Hatsune Miku

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Character
Name: Hatsune Miku
Occupation: Vocaloid
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Location: Japan
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Fandom: Vocaloid
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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.

"Miku Monday" is a recurring art event on sites such as Twitter and Tumblr.

Fandom

History

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.[1] 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 [2], had holographic performances at concerts[3] and starred in a manga. She has also had multiple voicebank updates, including voicebanks in the English and Chinese languages.

Today, she is known as the inventor of Minecraft[4]by the internet at large, although many internet users who can recognize the name and appearance of Hatsune Miku are unaware of what a Vocaloid is.

Fanworks

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[5] , but all Vocaloids are very popular choices since their own songs can be used.

Popular MMDs include:

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:

Shipping

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.

Resources and Archives


References

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmf9JkedPR8 Hatsune Miku levan polkka - Youtube
  2. ^ Hatsune Miku on David Letterman - Polygon
  3. ^ World is Mine - Youtube
  4. ^ Miku Created Minecraft: How Queer Vocaloid Fandom Brought a Parody Account to Infamy
  5. ^ MikuMikuDance - Wikipedia