Four years ago on this day the first yellow Vocaloids we have come to know and love were released to the public. Since then they have come to take over many hearts. Please join us as we celebrate Rin and Len’s fourth anniversary!
Kagamine Rin and Len were released on December 27th of 2007 by Crypton for the VOCALOID2 engine (their family name is a combination of the words “kagami”/”mirror” and “ne”/”sound”). Both the voicebanks were included in one package and were provided by the voice actress Shimoda Asami. Their original artwork was designed by KEI and their Appends were designed by Osamu.
Rin’s character item is an orange and Len’s is a bananna while together they have a yellow steamroller (called a roadroller). There is no official realtionship between the two, as Crypton left it open for user interpertation.
An updated version of their voicebank (titled “act2”) was released in July 2008, meant to correct some issues in the original release. Customers who had bought the original voicebanks were able to get a free upgrade within a time limit. All copies currently for sale are now act2. Their Append voicebanks were released on December 27th, 2010. Six voicebanks were in the package, with three for each character: Rin’s appends were “Power,” “Warm,” and “Sweet” and Len’s were “Power,” “Cold,” and “Serious.”
KarenT is holding a Kagamine Rin/Len Festival’11 event where they released twenty songs on iTunes, Amazon, and HearJapan.
Now we’d like to present some popular videos from the Kagamines that were released in the past year.
Hitoshizuku-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Karakuri卍Burst”
Owata-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Bonus Stage”
Gomu & Fernando-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Suki Kirai”
Neru feat. Kagamine Rin – “Tokyo Teddy Bear”
Neru feat. Kagamine Rin – “Abstract Nonsense”
Giga-P feat. Kagamine Len – “PONPONPON (Full ver.)”
Nem feat. Kagamine Len – “Dream-Eating Monochrome Baku”
Syounen-t feat. Kagamine Len – “orange”
Satsukiga Tenkomori feat. Kagamine Len – “Otoko no Jou Memorandum”
Next let’s take a look at some videos uploaded just for this birthday.
Jesus-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “BUNKA開放区”
Yamaji(Chiro-P) feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Crevice”
saei feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Water Mirror”
Aizaki(Worldwide-P) feat. Kagamine Rin – “伝わりにくい愛の叫び方”
MATOPE feat. Kagamine Rin – “Sword”
Kino(Nagekino-P) feat. Kagamine Rin – “夜明け前”
Daifuku-P feat. Kagamine Rin – “全力Lady 全開Honey(Full ver.)”
Lelele-P feat. Kagamine Len – “Ophelia”
Cielo-P & Lelele-P & Giga-P & Chiku-P & Haruitsuru & Orebanana-P & Nichrome-P feat. Kagamine Len – Merry☆Sexmas”
You can view more Kagamine birthday videos by following this tag on Nico Nico Douga.
I’d like to present some of my own personal picks from the past year. If you readers have any to share, then please feel free to do so!
Unimemo-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “Pretty Panties☆Akuma Rin ep 0” (NND : YT)
Part three of the series. I watched this at least ten times in a row when it was originally released. Amazing art, amazing music and lyrics. This is just a trip.
Powapowa-P feat. Kagamine Rin – “Equation×** (Full ver.)” (NND : YT)
Adorable, adorable, and adorable. This is a great catchy and happy pop song that will bring a smile on your face every single time.
Orebanana-P & Giga-P feat. Kagamine Rin & Len – “BadBye” (NND : YT)
I liked the original by koma’n but I feel in love with this version. Orebanana-P uses Rin act1 while Giga-P uses Len Append Power to bring you tuning that will take your breath away. This has been stuck on repeat for days now and I doubt it’ll be coming off anytime soon.
If you have 90 minutes to spare, I also suggest checking out this year’s “RINLENMANIA” video.
Lastly, let’s take a peek at some birthday illustrations.
You can view more by following this tag on pixiv.
And thus we end another great year for our favorite yellow haired Vocaloids. We certainly hope that the next year will be just as exciting!
And a personal note from me (Bunnychan) but I wanted to thank all you readers for the continued support in the past year. Cheers to you~!