Hatsune Miku is a Japanese pop star who draws thousands of fans from across the world. She is tiny, has green hair and sings whatever fans want her to. Hatsune Miku is also a hologram.
Miku is a Vocaloid, or singing synthesizer, created by Crypton Future Media, whose voice was created by sampling the sound of Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita.
Reuters reported that Miku’s farewell concerts on Thursday and Friday sold out within hours of the tickets going on sale, at $76 per ticket. Her final performances were projected onto 24 packed cinemas in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) has announced that virtual idol Hatsune Miku will hold a concert at the 2011 Anime Expo convention. This will be the character’s live concert debut in the United States.
The show at Anime Expo is based on Miku’s “39′s Giving Day” concert (“39″ can be read as “Miku”), her first ever solo concert that was held in Japan on March 9, 2010. Visuals for the show will be provided by SEGA under the overall supervision of Crypton Future Media, the company that created the Vocaloid synthetic voice software used for Miku’s music. The concert will feature holographic 3D projection, which was not used in the original “39′s Giving Day” concert.
Blogger Danny Choo, who is attending the convention as a guest of honor, revealed that he will also serve as MC for the concert and related events. According to Choo, the other Vocaloid characters Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, and Megurine Luka will also make appearances.
Miku was recently chosen as the image character for a U.S. ad campaign for Toyota’s 2011 Corolla.
Anime Expo is being held on July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The concert will take place on July 2 at the Nokia Theater, sponsored by SPJA, Crypton Future Media, SEGA, Tokyo Kawaii Magazine, and Toyota.