Hatsune Miku Set To Gain English Voice

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Hatsune Miku appears to be on the verge of gaining an English version, providing her fans are dutiful enough in fulfilling her wishes.

The announcement of sorts comes by way of an address given to Vocaloid fans at a recent US convention, with Miku creators Hiroyuki Ito and Wataru Sasaki suggesting an English version will be forthcoming if Miku’s demand for 39,390 likes (the odd number is the result of Japanese wordplay: “miku” and “sankyu”) on her Facebook page is met.

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As gathering likes on Facebook is akin to catching flies on flypaper, the statement can basically be taken as an announcement that there will be an English version and the decision is already something of a fait accompli; certainly making a business decision based on Facebook likes is not something which anyone would expect from the decidedly canny businessmen at Crypton.

Crypton have in fact been talking about the need for an English version since 2008, so her recent burst of publicity may well form the momentum for an imminent announcement.

Facebook users wishing to accelerate the inevitable or simply bathe in her exalted virtual light can proceed to her profile here – with over 33,000 likes already it seems it will not be long in coming.

Just whether this will be a success is another question of course – Miku’s success so far is essentially the result of an extremely strong community of (Japanese) artists and musicians, rather than any central group under the control of Crypton, Yamaha, Sega or others, so her dual nature of both being a virtual idol and a creative tool may yet complicate her establishment overseas.


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    Avatar of Nadeko
    Comment by Nadeko
    04:58 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    sorry english people, but I'll stick with my Japanese voice, it's nothing personal but I prefer the original.

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    Comment by Kuha
    03:03 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will always be the original o.o

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    03:16 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I hope it'll be an English interfaced version still with Miku's original voice and perfect english pronunciation instead of one with new voice samples done by a 4Kids QUALITY voiceactress..

    I'd buy it if its the former one.

    Avatar of Uzza
    Comment by Uzza
    04:04 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The voice actress will be Saki Fujita, so that is one of your worries gone.
    The question is, will they be able to make her a good enough English speaker to give Miku an worthy English voice?

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    Comment by Schrobby
    04:13 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    They will. The voice will then be fine tuned to sound like the japanese original. No problem at all.

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    Comment by YakomoFujikawa
    03:17 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    THE HORROR!!!!

    Avatar of Kuha
    Comment by Kuha
    03:08 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They will use the same samples, why they would need a new one? lol

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    03:23 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Miku is our goddess and nothing more shall be needed

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    slowpoke.jpg

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    Comment by Queit Otaku

    huh... i don't know if thi is as good or it sounds or possibly the worst thing to happen to her

    Avatar of YakomoFujikawa
    Comment by YakomoFujikawa
    03:14 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It was inevitable! I for one can't wait to get my hands on it :3

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    03:25 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    English Miku songs will flood the world. All enemies of are going to drown.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hum, actually Schrobby reflect this site the most... which can be seen as a compliment if you dwell into idiocy.

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:57 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Of course he does - he makes half the comments on here! ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Which are all mostly stupid.

    21:04 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Schrobby makes the viewers scroll down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 16/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Stop talking, Schrobby. Your idiocy becomes more apparent each time you open your big mouth.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    04:10 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    You're agreeing with yourself? lulz

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    Comment by Schrobby
    04:24 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Aw, I think trolls are kinda cute. Seems I'm quite popular. ^_^

    My avatar? It's Kyon's sister. I shopped it a bit to prevent the paw and tail getting cut off. I don't know where I found it, I had it on my HDD for months. Probably one of the various booru sites.

    04:31 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh the fans love ya Schrobby. :)

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    Comment by Maderlulz
    04:13 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Poor Scrobby and her/his nekomimi avatar getting picked on by trollons. About that, what is the source on that avatar?

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    11:14 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @Schrobby:Nekomimi FTW!

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    Comment by TK-Chan
    09:38 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oooh, those mythological high school kids that get kicked into garbage cans? Honestly, I only see that in movies, but never in reality... I guess I lived in the dull side of America for 6 years now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Oooh, those mythological high school kids that get kicked into garbage cans? Honestly, I only see that in movies, but never in reality... I guess I lived in the dull side of America for 6 years now.

    Yeah, get out of that piss-poor dump you call a state.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby

    Aw, I think trolls are kinda cute. Seems I'm quite popular. ^_^

    My avatar? It's Kyon's sister. I shopped it a bit to prevent the paw and tail getting cut off. I don't know where I found it, I had it on my HDD for months. Probably one of the various booru sites.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Schrobby's probably one of those kids in highschool who gets tripped and dumped on garbage cans by the cool kids.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh god good thing I'[m not the only one who thinks that this Schrobby dude is an annoying twat!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 16/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    GET OUT OF HERE STALKER.

