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Miku Hatsune (初音ミク Hatsune Miku) is the first installment in the Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series created by Crypton Future Media. It is considered the most popular and well known Vocaloid, released on August 31, 2007. The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (初, first), Ne (音, sound), and Miku (未来, future) thus meaning "the first sound to the future." The data for the voice was created by sampling the voice of Saki Fujita (藤田 咲),[1][2] a Japanese voice actress. Unlike general purpose speech synthesizers, the software is tuned to create J-pop songs commonly heard in anime, but it is possible to create songs from other genres.

History

Before Miku was released, Vocaloid was not much more than an obscure program. Nico Nico Douga played a fundamental role in the recognition and popularity of the software. Soon after the release of the software, users of Nico Nico Douga started posting videos with songs created by the software. According to Crypton, a popular video with a comically-altered Miku holding a leek, singing Ievan Polkka, presented multifarious possibilities of applying the software in multimedia content creation. As the recognition and popularity of the software grew, Nico Nico Douga became a place for collaborate content creation. Popular original songs written by a user would generate illustrations, animation in 2D and 3D, and remixes by other users. Other creators would show their unfinished work and ask for ideas.

On October 18, 2007, an Internet BBS website reported that she was suspected to be victim of censorship by Google and Yahoo!, since images of Miku did not show up on the image searches. Google and Yahoo denied any censorship on their part, blaming the missing images on a bug that does not only affect "Hatsune Miku" and related keywords but other search keywords as well. Both companies expressed a willingness to fix the problem as soon as possible. Images of Miku were relisted on Yahoo on October 19.

A manga called Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix began serialization in the Japanese manga magazine Comic Rush on November 26, 2007, published by Jive. The manga is drawn by Kei, the original character designer for Miku. A second manga called Hachune Miku no Nichijō Roipara! drawn by Ontama began serialization in the manga magazine Comp Ace on December 26, 2007, published by Kadokawa Shoten. Miku sometimes wears glasses in the manga, and Rin and Len call her "onee-chan" (big sister). A yonkoma webcomic made by artist Minami called Chibi Miku-san can be found on his webpage, as well as on Danbooru(the site itself is 18+), but for a safe search of Danbooru, try Safebooru.

Miku's first appearance in an anime is in episode 13 of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei in which she (and other Vocaloids) auditioned to dub Otonashi Meru's voice. For online multiplayer games, the Japanese version of PangYa started a campaign with Hatsune Miku on May 22, 2008 in which she is included as one of the characters. Her first appearance in a video game is in 13-sai no Hellowork DS (Job Placement for the Age of 13) for the Nintendo DS where she is included as one of the characters. Miku Hatsune also star in a video game of her own, Miku Hatsune - Project Diva on the Playstation Portable (PSP) in Japan. In Tales of Graces (Wii), she is a downloadable costume for one of the characters.

On April 30, 2010, Miku received an update that consisted of six new Miku themed voicebanks: Soft, Sweet, Dark, Vivid, Solid, Light.

Merchandise

Due to Miku's popularity, it is possible to buy a large range of related merchandise.

Books

みくよん (単行本) (Mikuyon [Tankoubon], lit. Mikuyon [The Book])

初音ミクミキシングボックス (単行本) (Hatsune Miku Miki Shingu Bokkosu [Tankoubon])

Figurines

Popular figurine characters, called 'Nenderoids' are available for many Vocaloids. They are little chibi versions of characters with acessories you may switch out, as well as mix and match with other figurines.  Many other figures include special Project DIVA figures based upon outfits from the game, as well as figures based off popular Vocaloid videos.  Of all characters in Vocaloids, Miku undoubtably receives the most attention in this area of merchandise.

