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Yuezheng Ling VOCALOID3


Yuezheng Ling (Simplified Chinese: 乐正绫; Traditional Chinese: 樂正綾) is a Chinese VOCALOID that was developed and distributed by Shanghai HENIAN Co. Ltd, and was released in July 2015 for the VOCALOID3 engine.[1]

Ling was a runner up entry to the first "VOCALOID™ CHINA" contest in 2012 which was held for choosing the design of the first Chinese VOCALOID and was a VOCANESE supporting character for two years.[2] On July 13, 2014, she was confirmed to receive a VOCALOID voicebank.[3][4]

She was voiced by QI Inory (祈Inory; Qí Inory), a Chinese bilibili singer and cosplayer. She was the winning participant for Ling's voice provider contest.

ConceptEdit

According to the short animation series promoting VOCALOID CHINA, Ling is a lively high school student. Her family runs the huge Yuezheng company, a business that makes instruments and music. Her personality is very straight forward and can sometimes be seen as blunt as she does not care for details. She is extremely generous and energetic, for she spends 3/4 of the day running all over the place and sometimes, her high spirit causes boys to become jealous. She loves music, experiencing new things, and huge, fluffy dolls. However, Ling has many annoying issues in her life, mostly related to her older brother, Yuezheng Longya.[5][6]

At Firefly Con 2015, additional traits and biographical information were added for Ling:

  • Nickname: "Ah Ling" (阿绫)
  • Official birthday: April 12
  • Zodiac signs: Aries (astrological), tiger (lunar calendar)
  • Bloodtype: O
  • Birthplace: Shanghai
  • Favorite food: Sichuan cuisine
  • Favorite drink: Coffee and tea
  • Favorite brands: dior, Gucci, GIVENCHY, Vivian
  • She lives on an island and rides a helicopter.
  • Favorite transportation: Biking and racecars
  • Favorite book: Three Bodies
  • Least favorite food: Fish
  • Left-handed
  • Favorite idols: Mozart, Guns N' Roses, Avril Lavigne

It was also added that she is a fashionable rich girl and it was noted that the Vsinger cast were given official birthdays to allow them to have their own unique birthdays rather than having them all in July. It would also allow fans to be able to celebrate each of them easily.

It was explained that the additional information was catered to roleplayers.[7] The day after, SHN responded that they added the extra biography in an attempt to make her more realistic, but since the fans reacted poorly to it, they were willing to adjust it according to the fans' opinions.[8]

EtymologyEdit

Her original name was Ling Caiyin (绫 彩音), however, this was dropped because it was written in a Japanese naming style rather than Chinese.

The surname Yuèzhèng (乐正) comes from the governor of music during the Zhou Dynasty. The existence of this surname was proven when two historical books (《元和姓纂》&《尚友录》) state that: the "Zhou Dynasty's 'Yuèzhèng' Position was used as a surname", therefore hinting that the name existed as early in Zhou Dynasty, which was more than 2,600 years.  

After the Zhou took over the Chinese empire, the positions of the governing system were used as surnames. During this time, there was a head position called "Yuèzhèng", which was responsible for music and melodies at the palace. Any descendants of this governor will bear the same surname.

During the Zhou Dynasty, people took great measures with politeness and rituals.  The Yuezhengs were heavily looked upon by the emperor and the standard of music can directly affect a country's impression to the outside world.[9]

"Líng" (绫) is a type of very light and high quality silk that was produced in the Han dynasty. However, the material did not flourish until the Tang and Song dynasties and it was used to make canvases, frames, shirts, pajamas, books, gift boxes and more.[10] The character for Ling (绫) is also known in Japanese as "Aya". This part of her name was kept from the original "Ling Caiyin" name which was influenced by Japanese naming styles.

AppearanceEdit

The design was originally drawn by Rikuhao, but was refined and redrawn by the Chinese illustrator, ideolo. Unlike the winner and other runner ups, Ling's design was the least heavily edited.

Located on Ling's wrist, there is a charm with a red Sanskrit character on it which represents the "Fire" element, the "South" position, the color "Red", and the "Summer" season. This character also appears on her logo, which represents a flame, and its Chinese equivalent is "徵" (Zheng), one of the 5 Traditional Chinese melody characters.[11]

RelationsEdit

Music featuring Yuezheng LingEdit

  • Yuezheng Ling is featured in 107 songs and 5 albums on this wiki.
    YuezhengLing logo edit
  • There are listings for notable, original, and cover songs.

