San Francisco to Host Hatsune Miku's 1st U.S. 'Concert'
posted on by Egan Loo
The New People center in San Francisco's Japantown has announced that it will host what it describes as "the first-ever U.S. appearance" of the virtual idol singer Hatsune Miku during the J-Pop Summit Festival on September 18. The center will hold a "digital film concert" for this Japanese idol singer whose "voice" is generated on-the-fly by computer software; Crypton Future Media created her as its first "Character Vocal Series 01" release based on YAMAHA's Vocaloid2 vocal synthesis engine.
The character already appeared "live" in concert in Japan via a 2D screen in 2009, and she made holographic "appearances" in later concerts. She also starred in a computer-animated music video which shipped on DVD in July.
New People's Viz Cinema theater will also host screenings of Satoshi Kon's Paprika and Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second, as well as the live-action films Death Note, Death Note II: The Last Name, and Detroit Metal City. Gloomy Bear creator Mori Chack and Otaku USA editor Patrick Macias are among the guests at the festival.
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