Latest Hatsune Miku Videos in High Definition – Virtual Singer Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

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Hatsune Miku DVD

Official jacket for the upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release.

Good news for all you Hatsune Miku fans: the virtual diva is ready for you to enjoy in high definition. Ever since her US debut in Los Angeles this past summer, bootleg copies of her concert have been appearing and quickly shut down on YouTube and other video sites. Luckily, Sega is now sharing some wonderful HD footage of the event that you don’t want to miss. Watch the official video below, along with some other sanctioned HD press recordings that give you a good look at the ‘holographic’ pop star. They’re followed by some other great Hatsune HD stuff you’ll want to check out. Seeing Miku in high def isn’t as cool as actually being there in person, but it’s still pretty great, and it’s about to get better. The official DVD (¥6300 or ~$82) and Blu-Ray (¥7350 or ~$97) of the concert will drop on December 21st of this year. Let the Miku madness commence!

The official SEGA coverage of “Mikunopolis” at the 2011 Anime Expo in LA this year is top notch:

Our next video gives you a much better idea of what it was like to watch the event from the press booth. The following 15 minute clip includes most of the first six songs performed at the concert:

Finally, here’s Hatsune Miku performing “Electric Angel”, a fan favorite:

While viciously defensive of their intellectual property, SEGA is becoming more gracious with sharing video of Hatsune Miku for free. The official YouTube channel is slowly releasing more and more great footage from Miku’s concert in full HD. There’s too many wonderful videos for me to embed them all, but here’s one to show you the quality:

On a non-concert note, Hatsune Miku became the official spokespersons for the 2011 Toyota Corolla. As part of that marketing campaign, she appeared in several ad spots. You can watch them individually, or see them in the compilation video below. Putting virtual characters into commercials is far from new (in fact, it’s one of the oldest tricks in the book), but I think it’s really cool that Miku now has enough star attraction to be the face of a major line of cars. That’s Mickey Mouse territory:

For a fake sixteen year old, Hatsune Miku certainly gets around. She’s sold out concerts in Tokyo and Los Angeles, starred in her own series of popular video games, and become the spokesperson for Toyota. As her fame grows, it’s hard to separate out how much is due to the character of Miku, and how much stems from the arrival of a new wave of user-friendly technology. Miku is just one of several artificial singing voices produced by Crypton Future Media using Yamaha’s Vocaloid software. During the LA concert, the other characters (Ren & Lin, and Luka) certainly got their own roaring response from the fans. Could Crypton (and SEGA) create as many new pop divas as they like?

Having seen her ‘in person’, and watching the joy on her fans’ faces when she rose onto the stage, I’m starting to think there’s something unique about Hatsune Miku. Not in her voice or ‘holographic’ performances – those technologies can be replicated and will undoubtedly be replaced as engineers improve upon the concepts. No, Miku’s special simply because her fans have decided she’s special – maybe because she’s the first real pop star of her kind, maybe just on a whim. But while you don’t see them in the HD concert videos, there are thousands upon thousands of fans that write songs for Miku and share that seemingly endless content with each other to their mutual delight. It’s that self-propelling user base for the Hatsune Miku avatar that really makes this diva something special. As long as those fans love making, sharing, and listening to their own music sung by a pretty face, this trend is only going to get bigger. So all you human idols out there better prepare yourselves: Hatsune Miku can ride the waves of popularity as well as any flesh and blood singer, and it looks like her tide is rising. At least for the foreseeable future.

After all, life for a pop star is never certain…even if you’re synthetic.

[image credit: SEGA]

Discussion — 5 Responses

  • Joe Nickence November 8, 2011 on 10:42 am

    I’ve been to a few concerts in my lifetime, and I have to say, I’ve never been smitten by a pop star the way Miku has captivated me. I can’t explain it, but I’m not gonna fight it. Yes, someday her popularity will fade. But like all cartoon characters, they’ll put her away for another generation to appreciate!

    • Khannea Suntzu Joe Nickence November 28, 2011 on 10:15 pm

      Or they will update her in ways even Michael Jackson couldn’t keep up?

      Hey she might even have kids, who’ll also sing, or act or whatever.

  • mjlF95 November 8, 2011 on 1:56 pm

    What Hatsune Miku can do that a “real” singer can’t is be the singer for an infinite number of songs. She could be the frontwoman for every band. Her synthesized voice is the lead singer for hundreds of musicians. There is such a wide breadth of music to choose from it’s hard to avoid her and easy to like her. Because of this she can be popular in a way we have not seen before.

  • mark_r November 20, 2011 on 8:16 pm

    This is an incredible money making opportunity. If so many people are willing to shell out real money to see a cartoon with a computer generated voice sing Japanese bubble-gum music, what’s to stop “her” from appearing in 100 places at the same time?

    Imagine how much money will be made by porn producers when the technology to do this is applied to more adult-themed characters. Real pole dancers will never be able to match a cartoon’s build or gymnastics.

  • Khannea Suntzu November 28, 2011 on 10:12 pm

    It is a iconized ‘sexy’ japanese female of breeding age right? Now I am a bisexual, so I can ask myself the question – what would it be like to find this in my bed eager to have sex?

    I mean seriously, the mouth is about a third the usual size, the eyes three times, the limbs are more or less normal but a little off – the movement seems functional enough. I’ll assume she would have a fairly normal if hyperstylized vagina and breasts.

    I think it would be the hell scary, like making love to Jessica Rabbit. I can’t predict skin texture (though that hair must have WEIRD textural qualities) and her vocabulary. I hope she’ll speak English but I am sure that chipmunk voice will sound more relaxed in casual conversation.

    Now this may seem an outrageous, even silly question, but think about it. The iconic figure does play on erotic elements. Quite a few fans out there might allready have a fixation on her. This is clearly moving on the realm of post-cosplay with these Kawai lenses and cosmetic surgery. What if we add AR/VR or even highly advanced nanosurgery into the mix…

    …and what if we rewire the brain?

    This will get very weird, very fast.