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Template:Infobox Hatsune Miku Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) is the first Japanese Vocaloid2 in the Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series created by Crypton Future Media. It is considered as the most popular and well known Vocaloid and the first to become a pop idol. 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 from the future." The data for the voice was created by sampling the voice of Saki Fujita (藤田 咲, Fujita Saki), a Japanese voice actress.[1][2]

History

Vocaloid Avatar

Crypton had the idea to release Miku as "an android diva in the near-future world where songs are lost."[3][4] When KEI illustrated Miku he was asked to Miku as an android and her colors (based on YAMAHA synthesizer's signature blue-green color). Also Crypton gave him her detailed concepts, however, Crypton says it was not easy to explain what "Vocaloid" is like to KEI and KEI says he could not have an image of "singing computer" at first as he did not even know what "synthesizer" was, and it took more than a month. [5] The digital design on Miku's skirt and boots are based off synthesizer program colours and the bars represent the actual bars within the program, following Crypton's idea. Miku was originally intended to have a different hairstyle, but KEI stuck to pigtails after trying them out.

When it comes to the Corolla Miku presented in 2011, her attire is a slightly different from KEI, instead of one skirt stripe and single floating ribbons she now has two as this was intended by the client.

The First Vocaloid "Diva"

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 today. Soon after its release, 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 spring/Welsh onion, singing levan Polkka, presented multifarious possibilities of applying the software in multimedia content creation. As recognition and popularity 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.

The initial sales of Hatsune Miku were so high that Crypton could not keep up with the demand. In the first 12 days of sale, nearly 3,000 sales reservations were made. This was around one sale in 250 in the music software industry, quoted as "an impossible number" by Wataru Sasaki—the person in charge of the planning and production company 'surprise'. Amazon.co.jp stated on September 12, 2007 that they had sales of Hatsune Miku totaling 57,500,001 yen, making her the number one selling software of that time.[6] Later reports came that she had sold 60,000+ copies of her software, normally selling 1,000 copies of a synthesizing software was considered good business.[7]

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 Hatsune Miku were re-listed on Yahoo on October 19.

Cultural Impact Spreads

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 third party sites. [8][9]

At CEATEC Japan 2009, Boffin, in joint with Yamaha had the robot model HRP-4C react to the Vocaloid software for demonstrational purposes. She was dressed up to look like Hatsune Miku for the demo. Miku was one of 3 voicebanks HRP-4C was set up to react to, the other two were Gumi and Crypton's CV-4Cβ. [10][11][12][13][14]

Miku's first appearance in an anime is in episode 5 and 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 stars in a video game of her own, Hatsune Miku - Project Diva on the Playstation Portable (PSP) in Japan. In Tales of Graces (Wii), she is a downloadable costume for one of the characters. In Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP), her hairstyle is available for female characters, and her costume as well as multiple weapons themed after leeks are unlockable by inputting certain passwords.

In late November 2009, a petition was launched in order to get a custom made Hatsune Miku aluminum plate (8 cm x 12 cm, 3.1" x 4.7") made that would be used as a balancing weight for the Japanese Venus spacecraft explorer Akatsuki[15]. Started by Hatsune Miku fan Sumio Morioka that goes by chodenzi-P, this project has received the backing of Dr. Seiichi Sakamoto of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. On December 22, 2009, the petition exceeded the needed 10,000 signatures necessary to have the plates made. An original deadline of December 20, 2009 had been set to send in the petition, but due to a couple of delays in the Akatsuki project, a new deadline of January 6, 2010 was set; by this deadline, over 14,000 signatures had been received. On May 21, 2010 at 06:58:22 (JST), Akatsuki was launched, having three plates depicting Hatsune Miku.[16][17]

