There are few people who haven’t heard of Hatsune Miku, yet there are some who have no idea who she is. Then there is the strange line in between where people know who she is, but don’t know anything about her. That’s what I’m here for.
Hatsune Miku is the first voice package of the Vocaloid2 program and was released on August 31st 2007 and is 16 years old. Her name is a combination of the words Hatsu (first), Ne (sound), and Miku (future). Her name basically means “The First Sound to the Future”.
Unlike her predecessors, she is more than just a general purpose voice. Her purpose is to create J-Pop songs, for the most part. With some clever working of the program songs can be made in other genres.
Several groups have emerged that utilize the Vocaloid2 program and Miku’s voice in their works. The most popular of these is Supercell (more on that later). Other ones include Sound Factory, Livetune, and Absorb, and many many others. There have also been a lot of albums released featuring voice work done completely by Hatsune Miku that have a lot of very popular songs on them.
Her popularity originated on a site called Nico Nico Douga, which is a completely Japanese video site. Her exposure began with a video of Hachune Miku, a doll-like chibi version with blank eyes, a gaping mouth, and a spinning leek, dancing to the tune of the 5th stanza of Levan Polka looped endlessly. From there she quickly caught on and hundreds more songs have been created since then.
Some of her most popular ones include Black★Rock Shooter, which is composed by Ryo of Supercell, and illustrated by Huke, also of Supercell, that features another version of Hatsune Miku (more on this in a later post). Levan Polka is arguably her most popular song. However, her most iconic song is called Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru, which translates as I’ll Make You Miku-Miku-ed.Possibly her other most well known song is titled Melt and is a fantastic love song.
There have also been a lot of products released commercially, such as Miku figurines, CDs from various artists featuring various works, and even some mangas and 4komas. The most popular of these are Hatsune Mix, created by Miku’s artist Kei, and a simple 4 panel comic series called Chibi Miku-san by an artist known as Minami, which has nearly zero dialogue and everything is explained through simple, yet hilarious, pictures.
As a little bonus again, and I may do this for every post, here’s another wallpaper I scrounged up for you all. Enjoy!