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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Meet SeeU, First Korean Vocaloid - Made in Seoul.

SBS Tanhyeon Production Center (SBS Artech Headquarters)
Address: 111 ilhyeon avenue/ilhyeonno, Tanhyeon-dong 140-beonji, Goyang IlsanSeo-gu, Gyeonggi Province
SeeU (시유) is a Korean VOCALOID developed and distributed by SBS Artech Co. Ltd. - a subsidiary of Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), and was released in 2011 of October in South Korea and later in December for Japan. Her voice is provided by Korean female singer, Kim Dahee (member of the K-Pop idol group 'GLAM'). Dahee recorded in Korean and Japanese for the two voice banks.

Her name in Korean is rendered as "시유" (Siyu) and in Japanese it is "シユ" (Shiyu). During an interview with SBS Artech manager Kim Hyo-eun, it was said SeeU's name came to mind after thinking of a line from the movie Avatar. The line "I See You" popped into her mind and became the inspiration for 'SeeU'. According to SBS, this is only one of several meanings of her name.

SeeU was given a moe-esque design and is aimed more specifically to the general and Vocaloid Otaku fandom. SBS stated SeeU was created to be a "cute and lively yet mysterious looking 17 year old girl." Her outfit was designed with a school uniform in mind. Her official illustrations and design was created by KKUEM.

Her cat ears/nekomimi are speakers. According her illustrator, these ones actually are detachable. Her neckband is a CD player. Soundwaves light up on the rectangle at her flat-shoes and on the upper part of her top (chest). There's a pause button at the back of her clothes, a power button at the ribbon on her neckband and an "on" button on one of the buttons at the front of her top. During a virtual interview starring SeeU conducted by SBS Artech, SeeU revealed her clothing size to be XXS.

VOCALOID3 Library SV01 SeeU Limited Edition was produced for her launch in 2011, which include a SeeU Demo song CD, photo frame, stickers, badges, phone strap, manual booklet and an illustration book called "SEEU COME INTO THE WORLD". SBS also promoted SeeU to the public by printing her illustration on face packs and on the side of taxi cars.

During Nico Nico Chokaigi 2012‘s “VOCALOID NEWS", SBS Artech stepped forward and claimed to be producing an album for SeeU. On October 19, 2012, SBS Artech teamed up with Big Hit Entertainment and released an album called SV01 SeeU's Compilation Album featuring seven notable songs from the UGC contest. The album is was released in Japan and translated into Japanese lyrics on October 29, 2012.