VOCALOID

Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer who has been featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Codenamed CV01, she was one of the first Vocaloids to be both developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, INC. A 16-year-old girl with turquoise hair, she was released on August 31, 2006. The name Hatsune Miku means "The First Sound From the Future". The primary differentiation between Miku and other singers is that she is not technically a real person, and her music is created by the fanbase who are not necessarily professional but want to improve their abilities and expand their reach. Her voice is provided by the Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita, and Miku is considered the most popular and well known Vocaloid.

Developer

Crypton Future Media, INC. is a music technology company based in Sapporo, Japan, and is the official licensor of Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid members. It develops and sells products related to music including, but not limited to, sound generation software. The company provides services for online shopping of their software as well as the digital distribution of music using their Vocaloid software under the KARENT record label.

Voice Actress

Born October 19, 1984, Saki Fujita is a voice actress and narrator who hails from Tokyo, Japan. Having her debut in voice acting in 2001, she became a household name when, in 2016, she provided the voice for Hatsune Miku. Other high-profile projects that Fujita has performed in include Angel Beats!, Pokemon, Attack on Titan, Kantai Collection, and Sword Art Online.

Character Designer

Kei Garou (stylized as KEI) is a Japanese illustrator who was born in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan. He started drawing fan works as a student and made his debut as an illustrator for the novel Kiseki no Hyougen. In 2007, he was commissioned by Crypton Future Media to draw an illustration for their first Character Vocal Series product, Hatsune Miku. Although he was provided with detailed concepts, KEI took over a month to complete the illustration due to his lack of understanding of what Vocaloid was, as the concept was still quite new at the time. His style is defined as watercolor-like moe.

MikuMikuDance

MikuMikuDance (MMD, for short) is a freeware animation program that allows users to create and animate 3D movies. It was originally produced for fans of Hatsune Miku to allow them to create and produce music videos without the need to buy high-end expensive animation software. Nowadays, innumerable characters and designs can be created using MMD and its flexibility has allowed for amazing videos to be created and uploaded to Nico Nico Douga and YouTube, resulting in a newfound appreciation for 3D animation, the world over.

History

Since her creation in 2006, Hatsune Miku has partaken in various collaborations and events, including but not limited to:
Since 2010, Racing Miku has represented Goodsmile Racing for the Super GT.
Since 2011, Snow Miku (event) has played a prominent role in Sapporo’s annual Snow Festival held in late January-early February for several weeks.
From 2012 till 2015, Family Mart held special seasonal campaigns featuring Hatsune Miku where customers could purchase limited-edition foods and beverages, as well as have the chance to win various prizes from each convenience store’s lottery.
In 2013, Domino's Pizza Japan teamed with Hatsune Miku for a special campaign lasting approximately 2 months.
Mikupa. An annual event in Japan that lasted from 2009 to 2011.
Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai. An annual event in Japan that started in 2013 and has continued to this day.
HATSUNE MIKU EXPO. A global world tour organized by Crypton Future Media. It began in 2014 in Indonesia and has since extended its reach to the Americas, other areas of Asia, and Europe.
THE END (opera). An ambitious opera that debuted in 2013 comprised entirely of 3D computer-generated graphics, no human performers, and no orchestra. It was the brainchild of writer Toshiki Okada and music producer Keiichiro Shibuya, with costumes designed by Louis Vuitton.
Miku Symphony. A 2-day live concert from Crypton Future Media that is performed in Japan. It is the sequel to the Miku Symphony 2016 concert and is the very first official concert to feature all Crypton-based Vocaloid members.

Merchandise

On top of being a voicebank software, Hatsune Miku takes many forms, including merchandise, CDs, figurines, apparel, and decor, as well as food and drinks. In most cases, these items are officially licensed by Crypton Future Media, though due to the success of the brand, Hatsune Miku also has unofficial manga, music, games, and figurines.

Cosplay

With the massive success of Hatsune Miku, she and the other Vocaloids have been cosplayed numerous times for leisure or specifically for events, especially by many professional cosplayers. In many cases, all clothing is handmade, but there are also stores dedicated to selling clothes and attachments for anyone to buy around the world.

