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YANHE VOCALOID3


YANHE (言和) is a Chinese VOCALOID developed formerly by Bplats, Inc. with MERCURY INC., under the YAMAHA Corporation, and was created in collaboration with Shanghai HENIAN. She was released in July 2013 for the VOCALOID3 engine. Her voice is provided by Seira Liu (劉セイラ / 劉婧犖; 刘婧荦; Liú Jìngluò), a Chinese voice actress who is able to speak Mandarin and Japanese.

YANHE is the grand winning entry of the second "VOCALOID™ CHINA" contest.

ConceptEdit

YANHE is described to be handsome on the outside, yet soft-hearted on the inside.[2]

Her deep tone of voice was originally created for the supporting character, Zhiyu Moke, but this project had to be changed after YAMAHA was forced to remove his character rights after the actions of Shanghai HENIAN's former president, Ren Li.[3]

EtymologyEdit

Yán (言) can mean "say" or "speech", while (和) can mean "peace", "harmonious", or "gentle". Thus, her name can be interpreted to mean "speak peace". Compare the Chinese idiom "shake hands and speak peace" (握手言和), which is used to describe when enemies cease fighting.

AppearanceEdit

The design was drawn by MQ and is part of the 'YANHE Project'.

YANHE, like Luo Tianyi before her, had her avatar chosen through a competition.

According to one of Shanghai HENIAN's websites, her appearance is described to be handsome as she has a tomboyish look and an androgynous sounding voice.

RelationsEdit

Music featuring YANHEEdit

Examples of usage

僵尸舞
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Romaji/English Jiāngshī Wǔ (Zombie Dance)
Featuring YANHE and Luo Tianyi
Author(s) ilem
Category Original song
Newborn·新生
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Romaji/English Newborn·Xīn Shēng
Featuring YANHE
Author(s) Senjougahara Yousei
Category Original song
云溪赋
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Romaji/English Yún Xī Fù (The Cloud River)
Featuring YANHE
Author(s) 康师傅の海鲜面
Category Original song
例行异常行为准则
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Romaji/English Lì Xíng Yìcháng Xíngwéi Zhǔnzé (Daily Rules of Abnormal Activity)
Featuring YANHE
Author(s) Sugita Akira
Category Original song
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Additional InformationEdit

MarketingEdit

YANHE had a similar marketing technique as Luo Tianyi and YOHIOloid; she was a fan-designed VOCALOID.

A second contest was held to see whose design would be the new image for the second Mandarin VOCALOID. It began on March 25, 2013 and ended at the end of April. On May 13, the 15 finalists were announced. The winning design, along with the 4 runner-ups, were announced June 6. YANHE had the most votes out of all 666 entries.

YANHE had an album revealed in June 2013 called The Stage 1. It was released on July 11, the same day her software was made available for purchase. The Stage 2 was released later in the year.


See also: YANHE/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

TriviaEdit

  • YANHE's vocal was the 36th release for VOCALOID3 in total. The release assisted the VOCALOID3 engine into beating the record of 35 vocals released for VOCALOID2.
  • She is the first VOCALOID to break the pattern of a female voicebank releasing with a male counterpart as the first two VOCALOIDs of a set language.

ReputationEdit

YANHE's character status
Reaction

YANHE was not as noticed as Luo Tianyi which may have been caused by her sudden release. There wasn't much warning as to when she would be open for purchase.

Another factor was the tension between the fans of YANHE and the fans of the VOCALOID CHINA supporting characters. When a design contest was announced for the second Chinese VOCALOID, many of the Chinese fans were stunned. While some had not minded the new VOCALOID's arrival, majority of the fans, especially those who supported Yuezheng Ling, a popular pre-existing supporting character, would not happily accept YANHE. This was due to the fans believing that the existing concepts would become VOCALOIDs directly after Luo Tianyi. When the new vocal was announced, they assumed that YANHE replaced the concepts and that they would never become VOCALOIDs. The issue remained throughout 2013-2014, particularly in songs involving duets with Tianyi and YANHE where Ling's fans would express their strong negative feelings towards the new VOCALOID.[4]

However, she was still generally well received by the Chinese and Western fandoms as time moved on and the tension slowly began to shrink smaller as a portion of the fans were trying to help tame those who still blamed YANHE for the VOCALOID CHINA concepts' lack of voicebanks. As of 2014, since Ling was announced to gain her own voicebank, the fans regained hope for the supporting characters and dispelled their anger towards YANHE.[5]

In October 2015, due to controversial issues surrounding YANHE's voicebank and that it was originally intended to be Zhiyu Moke's voice, the Chinese fans were thrown into shock. While some of the fans turned their anger towards the man responsible for this to happen, there were others who returned to their original mindset in 2013: shun and blame YANHE for "replacing" Moke. SHN and other fans tried to tame the angry fans by responding that she was incapable of doing wrong and that she was not to blame for Moke's lack of voicebank. In comparison, the Western fandom reacted by sympathizing with YANHE.

In April 2015, Pǔtōng DISCO, a duet song between YANHE and Tianyi, reached 1 million views on bilibili.

Achievements
  • First Vsinger character to not receive an extensive backstory


Polls

Do you like YANHE?
 
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4
 
6
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 170 people voted.
What characteristic of YANHE do you like?
 
22
 
9
 
1
 
126
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 158 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for YANHE may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Age and Height
  2. YANHE personality
  3. link
  4. YANHE's popularity study, as observed by Chinese native, Eliyn Lau
  5. link

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Chinese Shanghai He Nian official homepage Link
Chinese YANHE Project The official website for VOCALOID YANHE Link
Chinese VOCALOID CHINA 2 Project Hompage Link
Chinese VOCALOID CHINA 2 Contest entries Link
Chinese Weibo YANHE PROJECT Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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