Examples of usage

九九八十一
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Romaji/English Jiǔjiǔbāshíyī (Nine-Nine Eighty One
Featuring Yuezheng Ling, Luo Tianyi
Author(s) Wugui
Category Original song
苍泪
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Romaji/English Cāng Lèi (Azure Tears)
Featuring Yuezheng Ling
Author(s) Xiaodou
Category Original song
狼王梦
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Romaji/English Láng Wáng Mèng (Dream of the King of Wolf)
Featuring Yuezheng Ling
Author(s) Mimi
Category Original song
键盘侠的斗争哲学
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Romaji/English Jiànpán Xiá de Dòuzhēng Zhéxué (Fighting Philosophy of the Keyboard Warrior)
Featuring Yuezheng Ling
Author(s) Jiang Wu Luan Wan
Category Original song
Search for music featuring Yuezheng Ling [show/hide]


Additional InformationEdit

MarketingEdit

Yuezheng Ling was a fan-designed VOCALOID that was entered in the first "VOCALOID CHINA" contest like Luo Tianyi. She was created with VOCALOID fans in mind.

VOCALOID CHINA PROJECT released a five-part promotional animation series for the cast. On May 15, 2012, at CFO3, the full first PV was made available and mainly featured Tianyi with Ling making a brief cameo at the end.  Ling's official introduction takes place in the second episode.

In the summer of 2014, Ling had a contest where fans could enter and compete into becoming her voice provider. In October, the winner for Ling was announced to be QI Inory. Her VOCALOID release took place at Firefly Con 2015 on July 17, 2015. Additional biographical information was revealed for her.


See also: Yuezheng Ling/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

TriviaEdit

  • She is the first VOCALOID to have a brother, Longya. They are also the first brother and sister combination and are the first Chinese siblings. However, they are third set of siblings in the VOCALOID franchise as whole, with the previous two pairs being Japanese VOCALOIDs.
  • She is one of the first Chinese VOCALOIDs to have their voice picked from a contest.
  • Every Chinese VOCALOID before Ling had a boxart with their artwork aligned to the middle and background decoration behind them. Her boxart is the first to not use this format as her character fills most of the space, breaking the consistency.

ReputationEdit

Yuezheng Ling's character status
Reaction

Yuezheng Ling was the most popular out of the three other supporting characters for Vsinger. In many pieces of artwork and PVs, she was featured alongside Luo Tianyi and/or YANHE. Certain songs have been dedicated to her or even use Tianyi or YANHE’s voicebanks to portray her point of view. Her fanbase is extremely large and when events appear to threaten her popularity or chances to become a VOCALOID, her fans tended to defend her in response. However, these responses varied from positive to negative, where some fans were civil, some were not.

In June 2015, the first sample using Ling's voicebank was revealed to the public. The Eastern fandom greatly praised Ling's voice and happily accepted her. After the full version of the song was uploaded, the fans rejoiced in celebration. Most of the Western fandom also responded very well in reaction to her voicebank, while some claimed she sounded similar or too close to Tianyi. When the boxart was revealed, the Chinese fans took a liking to the style, but some were conflicted or disappointed because Ling lacked the background elements that Tianyi, YANHE, and even Xin Hua, had. They felt as though her boxart broke the consistency of these boxart styles, however, little to no Chinese fans expressed a dislike for her boxart.

When she was released at Firefly Con, a panel was also held, showcasing many new upcoming products and revealed the new design for Stardust. Ling was also given an additional biography to add on to her existing one. This biography lead to problems within the Chinese fandom as Weibo quickly filled with posts about it. The fans felt that it was too much detail for a VOCALOID, especially since she had a large background beforehand. It was then explained that the additional background was catered to roleplayers who created accounts for the Chinese VOCALOID characters, however, the roleplayers felt that they should be creative when it came to acting a character. Due to the fans' reaction, SHN decided to adjust the biography according to their needs.

In March 2016, Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty One reached 1 million views on bilibili and is the first song featuring Ling to reach this mark.

Achievements
  • First VOCALOID to be based on a runner up design
  • First supporting character to be made into a VOCALOID
  • First Vsinger supporting character to be made into a VOCALOID
  • First VOCALOID to have both their design and voice originate from a contest.
  • First VOCALOID fully developed by Shanghai HENIAN
  • Last VOCALOID3 to be released


Polls

Do you like Yuezheng Ling?
 
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The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 126 people voted.
What characteristic of Yuezheng Ling do you like?
 
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The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 120 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for Yuezheng Ling may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ling and Lorra V3, not V4
  2. [1]
  3. [2]
  4. Official English Translation of Announcement
  5. http://www.vocaloidism.com/chinese-vocaloid-luo-tianyi-friends-revealed/
  6. http://baike.sogou.com/v59910508.htm
  7. Ling's bio from Firefly con
  8. link
  9. Etymology (乐正姓溯源)
  10. Etymology of "Ling"
  11. Sanskrit and logo

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Chinese Shanghai He Nian official homepage Link
Chinese VOCANESE's Weibo official homepage Link
Chinese “战音Lorra”&“乐正绫” The official webpage for VOCALOID Ling and Lorra Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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