Miku was also the subject of one of the most controversial uses of the legal agreements of any Vocaloid producing studio was from the Democratic Party of Japan, whose running candidate, Kenzo Fujisue, attempted to secure the use of Miku's image in the Japanese House of Councillors election of July 11, 2010. The hope was that the party could use her image to appeal to younger voters. Although Crypton Future Media rejected the party's use of her image or name for political purposes, Fujisue released the song "We Are the One" using her voice on Youtube, by only replacing her image with the party's character in the music video.[18]

Good Smile Racing

  • Racing Miku 2010 season
  • Racing Miku 2011 season
  • Studie 2008
  • Studie 2009
  • Porsche 2010
  • GSR & Studie with TeamUKYO 2011
  • "Hatsune Miku GT Project Theme song Collection" albumn cover

Since the 2008 season, different teams in the Super GT racing received their sponsorship under Good Smile Racing, and turned their cars to Vocaloid-related artwork

  • Studie, which participated in the 2008 with a BMW Z4 E86.
  • Studie also used Miku's image in the 2009 seasons with BMW Z4 E86.[19][20][21]
  • Team COX, participating in the 2010 season, which used a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR and a Porsche 997 GT3-R. Their car used Racing Miku (an official Hatsune Miku derivative, wearing an orange race queen suit) as their image.
  • For the 2011 season GSR & Studie with TeamUKYO used Miku's image on their BMW E89 Z4 GT3 team car.

In 2011 a collab CD was released as "Hatsune Miku GT Project Theme song Collection".[22]

Concerts

Miku and other Vocaloids began to appear in concerts in Japan 2009, since then she has made appearances outside of Japan. Hatsune Miku performed her first "live" concert like a virtual idol on a projection screen during Animelo Summer Live at the Saitama Super Arena on August 22, 2009.[23][24] At the "MikuFes '09 (Summer)" event on August 31, 2009, her image was screened by rear projection on a mostly-transparent screen.[25] Miku also performed her first overseas live concert on November 21, 2009, during Anime Festival Asia (AFA) in Singapore.[26][27] On March 9, 2010, Miku's first solo live performance titled "Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Day"「ミクの日感謝祭 39's Giving Day Project DIVA presents 初音ミク・ソロコンサート~こんばんは、初音ミクです。~」 was opened at the Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba, Tokyo.[28][29] The tour was run as part of promotions for Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva video game in March 2010.[30] The success and possibility of these tours is owed to the popularity of Hatsune Miku and so far Crypton is the only studio to have established a world tour of their Vocaloids, which led to subsequent concerts to be premiered on March 9.


Later, the CEO of Crypton Future Media appeared in San Francisco at the start of the San Francisco tour where the first Hatsune Miku concert was hosted in North America on September 18, 2010, featuring songs provided by the Miku software voice.[31][32] A second screening of the concert was on October 11, 2010 in the San Francisco Viz Cinema. A screening of the concert was also shown in New York City in the city's New York Anime Festival.[33] Hiroyuki Ito, and planner/producer, Wataru Sasaki, who were responsible for Miku's creation, attended an event on October 8, 2010 at the festival.[34][35] Videos of her performance are due to be released worldwide.[36]


On March 9, 2011, Miku's 2nd Performance(Hatsune Miku's Live Party 2011 39's Live in Tokyo)「初音ミク ライブパーティー 2011 -39’s LIVE IN TOKYO-」marked a new step in broadcasting concerts, Not only was the concert held at the same location Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba, Tokyo, it was also broadcasted into 15 others theatres within the vicinity of Japan, under the name (Hatsine Miku Live Party 2011 Live Viewing in Theater)「初音ミク ライブパーティ2011 ミクパ♪ 39's ライブビューイング イン シアター」. This particular concert did not use the traditional glass screen but a box screen to present Miku and the team.[37] The Same concert was to be repeated in Miku's Home, Sapporo Hokkaido at Zepp Sapporo under the name (Hatsune Miku's Live Party 2011 39's Live in Sapporo)「初音ミク ライブパーティー 2011 -39’s LIVE IN SAPPORO-」, but was postponed due to the Great Japan Earthquake that occurred 2 days after the Tokyo Concert. [38] It wasn't until April 27 where details of the postponed concert was given details. [39]


