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Zhang Chuchu (章 楚楚) is a Chinese VOCALOID developed by Shanghai Wangcheng in collaboration with Migu Comics for the VOCALOID4 engine. As a "private" VOCALOID, she is not commercially distributed. She made her VOCALOID debut in November 2016 and was officially stated to be a private vocal in April 2018.

She is voiced by Wan Su (苏婉; Sū Wǎn), a voice actress from Voice Bear Studio and the winning candidate for Chuchu's audition.[1]

HistoryEdit

2016Edit

Zhang Chuchu was a character from the manhua "Chǔchǔ Dòng Rén" ("楚楚动仁") published by Migu Comics. Some time in 2016, Shanghai Wangcheng decided to attempt creating VOCALOID voicebanks and wanted to do so using the Business-to-Business (B2B) method. As a result, Shanghai Wangcheng collaborated with Migu Comics to give Chuchu a VOCALOID voicebank.[2] It was made known that Chuchu would a VOCALOID4 under her first name since September.[3]

On November 26, a conference was held to discuss Chuchu’s development.[4]. At some point, Shanghai Wangcheng was recruiting potential voice providers for Chuchu through an audition.[5]

2017Edit

On April 14, 2017, Nalanxunfeng, a well known producer recruited as the voicebank developer, posted test samples on his bilibili. Four of these samples featured potential voicebanks provided by four different voice providers selected from the audition. The candidates were Jun Qing (君卿; Jūn Qīng), Jizhi de Bai (鸡汁的白; Jīzhī de Bái), jackwin (降温; Jiàngwēn), and Wan Su (苏婉; Sū Wǎn). Shanghai Wangcheng hoped to have Chuchu enter the final recording stage by April 25. Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua were to appear in an upcoming event, which was later announced to be the "A Pretty Girl in Her Whole Day" event hosted at Club MYST on May 13.[6][7] There, Chuchu was promoted alongside YALANKA Lingerie and a 3D model of her was shown.[8]

On June 21, Wan Su was confirmed to be the winning voice provider for Chuchu. jackwin was in second place while Jun Qing was in third.[9]

Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua made promotional appearances at the 2017 FUN event hosted in Chengdu on July 1.[10]

2018Edit

On January 26, 2018, Chuchu's Weibo account confirmed that her and Yuecheng's voicebanks would be used during Xin Hua's 3rd anniversary.[11]

On April 27, it was announced that Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua would be performing at 2018 FUN Chengdu, which would be held from June 30 to July 1.[12] In addition, Chuchu and Yuecheng's voicebanks were reported to be completed. Chuchu received a promotional image, but unlike Yuecheng, it only featured her logo.[13][14] It was also announced that Chuchu would be appearing with a new design.[15]

On April 30, Chuchu and Yuecheng were officially stated to be private vocals. Users who would like to use the two in exchange for their music production may apply to get them. The first set of authorized users were to be made known soon.[16][17]

On July 28, the first 11 authorized producers were made known.[18]

ConceptEdit

Zhang Chuchu is the main character of the manhua "Chǔchǔ Dòng Rén" ("楚楚动仁"). She was initially a model and became a lingerie designer. Chuchu is described to be brave, lively, daring, and full of justice. Her VOCALOID counterpart markets her as a fashion idol and designer.

After her debut on May 13, 2017, her biography was altered. Her birthday is listed as August 9 and her astrological sign is a Leo. Her three sizes are listed as 88-60-90. According to the new biography, she has a girlish heart under her mature appearance and she can't help but love cute stuff. Her special talents are finding strange and unknown things as well as origami. She likes to collect agendas and amazing design prints. Her character color is rose.

EtymologyEdit

Zhāng (章) is a common Chinese surname. It could also mean "chapter" or "order". Her given name, Chǔchǔ (楚楚), means "gorgeous", "bright", "tidy", "dainty", or "charming".[19]

AppearanceEdit

Chuchu’s VOCALOID appearance is much different in comparison to her manhua counterpart. She has long rose-colored hair tied in a half ponytail and a purple thigh-length dress. Her design consists of purple butterflies located on her dress, her right wrist, her necklace, the bow holding her half ponytail, her short-sleeved black shrug jacket, and her open-toed, white heels.

