Tone Rion (兎眠りおん) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation, and was created in collaboration with Dear Stage (Moe Japan, Co. Ltd.). She was released in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine.
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.
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.
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.
- Yumemi Nemu: shares the same voice provider.
Music featuring Tone RionEdit
- Tone Rion is featured in 34 songs and 12 albums on this wiki.
- There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.
Examples of usage
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.
As of February 2017, marketing focus was turned to Yumemi Nemu with very little focus being placed on Tone Rion anymore. The newer vocal has since taken over all marketing focus.
- Main article: 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
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".
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.
Rion has an official Twitter account.
- 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.
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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.
Although Rion received an "SE" release, she did not receive any further updates until May of 2015, where she was given a VOCALOID NEO update.
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.