Vocaloid China Project “Even Cuter Than Miku!”

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The quality of Chinese artists has been in the spotlight after some of the candidate Vocaloids for the 2nd “Vocaloid China” project were revealed – securing much approval even in Japan.

The top-runners of the 666 entrants the competition received have received much praise:

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An earlier effort also secured praise:

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Luo Tianyi has also inspired plenty of music:

Even amongst the Japanese, the usual monotonously anti-Chinese attitudes have given way to praise (although Japanese Vocaloid fans might do well to ask themselves why their Chinese counterparts feel the need to create a distinctly Chinese character, rather than worshipping Hatsune Miku like the rest of the world):

“Amazing stuff!”

“All cute!”

“When Yanks do it you end up with creepy stuff, but the Chinese really pull it off.”

“Where are the qipao with the long side slits? And what is with all the tiny pigs trotter feet they have?”

“China would have so much potential if they weren’t always ripping everyone’s stuff off.”

“Pandako is my favourite here.”

“I like these better than that Miku one!”

“Really good efforts, though I prefer simpler designs.”

“Some high level stuff for competition level…”

“Chinese art at Pixiv or Comiket is pretty good, they have some seriously good artists.”

“There are loads on Pixiv. They are just as skilled as the Japanese artists there.”

“They’ve really been poisoned well by Japanese anime, haven’t they?”

“There isn’t much individuality to their artistic styles though…”

“They really are all a bit mass-produced looking.”

“Hooray for China and Vocaloids!”

“It’s funny how they ended up like the kind of characters Japanese think up as ‘Chinese.’ It would be like Japanese emulating how Americans think of them (ninja and geisha, etc.).”

“Creepy otaku of all countries basically associate China with the likes of Chun-li so it’s not that surprising that they came out this way.”

“Aren’t they supposed to hate Japan?”

“I wanted to see something a bit more Chinese…”

“I guess in 10 years we’ll be busy salivating over Chinese anime as well.”

“Filthy Chinese and Koreans ought to establish their own artistic style, although I guess that would be difficult for them. Japanese art is special and belongs only to Japan, I think that is amazing.”

“Only Asians can draw moe art! Westerners always create total montrosities!”


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    Comment by John Hayabusa
    08:10 17/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Some of the pics has art styles similar to Atelier's. Looks cute too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 17/05/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    "And what is with all the tiny pigs trotter feet they have?”

    The reason, my boy, is because when these chinese 'men' buy off mistresses with their money/status, they are hoping their wives won't be able to kick their balls off for cheating.

    Ba-dum-tush.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But the serious reason would be that the Chinese just have a thing for small feet, Chinese women would bind and disfigure their feet to make them smaller.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    People may like high school girls and boys, but that is not quite the reason they send their offspring to schools. The lotus binding was, not very much unlike the Qing dynasty tonsure, a court directive, and women were unofficially persecuted into following it. Every one of them had to be like the empress.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 19/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was the past. This tradition has been long lost. Don't make it sound like everyone still does it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 19/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    everyone is not an entity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    MY BOY, THIS PEACE IS WHAT ALL TRUE WARRIORS STRIVE FOR!

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    Comment by HouseLife
    21:00 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    GREAT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I'm actually surprised to see Japan be more accepting of the Chinese Vocaloid art than you people on Sankaku constantly screeching "Miku is best" like sheep.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's because the comments Artefact translated here are hand picked. If you go there there are way more people bashing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weaboo wannabe gaijins must prove their loyalty to a certain group of xenophobic racists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised that Japan is accepting anything remotely Chinese, period, after Glorious Japan's constant refusal to acknowledge how they raped and tortured much of China in WW2.

    I'm surprised they just didn't up and say "Chinkies are scum".

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    10:49 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Anime will save the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL HAIL MIKUDAYO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The top design has cute clothes but creepy eyes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Anime related topics brings everyone together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Come to think of it, SanCom still doesn't have its own mascot nor theme song.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except Americans. Because they hate anything cute.
    If it is not ugly, Americans hate it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @13:15
    That must be why Americans love Japanese girls, thanks for clearing that up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    like republicans?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    stereotyping certainly doesnt bring people together...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    We don't want to bring the Americans through. It works out just fine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well now theres just an empty room

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    how about dolby sourroundtyping...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Thank you for reminding me how much i love chinese fashion, language and music :)

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    Comment by Mamotte
    12:15 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Still uglier than Megurine Luca.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "the loli's are here!!!~" lol who cares i say~ i kninda like the style

    Comment by Anonymous

    I hope a lot of por comes from all those designs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's so Chinese. Very cool though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the only chinese part are their costumes, nothing more

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well to be honest, if you tell me the designer is Japanese i would believe you

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    Comment by Mauvais
    01:45 19/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And so, we shall call them Chokaloids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Miku: "There can only be ONE!"
    :fight music:

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone forgot Megurine already, huh...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Miku is original and no other character will be able to top her.

    still first design is very good though.

