Japan’s computer-generated pop star sells out shows in Tokyo
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.
Miku’s fans expressed their excitement at being able to attend the concert. Yuya Ofuji said, “It was absolutely amazing, it’s like my heart is still dancing. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.”
Hazuki Koide loves Miku so much that she dressed like the singer: “I’ve liked her for a long time and wasn’t able to come to the concert last year and watched it in a movie theatre. But this year I thought that I absolutely had to make it,” Koide said.
Although this was her final show, fans are trying to bring her back for one more big performance. Miku is reported to be the most-requested singer to perform during the London Olympics opening cermony.