Legacy

In the over a decade that Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid have appeared, her influence is felt around the world. For fans overseas, interest in Japanese music as well as Japan and its culture has increased dramatically, which aides the Japanese economy. For fans in Japan, the incredibly large variety of music has created some professional musicians.
For a strong example, Hachi now produces music professionally under his real name, Kenshi Yonezu, and at one point in 2019, had 10 singles in the Oricon Top 100 at the same time. He still maintains a strong fanbase post-Vocaloid music production, with any new song almost always breaking into the top 3 of the Oricon charts.
Vocaloid, and Hatsune Miku in particular, has started to break down the language barriers around the world and has begun to unite everyone through the power of music.

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"Shinkai Shoujo" (深海少女), known by its official English title as "Deep-Sea Girl" was released on September 1, 2010. It was composed by Yuuyu-P. The song appears on the compilation albums EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalodream feat. 初音ミク, V Love 25 -Gloria-, as well as...

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“Ievan Polkka”, known by its official English title as "Eva's Polka" is a 1930s traditional Finnish song. It was revived in the mid-1990s by Finnish band Loituma where it has amassed over 6 million views on YouTube. In 2007, a cover by Otomania was released featurin...

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"Kagerou Daze" (カゲロウデイズ), also known by its translated English title as "Heat-Haze Daze", was released on September 30, 2011. It was composed by Jin. It was his third song and one of the tracks for his Kagerou Project. The story revolves around a boy who witne...

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"Love is War" (恋は戦争), known by its official English title as "EAGER LOVE REVENGE" was composed by ryo. It details the story about how Miku will fight for her crush. Due to the song's popularity, it has been translated into various languages, with some of t...

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"Matryoshka" (マトリョシカ), was released on August 19, 2010, on Nico Nico Douga and October 1, 2013, on YouTube. The song is written by Hachi. Matryoshka currently has over 11 million views on Nico Nico Douga and 28 million views on YouTube. In addition to becoming one of...

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"Melt" (メルト), was released on December 7, 2007, on Nico Nico Douga. The song is written by ryo and was one of his first Hatsune Miku songs to be publicly released.

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“Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru” (みくみくにしてあげる♪【してやんよ】), known by its official English title as "I'll Miku-Miku You♪ (For Reals)" was released on September 20, 2007. It is a denpa-style song written and composed by ika (real name Kamo Tsuruta, 鶴田加茂), and uses the voice synt...

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"ODDS&ENDS" was released on February 27, 2013 was produced by ryo. Its theme parallels ryo's own story of being a composer and Vocaloid producer. It describes someone unknown and his struggles of being recognized, but then with the help of Hatsune Miku's voi...

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"PoPiPo" (ぽっぴっぽー), known by its official English title as "Vegetable Juice" was released on December 11, 2008, and was composed by Lamaze-P. Hatsune Miku sings about vegetable juice and how amazing it is to her. "PoPiPo" is one of Hatsune Miku's ...

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"Rolling Girl" (ローリンガール), was released on February 14, 2010, and reached 2nd place in the Weekly VOCALOID Ranking in its first week of release. It was produced by wowaka and was his 9th song. The song has gained over 7 million views on Nico Nico Douga and over 3 million...

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"Romeo and Cinderella" (ロミオとシンデレラ), was released on April 6, 2009 and was composed by doriko. Its thumbnail was illustrated by nezuki. The song tells the story of a girl who has fallen in love with her "Romeo" much to her parents' disapproval. And while sh...

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"Himitsu Keisatsu" (秘密警察), known by its official English title as "Secret Police" was released on November 9, 2010. It was composed by Buriru-P, performed by Hatsune Miku and is Buriru-P's most notable work. The song is fast-paced and has repetitive lyrics...

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"Senbonzakura" (千本桜), known by its official English title "Thousand Cherry Blossoms", was released on September 17, 2011, is a song written, composed, and arranged by Kurousa-P and is hailed as one of the most significantly important VOCALOID songs ever. It wa...

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"Sharuru" (シャルル), also known by its official English title "Charles", was released on October 12, 2016. This song was written by Vocaloid producer balloon, but instead of using Hatsune Miku as the song's Vocaloid, balloon instead chose to employ flower'...

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"Suna no Wakusei" (砂の惑星), known by its official title "DUNE", is a song by Hachi, a very popular musician from Tokushima prefecture. On July 21, 2017, the music video was released simultaneously on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube. The song was produced as the them...

