Updated 12:59 PM EDT, Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Meet Hatsune Miku: Japan’s Computer Generated Pop Star Who’s Now Gaining Worldwide Attention

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Japan's computer generated pop star, Hatsune Miku, is becoming an international hit sensation.

Hatsune Miku (which translates to "first sound of the future") was originally created as a simple music application developed by Crypton Future Media for Yamaha's Vocaloid voice synthesizer application, according to CNET. Voice actor Saki Fujita voiced the digital character, which is forever 16 years of age, stands at 5'2", and sports turquoise pigtails that almost touch the ground.

Not only did Hatsune boost the sales of Vocaloid software since then, she also became a cultural phenomenon in Japan and is now gaining worldwide attention, the news outlet added. She is being featured in animated TV shows, figurines, and video games, as well as in the country's racing events. Her image had been spray painted onto race cars since the 2008 Good Smile Racing event.

In 2010, metal plates bearing her image were attached to the Akatsuki Venus space probe launched by the Japan Aerospace Agency, CNET further reported.

Hatsune's international fan base is growing as well. She was featured at Berlin's Transmediale art and technology festival last Friday. In 2014, the digital pop star sung on the "David Letterman Show" and opened for Lady Gaga's The ARTPOP Ball concert tour. Another American concert tour is on Hatsune's schedule in April.

Hatsune's first solo concert was held in Tokyo in 2010, according to Wired. Crypton and Sega spend more than six months designing her shows, each of which is comparable to a 90-minute animated or live action movie. Almost all of the songs that Hatsune performs in her concerts are written by fans.

This month, a new Hatsune interactive figurine was showcased at the Wonder Festival held in Chiba, Japan, CNET wrote. The figurine was a joint project of Yukai Engineering and toy manufacturer Nendoroid. Yukai's iDoll technology displays Hatsune's cheery personality through coordinated song and dance performances.

Video game developer Sega recently showed a sneak peek for "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X," a new game that is expected to be released in late March on Sony's PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 consoles, CNET reported. The game features rhythm-based gameplay that will make players tap out the beat of a song, which becomes more difficult as the game progresses. The original "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" was launched in 2009, making the most recent title as the 11th installment.

The upcoming game has added 70 new costumes, Siliconera wrote. The entire franchise's whole costume collection is now around 300.

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