Konnichiwa, Mikuites! I got the idea to write this post two weeks ago, but due to certain outside things *cough*college*cough* I didn’t get to write it till today. So it’s only a coincidence that it happened to fall on the week of my favorite 2D idol’s birthday! That’s right, it’s Miku’s 4th birthday (or her 4th time turning 16, if you so prefer).
I have loved Miku since the day of her debut (though I never imagined she would grow this popular). When I first saw Miku, my initial thought was, “Wow, this is the future of music.” Little did I know, fast forward a quick 4 years later, that Miku IS the future! :O Below are 3 of the main reasons why Miku means everything to me.
At the mere age of 16, Miku is already living the dream life. Ever day, perhaps every minute, she continues to grow in popularity.
She is the personification of everyone’s dreams––to become famous some day and have fans from all over the world. Miku is an icon of Japan, the symbol of synthesized music at its summit, and she’s steadily becoming an icon here in the US as well. Who knows, one day in the near future, you just may go into your local store and see Miku merchandise everywhere, just as Transformers and Barbie toys have become commonplace in every shop in America.
She already has her own manga and video game. Though, despite fans’ persistence, we’ve yet to see her headline a full-length anime. Yet, she’s already made a cameo in many others, even if she was cosplayed by different characters. (See? Even other anime characters love her!) We can only continue to hope that Miku will one day get the anime that she so deserves. Maybe she’ll play a role in the Black Rock Shooter anime next year? Which reminds me, I have to also (indirectly) thank Miku for my waifu, since BRS probably would’ve never gotten an exclusive OVA, had Miku’s popularity not helped sprung her into a starlet of her own.
As a writer, I hope that one day I too will become a household name and have enough adoring fans out there to fill an entire country.
Teal and black just happen to be two of my four favorite colors, although the truth is I liked them years before I liked Miku. I have no shame in saying that since becoming an anime fan over 7 years ago, I’ve always had a skirt and thigh high fetish. Miku layers all of these things, and even takes it a step farther by adding half sleeves to her arms (who else besides Miku is cool enough to do that?). Yet, what distinguishes Miku the most from other anime characters is her suitably contemporary outfit with its flashy electronics on her skirt and sleeves.
She also always dons those headphone things on her head (similar to how I always have my headphones on while on the computer, as you can tell from my avatar). Of course you can’t forget about the seductive tie. I love girls who wear ties. My love for Reisen Udongein Inaba is a testament to that.
I honestly don’t care about her flat chest, while some people will loathe in a fit of rage about any fan art that displays her with average-sized breasts. I like Miku with or without boobs, as long as they don’t obstruct her petite body. I just enjoy her sleek figure and slender legs.
It’s amazing. Sometimes I feel like Miku was made just for me.
Last, but certainly not least, is her cute voice derived from voice actress Saki Fujita. Miku has a wide pitch range unlike anything we’re typically used to hearing. From her theatrical 01 Ballad, to her peppy Vegetable Juice Dance, to her flirtatious World is Mine (my favorite song of hers), Miku’s assortment of songs match any major pop artist’s, if not greater. In fact out of all her songs, even if it’s one I don’t particularly like, you can’t say it’s because she sang off key. Of course, one can point out that she’s a program and therefore it’s impossible for her to unintentionally go out of tune, but again that’s why I like her. She’s just perfection, inside and out. Her auto-tuned voice may be an acquired taste, but I enjoy it, since it fits especially well with her futuristic and technologically advanced theme. If I cared to hear a natural voice, then why would I listen to a virtual idol?
Hatsune Miku smashed the preconceptions that a computer program cannot make a name for itself, much less be cute and admirable while doing it. From performing live on stage at international concerts, to being the source of inspiration for hundreds upon hundreds of MMDs, to being a marketing tool for a major car company…who knows where she’ll go next! If there is such a thing as perfection on this corporeal planet, Miku is the closest to it.
For more history on Miku’s humble beginnings, her present, and future, visit this article on UK Anime Network.