Published on Jan 19, 2020

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Megurine Luka is a humanoid anime-style character persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media, headquartered in Sapporo, Japan. She uses Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2 and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technology. Her voice is sampled from Yū Asakawa. She has performed at live concerts onstage as an animated hologram projection.

Luka was developed by Crypton Future Media using Yamaha’s Vocaloid 2. Her voice was created by taking vocal samples from voice actress Yū Asakawa at a controlled pitch and tone.

Megurine Luka was originally designed to be the first Vocaloid of the Character Vocal Series that Crypton Future Media would release and was going to be called “Hatsune Miku”, designed to be capable of singing both English and Japanese vocals. However, the concept was put on hold and the name was used for another character, making Luka the 3rd vocal of the Character Vocal Series to be released instead.


She originally was going to receive an update called “Megurine Luka Append” developed for Vocaloid 2.Luka’s Append vocal was used on the album Vocaloid Minzoku Chō Kyokushū (VOCALOID民族調曲集) for the song “Hoshizora to Yuki no Butōkai (Zeal mix)”. The promotional album Vocalo Append used a beta of Luka’s “Soft” Append. The vocals were announced to have been dropped in favor of Vocaloid 3 productions on December 1, 2011. Once again the Vocaloid 3 update did not occur. During the brief period her V3 website was up, the listed vocals being created for her were; Japanese/Power/Soft/Cute/Whisper/Closed/English.

Despite the inclusion of English, Megurine Luka was not aimed at a worldwide audience, instead focused primarily at Japanese producers. In 2010, Luka was ranked as the 3rd most popular Vocaloid product Crypton has sold. In October 2013, Luka’s Vocaloid 2 software disappeared off the top 10 products charts as the Hatsune Miku V3 and its bundle package disrupted the chart rankings. Luka had already fallen to 6th place during the 2013 period as a result of the KAITO V3 release, but this was the first time Luka had disappeared from the charts. After the charts began to settle down again, Luka began to occupy the same spot on the charts that the Vocaloid 1 KAITO package previously occupied (6th-8th place), putting the popularity of the product on par with the older product. After the MEIKO V3 release, Luka became the only member of the Vocaloid 2 Character Vocal Series vocals to have a product on the charts, leaving her in 5th place. However, Vocaloid 2 vocals were mostly absent from the rankings in April 2014. By mid-2014, both she and the Vocaloid 2 Kagamine Rin\Len package no longer held constant places in the rankings and were constantly on and off Crypton Future Media sales charts. In March 2015, the Megurine Luka V4x package got the no.1 spot for the sales of all digital instruments on Big Fish Audio. Soon after the V4x package release, she grabbed the Crypton top sales rankings and remained there for April 2015. On May 1, the site updated to reveal the package now in 3rd place behind Hatsune Miku V3.

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