MarketingEdit

Chuchu was originally from her own manhua series branded by Migu Comics. Through Shanghai Wangcheng’s B2B methods, she received a VOCALOID counterpart. Those who attended the A Pretty Girl in Her Whole Day event on May 13 received a comic featuring Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua.[20][21] She, along with Yuecheng and Xin Hua, was also featured in a manhua known as "Butterfly".[22]

On April 13, 2018, Chuchu's model was seen onstage using a live actress's voice to test out a voice recognition software developed by iFlytek. An app featuring her voice, Migu Lingxi, released. Her voice was used to read text out loud.[23][24]

On April 27, Chuchu, Yuecheng, and Xin Hua were announced to be performing at 2018 FUN Chengdu, which was to be held from June 30 to July 1.[25]

See also: Zhang Chuchu/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

Product InformationEdit

Examples of UsageEdit

Chuchu logo
  • Zhang Chuchu is featured in 3 songs and 0 albums on this wiki.
  • There are listings for notable songs.

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Molihua (jackwin) bilibili
Molihua (Jun Qing) bilibili
Molihua (Jizhi de Bai) bilibili
Molihua (Wan Su - Winning candidate) bilibili
祝你圣诞快乐 (Zhù Nǐ Shèngdàn Kuàilè) (feat. Xin Hua & Yuecheng) bilibili Weibo
詩 (Shī) (feat. Yuecheng & Xin Hua) Weibo
好运来 (Hǎo Yùn Lái) (feat. Xin Hua & Yuecheng) bilibili Weibo
一梦千寻 (Yī Mèng Qiān Xún) bilibili
风之咏 (Fēng zhī Yǒng) bilibili

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Package details
Her licensing was restricted to use only for Shanghai Wangcheng's purposes and could only be used by producers with special permission from Shanghai Wangcheng themselves. Therefore information on her vocals is limited.

Zhang Chuchu is a mature female vocalist.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Based on her examples of usages, Chuchu's vocals work well with slower genres, especially Gufeng and ballads.
Software issues as noted:

Information unavailable, this section depends on the producers who have access to use Zhang Chuchu.

Polls

Do you like Zhang Chuchu?
 
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The poll was created at 07:20 on April 30, 2018, and so far 39 people voted.
What characteristic of Zhang Chuchu do you like?
 
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The poll was created at 07:20 on April 30, 2018, and so far 29 people voted.

GalleryEdit

The image gallery for Zhang Chuchu may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://weibo.com/6069873689/F8RMBudWE
  2. http://www.wangcheng-sh.com/index/news/detail?id=32
  3. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F2UV7eN0b
  4. http://www.wangcheng-sh.com/index/news/detail?id=40
  5. Original post was lost, but her Weibo references it in a post to Yuecheng
  6. http://www.wangcheng-sh.com/index/news/detail?id=34
  7. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F1nAeFaav
  8. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F2V86rlrG
  9. http://weibo.com/6069873689/F8RMBudWE
  10. http://weibo.com/6069873689/FalsEq6py
  11. https://weibo.com/6069873689/G0dhF1Ktm
  12. https://weibo.com/3247100847/Ge3H4vk5L
  13. https://weibo.com/6069873689/GebKgDwlg
  14. https://weibo.com/5549438982/GebL1knLj
  15. https://weibo.com/6069873689/Geapb2d5a
  16. https://weibo.com/6069873689/Get4nnKYp
  17. https://www.weibo.com/6069873689/GrAqJDHwn
  18. https://www.weibo.com/6069873689/GrZRRtKSR
  19. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%A5%9A#Definitions
  20. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F2NanefaN
  21. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F5NZlAK4Z
  22. http://weibo.com/5611031032/F7UCguh7C
  23. https://weibo.com/6069873689/GbUWahrrF
  24. https://weibo.com/2133102750/GbVtyvoiO
  25. https://weibo.com/3247100847/Ge3H4vk5L

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Chinese 时尚女王章楚楚 Official Weibo Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link
English MikuMikuDance wiki for models Link

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