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"Tell Your World" was produced by kz. He was asked by Google Japan to create a song for a commercial to promote the web browser Google Chrome.It has garnered over 5 million views and is the most viewed Japanese Google Chrome commercial, beating the likes of popular sing...

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The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku (初音ミクの消失 -DEAD END-), known by its official English title as "THE END OF HATSUNE MIKU -DEAD END-", or by fans using the kanji phrase "Shoushitsu", was released on April 8, 2008. It was composed by cosMo and is one of his most ...

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"World is Mine" (ワールドイズマイン), was released on May 31, 2018. It was produced by ryo of supercell fame. The song is about an earnest girl in love who, through many indirect sentences which make her sound like a spoiled brat craving for attention, just wants the person she ...

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"Viva Happy" (ビバハピ), was released on July 26, 2013, and was composed by Mitchie M. The song is his 7th work, and like many of his other works, is notable due to his extremely realistic tuning of Hatsune Miku's voice, which results in a sound that is extremely simila...

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MEIKO is speech synthesis and desktop music (DTM) software sold by Crypton Future Media that was released on November 5, 2004.

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KAITO is a voice synthesis software distributed by Crypton Future Media. The software uses the VOCALOID engine developed by Yamaha. Vocals and backing vocals can be synthesized by inputting lyrics and musical scale. Developer Crypton Future Media Operating System Windows V...

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Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len are VOCALOIDs developed by Crypton Future Media. They use the VOCALOID 2 and VOCALOID 4 singing synthesizing technology and are both voiced by Asami Shimoda. As with many other VOCALOIDs, they have performed in live concerts around the world using pr...

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Derivative character designs are ones that deviate from the originally released concept art. In general, they are fan-made creations, but some are still recognized by their respective official brands, having merchandise and art of their designs developed and distributed. Some of...

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Sakiko Fujita (born October 19, 1984), known better as Saki Fujita, is a Japanese voice actress who hails from Tokyo. She is currently affiliated with the talent agency Arts Vision. She is best known for providing the voice sampling for Hatsune Miku, a character of the synthesis ...

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Asami Shimoda (born January 30, 1986) is a Japanese voice actor, stage actress, and singer. She belongs to the Arts Vision talent agency. Born in Tottori City, Tottori prefecture, her most popular works include "IS ", "THE IDOLM@ASTER", and "VOCALOID2&quo...

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Yuu Asakawa (born March 20, 1975) is a Japanese voice actor who works as a freelancer. She was born in Tokyo.

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Naoto Fuuga (風雅 なおと, September 17) is a male Japanese singer who was born in Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture. He now Lives in Nerima, Tokyo.

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Meiko Haigo (拝郷 メイコ, May 6, 1978) is a female singer-songwriter from Tokyo. Her real name is Haigo Meiko (拝郷 芽衣子, same reading).

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Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Day (ミクの日感謝祭39's Giving Day), known in English as "Miku's Thanksgiving Festival; 39's Giving Day" was Hatsune Miku's 1st live concert. It was held on March 9, 2010, and featured other prominent Crypton Future Media-ow...

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Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 "MikuPa"; 39's THANK's (初音ミク ライブパーティー 2011 「ミクパ」;-39's THANK's LIVE), was an annual Hatsune Miku concert that lasted three years. It was the first concert to be shown outside of Tokyo, including overseas.

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"MIKUNOPOLIS in LOS ANGELES -Happy to meet you! I'm HATSUNE MIKU-" was a concert held on July 2, 2011 at the Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California. The entry fee was only $15 USD and the event was streamed on Nico Nico Douga for 1,500 NicoPoints. The concert was or...

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The Hatsune Miku DAIBA de DIVA series of events have been held for around 4 weeks each participating year at Tokyo Joypolis in Odaiba, Tokyo. It has been held in conjunction with the Hatsune Miku video game series "Project DIVA" to advertise upcoming releases or milesto...

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Vocaloid Opera "THE END" was a theatrical opera that was first held on May 23, 2013, in Bunkamura, Shibuya, Japan with a second session on November 13th and 15th, in Paris, France. The opera has since been shown on theater screens around the world including the United S...

