By far the most popular among Vocaloid! What kind of character is Hatsune Miku?

Posted by Emi Kawakami on

Music Creation Software "VOCALOID" series that has been released from Yamaha. I would like to introduce Hatsune Miku, who is a typical character among them. For those who know about Hatsune Miku, but not so much about VOCALOID, will understand more about Hatune Miku after reading this.


First of all, what is Vocaloid?

Vocaloid is a software for music creation that allows you to sing based on the voice data that is sampled by typing in the melody and lyrics, and was developed by Yamaha Corporation. Since the February 2003 announcement, it has been developed up to version 4 so far, and, in addition to Japanese language support, is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean languages.


Vocaloid is a voice software for composers in mind!

When it was originally released, Vocaloid was created for the use of chorus parts and such. However, since around the year 2007, when Hatsune Miku was created, which corresponded to when "VOCALOID2" was announced, it gradually increased to be adopted for vocal usage. The reason for this is that the popularity of internet videos has made it easy to post music that you have created on your computer.


The birth of Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku was announced in 2007 as a "VOCALOID2" software by Crypton Future Media, INC. It is the first installment of the "character vocal series" which is a virtual Idol series produced by the concept of giving a visual body to the sound source as a voice to broaden the depth of expression.


There are a lot of vocaloid characters besides Hatsune Miku!

There are 2nd and 3rd versions of different character vocal series produced by Crypton Future Media, INC since "Hatsune Miku." "Kagamine Rin and Len" who are 14-year-old boy and girl, are good with pop music, and "Megurine Luka" who has a husky voice good with Latin Jazz are some examples. In addition to "character vocal series", vocaloid has been announced by other companies. Currently, there are more than 70 types of products outside of Japan.

Hatsune Miku is now the most popular character in the world!

So why did Hatsune Miku become so popular? In fact, before the release of Hatsune Miku, when the image of "Fascination character" was stronger, some seemed to criticize It. However, when it was released, video posting of music using Hatsune Miku, mainly on the video posting site "Nico Nico Douga" became expanded rapidly. Especially, "Ievan Polkka" sang by Hatsune Miku " which created a chance for a new character of the derivative was born.

The songs that are posted using Hatsune Miku were mostly cover songs when released, eventually the amount of original music from the video author gradually increased. There is even a case which lead someone being debut as a musician. And in 2010, the compilation album that gathered all the music produced using Hatsune Miku was released. Live events have been actively held since 2009. Also, "HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016" was held in 2016 in addition to the 5 cities of the Japan tour, a total of 10 cities in America, Canada and Mexico during the North American Tour, 2 cities for the China Tour and Taiwan.


What kind of characters does Hatsune Miku have?

The twin pony tails which reach down to her ankles, in a blue green color is the distinctive look of Hatsune Miku, which is based on the character design of a motif of Yamaha’s synthesizer who developed Vocaloid. The costume has the same tie as the color of the hair in black and white based clothes, and she wears a headset that brings an artistic feel. In addition, she has the mark of "01" on her left shoulder. This is not a tattoo or a fashion statement, it means first work of "character vocal series".


There is also a certified character that was born and derived from Hatsune Miku!

In fact, the official profile of Hatsune Miku is limited. 158cm in height, 42kg in weight and aged at 16 years old. This is due to the intention of the Crypton Future Media, so that it does not limit the possibility of Hatsune Miku as a creative tool. It has become a main factor in the birth of a variety of derived characters. Crypton Future Media INC. has also become a catalyst for new developments, and has started acknowledging the sale of goods as a certified character.


Hatsune Miku's derivative characters

Hachune Miku (はちゅねミク)

She is about 2.5 head-to-body ratio, SD character. She is a very cute character who holds a green onion for some reason. Immediately after the release of "VOCALOID 2 Hatsune Miku," the video "Ievan Polkka" sung by Hatsune Miku was posted on September 4, 2007 and it rapidly spread out.


Akita Neru (亞北ネル) 

A character released on November 1, 2007, the costume has a yellow tie and decorations based on the one of Hatsune Miku. Side tailed yellow hair is her distinctive character. The history of the birth of Akita Neru was from criticism against media broadcasts, about Hatsune Miku which happened in October, and incidents that images could not be searched in google or yahoo. The numerous comments on the bulletin board 'bored (akita)' or 'go to sleep (neru)' were added to calm down the negative impact.


Yowane Haku (弱音ハク)

The character that was published on November 21, 2007. She has a glamorous costume of black and blue, in the hair of the bundled gray hairs. She is a personification of the negative comments on the bulletin board from the beginning of the release of "VOCALOID 2 Hatsune Miku" that unable to handle the desktop music.


Celebrating the 10th anniversary from the original release! Expecting more expansion and development in the future development!

The 10th anniversary of the 2007 release, Hatsune Miku has been popular as Vocaloid as well as a virtual idol, and is expected to expand in the future. As a result, not only Hatsune Miku, but also derived characters will be increased regardless of official and non-certified.

Even if you are not interested in music production, why not follow where Hatsune Miku is going?


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