Manga

Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix(Comic Rush)(Maker Unofficial: Hatsune Mix )

Albums

supercell ~ supercell feat.初音ミク

Cover

Supercell

Release Date: August 27, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Limited Edition
Label: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
  1. 恋は戦争 (Love is War)
  2. ハートブレイカー (HeartBreaker)
  3. ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter)
  4. くるくるマークのすごいやつ (Let's Spin Wildly!)
  5. ライン (Line)
  6. ワールドイズマイン (World is Mine)
  7. 嘘つきのパレード (Parade of Liars)
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    First Sound Story

  8. その一秒スローモーション (This Second in Slow Motion)
  9. ひねくれ者 (The Rebel)
  10. またね (Matane)
Track listing

First Sound Story~ 19’s Sound Factory (Sweets(lol)-P)

Release Date: August 20, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Independent Label
ASIN: B001CQCJ28
  1. Birth
  2. Voice
  3. メランコリー (Melancholy)
  4. Tears In Blue
  5. Dear
  6. Gratitude
Track listing

Re:package ~ livetune feat.初音ミク

Cd repackaged

Re:package

Release Date: August 27, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Limited Edition
Label: Victor Entertainment Inc.
Length: 79 min. 26 sec.
ASIN: B001BOBYO0
  1. Anthem
  2. Packaged
  3. Over16bit!
  4. Shooting Star
  5. Nijiiro
  6. Momiji
  7. Light Song
  8. Lyre-horn
  9. Hibi no Yume Omoi
  10. Finder
  11. Dokidoki Heart Tune
  12. Strobe Nights
  13. Last Night, Good Night
  14. Packaged -piano ver.-
  15. Our Music

Re:MIKUS ~ livetune feat.初音ミク

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Re:MIKUS

Release Date: March 25, 2009
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Victor Entertainment Inc.
  1. ファインダー (kz's DSLR remix)
  2. Packaged (kisk baker's yogamix)
  3. Light Song (Hiroyuki ODA (Hanasoumen-P) remix)
  4. 椛 (The Standard Club PIANO DANCE REMIX)
  5. 虹色 (Version by ryo from supercell)
  6. ファインダー (imoutoid's "Finder Is Not Desktop Experience Remix")
  7. Last Night, Good Night (みくすびとremix feat.らっぷびと)
  8. リラホルン (kz's Drillhole In My Brain remix)
  9. ストロボナイツ (RAM RIDER remix)
  10. our music (kz's The Beginning of The End remix)
  11. D.E.N.P.A. (クラブイベントタイトルソング)
  12. Heart Beat
  13. carol (original by kisk baker)
  14. サイハテ (original by Kobayashi Onyx)
Track listing

Sakura no Ame (桜ノ雨) ~ absorb/absorb feat.初音ミク

Cd sakuranoame

Sakura no Ame

Release Date: November 28, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Single, Enhanced, Maxi
Label: Nippon Crown = music =
Length: 41 minutes
ASIN: B001F10YTA
  1. 桜ノ雨 -standard edit-(absorb)
  2. 桜ノ雨(absorb)
  3. 桜ノ雨 -less vocal-(absorb)
  4. 桜ノ雨 -合唱ピアノ伴奏ー(absorb)
  5. 桜ノ雨 -standard edit-(absorb feat.初音ミク)
  6. 桜ノ雨 (absorb feat.初音ミク)
  7. 桜ノ雨 -less vocal-(absorb feat.初音ミク)
Track listing

Miku no Kanzume (みくのかんづめ)~ OSTER-project feat.初音ミク

Cd mikunokanzunu

Miku no Kanzume

Release Date: December 3, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Indies Label -music-
ASIN: B001HRRW9C
  1. Intro
  2. 恋スルVOC@LOID (VOC@LOID in Love)
  3. フリートーク#1 (Free Talk #1)
  4. フキゲンワルツ
  5. おやすみのうた (Good Night Song)
  6. フリートーク#2 (Free Talk #2)
  7. Dreaming Leaf-ユメミルコトノハ-
  8. 片想イ VOC@LOID (VOC@LOID in One-sided Love)
  9. つきうさぎ (Moon Rabbit)
  10. フリートーク#3 (Free Talk #3)
  11. RING×RING×RING
  12. ちょこまじ☆ろんぐ
  13. デジネコポップヌコミックス
  14. フリートーク#4 (Free Talk #4)
  15. 8月の花嫁 (October Bride)
  16. ミラクルポイント (Miracle Paint)
  17. フリートーク#5 (Free Talk #5)
  18. 恋スル大合唱
Track listing