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Magical Mirai is an annual event that combines a live concert with an exhibition that shows the creative culture of Hatsune Miku. Over 40,000 attendees come to the event and it is now in its 8th year, with another Magical Mirai planned for 2020.

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"artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball" was the fourth headlining concert tour by American musician Lady Gaga and was held to promote her third studio album Artpop. Following ArtRave's concept, Hatsune Miku was invited to open up for Lady Gaga's during her world tour, from M...

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HATSUNE MIKO EXPO (or MIKU EXPO for short) is a series of international events and exhibitions featuring Hatsune Miku, in addition to the other Vocaloids Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO. It has been held all around the world and continues to be one of ...

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On October 8, 2014, Hatsune Miku made her U.S. television debut by performing her song "Sharing the World" on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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SNOW Miku is a series of events held annually in Hokkaido that was started as a part of the Sapporo Snow Festival. "SNOW Miku" started as a snow sculpture of a character based on Hatsune Miku that was created for the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival in 2010. As Crypton Future...

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Miku Symphony was initially a 2-day live concert in association with Crypton Future Media, TWINDRILL, SEGA, and the Warner Music Group and a sequel to the Miku Symphony concerts was performed in the 2016-2017 period. The concerts have been held Yokohama, Osaka, and Hokkaido. Miku...

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Hatsune Miku x Kodo Special Live Performance was the encore collaboration featuring virtual singer Hatsune Miku and Kodo Taiko at NHK Hall on March 4 and 5, 2017. The event was part of the “Tokyo Olympic Official Program” which aims at spreading the charm of Japanese culture and ...

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Besides Crypton Future Media-sponsored events, Hatsune Miku has performed in over 50 concerts all across Japan. From 2009 to 2014, she regularly made appearances but has recently limited her activities.

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KarenT (stylized as KARENT) is an independent record label that is operated by Crypton Future Media and is focused on Vocaloid music distribution. KARENT releases songs via download and streaming platforms such as the iTunes Store, Amazon music, and Spotify, though they also rele...

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EXIT TUNES is a Japanese record label that is managed by Pony Canyon. Formerly known as the the label QUAKE INC., in October 2011 they changed titles to EXIT TUNES Inc. On July 1, 2019, all business with the exception of music publishing and writer management was transferred to ...

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BALLOOM was an independent Japanese record label that was active for 3 years and formed by Vocaloid producers.

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niconico (formerly Nico Nico Douga, abbreviated as NND) is Japan's largest video sharing service provided by Dwango. “Niconico” is a Japanese ideophone, meaning to smile. Before niconico was formed, there were concerns in regards to copyright and the legality of the service. ...

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Good Smile Company, Inc. is a Japanese manufacturer of figurines. Some of the figurine series they manage are Nendoroid and figma product lines. Its products are generally based on anime, manga, and games that are popular in Japan but have become popular for releasing products wi...

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Piapro is a content-sharing website. Piapro was created by Crypton Future Media, Inc. and is currently managed by them. The name Piapro is an abbreviation of the phrase peer production (ピアプロダクション piaprodacushon).

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Crypton Future Media, Crypton for short, is a company that specializes in audio generation for music. The company is based in Hokkaido, Japan.

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"Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA-" is a rhythm game released by the SEGA group (arcade ver. by SEGA Interactive and consumer ver. by SEGA Games). This game features Hatsune Miku, and other Crypton-created Vocaloids. It was originally released on July 2, 2009, exclusively fo...

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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade was released to arcades in January of 2010. It is created by Sega and Crypton Future Media to be the arcade version of the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA game that released in 2009, updated with different visuals. The game primarily features Vocaloid...

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Hatsune Miku Project Mirai also known as Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai was released in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a rhythm game created by both Sega and Crypton Future Media as a spin-off of the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series of Vocaloid rhythm games.

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Miku Flick was a 2012 rhythm game created by Sega and Crypton Future Media. It was released for the iOS operating system. The game is similar in style to the Project DIVA series of Hatsune Miku games and was released in Japan on March 9, 2012 and internationally on April 9, 2012....

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project, Sega announced a brand-new Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA title to be released on Nintendo Switch.

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MikuMikuDance is a 3D-CG software that creates computer animation by manipulating preset 3D models of characters. It was created by Yu Higuchi and is abbreviated as MMD. In addition to using 3D models of Vocaloid characters such as Hatsune Miku by default, it is possible to impor...