On July 2, 2011, Miku's first concert performance in the United States was held in NOKIA theatre in Los Angeles, California, during the Anime Expo 2011 event. The concert was based on the "Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Day" Concert, with improvements and new songs. [40]


On August 16 to 17, the Postponed (Hatsune Miku's Live Party 2011 39's Live in Sapporo)「初音ミク ライブパーティー 2011 -39’s LIVE IN SAPPORO-」and was held for two days. It took place at the Sapporo Education and Culture Hall at Sapporo Hokkaido. This concert had been redone and the transparent glass screen was once again implemented. The concert was not broadcasted in NicoNicoDouga unlike previous concerts.[41] It was broadcasted in the same theaters that broadcasted the last concert, but it included 2 additional theaters, one from Hong Kong and Taiwan,. [42][43]

Append - the Future of Miku

On April 30, 2010, Miku Append (初音ミク・アペンド), a data library which consisted of six new Miku voicebanks, was released. Both the Miku product and the Append product exist and are sold separately, and the voicebanks of Miku Append are different from the voicebank the original Miku has. All the new voicebanks were voiced by Saki Fujita: Soft, Sweet, Dark, Vivid, Solid, Light. Crypton announced that this is an append disk (an addition which offers extension to computer softwares and is similar to expansion packs in English) and users need the original Miku to utilize Miku Append. It costs collectively slightly under the original Miku price[44]. While they had been announced on Miku's second birthday, they were released over eight months later. The different appends are meant to capture the "moods" and were described by Cypton Future Media as "like a rainbow of colour".

The original appends planned had been "soft", "very small", "dark-prototype", "vivid", and "solid". However, "very small" was replaced with "sweet", "dark-prototype" became "dark", and "light" was added.Prior to the release, demos had constantly been put on Crypton's website. These included productions by various Vocaloid producers from Nico Nico Douga. Ryo's "Black Rock Shooter" 2M mix had also been done with one of the beta voicebanks. In December 2009, demo software versions of "soft" and "dark" were released. They did not allow VSQ saving, but did allow .wav rendering, which led to a stream of videos released on Nico Nico Douga.

Despite the success of Miku herself, her Append did not sell as many units. Following the Kagamine Append release, both the Kagamine and their Append software pushed Miku's Append software into 6th place on Crypton's sales page.[45]

English Voicebank

On October 8, 2010, at the New York Comic-Con, Ito Hiroyuki (Crypton's CEO) announced that if Miku's facebook page hits 39,390 "likes", an English bank will be developed. The project was termed "Project MIKUCASH".

Miku's page has reached more than 39,390 "likes" on her Facebook page (run by Crypton staff). It has been confirmed that there will be more released on this soon. Samples have already been made and demos are said to be in the process of preparations. A Tweet from Crypton on Twitter confirms that they are not sure if English Miku will be Vocaloid2 or Vocaloid3.

The alpha stage of development went under review the weekend of the 19th of March 2011. By then it was still far from the beta stage, Crypton reported they would keep their fans up to date with its development and were aiming for a good qualified English voicebank. Crypton also report that they would like to do Miku English Appends in the future, however they have no specific plans right now.[46]

On the 28 of May 2011, demos of Kaito Append Whisper and Power along with Miku English were posted on Nico Nico Douga. This voicebank was only 40% complete and there is more developement left to do, as noted by a number of native English fans her smoothness was lacking, but improvements had already been made from Luka's voicebank.[47]

US Debut

  • Hatsune Miku illustrated by Alvin Lee - Toyota Corolla mainpage (May)
  • Hatsune Miku illustrated, UNKNOWN ARTIST July 25 Notice information on Zain is possibly incorrect - Toyota Corolla mainpage (June)
  • Hatsune Miku illustrated by Alvin Lee - Toyota Corolla poster (May issue of Koream, Hyphen)
  • Hatsune Miku illustrated by zain7- Toyota Corolla poster (June issue of Koream, Hyphen)
  • Hatsune Miku illustrated monochrome by Alvin Lee - Toyota Corolla mainpage

