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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 these officially recognized Hatsune Miku derivatives include Mikudayo, Calne Ca and Shiteyanyo.


Fans of Hatsune Miku have used her name, appearance, personality, etc. to create new types of her. Many of the created characters have been incorporated into works by multiple users. Among them, Hachune Miku, the earliest derivative character, was created in September 2007 from a video that appeared for Ievan Polkka. The song had been very popular and became the starting point of the Hatsune Miku boom. At the end of 2008, there were more than 400 Vocaloid derived characters, and though not all were equal in popularity, they were and still are a part of Vocaloid culture.
Some of the derived characters have been officially recognized by Crypton Future Media, and with consent from the original creator of the derived character, it is used for commercial purposes. Regarding the use of commercial use of derived characters, Hatsune Miku's example is to consult with the author whenever a commercialization request is made. In the game series "Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA-" released in 2009, and the character figure line "Nendoroid Petite Vocaloid #01", the derived characters Hachune Miku, Akita Nell, Yowane Haku, and Sakine Meiko appeared with the original Vocaloids and in 2010, Toeto appeared in the game "Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- 2nd".


Hachune Miku

Hachune Miku was posted to Nico Nico Douga on September 4, 2008, in a video titled "Vocaloid2 Hatsune Miku tries to sing 'Ievan Polkka'". At first, she was recognized as a deformed figure of Hatsune Miku, but eventually was regarded as an independent character, merely related to Hatsune Miku by similar character attributes. In the video, Hachune Miku spins a leek, which also later became a staple item for Hatsune Miku. The character was first used for commercial use in November 2007 and, in December 2007, the character appeared in a manga titled "Unofficial Hatsune Miku" which was written by KEI, Hatsune Miku's original designer.
The Hatsune Miku Nendoroid was released by Good Smile Company in March 2008 and has parts that can be replaced by the Hachune version.
For Family Mart's "Hatsune Miku 5th Anniversary Miku LOVES Famima" campaign, which ran from August 14 to 31, 2012, a limited run of 800,000 Hachune Miku meat buns were sold across the country, in addition to other foods, music box figures, and stickers.


Shiteyanyo is a character born from an illustration by artist Ryusei in a video titled "Miku Miku ni Shiteyanyo", a play on the title of the popular song "Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru". The character design consists of a body-less Hatsune Miku with a deranged expression on her face and using her trademark twintails as legs. The design gained much popularity for its surreal absurdity, getting herself the simple name of "Shiteyanyo".
Regarding commercial use, Shiteyanyo has been made into a T-shirt, which when worn in reverse, turns the wearer into Shiteyanyo’s likeness and has also been sold as a plushie.


Mikudayo is the nickname for the costume that appeared at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show to promote Sega's exclusive Nintendo 3DS game "Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project mirai". She resembles Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Hatsune Miku series of figurines, but the proportions and design ventured uncanny valley, giving her an unsettling look. Her dull eyes, oversized head, and forward-tilting posture with awkward motions even made children cry at her debut event.
Mikudayo Pop Candy, a collab of Hatsune Miku and Fujiya Pop Candy, was sold in December 2012, and later, in August 2013, a Nendoroid of Mikudayo was released by Good Smile Company and Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project mirai 2 came out in November 2013.


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