Jewel Colors ~ ave;new feat.初音ミク

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Jewel Colors

Release Date: February 14, 2008
Number of Discs: 1
  1. Jewel Colors
  2. true my heart -HATSUNE mix-
  3. snow of love -HATSUNE mix-
Track listing


Up in the Higher Skies

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Up in the Higher Skies

Release Date: 2008
  1. Stratosphere (ストラトスフィア) (2008 remix)
  2. Dragoon (feat. Yamai)
  3. Space rocket delivery service (ロケット宅宙便)
  4. Song of Pixie (Bossa study)
  5. Electropneumatic girls (電空少女) (Caramel-ICE version)
  6. Soar (UHS version)
  7. Stratosphere (ストラトスフィア) (Exaggerate mix)
  8. Space rocket delivery service -cool- (ロケット宅宙便 クール) (Flights rocket version)
  9. Stratosphere (ストラトスフィア) (Fine weather mix)
  10. Song of pixie
  11. Electropneumatic girls (電空少女) (Azuki-ICE version)
  12. Dragoon
  13. Soar (Uta-balla remix)
  14. To your original (キミノモトヘ)
Track listing

Hatsune Miku 1st Song Album

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Hatsune Miku 1st Song Album

Number of Discs: 1
  1. Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru
  2. Heki i Usagi
  3. Tori no Uta
  4. Tsuki no Shizuku
  5. Mirai no Eve
  6. Platina
  7. Futari no Mojipittan
  8. Uninstall
  9. Ano Subarashi Ai wo Mou ichido
  10. Angel Voice
  11. Ievan Polkka
  12. True my Heart -Vocaloid2 Special Edit-
  13. Melodies of Life
  14. You
  15. Anata no Utahime
  16. True my Heart -Short Version- Sakura Saori with Hatsune Miku
  17. Lost my Music
  18. Lemonade Ice-cream
  19. Ne ni ge de reset!
  20. Cruel angel thesis
Track listing

Vocarhythm

Vocarythm album

Vocarythm

Release Date: March 4, 2009
Number of Discs: 1
  1. Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu
  2. Koisuru Voc@loid
  3. Packaged
  4. Yuuhizaka
  5. Miracle Paint
  6. Anata no Utahime
  7. Electric Angel
  8. Koneko no Paya Paya
  9. Gekka no Himeuta
  10. Kono Omoi Tsutae Takute
  11. Eikyuu ni Tsuduku Gosenfu
  12. Time Limit
  13. Monochroact
  14. Celluloid
  15. Infinity
Track listing

Notable Miku Hatsune songs

Black★Rock Shooter

Song by ryo (A member of supercell)
Video by huke (A member of supercell)

Black★Rock Shooter tells of the narrator's despair and hopelessness as they wander aimlessly, searching for something important to them that they presumably lost. Eventually the narrator gains new hope and decides to move on into the future with courage. The video for the song became massively popular, featuring Black★Rock Shooter traveling through a bleak city and countryside, riding a motorbike and wielding weapons. Black★Rock Shooter is an original character design by Huke, and happens to resemble Miku.
A famous 3DPV by Anomaro-P gave Black★Rock Shooter a plotline and backstory, which involves her sister betraying her and turning evil and Black★Rock Shooter being forced to kill her sister to stop the destruction. This plot eventually became the inspiration for the upcoming 2010 OAV.

Ievan Polkka

Voice, Character design, Video by Otomania

Argueably Miku's most famous song, this version is a parody of the infamous video showing Orihime Inoue from Bleach twirling a leek to an infinite loop of the Ievan Polkka's 5th stanza. Miku's version stars Hachune Miku (はちゅねミク), who is a blank-eyed doll-like chibi version of Miku with a gaping mouth that waves a leek in time to the music.:Main article and detailed information: Ievan Polkka

Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru (I'll Make You Miku-Miku-ed)

Song by ika

One of the most iconic Miku songs, often operating as an "anthem" for Miku and VOCALOID. The lyrics are Miku announcing herself to the world. This song is often covered and rewritten for other VOCALOIDs, especially when the VOCALOID is a newcomer.

Koisuru VOC@LOID (VOC@LOID in Love)

Another early work that personified Miku by OSTER-project. Miku sings a small love to her owner. This song, Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru and Packaged are the three pillars that set the model of the personification of Vocaloids, which inspired many succeeding composers.

Packaged

One of the early leading works of Miku by kz. Miku sings the happiness that she is "unpacked" and receives the singing ability. This song also spread the name of Miku along with Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru and Koisuru VOC@LOID.

Kurutto, Odotte, Hatsune Miku

This 3DCGvideo was made by gragra. It features Nendoroid-like Miku Hatsune, Rin & Len Kagamine, Kaito, Meiko, Yowane Haku, and Akita Neru dancing to the 9th ending theme of the anime Sgt. Frog. At the end, all of them dance the Caramelldansen.

Love is War

Song by ryo (A member of supercell)

This song tells of how she is willing to fight for who she loves. Miku declares that "love is war" and that in the end, she will make her love only see her. Love is War has been a very popular song and has covers by almost every official vocaloid including Rin/Len Kagamine, Luka Megurine, MEIKO, KAITO, Leon, etc. Due to the songs popularity, it has been translated many times in English by different translators and although the lyrics may slightly change, the overall meaning is the same.

Melody

Song by mikuru396
PV by ussy-P (motion and editing) /(modelling data by kio)

A song accompanied with an early 3D PV, portraying Miku standing among a landscape of turning gears. The song is about Miku's gratefulness to VOCALOID users for giving her a song to sing, and how she wants to move people with her song. The song is very famous and both the song and the PV are instantly recognizable to most VOCALOID fans.

Melt

Song by ryo

This song is about a shy girl who's in love. She gets her bangs cut, and hopes he will notice, all the while encouraging herself to look cute. Her love is pure; she says that she loves him because it is he she likes, and not because she's in love with being in love, but it would melt her to confess. Then, it rains. She has an collapsible umbrella in her bag, which she thought was too small, but the boy joins her under the umbrella of his own will. Heart pounding, she is so happy she could cry, because in Japan sharing an umbrella is a sign of shared feelings and associated with couples. When they reach the station, she almost tells him to hold her because she doesn't want to leave him, and can't believe herself.
Multiple PVs for "Melt" exist; most of them feature Miku as the protagonist, acting out the events described by the song. The "boyfriend" character is often represented by a man whose face isn't seen (a technique often used to represent "Master", or the Vocaloid user), or at times by Kaito.
"Melt" and its PV videos are so popular on Nico Nico Douga and Youtube that it has been featured in some Nico Nico Medleys, and has many covers and parodies both by live musicians and other Vocaloids.

Saihate

Song by Kobayashi Onyx

An introspective, slightly romantic song about a person trying to accept the loss of someone they were close to. The song is often most-recognized by the imagery it is accompanied by in videos: Miku, dressed in a black dress suit, wandering a whimsical, monochrome fantasy land decorated by yin-yangs, spirals, butterflies and zebras. This song received multiple versions, including graffiti art, a karaoke medley, and many different covers.

Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu -DEAD END- (The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku -DEAD END-)

Song by cosMo(Bousou-P)

A song about Miku's uninstallation. She realizes that she does not equal to a human being, still her wish is to keep on singing. The lyrics are narrated with the upper limit tempo 240 BPM. This kind of strange, irrational song is known as "dempa song" (meaning "obsessive song") in Japan. It's also been covered by most of the official Vocaloids as well.

World is Mine

Song by ryo (A member of supercell)

The song is about a spoiled girl who believes herself to be a "princess" that the world revolves around, and her struggles with falling in love with a standoffish boy. There are many PV variations for this song, but the narrator is almost always portrayed as a short-tempered and fickle Miku (interesting because of the meek and sweet-tempered manner that Miku is often portrayed with) but with a "tsundere" side.
In addition to the Miku version of World Is Mine, called the "Women's Side", there is a "Men's Side" performed by Kaito telling the story from the "prince's" point of view. There is also a version that mixes both the Men's and Women's Sides, making a complete story. Also, there are famous covers by other vocaloids including Rin/Len Kagamine and Meiko. The lyrics in these covers are changed so that they match up with each characters perspective.

"World is Mine" is very popular among female singers on Nico Nico Douga and Youtube, and has received multiple covers.

PoPiPo

Song by Lamaze-P

PoPiPo is a catchy, almost non-sensical song in which Miku sings about vegetable juice and how wonderful it is. She eventually picks a certain type of juice ("the green juice") for the listener.
PoPiPo has proven to be an infectious song, spawning countless covers by both other Vocaloids and human singers in various languages, as well as several MADs and parodies.
Many, many of the other Vocaloids have covered the song; Luka has done a "bilingual" version. The lyrics remain the same except for the color of the juice, which depends on the singing Vocaloid (Rin and Len's is yellow, Teto's is pink, Sonika's is yellow-green).

Romeo & Cinderella

Music & Lyric by doriko
Illustration by nezuki

Miku is a girl who wants to be with the boy she loves, but her parents don't want her to be with him. She at first compares the boy to Romeo and herself to Juliet, but then remembers the sad fate of Juliet and desires to be as fortunate as Cinderella in order to achieve her goal.

Innocence

Music & Lyric by Kazu-P

A song created in the midst of "the copyright trouble." The lyrics won the sympathy of many and became another signature song of Miku.

裏表ラバーズ / Ura-Omote Lovers (Two-Faced Lovers)

Music by Genjitsutouhi-P

A song that has been in the Weekly Vocaloid Ranking for 13 consecutive weeks (#1 for one of those weeks) and is still on the chart. A girl falls in innocent love with someone, but messy things get thrown in and while her heart faces a dilemma about love, the boy she loves turns the love relationship into something purely sensual and materialistic, something that bothers the girl. The lyrics become ambiguous as the girl apparently becomes pregnant and feels it effects, but still wants to love even more; however, the boy continues to pursue the sexual tendencies. The girl remarks as to how this is not a love relationship anymore.

Palette World Breakdown

Illustration by Tsukimido

Music & Lyric by CYTOKINE

This near professional-quality MAD of an original song by Hatsune Miku paired with some especially lovely visuals from a doujinshi circle has risen to #4 on the Nico Anime Rankings. The MAD came into being as a joint Comiket 76 production from Cytokine (Music) and circle Tsukimodo (Artwork), who released this video as part of this Miku DVD for the event.

Nebula

Music, Lyric and Illustration by Tripshots

Guitar by Yusuke

A superb 3D CG PV that entered the top Nico charts during the height of Miku Hatsune and Megurine Luka's rivalry in the Nico Nico charts.

炉心融解 / Roshin Yuukai (Miku Hatsune remix)

Music, Lyric and Illustration by Nitamago

A remix of Kagamine Rin's classic Meltdown, now sung by Hatsune Miku in this creative remix by Nitamago, the video was able to climb all the way up to No.2 in the Nico Nico Daily charts and was able to receive 44,000 views in a very short period of time.

(「闇色アリス」/Yamiiro Arisu) Dark Alice

A rather unique MAD presenting Miku in gothic lolita-esque fashion, this song was able to secure a spot on the Nico Nico daily charts at No.2 at 56,000 views during the height of competition between Megurine Luka and Hatsune Miku.

No More Heroes 2: Desprate Struggle's Bizzare Jelly 5 Stage Theme

Composed & Arranged by: MARU and Nobutaka Ichiki Originally Composed by: Jun Fukada

This song proves that No More Heroes is the test of Otaku Knowledge. The game uses words like "Otaku","Cosplay",and "Moe".But the TRUE test comes from this song from the sequel. There are two kinds of people in this world that played the sequel: The people who just think that the track is usual generic japanese techno, or the people who realize that Miku sings starting from 2:03. This song is noteable as its possibly the first Miku song to make it into a retail game released in America..

Project Diva

Main article: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA


Miku's first game with her friends. Play through 39 songs and 4 difficulties.

See also

References

  1. [1] Official Profile
  2. [2] Blog
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