In May 2011, Toyota used Hatsune Miku for two online adverts to promote the 2011 Toyota Corolla. She is also displayed on the official Toyota page. Toyota had been the ones who had approached Crypton for use of Miku.[48] On May 7, USAmazon placed a preview of Supercell's hit song "World is Mine" as a single. When the song finally went on sale, it came 7th in the top 10 World singles list on iTunes in its first week of sales.[49] The entry was presented as "The World is Mine Feat. Hatsune Miku". Crypton had to consider who they were aiming the advertisements of Miku at, mostly at the web base and had to check the differences between the nationalities of Japan and the United States. Since Crypton always sold Miku as a virtual instrument in Japan, they asked their Japanese fanbase if it was acceptable for them to sell her as a virtual singer to the new market audience.[50]

Miku's Los Angeles concert sold out on the 26th of May 2011. Not only was she the first singer to sell out but this was the only time AX, the company in charge of selling her tickets, had ever sold out. This also caused a huge fan out roar on the AX forums, as usually AX tickets did not sell out and because of the numerous spare tickets it had been possible to enter a concert for free if you turned up 10 minutes before the show. Because there were no tickets left, regulars who had expected to be able to get in for free on the day had not expected to be able to not get into the concert at all.[51] Because demand was so high AX are currently looking to book more seats. Previously, only the first floor seats were booked as those were the seats where viewing the Vocaloid concert's hologram-like visual was most optimal. However, they had been trying to ascertain if the balcony seats would suffice and if more tickets could be sold. [52]

Usage

The Vocal Character series were designed to be a set of vocals with particular characteristics about them; her voice allows for manipulation in a variety of ways while maintaining a cute sounding voice as a result of this approach. There was 22,000 original works reported in July 2010 on Karen-T alone, several times more than any other Vocaloid, with songs in just about every genre.

Because she is sold by Crypton, permission is also granted to add her works to Karen-T.

Crypton Future Media have no plans to update their Vocaloid 2 engine Vocaloids to Vocaloid3, however allowance will be given for the converting of these vocals to the newer engine free of charge.[53]

Japanese

Miku's Japanese voicebank is considered one of the easiest voicebanks to use and is the most common voicebank bought by new Japanese users wanting to learn how to use Vocaloid as well as the most used overall. Users who could not use Miku, often did not buy another Vocaloid. Miku has a great amount of help within the Vocaloid fandom to make improve her usage as well as a vast array of different songs made by other Vocaloid 2 users as examples. Some songs have undergone a large amount of voice editing to be able to make Miku fit the genre style she was being used for. Even though she is amongst the easiest to use, Miku is also one of the more dated voicebanks for Vocaloid 2 and is not as smooth as later Vocaloids that followed, being either choppy or slurry on many of her vowel sounds, although she is still held in high standard over several newer Vocaloids released after her despite this.[54]

Some users say that Miku, comparatively with other other Vocaloids, has strong attack and marked consonants

Hatsune Miku's software may occasionally have an installation error when installed, this is related to her engine version and may show up when installing her over a more updated Vocaloid 2 like Gachapoid or Lily. Help can be found within the fandom on fixing this. This can be fixed very easily, however, if a newer Vocaloid installed after her installation, otherwise re-installation in release order is another solution.

Append

The Append voicebanks exist side by side with the original voicebank, giving Miku a total of 7 possible voicebanks to choose from for users with both plug-ins.

