Friday, 27 September 2013

New Zunko Model

Zunko Tohoku now has a MikuMikuDance (MMD) model, which is really nice and is demonstrated well in this clip. This is apparently a 'school uniform' model, though this outfit isn't quite like any of the usual Japanese designs, of which there are three main types (the sailor-style, the maroon string-ribbon tie, and the neck-height bow of various styles).

The new model can be downloaded from a link about two-thirds of the way down this page. I am tempted, but have managed to resist the desire to download it myself. There are also a number of 'normal' and 'chibi' illustrations in two sizes each that are also accessible from that page. I now have a few of those for my library.

Zunko is a Voiceroid, so is like a Vocaloid but speaks instead of singing. In practice, it is possible (with some effort) to make either emulate the other's capability, and several producers have done just that in the past, so we can that it can be done.

In this case, it is so good, sound-wise, that it could even be just a human speaker and the character animated to fit the voice (as, I believe, is done with Synthesized Reality Productions' Yume) but there are a few moments in this that suggest it could well be genuine. One has to listen very carefully, and it is subtle...

Obviously, this is just a lot of Japanese, so few visitors here will be able to understand what Zunko is saying; nevertheless it is interesting to note her range of vocal inflections and to watch the MMD model in action...

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