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Tone Rion (兎眠りおん) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation,[1][2] and was created in collaboration with Dear Stage (Moe Japan, Co. Ltd.). She was released in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine.

Rion was updated to the VOCALOID4 engine in February 2017.[3]

In December 2016, Rion's voice provider was confirmed to be Dempagumi.inc's Nemu Yumemi.[4]

ConceptEdit

Her brief backstory states that she is 16 and was born in the year 2095. Rion performs on the "Dear Stage" (ディアステージ) located in future Akihabara set 100 years from the current time. She is based on the idea of "VOCALOID + idol = Vocaloidol" and was the first of the Dear Stage VOCALOID "Vocaloidol" concepts of which 5 vocals were planned. The vocals would come from within Moe Japan's own vocalists.

EtymologyEdit

The kanji for Tone Rion's name means 兎 (bunny/rabbit) and 眠 (sleep), however the phrase itself, "兎眠" (rabbit's sleep), has no significant meaning in Japanese. Though the company does not give any account, Rion's name is believed to be a double pun on the English word Tone and the musical instrument Tenori-on produced by YAMAHA.

AppearanceEdit

The design has the distinct appearance of a 'cooking' maid. However, based upon her background, the design is meant to portray an Akibamaid (秋葉原 メイド), a cosplay girl whose role is that of a waitress rather than a cook.

Her VOCALOID4 design was intended to highlight her link to Yumemi Nemu. This includes a drastic change in color scheming and her physical features such as her hair and eye colors.

RelationsEdit

Music featuring Tone RionEdit

  • Tone Rion is featured in 28 songs and 12 albums on this wiki.
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  • There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.

Examples of usage

君ガ空コソカナシケレ
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Romaji/English Thy Sky is Sorrowful
Featuring Tone Rion
Producers HoneyWorks
Category Original song
ロリロリパラダイス
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Romaji/English Loli Loli Paradise
Featuring Tone Rion
Producers GobouP
Category Original song
みんなとわらった
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Romaji/English Laughing with everyone
Featuring Tone Rion
Producers Ehamikku
Category Original song
キャラメルマキアート
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Romaji/English Caramel Macchiato
Featuring Tone Rion
Producers TAKERU
Category Original song
Search for music featuring Tone Rion [show/hide]

Additional informationEdit

MarketingEdit

Tone Rion is the first VOCALOID to be specifically sold as "Moe" and the first to focus on the otaku-based culture. Rion is also the first to target this particular classification directly with her character design, and her vocal was designed around the commonly considered moe traits of Japanese manga and anime characters.

VOCAFARRE 2011Edit

Main article: Vocafarre 2011

On December 15-16, V3 Megpoid , VY1v3 , Akikoloid-chan, Tone Rion, and Aoki Lapis appeared in a 3D concert at VOCAFARRE 2011.

During Rion's segment, she was "trapped" behind a screen and needed encouragement by the audience to break out. Once she was free, she performed with Dempagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc). See VocaLawson Vocafarre Concert summary on Nico Nico Douga Broadcast

Tshirt

The t-shirt worn by the otaku man in the commercial.

Norton Anti-Virus CommercialEdit

Tone Rion's vocals were used in a Japanese Norton Anti-Virus Commercial "Norton Antivirus USB Amulet". Her character illustration can also be seen on a man's T-shirt and monitor screen. She sings the background song as well, titled "Omamori Uta".[5]

Akiba's Trip 2Edit

Tone Rion & Dear Stage made an appearance in the game Akiba's Trip 2 for the Playstation 3 and PSVita which was released November 7, 2013.[6]

Social MediaEdit

Rion has an official Twitter account.

TriviaEdit

  • With the release of Yumemi Nemu and Tone Rion V4, VOCALOID4 officially tied with VOCALOID3's number of voicebanks that were made available over its lifespan.

ReputationEdit

Tone Rion's character status
Reaction

Rion was popular upon release with the VOCALOID otaku crowd, however, she was not the most popular of the VOCALOIDs released in 2011. On December 11, 2013, research showed her as the least popular release for VOCALOID3. She also failed to receive songs in the Nico Nico Douga rankings in the week of her release and had mostly stayed off the ranking.

Impact

Although Rion received an "SE" release, she was dropped from further developments for VOCALOID3. As a result, she was the only "Yamaha" VOCALOID who did not later receive a VOCALOID NEO release and did not become available for the Mac until her VOCALOID4 release in 2017.

Miscellaneous

In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of VOCALOIDs on Nico Video. For 2014, Rion was the 32nd most popular VOCALOID overall and the 5th least popular Japanese capable VOCALOID.[7]

Achievements
  • First Dear Stage (Moe Japan) VOCALOID3 released
  • First female Dear Stage (Moe Japan) VOCALOID3 released


Polls

Do you like Tone Rion?
 
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The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 310 people voted.
What characteristic of Tone Rion do you like?
 
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The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 254 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for Tone Rion may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vonama
  2. Otalab blog: Vocaloid event
  3. https://twitter.com/vocaloid_yamaha/status/813973877185314816
  4. https://twitter.com/yumeminemu/status/813975460598026240
  5. http://vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/31354-tone-rion-on-a-usbnorton-commercial/page__pid__781950__st__0&#entry781950
  6. http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/22/akibas-trip-2-gives-us-tour-akihabara-bear-suit/
  7. http://ch.nicovideo.jp/kadotanimitsuru/blomaga/ar699704

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Japanese Dear Stage official homepage Link
Japanese TONERION The official website for VOCALOID Tone Rion Link
Japanese 兎眠りおん @tonerion The official Twitter account for VOCALOID Tone Rion Link
Japanese 秋葉原ディアステージ @DearStage The official Twitter account for Dear Stage Link
English VOCALOID shop VOCALOID product page Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Tone Rion

  • Tone Rion's design

    6 messages
    • I know it's an old post but I think her design is linked to something regarding the illustrator for the V3 design. Something political may...
    • I absolutely ''loved'' the old design and I really like the new color scheme but her outfit is the thing. I just don...
  • If Tone Rion V4 is success could we see more v3 updates?

    8 messages
    • However, boy I'm looking forward to Kokone or Lily's update if possible. I see potentials in them!
    • Internet co holds their license so they aren't Yamaha vocaloids... It makes things easy and difficult at the same time as we know Internet...

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