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Kei Garou (born April 1, 1981), often stylized as "KEI", is a Japanese illustrator and manga author. He was born in Chitose, Hokkaido but now resides in Tokyo. He mainly does character design for light novels, but has also contributed to various anime, game, manga, and ...

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Masaki Asai (born January 7, 1973), commonly referred to as "Masaki Apsy", is a Japanese figure prototype specialist. He was born in Osaka prefecture and serves as the head of F-Face (plastica), a major amateur dealer at Wonder Festival. He specializes in selling self-d...

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Domino's Pizza of Japan launched a collaboration campaign between itself and Hatsune Miku in March of 2013. The campaign involved distributing a custom version of the Domino’s ordering app, with menus drawing inspiration from various Vocaloid music videos. The app also featur...

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Studie GLAD Racing is a motorsports team which participates in the GT300 race division of the Super GT racing series. In 2008, Good Smile Company became their pimrary sponsor and they subsequently used a car that featured illustrations of Hatsune Miku. In 2010 Good Smile Company ...

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Snow Miku is a winter-themed version of Hatsune Miku and the mascot of the annual Snow Festival that takes place in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Beginning in 2010, Snow Miku has since expanded to her own eponymous festival that runs alongside Sapporo, including events such as snow s...

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From March 3rd to March 10th, 2012, Hatsune Miku “invaded” Family Mart, a convenience store chain originating from Japan, as a promotion for her event, Miku no Hi Kanshasai. Each store featured Hatsune Miku decorations and offered exclusive items for customers who spent at least ...

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Kizuna AI is a Virtual YouTuber, and musical artist who is managed by Activ8 and their subsidiary company upd8. She is a self-proclaimed artificial intelligence (A.I.) which is also evident by the capitalization of “AI” in her name. Her character design was by En Morikura (森倉円), ...

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In 2012, Toyota collaborated with Hatsune Miku for the Toyota Big Air event. In January of 2012, they began selling limited-edition "Toyota Big Air x Hatsune Miku" tickets. Over 3000 sets of these tickets ended up being sold from major subway stations in Sapporo. Additi...

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Nendoroids are plastic figures produced by Good Smile Company. They usually depict anime or game characters, and have big heads and small bodies in order to accentuate their cuteness. They feature interchangeable face and body parts to allow for a variety of different expressions...

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Figmas (officially stylized as figma) are plastic figures produced by Max Factory and sold by Good Smile Company as part of their action figure series. As action figures, they are made with a focus on being able to perform a variety of poses and being a faithful depiction of the ...

Last updated at, 24 Mar 2020

Dollfie is a brand name for a series of synthetic resin-based ball-joint dolls manufactured and sold by the Volks Corporation. The first ball-joint doll sold under this brand was officially released in November 1998. The name “Dollfie” was created through the combination of the w...

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Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure) refers to the act of dressing up as a character, usually from a manga, comic books, anime, cartoons, games, television series, or movies. It is a portmanteau of the words costume play. Participants, called cosplayers, often cosplay at fan events and has se...

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For each of the events that Hatsune Miku appears in, there is a large variety of merchandise for sale. In general, you don't need to buy a ticket to the concert, there will be a separate ticket that will grant access to the exhibit in order to purchase merchandise.

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Hatsune Miku is not a stranger to advertising figurines such as Nendoroids and figmas, but she has also been involved with many food collaborations. Crypton Future Media works with many well-known Japanese food and beverage companies to advertise her and many often sell out short...

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Gift is a Japanese company which manufactures and releases anime-related plush dolls and accessories. The plush dolls cost 3,500 yen (excluding tax) and stand at approximately 25 cm tall.

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Ricoh Theta is a series of 360-degree cameras by Japanese manufacturer Ricoh. The cameras feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB connectivity, and are designed to work with a smartphone to allow for live previewing and uploading of captured media.

Last updated at, 24 Mar 2020

Taito who produced hit games such as Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, Darius, and Space Invaders was a key figure in the early days of video games. They stood shoulder to shoulder with other Japanese giants such as Konami, Namco, and Sega and in fact began exporting its games to other co...

Last updated at, 24 Mar 2020