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Kagamine Len (鏡音レン?) is a character in the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series.

Appearance

Kagamine Len Original

Kagamine Len Original Module, as he appears in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone.

Facial wise, Kagamine Len is notable for his short blonde hair.

Like Hatsune Miku, Len's attire is mainly based on a school uniform where he wears a white shirt with an orange tie and black shorts with an orange stripe on each leg. The shirt also displays a small orange bass clef (F-clef).

His leg features were designed to mimic speakers. The keytar Len is often featured holding in merchandise is a YAMAHA KX5. His boots uses the YAMAHA EOS as a design base.

His attire is based on his box art appearance on the Kagamine Rin/Len Vocaloid 2 software packaging.

Background

Kagamine Len and Kagamine Rin are Japanese humanoid personas of a pair of individual singing synthesiser software developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media and use the Vocaloid 2 vocal technologies codenamed CV02 were initially released in December 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine. They are part of the Character Vocal Series and are both Character Voice VOCALOIDs, both codenamed CV02. There has since been numerous installments such as additional voice banks dubbed 'Append' as well an update to the VOCALOID4 engine and an English vocal. They are the second set of vocals for Crypton's VOCALOID Character Vocal Series following Hatsune Miku.

Their voices are provided by the Japanese female voice actress, stage actress and singer, Asami Shimoda (下田麻美?).

The development of the Kagamines began when Crypton formulated the concept of making a pair of female and male voicebanks. The first idea was for two voices of a girl and her mirror image of the opposite gender, just like twins.

Crypton had the intention to distribute them as twins, but this was not adopted. After seeing many works that depict their relationships differently, Crypton announced in a magazine interview that those would meet their ideal. However, Crypton's final announcement was that they were neither siblings nor lovers. During Append production, Wataru Sasaki (aka. Wat) described them as having one soul between the two of them. Wat also described that the Append boxart makes the pair seem like twins, due to the fetal position they were in.

When the Kagamines were being recorded in 2007, their names had not yet been decided. Their given names of Rin and Len were said to be based on "right" and "left" according to Asami Shimoda. She later confirmed in an interview after the Append release that the names were based on Ken and Rin from Hokuto no Ken, derived from a discussion about names that were familiar from her childhood.

Their surname was derived from the combining "Kagami" (? lit. mirror) and "Ne" (? lit. sound).

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