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Hatsune Miku appears with J-pop legend Namie Amuro in new music video

Vocaloid music still isn’t exactly what you’d call mainstream in Japan, but the genre of virtual idols has made considerable strides in popularity over the last couple of years. Just last month, Vocaloid Hatsune Miku appeared on perpetually popular TV program Music Station, a feat that’s considered a feather in the cap of any performer.

Now, Japan’s most popular virtual vocalist has teamed up with one of its most popular human ones, as Hatsune Miku and J-pop recording legend Namie Amuro have collaborated on a new song and music video.

Since Miku doesn’t have a physical body, Amuro (who’s no stranger to innovative videos) instead ventures into her world, appearing alongside the Vocaloid in animated form to promote their joint project, titled “Be Who I Want 2 B feat. Hatsune Miku.”

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In keeping with Miku’s technological based roots, there’s a heavy use of synthesized sounds. But Amuro rose to fame on the strength of her dance and R&B releases, so in short order there’s also a strong, steady beat bumping along.

The animated medium obviously allows for quick and easy costume changes, but the producers did more than just mix up the two singers’ outfits and makeup. As the video goes on, Miku and Amuro transition multiple time from hand-drawn anime to CG models and back.

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There’s even a point in which the two strap on headsets to play a round of what looks like VR Splatoon This gives us the unusual situation of watching a representation of a virtual idol running around and firing a laser in a second layer of virtual reality.

▼ Wait, if this is a case of double-virtual reality, does that mean Miku is real now?

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▼ Back to hand-drawn style

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At just two minutes and 36 seconds long, “Be Who I Want 2 B” is likely to have fans ready to hit the replay button as soon as it’s done, although it’s possible the album edit, which appears on Amuro’s, is a bit longer. Still, the short and sweet music video is a treat for the eyes and ears, and who knows, it might just be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Source: Twitter/@namieamuro_jp
Images: YouTube/AmuroNamiech

August 31 is Hatsune Miku’s birthday! Let’s celebrate her birthday with a Hatsune Miku official cake!

Not so much for our foreign readers, but if you happen to live in Japan AND you’re a huge fan of Hatsune Miku, then you shouldn’t miss out on this lovely Hatsune  Miku birthday cake. The picture is drawn by popular painter Nardack.  and handmade (well as opposed to being made my robots) by a pastry chef in Hokkaido.

There are two types available; cream and chocolate and serves 5-10 people or two JWS staff members. Or you can  gather all your Hatsune Miku friends and order a double which serves up to 20 people!

They can be ordered now, until the the 29th if you order before 17:30.

<Single size>
Size: 17 × 17 × 6cm
taste: fresh cream and chocolate
Price: 4000 yen (excluding tax +  postage) <double> Size: 22 × 22 × 6cm taste: fresh cream and chocolate Price: 8000 yen (tax not included +  postage)

They are not cheap, but we ordered the cream (we have to think of our waistline) and we will report about the taste asap!

Happy birthday Miku chan!