The Appends are as follows;

  • MIKU Append SWEET : French Pop, Ballad, Electronica
  • MIKU Append DARK : Ballad, Jazz, Folk, Ambient
  • MIKU Append SOFT : Soft Rock, Ballad, Folk, Ambient
  • MIKU Append LIGHT : Pop, Rock, Dance, Techno Pop
  • MIKU Append VIVID : Pop, Techno Pop, Trad
  • MIKU Append SOLID : Pop, Rock, Dance, Electro

There is some debate as to if Appends are really needed. While they make it easier to find the right tone for a song, it is possible to recreate similar results to the Append tones without actually buying the software with just the basic voicebank. However, pronunciations between the voicebanks do vary per sample because each Append has its own set of vocal samples. For less experienced or skilled users, the Appends are a useful tool to add tone to a song; for experienced users they act as a method of extending the vocals of one voice even further than it can already go.[55]

The Append release also gave older Miku users the chance to update the Vocaloid2 engine to a newer version, as the Append had the latest engine version. Users must also own the original Hatsune Miku voicebank to be able to install and use the Append voicebanks. The Appends themselves were also overall much smoother and of a higher quality than the original voicebank. However, not all of the Append voicebanks share the same pronunciation quality overall as each other with some of the voicebanks being smoother and/or clearer than others.

English

As she is a Japanese Vocaloid and is not predicated on singing in English as well as any other Japanese only Vocaloids, she does not have voicebanks for English pronunciations. This is why she often has a very strong Japanese accent when she is singing in English. Although it is not impossible to make Miku sing in English but using Japanese pronunciation rules, even an experienced "Japanese to English" user may take many hours to use her for an English song, especially if quality is required. [56][57]

Main article: Phoneme List
  • Example of her singing in English using her default Japanese voicebank
Youtube - [Hatsune Miku English] Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Belinda Carlisle

The English voicebank will add a 8th voicebank to her list of possible voicebanks. According to the official reports from Crypton Future Media, her voice will be "cute". The extent of the English capabilities are largely unknown. The English voicebank for Miku is aiming to be of a good standard, since she is being aimed at a wider consumer market, though it is unknown if she will have better pronunciations than Luka who had previously not been aimed at a more global release. There are currently no plans for a English version of the Appends, however, Crypton reported they are considering it for the future.

Even though the early demo song "Let it be" had still much room for improvements at the time of its release, unlike Luka her lyrics were clear to hear and understand. A vast improvement in clarity from Luka had been noted and the vocals were much stronger in comparison, lacking the quietness related issues that plagued Luka's two voicebanks, especially the English one. A slight change of tone is present in Miku's voicebank and she sounds more vivid than her Japanese version.

Reception

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Miku has remained the fan favourite amongst the Japanese fandom, having the strongest following and usage even after the release of much better Vocaloids for her era. Her popularity was so high that when GazettE’s Aoi made a negative comment on her through twitter, he was imediately met with outraged fans and was forced to retract some of his comments after trying out the software for himself. Indeed most of the more popular songs for Vocaloid are sung by Miku and she has more hit songs on Nico Nico Douga than any other Vocaloid. Merchandise of Miku is plenty and often sells well due to her popularity. As she is the most popular Vocaloid and the most commonly used, she is the most assoicated with the software and is regarded as the first true "Vocaloid Diva Star".

In the western fandom, Miku remains mostly the most popular Vocaloid amongst western anime fans, only beaten in overall terms of popularity if one combines the fan following of both Kagamine vocals together. She is also responsible for introducing many to the Vocaloid craze. However, within western Vocaloid communities, she may not have the same fan following due to the varied tastes of the Vocaloid fans present. The more negative comments of non-vocaloid fans are that she "sounds like a chipmunk", in the Vocaloid fandoms this is also added with other comments that note that Miku is so popular that she often overshadows the other Vocaloids, even higher quality Vocaloids like VY1. Some also go so far as to label her as "Crypton's cash cow" for the amount of attention that is given to her even against other Crypton Vocaloids. In more positive notes, Miku is praised for bringing Vocaloid to the attention of the masses, for the amount of songs she offers and the varity of usage within the fandom with many Vocaloid fans admitting that they have many of her more popular songs in their MP3 collections. Also, the fans have defended Miku from time to time.[58]

