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Tone Rion (兎眠りおん) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed the YAMAHA Corporation,[2][3] and was created in collaboration with Dear Stage (Moe Japan, Co. Ltd.). She was released in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine. The voice provider for Rion has never been revealed.


Her brief back-story 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 Dear Stage VOCALOID "Vocaloidol" concepts, of which 5 vocals were planned. The vocals would come from within Moe Japan's own vocalists.


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.


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.

Music featuring Tone RionEdit

  • Tone Rion is featured in 29 songs and 12 albums on this wiki.
  • There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.

Examples of usage

Romaji/English Thy Sky is Sorrowful
Featuring Tone Rion
Author(s) HoneyWorks
Category Original song
Romaji/English Loli Loli Paradise
Featuring Tone Rion
Author(s) GobouP
Category Original song
Romaji/English Laughing with everyone
Featuring Tone Rion
Author(s) Ehamikku
Category Original song
Romaji/English Caramel Macchiato
Featuring Tone Rion
Author(s) TAKERU
Category Original song
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Additional informationEdit


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


Main article: Vocafarre 2011

On the 15th-16 of December, 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 the girl pop group, (でんぱ組.inc). Do note that this concert is difficult or impossible to find online - See VocaLawson Vocafarre Concert summary Nico Nico Douga Broadcast


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".[4]

Akiba's Trip 2Edit

Tone Rion & Dear Stage makes an appearance in the game Akiba's Trip 2 for the Playstation 3 and PSVita which was released November 7, 2013.[5]

Social MediaEdit

Rion has an official Twitter account.


Tone Rion's character status

Rion was popular upon release with the Vocaloid otaku crowd, although was not the most popular of the VOCALOIDs released in 2011. On December 11, 2013, research shows her as the least popular release for VOCALOID3. She also failed to get any songs in the Nico Nico Douga rankings in the week of her release and has mostly stayed off the ranking since release.


Although Tone Rion received an "SE" release, she has since been dropped from further developments. As a result, she is currently the only "Yamaha" VOCALOID to not be due for a VOCALOID NEO release.


In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of Vocaloids on website Nico Video. For the year 2014, Tone Rion was the 32nd most popular Vocaloid and the 5th least popular Japanese capable vocaloid.[6]

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


Do you like Tone Rion?

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 180 people voted.
What characteristic of Tone Rion do you like?

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 146 people voted.


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The image gallery for Tone Rion may be viewed here.


  1. [1] Vocaloid Answer Wiki - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
  2. Vonama
  3. Otalab blog: Vocaloid event
  4. link
  6. link

External linksEdit

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


Start a Discussion Discussions about Tone Rion

  • What is your opinion on Rion?

    15 messages
    • NoviStarsRule wrote:Ashleee wrote:EmbraceEvil wrote:Ashleee wrote:Mediocre. I don't hate her, but nor' do I like her. So I just won't vote.tha...
    • She's one of my favorites and I've always felt a connection to her for many reasons.
  • Should Tone Rion's Iteam be a Cupcake?

    24 messages
    • wrote:Plus even though the majority of fans are Japanese It doesn't mean Westerners haven't done anything. Fun...
    • wrote:I dunno, I was looking at her design and she kinda reminded me of a baker or a cupcake mixed with a Optimus Prime an...

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