Hatsune Miku’s Popularity Grows in the West


If you’re into Japanese culture you are more than likely aware of a very famous vocaloid named Hatsune Miku. To be frank she is a futuristic voice synthesizer that people can use to create songs just by entering a melody and lyrics. However, Miku has become more than that. She has performed in front of live audiences, and is even the opening act for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Tour.

Last year she headlined the game Project Diva F: A rhythm game where players had to hit designated buttons in tempo with Miku’s and other vocaloids’ music. SEGA recently announced that the upcoming Project Diva F 2nd will now have English subtitles for most of the songs. And to be honest, I would sort of enjoy knowing just what exactly I’m singing when I jam out to her songs in my car.

Interestingly enough, SEGA also just announced Miku will be making her first western appearance on the Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix will make its way to the Americas thanks to the growing popularity of vocaloids. This rhythm game will feature two different modes involving touching the bottom screen to the tempo of the songs. With three different difficulties, players will have plenty of chances to experience Miku’s fabulous music.

All I can say is thank you, America, for finally realizing that as weird as Japan is sometimes, they are really freaking cool.

About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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