Demo Talks Kizuna Akari


Press Release:
• Demo #1: Sprites!☆ by Kagome-P:
• Demo #2: Pani Japaa no Kiseki by Bumpy Urushi also utilizing her VOICEROID:
• Demo #3: Hoshi no Orchestra by Kihee:
• Demo #4: Orion ni Negai wo by Akasakof Sergei:

Kizuna Akari is a new Vocaloid set for release on April 26th, 2018 and someone we are going to talk about on this edition of Demo Talks. Created by AHS and VocaloMAKETS, the pre-orders for her are already active and not to mention she is one step from being the cute bunny Yukari is. And speaking of Y’zuki, she comes along bundled with Yuzuki Yukari’s Jun Set. She costs $150 upon release

VOCALOID4 Kizuna Akari
Boxed version: ¥11,644 JPY (about $109 USD)
Download version: ¥8,000 JPY (about $75 USD), tax not included
AHS User discount: ¥9,180 (JPY (about $86 USD)

VOCALOID4 Kizuna Akari Starter Pack (comes bundled with VOCALOID4 Editor)
Cost: ¥18,360 JPY (about $172 USD)
AHS User discount: ¥16,200 JPY (about $152 USD)

VOCALOID4 Kizuna Akari & Yuzuki Yukari Jun Set (comes bundled with Yuzuki Yukari Jun)
Cost: ¥19,224 JPY (about $180 USD)
AHS User discount: ¥15,984 JPY (about $150 USD)

All of the above products will also come with the following extras that will help new adopters get started on music- and video-creation right away:

  • Music Maker Silver (DAW)
  • Video Easy SE (video editor)
  • Charamin Studio90-day trial version (3D character animation tool)
  • Data for demo songs created by VOCALOMAKETS producers as WAV and VSQX files
  • An exVOICE pack with a total of 904 new voice samples created with the help of GYARIand takaP (たかぴぃ)

And you can hear her voice from sample songs from the official soundcloud in the description! According to the AHS Livestream because apparently I missed over 131 episodes of it, which they did a questionnaire on Akari, they answered lots of questions.

Q: Please reveal how the back and interior parts of Akari’s design look.

A: VOCALOMAKETS say that they do have ideas for how Akari could look from behind, and for how her clothes underneath her jacket could look, promising to reveal them in due time. ChomP also mentions how fans have been curious about whether or not Akari’s dress has sleeves, which is also under consideration.

So basically, she isn’t set designed yet. Although, I think she looks good as she is, but a new style is welcomed from me, what about you?

Q: Will Akari be usable on Piapro Studio?

A: Ogata believes so, at least through importing her voice into Piapro Studio. However, the final decision rests with Crypton Future Media. Ogata himself would like to see that happen, and asks fans to implore Crypton Future Media to make it possible.

Q: Are you going to reveal who Kizuna Akari’s voice provider is?

A: VOCALOMAKETS considers that important company information, and only plans to reveal that after the product is released. Their worry is that if they reveal who their voice synths’ voice providers are too early on, it would give fans too much expectation on how their VOCALOID and VOICEROID products are supposed to sound. VOCALOMAKETS’s style is to create the VOCALOID’s voice bank first, form an impression of how the VOCALOID could look based on how she sounds, then let Juu Ayakura give her a design, and then finally come up with a name. In other words, the impression left by the sound of the voice itself is very important to the VOCALOID’s creation process, and getting too caught up on who the voice provider is can mess that process up.

Q: Are you going to make any Kizuna Akari parkas or jumper coats?

A: VOCALOMAKETS will leave that to less Kitayama and MARS16. Kitayama adds that, in that case, he would need more info on the rest of Akari’s clothing design, which Bumpy Urushi says they can send him personally.

And to further this, she was released around my birthday of last year as a Voiceroid 2. And I have to be honest, there isn’t much else about Kizuna Akari as a Vocaloid because that’s all the info I could get. But I will say that she is on par with Yuzuki Yukari, given that they may- with absolutely no confirmation- be sisters! But no one knows yet.

Now onto my opinion of her- I get that AH Software loves their voiceroid stuff and their Vocaloids are near perfect, but please don’t let the others get backwinded in order to step up the new girl. And if you do step up her game, please give her a cute fang in her mouth! She’ll look so much cuter- but also be a tsundere… speaking of which, not very many Vocaloids are tsundere.

But for real, I hope Akari get’s a warm welcome in the Vocaloid community because she is one I want to listen to a lot more. Her voice is adorable as well, and ultimately, the multiple combinations of Akari and Yuzuki might give us all a combo to look forward to in eventual concerts and music! So, here’s to Kizuna Akari, the newest addition to the Vocaloid Crew and me and the rest of us want to hope you have an awesome debut and good first year from the Demo VD crew and millions of others who want to hear your music! Give a round of applause to our lady Akari.

Tell us how you feel about her so we can discuss her more on the day or near her release on the 28th of this month.


So what'cha think?