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Genbu (ゲンブ) is a male Japanese voicebank for the SynthV software. His voicebanks is yet to be completed.

ConceptEdit

Genbu's voice is supposed to represent his personality: calm, soothing, and somewhat weak.

His name, "ゲンブ (genbu)", means "black tortoise". In Japanese mythology, it is one of the four guardian spirits of Kyoto and one of the four symbols of the Chinese constellations (the "Azure Dragon", the "Vermilion Bird", the "White Tiger", and the "Black Tortoise"), which are said to be four mythological creatures appearing among the Chinese constellations along the ecliptic, and are viewined as the guardians of the four cardal directions it also represends the north as a direction and the winter season. It sometimes called "the Black Warrior of the North" (北方玄武 Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ).

While the kanji for "genbu" is written as "玄武" in both Japanese and Chinese, the Chinese pronunciation is "Xuanwu" (Xuánwǔ).

PersonalityEdit

Genbu may seem a bit straightforward to the point of being called rude, he cares about the people around him.

ApperanceEdit

Genbu's attire is inspired by traditional Japanese clothes. The motives used for his design are pen nibs, a monotone colour-scheme, rope, and the "White Tiger of the West".

The rope around him is similar to a shimenawa, which are ropes found around Shinto shrines, sacred landmarks, and usually at ground-breaking ceremonies before the construction of a building begins. They can also be found on yorishiro, objects that are capable of attracting and housing kami spirits.

The "white tiger" most likely inspires his white kimono-like clothing. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, it represents the west as a direction and the autumn season. It was most likely simply used as part of the monochrome colour-scheme onidaruman wanted to convey while also being in theme with the four beings that appear amongs the Chinese constellations, as there don't seem to be any other design choises related to the "white tiger".

His black gloves have red visualizers on them. The visualizers cannot be viewed on Genbu's official art, as the side that has them is obscured. For some reason, they are missing from Genbu's 1st anniversary illustration, however it is unknown if that's due to a design change or an error.

The pattern on his left shoulder could be a reference to his name.

HistoryEdit

2018Edit

In December 23, 2018 Genbu's voice and design were revealed.

2019Edit

On January 15, 2019, Genbu received an update to his vocal.[2][3]

A cover was released on April 20, 2019 showcasing his new voicebank. Despite this cover not being official, it was done with permission.

Voicebank InformationEdit

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Product Information
Optimum
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Basic details
The voicebank is still in development. The version that is released is still a demo.
Software issues as noted:
  1. On December 28th, 2018, a thread was made by Kanru Hua on the official Synthesizer V Forum for users to report pronunciation problems. All voicebanks were mentioned at least once.


Additional InformationEdit

ReputationEdit

Genbu's character status
Achievements
  • First male Synthesizer V voicebank to be released.
  • First 1st party Japanese voicebank to be released.
  • First male Japanese voicebank to be released.


ReferencesEdit

  1. In an interview with Vocaloid News.net, Kanru Hua said that a contract was signed with Eleanor Forte's VP to prevent disclosure of any personal information. Considering the fact that Genbu is original to Synth V, unlike AiKO and Yamine Renri, it is assumed that a similar contract was signed with his VP as well. Please read the interview for more information. https://www.vocaloidnews.net/vnn-interview-kanru-hua-synthesizer-v/
  2. https://twitter.com/aman0_kei/status/1084762153960140801
  3. https://forum.synthesizerv.com/t/genbu-voice-database-update-build-002/398

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