VY2 (codename: YUMA) is a Japanese VOCALOID developed and distributed by Bplats, Inc., under the YAMAHA Corporation, and was released in April 2011 for the VOCALOID2 engine. There has since been a second installment developed for the VOCALOID3 engine and dubbed VY2v3, released in deluxe and standard edition. The voice provider for VY2 has never been revealed.
Nagimiso (なぎみそ) and Kazeno (風乃) undertook the illustration for VY2's package. The Wakizashi was by Nagimiso, the illustration on the inside sleeve was by Kazeno, which was Japanese and SF styled with Tenshukaku (天守閣, Japanese castle tower) and two moons.
Unlike past Japanese VOCALOIDs, VY2, along with voicebank partner VY1, have never had an official avatar established for them, which allowed for creative freedom that other VOCALOIDs did not offer.
VY2 was originally going to have other items for his boxart such as clothing. However, it was felt that these items were too personal and would only end up portraying too much of a design concept. Thus, opting for the Wakizashi made the VOCALOID's appearance ambiguous.
Despite the wining entry of VesFes "Roro" being commonly used as an avatar for VY2, this was never picked as an official representation of the software, though it has been used as a concept in an illustration book to represent the vocal "VY2".
While VY1 had a standard and Deluxe edition, VY2 did not offer such a choice nor did it have a CD released for it.
Due to the professional design of VY2, the vocal often appears in use for apps and equipment that involves derivative products produced by Yamaha, either on its own or with VY1. However, unlike VY1, VY2 is often added as an additional vocal or an alternative one and has yet to head a product using their vocals. Furthermore, when VY2 is used, the vocal often is only made for download – sometimes after the initial release of the product, unlike its counterpart VY1.
At VocaFes 2011, two winners were announced for VY1 and VY2. This was the result of the competition to determine how fans view VY1 and VY2. Manbou no Ane won for VY2's design, which can be found in his pixiv account, and Rimiko won for VY1's design.
VY2 was better received than VY1 because the concept of the VY series had become better understood. The producer who created his demos declared that VY2 was the best Japanese male vocal of the VOCALOID series, boasting a quality none of the previous male vocals could reach.
VY2 and its predecessor vocal "VY1" were developed to head official Yamaha products. While VY1 tends to be used often in this role, VY2 has not been as used for such products quite as often as VY1.
An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less then 1,000 videos uploaded to Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. However, based on average views, VY2 came second in the report with an average of 3972.28 views per video (and 314.21 mylists). Although part of the reason for this high average was owed to the popularity of songs such as those by the producer “Ie no Ura de Manbou ga ShinderuP", which upset the average results due to their high view count when most VY2 videos did not receive such attention.
Because of the Wakizashi, VY2 ended up overlapping with Internet Co., Ltd's Gackpoid VOCALOID. Internet co., Ltd joked that the two VOCALOIDs should do battle with each other.
In the Western fandom, the term "BIG AL's syndrome" got applied to VY2 due to being a late masculine vocal. This was because he was expected in 2010 but ended up being released in 2011 due to delays. However, VY2 did not receive as much fuss as previous "male" VOCALOIDs.