♥ The Pretty Otaku

A Chance Encounter with Hatsune Miku

Posted on: February 2, 2010

 

Hey there!

Today, when I was out with some friends for lunch, I saw THIS CAR in the parking lot of the restaurant!

 

OH MY GOD IT’S A HATSUNE MIKU CAR!
I squeed with fangirlish glee, started singing “Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru,” and snapped pictures like a mad fiend. 

I am so jealous of whoever owns this car. Miku is such a cutie. I’d love to have a Miku car! 

 

I’m also very impressed with all the costume details they included. Her sleeve has all the “menu” options and her headphones are pretty cute too. 

 

There was another cute miku on the side of the car… 

 

And look who else made an appearance! 

 

Vocaloid for the Unaware:

Perhaps you are wondering why I was so excited about seeing this car with this particular character on it. If you are, that means you don’t know the awesome that is Vocaloid, and I’ll have to remedy that situation.

 “Vocaloids” are computer software programs that can be programmed to sing like a human. At this point in time, listeners can still tell that the singer is obviously robotic, but who knows what the future will bring? As of now, I like ot think of vocaloids as any other kind of instrument. It takes a lot of skill to be able to use a Vocaloid well, after all. Maybe a different sort of skill than that required to play a piano, but it’s a skill nonetheless.

Some smart marketer/developer/whoever decided to create cute anime characters to represent each of the unique voices available as vocaloid software. That’s who Hatsune Miku is, one of these characters. In fact, she is the most popular one.

Here is the website where Miku and some other popular vocaloids are sold: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/ 

A popular vocaloid-related thing is for people online to make songs and/or videos with Miku and other vocaloid characters. Some of these are pretty impressive, and alot of the songs are really catchy. Here are some of my favorites.

Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru: an older Miku preview song. How can you not love it?

World is Mine: A newer, cute Miku song about being the world’s number one princess.

Love is War: Miku singing something a bit darker, but still great.

Dreaming Little Bird: A song by vocaloids Kaito and Meiko, two of the oldest Japanese vocaloids.

A cover of the theme from the anime Paprika, done by Kaito. His voice is perfect for it, I think.

Imitation Black: A song by Kaito and two other male vocaloids named Len and Gakupo.

Spice!: A song by Len. I like it alot, it gets stuck in my head.

Dancing Samurai: By Gakupo!~ Never fails to make me smile. C’mon, it’s about samurai and dancing.

Paranoid Doll: A darker Gakupo song.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Matta ne!~
The Pretty Otaku

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