Miku Expo 2014 Report: Miku’s Popularity is Strong in the US Too

A huge number of Miku illustrations were drawn on the surface of a wall. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda

In October 2014, the popular Japanese Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku created a new page in her history as a performer. The songstress, who has to date expanded primarily into Japan and Asia, held her own events in the U.S.

Over the two-day period of Oct. 11 and 12, 15,000 people attended Miku Expo 2014 in LA, which used the Nokia Theatre as the concert venue and the LA Studio Center as the event venue. She displayed her popularity in New York as well with a performance on the popular late night show, Late Show with David Letterman. And 15,000 people were in attendance at the Hammerstein Ballroom concert venue and the exhibit venue of Miku Expo 2014 in NY. New Yorkers who have an ear for music were especially swept up in a daze by the concert.

Though it was the event’s first time in the U.S., Miku Expo closed as a success. Maybe someday we’ll see Miku on stage at Madison Square Garden?

[LA & NY Concert Setlist]
1. Sharing the world: BIGHEAD
2. Senbonzakura: WhiteFlame
3. Kocchi Muite Baby: ryo (supercell)
4. Koiiro Byoutou: OSTER project
5. Colorful Melody: TeamMOER
6. Fire Flower: halyosy
7. The Butterfly on My Right Shoulder: Noripy
8. Melancholic: Junky
9 .Kokoro: Toraboruta
10. Glass Wall: GuitarHeroPianoZero
11. Torinoko City: 40mP
12. Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro: HACHI
13. Romeo and Cinderella: doriko
14. Piano x Forte x Scandal: OSTER project
15. Pane dhiria: Shinjou-P
16. Parades: whoo
17. Poppippo: LamazeP
18. The Snow White Princess is: Noboru
19. Just Be Friends: Dixie Flatline
20. Luka Luka Night Fever: samfree
21. Himitsu Keisatsu: Buriru
22. Yellow: livetune
23. World Is Mine: ryo (supercell)
24. Melt: ryo (supercell)

Encore
25. Tell Your World: livetune
26. Mikumiku ni shiteageru [shiteyanyo]: ika
27. Starduster: Jimmy Thumb P

MIKU EXPO

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This is an original article written for Tokyo Otaku Mode by Sean Cardeno. Produced by Daiki Nakata. Camera by Jess Baker.

[Hatsune Miku] Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in NYC
[Hatsune Miku] Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in NYC
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
A huge number of Miku illustrations were drawn on the surface of a wall. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
A huge number of Miku illustrations were drawn on the surface of a wall. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
Hugely popular with kids were the demos of mobile games and the area for listening to Vocaloid music. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
Hugely popular with kids were the demos of mobile games and the area for listening to Vocaloid music. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
A wall filled with drawings of Miku. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
A wall filled with drawings of Miku. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
Many attendees dressed in Miku cosplay could be seen around the event; it was like Miku’s presence was all around. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
Many attendees dressed in Miku cosplay could be seen around the event; it was like Miku’s presence was all around. MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
In the stage area, there was a huge gathering of all kinds of Mikus! MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
In the stage area, there was a huge gathering of all kinds of Mikus! MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA: Photo by Kumo Takeda
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
New Yorkers went crazy at the Miku concert. MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
New Yorkers went crazy at the Miku concert. MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
MIKU EXPO 2014 in NY
New news from Max Factory revealed for the first time at MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA
New news from Max Factory revealed for the first time at MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA