Although we can bet you’ve seen her adorable face, how much do you really know about Hatsune Miku? At first glance, you might think Hatsune Miku is from a popular anime, however, she’s more of a moe anthropomorphism. Moe anthropomorphisms are characters, often cartoon-like in style, that are used by companies in Japan to represent their brand.
In the case of Hatsune Miku, she is the official moe anthropomorphism of a vocaloid software voicebank that was first released by Crypton Future Media in 2007. Hatsune Miku is marketed as a virtual idol, which is a concept popular throughout Japan and was introduced to the West through English alternative rock band Gorillaz. Her voice is inspired by Japanese actress Saki Fujita and she is styled as a 16-year-old girl with long turquoise ponytails. Its name comes from the Japanese words for first (hatsu), sound (ne), and future (miku), which come together as “the first sound of the future”.
Since her debut 15 years ago, Hatsune Miku has featured in over 100,000 unique songs across the world. She has performed in many sold-out 3D concerts and has millions of fans online. She even made her debut on American television in 2014 by participating in the “Late Show with David Letterman”.
In honor of Hatsune Miku’s continued legacy, take a look at some of our favorite tattoos from the international singing sensation in the gallery below. So let us know your thoughts on this moe anthropomorphism in the comments section on social media.