Originally Posted by superdry
(Crypton Media got it right after their first works...add a picture of a really cute girl and it'll sell). Thankfully she has the voice to back up her image.
The image is incredibly important. I doubt I'll ever care too much about VY1, since it has no avatar. Miku the "character" provided an intense rallying point around which people could share in a common concept. A design is far more powerful than a voice alone. "Hatsune Miku" actually meals
As a musician, I can't wait for the release of Miku's English voice bank (I'm a little worried how it'll since Crypton mentioned she sounds really cute) to play around with whenever I get back into writing music. I'm also interested in hearing other people use her upcoming English voice bank.
My concern initially was whether or not she'll sound similar enough to be taken as "the same person". Having some English speaker take Fujita Saki's place and then just slap "Miku" on the box would be depressing. But as far as I know, Fujita is still providing the voice, so it should still sound like Miku. I mean, you don't just change the lead singer of a band and act like nothing happened either. That was actually my issue with Append initially, in that adding too highly variant voices would dilute what it means to be Miku. However, the Append songs I've heard have been largely decent.
As for other Vocaloids, Luka is far and away my second favorite of the core Crypton voices. Rin can be good at times, although Kaito and Meiko tend to be a bit too primitive. There are certain musical styles for which that works, but I rarely seek out their songs.
I never warmed up too much to the non-Crypton Vocaloids with one huge exception... Gumi! Gumi is absolutely amazing and I even prefer her to Luka. She's also by far the non-Crypton Vocaloid that's enjoyed the greatest popularity in Vocaloid Ranking, even managing two of the top 20 in SP5, including #3.
Ah time to leave for work... cutting into my Vocaloid time, damnit.