AH-Software's family of Vocaloid
characters - not to be mingled with Crypton's official and much more popular Vocaloids (Miku
/ Len, Luka) - has adopted another loli named Iroha Nekomura
. Originally, she is one of 13 "kittyler"
characters inspired by Sanrio's flagship mascot Hello Kitty, and drawn by various well-known artists such as POP (Moetan), KEI (Hatsune Miku) or Aoi Nishimata (Shuffle!).
Iroha's illustrator is okama, who unfortunately gave her a new look
which is nowhere near as cute as the original
. And her Vocaloid voice isn't particularly soothing, either, nor does it match her... like, at all. You can listen to a couple of her tunes over on moetron
, or on her dedicated page
from AH-Software's website.
Acoustically speaking, a better fit would've probably been KEI's kittyler
, named Rio. In fact, she was the one initially rumored
for this new "Hello Kitty to Issho! x Vocaloid" avatar, but an AHS staffer was quick to deny that last month. The company eventually announced Iroha as their final pick a couple of days ago, giving an October 22, 2010 release date for the upcoming AHS Vocaloid software "Nekomura Iroha".
Previous characters in AH-Software's family of Vocaloids include Kaai Yuki
. Then there's Yamaha Corporation's family, whose sole membemer so far is Lily
. And as for Crypton's family, the latest addition (or, rather, update) was Hatsune Miku Append
, which will be followed next summer by a Kagamine Rin and Len Append version, as well. And that's about all worth looking forward to, as far as female Vocaloids go.