ideolo but was conceptualized by November. Her quad-tail hairstyle was still kept but worn in a different way. She also wore a new one-piece dress and her arm-warmers were replaced with long gloves.
Stardust's quad-tail hairstyle was created to represent "Quadimension".
Music featuring StardustEdit
- Stardust is featured in 59 songs and 9 albums on this wiki.
- There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.
Examples of usage
On September 26, 2015, an illustration contest for Stardust's official artbook was launched and ended in December. Prizes were available to all who participated. Art pieces needed to tag Stardust's official Weibo page or be sent in to the email address provided. The winners were revealed on January 2, 2016: ORRY Miao, COCYTOPIA, KYURITIZU, Sida, and Lanbaba. They received gold phone straps of Stardust, a place within the artbook, and payment. Chinese runner ups received silver phone straps, while overseas runner ups received a digital copy of Stardust's artbook. No physicals were available for the overseas contestants due to shipping costs. The artbook consisted of 30 to 40 pages.
Quadimension asked the fans for suggestions about the name for the official debut album and artbook. The artbook was later named "银河美术馆" (Yínhé Měishù Guǎn / Gallery of the Galaxy) while the album was named "星愿" (Xīng Yuàn / Star Wish).
- While she is the first VOCALOID developed by Shanghai HENIAN to not be part of the Vsinger project, Xin Hua was the first Chinese VOCALOID to not be part of it overall.
- She is the first to not receive a Molihua demo. Every Chinese VOCALOID before her, including Zhanyin Lorra, sang the song at some point during their development.
|Stardust's character status|
When Stardust was first announced as a VOCALOID, the Chinese fandom expressed deep concern about the lack of male VOCALOIDs and were worried about a striking resemblance to Hatsune Miku, but this was not as important as some fans already knew her as Quadimensionko from her past appearances. In addition, they were accepting of designs that utilized the "twin tail" hairstyle since characters in the past, such as Dongfang Zhizi, followed this concept. Rather than expressing anger against these designs, the fans were calm and peaceful in their reactions. The Western fandom expressed more concern about Stardust's resemblance to Miku in contrast.
Due to the Chinese fans' concern for her initial design, Quadimension changed Stardust's appearance. When the new design was first revealed to a certain number of fans, some thought she looked a little more like Yuzuki Yukari, but were happy with the new look. However, when her design was fully revealed at Firefly Con 2015 to a larger crowd, a large number of fans thought that the new design ruined the uniqueness of her first design and felt that she changed too much, as there were people who were fond of her previous appearance. On the other hand, Western fans thought she looked similar to Yukari and developed mixed reactions: some liked this design better than the last, some were fond of the previous design, or some simply disliked both.
After Stardust was released, she developed loyal and dedicated fans. She also attracted retired Chinese-language producers back into the fandom and they expressed their interests in creating songs for her.
In February 2017, "Deities of Cathaysia" became the first Stardust song to achieve 1 million views.