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    Comment by Not Sure
    10:23 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “When Yanks do it you end up with creepy stuff, but the Chinese really pull it off.”

    The fucked up part, I can't argue with this at all.
    That aside I was actually impressed that these vocaloids didn't come out China Quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Constant outsourcing has given them enough XP to create art of this caliber. Face it, practice makes perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The fucked up part, I can't argue with this at all."

    The problem is that Westerners are too busy trying to be "original" to care about aesthetics.

    When westerners try to draw anything anime related, they end up with failures because they can't accept that they'll have to base their styles on someone else's. Then they try to come up with some style that doesn't even bear resemblance to any other style that exists and end up with ugly deformed shit.

    Also the line between "same style" and "plagiarism" in Asian and Western culture are different. So most Asians are pretty fine copying someone else in order to become a better artist, also they're willing to go closer to the japanese style.
    Westerners on the other hand, can't accept this, they have to do everything from the scratch. Anything that resembles someone else's style is a crime.

    So that's why most western artists are utter crap when it comes to "Anime" art style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main point is good, but actually it is quite the harder option to learn to be productive in a style that may not come naturally to the artist. An unadulterated individual technique is often quite original to start with, but more importantly it acts as the default to be only overriden through conscious and selective effort. So the perceived originality is not a studied principle, but the instrumental convenience of perfecting something that's more readily available. And though many creative goals are reconcilliable, few are uniplanar.

    So the problem may lie in insufficient creative control, and that is a legacy of - elitist tendencies aside - not being exposed to enough prescriptive and reductionistic effort when being confronted with art, or taught art (or any other ability, for that matter), especially in casual contexts.

    The concepts of general ability or potential foster the "am I cut out for this" mindset. So some prospective artists will assume they'll only ever be good at things they already are and conversely - and others will bravely fight against the thought. The former will stick to their forte, the latter will shun whatever could make their effort seem less pronounced, namely heuristics, advanced techniques and other types of "cheating". And in the considered case both groups may be arriving at the results you speak of.

    And the sustained quality of art is a factor in how much room for improvement there is, too. Because anything that doesn't deliver in some rechargable physiological way falls prey to boredom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 05/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats why i like western art the art style is funny the comedy is great and not repiteve orginal is better than copycat or fake and btw anime sucks nowadays

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "“When Yanks do it you end up with creepy stuff, but the Chinese really pull it off.”

    The fucked up part, I can't argue with this at all."

    Americans are too stuck up to admit their own mistakes and weaknesses.

    That's why they can't do proper art.
    They don't accept criticism, they are taught to believe that whatever they do is eigher good enough or awesome. They thing that anything they do is right and everyone else is wrong.

    These are all traits of bad artists, so that's why.

    Their own culture doesn't allow them to become good artists.

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    10:55 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    China is actually full of amazing talents, if you hang around Pixiv long enough and you'd get a good glimpse of that. The problem is just that the current modern Chinese society doesn't encourage creativies and originality. Instead they now value shortcuts and quick gains. Rarely do creativieis and orignality succeed in the Chinese business scene for example. They're starting to turn things around though, extremely slowly...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 17/05/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    That's because you are a dumbass weaboo shit who can't tell left from right and think jap trash is anything other than just that: kiddy trash. Their art and style is, if you are willing to take a deeper look, pretty damn superficial and lacking any originality or substance that entails true recognition, only occasional 'hmm that's just above (our rather dismal expectations *smirk*)'. After which people proceed to ass fuck it until it lies in thousand of pieces drowning in disappointment and amused comments about self-glorification of people who lack what it takes to put money where their mouth is.

    There is only self-comforting cheap entertainment. There's a reason why even some of the less sharp people in the west and anywhere outside of japan most often laugh AT, not WITH, japanese works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol then why are you on sankaku?retard much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @11:52

    Your post reeks of butthurt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't use the same derisive tone, but I'd have to agree that the vast majority of anime out there is bland, uninspired and repetitive. Not that American animation is much better, I just think people need to stop holding their crap up as if it's some holy icon while they bash another culture.

    Comment by Anonymous

    whats there to be hurt about?
    what a confusing retort

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I may not need to know, but are really those who need to look for human nature outside of themselves really allowed to cross the Styx?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are some truly great Japanese artists and animators out there. Its just a shame that many of the most popular ones are talentless hacks, using the same inbred styles and tropes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    kinda cute but miku and the gang still better.

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    Comment by Rocbleaser
    08:25 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So... more cute girl singing. Is That Bad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, but not necessarily good, either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it's definitely good







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