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Hatsune Miku is a popular Vocaloid. She is the human avatar of a vocal synthesizer whose voicebank was provided by Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Her name in Japanese means "the first sound of the future." (初 (hatsu)= "first", 音 (ne)= "sound", ミク (miku) = future.) She has a large fandom following and is the most well-known Vocaloid.
Hatsune Miku originally became popular due to Nico Nico Douga, A Japanese website akin to YouTube. Users would post animated videos featuring her voice. A particularly famous video is her singing Ievan Polkka while holding a leek, derived from clip featuring Orihime from Bleach set to the same song, which has since become a popular motif connected with her character. Since then she has starred in many animated videos and songs.
She has since been featured in magazines, been referenced in multiple anime, appeared on David Letterman , had holographic performances at concerts and starred in a manga. She has also had multiple voicebank updates, including voicebanks in the English and Chinese languages.
A popular form of Vocaloid fanwork is MMDs. MMDs, or 'MikuMikuDance' are 3D animated videos that typically feature characters dancing to songs. It was originally created for Hatsune Miku , but all Vocaloids are very popular choices since their own songs can be used.
Popular MMDs include:
- Romeo and Cinderella (Romeo and Cinderella ロミオとシンデレラ) by Doriko
- Bad Apple by Haruchii25
- The Snow White Princess is (白い雪のプリンセスは ) by のぼる↑-noboru- and googoo88
In addition to MMDs, Miku songs are often accompanied by drawn PVs featuring animation and artwork created by illustrators. Examples of Miku songs with PVs include:
Other popular forms of Fanworks are cosplay and music. Hatsune Miku has a very distinctive design and is a popular cosplay choice at cons. Her music, too, is very distinctive and popular on websites such as Youtube and NicoNico. Popular songs include:
Hatsune Miku tends to be shipped with other Vocaloids. Popular ships include Hatsune Miku/Megurine Luka, Hatsune Miku/Kagamine Len and Rin, and Hatsune Miku/Kaito. Reader inserts are also very popular, especially on Wattpad and Deviantart.
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