Append

Miku's Append was not as well received as her original voicebank, although despite the inital negativity it has been considered an improvement overall. While Miku's original box mascot design was cute and innocent, the Append was not. The strip of material that made up her tie was noted to be able to come loose to float (as seen in the box art), leaving bare skin that went all the way down to the groin area, this was considered far too sexualized/perverted. The design was awkward and regather strange with parts that made little sense to some as to why they existed on the design, others hated the design overall. Some users argued if there was a point in the existence of the Appends when it was possible to mimick the same tones with editing. In the Japanese fandom some were reported to not accept Miku and the Append as one and the same character. Even though a number of producers bought the Append, very few original songs have been made with it with some producers admitting that they don't use the Append voicebanks because to them they do not sound like Miku anymore.

In the Western Vocaloid fandoms, some saw the introduction of the Append as a method of exploiting the Vocaloids Crypton already had, rather then focusing on new Vocaloids with better vocals. However, some also noted that it was now possible to easily find the right tone of voice for a song using Miku's Appends and the Appends to a degree improved many of Miku's songs. The downside was that users now expected the same song to appear in 7 different versions; a concept that annoyed and bored users to various degrees. Another report from fans in the Western fandom, is that due to the popularity of some of the Appends over others, there is a high demand for voicebanks like Miku Append Dark, to the point those who accept requests have noted that they are asked constantly for songs in that voicebank. The over popularity of one or two voicebanks results in much fewer songs for the less popular ones, despite the fact they may be suited better for certain styles of songs. Even with the negativity, some Vocaloid fans have expressed desiring other Vocaloids with append-like additions on top of their original vocals.

Trivia

  • Sound Horizon, a popular band that uses music to tell stories, used Miku Hatsune in their third single "Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido" and its corresponding album, "Marchen". Saki Fujita, the seiyuu that provided her voice, also does narrations.
  • In Sega's game "Vocaloid Project Diva: Dreamy Theater", for the Playstation 3, Miku Hatsune can gain access to a costume based off Sega's very own Ulala from Space Channel 5, an older dancing game from Sega. She gains Ulala's trademark white Space Channel 5 Uniform, and her hair and eyes change to Ulala's hair and eye colors. In addition, her outfit and trademark negi make an appearance as obtainable and equippable items in Sega's RPG series Phantasy Star Zero, Phantasy Star Portable 2 and it's update Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity contains the same items and more, as well as items for Crypton's other Vocaloids.
  • Miku is often mistaken as the very first Vocaloid ever produced by those new or unfamiliar to the software's history, or the first Vocaloid 2 released. While she was the first Vocaloid 2 to be released for the Japanese market, it was PowerFX's Sweet Ann who claimed the place as the first Vocaloid 2 to be released, she was released 2 months prior to Miku. When Miku became more known in 2010, the media also incorrectly labelled her as this as well. On more than one occasion Crypton Future Media have labelled her as the first, though this is likely an error as they usually introduce her as "the first of the character vocal series".
  • Miku also made a cameo appearance in a Weekly Jump strip.[59]
  • Since the trial version had enough vocal capabilities to function as a normal Vocaloid, hackers were reported to have found out how to turned off the limit of 30 days for her 30 day trial versions.
  • Like the English use, creative usage of Miku can result in another language, Indonesian is one of them, it is known that Miku has sang the national anthem of Indonesia, "Indonesia Raya"
  • The thin squares around her pigtails are futuristic ribbons made of a special material that float in place. As seen in Kei's art for Miku, they are able to hold Miku's pigtails in place without having to physically touch the hair itself. The ribbons are also reported by Kei to be the hardest item on the character's design for cosplayers to recreate.
  • Since 2010, Miku has won the classification of "Virtual Diva" and has become a pop star in her own right. However, some reports mislabel her as "the first virtual star" when other "virtual stars" have been released prior to her existence as early as the mid-1990s, although these "stars" never rose to the level of popularity Miku has reached.
  • Miku is also not the first Vocaloid to debut in America as Zero-G's Vocaloids were already on sale before her.
  • The singer Kerli has made several references to Miku in her videos. In the most direct reference, Miku's music was used as the background music in a video for the making of a prop for one of her videos. In "Tea Party", a twin pigtailed doll is seen. In "Army of Love", a microphone is used by the singer, a reference to "Love is War". In 2011, the singer also dyed her hair the same color as Miku's hair and even wore it in long pigtails.
  • Miku's popularity has expanded enough to have her appearance make cameos in various anime and manga, such as in Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Miku is seen in the auditions of the role of Meru Meru.[60] In the OVA of Lucky Star, Hiiragi Kagami is forced to cosplay as Miku by the power of Konata's wand. [61].She and Rin are in a choir featured in Maria†Holic episode 12. [62] Miku is also seen episode 11 of the anime Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu, in the B class. [63]. A recolored Miku is also seen in episode 9 of MM! at the school festival holding a stick in the shape of a leek.
  • Due to her iconic long twintails, her close physical similarities and her specialization of music, Sona from League of Legends is seen as a tribute to Hatsune Miku. This is not the only time the game made tribute characters; Lux was also seen as a tribute to Touhou heroine Marisa Kirisame, down to her magical abilities and even catchphrase.

