Photobomb Dad Doesn’t Want You Looking at Cosplay Daughter!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 17, 2011 in Animation, Design

Photobomb Dad Doesn't Want You Looking at Cosplay Daughter! photo by Christian Liendo

Wait a second — who that’s peering at us behind Hatsune Miku? Oh noes it’s her father and he doesn’t seem to happy about the situation: Read more…

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Miku Hatsune Stars in a Toyota Advert

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 24, 2011 in Animation, Japanese TV

Miku Hatsune Stars in a Toyota Advert

I just came across this cute Toyota commercial which star virtual idol Miku Hatsune: Read more…

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Miku Hatsune: Live in Concert!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 27, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

figma Miku Hatsune Live Stage Version

This limited edition figma Miku Hatsune Live Stage Version will be released at The Wonder Festival on July 26th in Japan. Not only does the virtual idol have a keyboard but you can also pose her with a petty nifty looking speaker system as well: Read more…

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Project DIVA: Vocaloid Miku Hatsune Lands Her Own Videogame

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 11, 2009 in Videogames

I’ve been following the fame of Vocaloid software mascot Miku Hatsune via the dozens of fan videos from Japan for some time now, so it’s cool to see that Sega will be featuring her in an upcoming Sony PSP game. What’s great about the trailer above is that it almost reminds one of a classic old school MGM musical from back in the day, it’s my bet that after this game comes out that it’s only a matter of time until she stars in her own anime series (although she’s made some cameos so far). Read more…

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Reprise of the Robo-Girls: A Brief History of Virtual Idols

Posted by Guest Author on Apr 21, 2009 in Animation, Tech

Kyoko Date: The first virtual idol singer from a 1996 Magazine Cover

Virtual idols have been around longer than you think — shown above is a magazine cover featuring Kyoko Date from 1996. In this article Nick Kent gives us his insights:

The interesting “real” Robo-Girl in the pop culture room is Hatsune Miku, who really is software:

She’s a second generation Windows voice synthesis software released in 2007 that anyone can buy at mainstream Japanese software retailer for around $150. With a slightly difficult user interface software one can program her to sing anything in a voice that’s now not far out of place on the pop charts. The Vocaloid technology was created by Yamaha and then licensed to developers, namely Crypton who developed the character and voice. Read more…

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Preview of the Lucky Star OVA

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 27, 2008 in Animation

I’m not 100% sure what the cute pup has to to do with Lucky Star, but the above video is a commercial for the Lucky Star OVA which will come out in Japan on September 26th:

Lucky Star OVA’s TV Commercial Streamed

“The official Japanese website of the Lucky Star anime franchise is streaming a television commercial for the Lucky Star OVA, a new adaptation of Kagami Yoshimizu’s four-panel gag manga about four girls’ everyday life. The site posted the designs of the characters Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa, and Nanako in fantasy adventure outfits. It also posted the designs of Konata cosplaying as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’s Yuki in a witch’s hat and Kagami as the virtual idol Miku Hatsune, as depicted on the anime’s jacket cover. ”

Lucky Star OVA

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Miku Hatsune Figurine

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 28, 2007 in Hobbies and Collections

Hatsune Miku Figurine

I found this ever soooo cute Hatsune Miku figurine at Amazon.co.jp. For those not in the know she’s the character featured in all of those Vocaloid videos that you keep seeing on YouTube.

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Miku Hatsune Destroys Tokyo

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 6, 2007 in Fandom

At first I thought the use of VOCALOID2 (an anime themed voice synthesizer software) to make videos on YouTube was just some sort overnight fad I could ignore, but much to my shock the voice of Hatsune Miku the cute robot girl keeps popping up in my browser. My official fanboy.com prediction is that at the rate things are going we’ll see a Hatsune Miku anime show, manga and video game within a year.

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