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Nico Nico Holds Weatheroid Character Design Contest

posted on by Egan Loo
Reporter/actress Airi Yamagishi provides voice data for weather-forecasting character

The weathernews site and Nico Nico Seiga, the online still-frame counterpart to Nico Nico Douga, launched a contest to create the design for their Weatheroid character. The weathernews site is developing this female character to read weather forecasts with voice synthesis software, and the site's own reporter (and occasional actress) Airi Yamagishi is providing Weatheroid's voice data library.

Weatheroid Type A (Airi)

Profile Female Age: 24 Height: 158 cm (about 62 inches)
Forte High-altitude weather maps
Favorite sky Blue sky with jet streams
Recommended air pressure 1030 hPa to 1052 hPa (High)
Nickname "Ailin"
Voice actress Airi Yamagishi
Unique traits in weather forecasts Her motto is spreading good cheer through weather. Her specialty is forecasting the weather with puns.

Nico Nico Seiga users can submit designs in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format (10 MB maximum) between December 22 and January 22. The winner will be announced on Nico Nico Seiga and weathernews on February 4, and the grand prize is having the design used as Weatheroid's main visual art when the service launches in April.

Nico Nico Seiga is already hosting the contest entries, and these are the ones with most hits, as of this weekend:

Weatheroid by kome100

Weatheroid Airi by Nerune
(With lightning-like hair, an aurora-like skirt, and whirlwind-like arm and leg decorations)

Weatheroid by Umino

[Via Hatsune Miku Miku]


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