Notable for...

  • First Japanese Vocaloid 2 to be released
  • First of Crypton Future Media's Character Vocal series
  • First specialised vocal of Vocaloid 2
  • Most merchandise to date
  • Most songs created to date
  • First Vocaloid to have a "true" avatar given
  • First Vocaloid to have a bio
  • First Vocaloid to earn the status of "Diva"
  • First Vocaloid to be Appended
  • Holds the highest sales figures of all Vocaloids
  • Highest amount of pre-orders of a software synthesizer
  • Most common/popular Vocaloid
  • One of 3 voicebanks used by the robot HRP-4C
  • A number of the Internet Memes linked to Vocaloid

Gallery

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Hatsune Miku's first boxart illustration
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Hatsune Miku's Append boxart illustration
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Hatsune Miku (concept) illustration by KEI - artbook VOCALOIDs Unofficial (pg 17-18)
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Standard Miku illustrated by KEI
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Chibi type Miku illustrated by KEI
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Miku Append as appear in Project Diva
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MMD model by Animasa
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MMD Append model by Soro
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MMD model by Lat, a popular model served as the base in the Studio DEEN and GWave PV
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MMD model based in Project Diva Miku
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Cover of the unofficial manga Hatsune Mix
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DTM magazine - Miku Append
Photo Playboy Vocaloid Hatsune Miku
Miku's photoshoot from Weekly Playboy magazine Japan
Photo HRP-4C Miku
HRP-4C as Miku
SZS cameo Miku1
Hatsune Miku in Zoku Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei episode 13
BTTTS cameo Miku
Hatsune Miku in Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu episode 11, in the B class

See also


External links

links and passwords are provided publicly by model producer(s), within video summaries

3dcustom.net (Soro) - (sm11511540) 【モデル】初音ミクアペンドのモデルです。(MMD00114/pass=mmd)
Loda.jp (Lat) - (sm11205201) Lat式ミクVer
bytatsu.net (Mamama) - (sm9387058) DIVAっぽいミクさんです。ver.1.01(up1313/pass=3939)

References

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  2. [2] Fujita Saki's Blog
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  6. [5] IT Media News - 異例の売れ行き「初音ミク」「ニコ動」で広がる音楽作りのすそ野 (Extraordinary sales for Hatsune Miku as Nico spreads the music)
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  12. [10] Japan's Corporate News Network - Diginfoビデオレポート:歌声合成ソフト「VOCALOID」を使った 歌を歌うロボット (Report Diginfo Video: voice synthesis software "VOCALOID" sing with the robot) Oct 14, 2009
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