    Avatar of Barbarian of Gor
    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    03:13 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Awesome! I'm all for this!

    Avatar of TK-Chan
    Comment by TK-Chan
    03:12 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    The another question is... Will the English voice meet up to our expectation?

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    Comment by Megidola
    03:34 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Does that image represent the effect of Miku gaining an English voice?

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    03:47 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sorta, only hotter and more abstract.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    04:26 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Can a goddess ascend?

    04:33 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Into space.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    04:13 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The Ascension of Miku?

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    11:09 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That image is actually MIKU Append,right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Wait! What is this, her power level is over 9000" "9000 thats impossible"

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    Comment by alex251
    03:49 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I imagine that the picture could represent the creation of the first Miku-bot...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No pantsu is also win. *drools*

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    04:02 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Other than she has pantsu on in the img.

    Avatar of MoeMoeKyunBeam
    Comment by MoeMoeKyunBeam
    03:53 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and less pantsu

    Avatar of TK-Chan
    Comment by TK-Chan
    05:27 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can see her molting out of her usual Miku to become Insane Hatsune Miku... She's soon to be Jesus. Just that she won't be able to walk on water.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    04:05 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Miku can truly become international if this works out right. Maybe even some PSP games for the west? That'll be interesting.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    03:47 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I guess we will support her even if the English release sucks. What else do we have to do...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    spread the word as her followers we should spread it and turn them into us!

    ALL HAIL MIKU!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're a mindless drone.

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    11:10 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    and you're a mindless Anon

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    00:29 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yea...I'm sad....NOT!

    Comment by Anonymous

    >>and you're a mindless Anon

    And your non-anonymity still makes you a mindless drone. Sad much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 16/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Lol, sheep.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    03:15 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    who knows at this point....

    ...and so General Hatsune is poised to strike the U.S. with all her might the vocaloid empire shall go down as the undisputed world power in history.....

    ALL HAIL GENERAL HATSUNE MIKU!

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    03:48 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Damn, that took a long time to get posted here...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

    03:30 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Conquering Europe was the first step.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    General? I think not.

    "Ascending Empress of the World by Divine Right" seems more appropriate.

    What else can you call a being that can be everywhere at once and bring the entire civilised world together without needing to make use of force?

    Miku = True "Shin-sekai no Kami"

    Avatar of TenguSan
    Comment by TenguSan
    04:28 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    She has already conquered large portions of South America already! (Argentina & Brazil)

    Invasion of the states is imminent. Resistance is futile.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:19 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    She just better not try for Russia... we all know how well that turned out. And following this analogy, all Jews should stay the fuck away from Hatsune Miku for their own safety!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @6:43
    Actually, Miku is as 3D as it gets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    this makes 2d superior to 3d!!

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    Comment by Maderlulz
    03:44 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    General Hatsune is as fearsome as Adolf Hitler she's even tone-deaf to boot. HAH.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Please god!

    No lady gaga songs by hatsune miku

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    Comment by HouseLife
    08:31 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    *sigh* Why does nobody ever think about what 'mainstream' means anymore when they speak? Explain exactly why it's a bad thing if Hatsune Miku becomes this proverbial 'mainstream' you speak of. Really, I'm interested. And try saying out loud to yourself what it is you are typing, and perhaps you'll realize it sounds kind of silly when you hear it back at yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    why do fuckers always wanna screw things up by making it into english....

    how bout they make another vocaloid that speaks in english.

    bitches and whores.

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    Comment by steph
    10:57 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    at 09:33:

    they already have. several times. when used correctly prima's actually pretty fuckin' good...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this time, WE SHALL FIGHT ON THE BEACHES

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    Comment by Seravee
    02:43 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>I think he's worried about it getting the "Naruto" affect/treatment or something like that, you know like when Naruto was brought to the states.... I think...

    kind of, there is the possibility that she will become popular in the U.S.
    When she becomes too popular, she wont be something "special" anymore. It will become boring to hear her, and she will go down again. Just like it always happens... at least for me

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    Comment by demonhaseo
    14:23 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he's worried about it getting the "Naruto" affect/treatment or something like that, you know like when Naruto was brought to the states.... I think...

    Avatar of steph
    Comment by steph
    06:43 24/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    BAAWWWW MY SECRET CLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUB

    she's already mainstream, you idiot. also, becoming english won't do anything -- if it did, then all the other english vocaloids would be mainstream already.

    christ, you're stupid.

    Avatar of Seravee
    Comment by Seravee

    great, now hatsune miku will become mainstream shit...

    why do they always do this?

    Comment by Anonymous

    ALL HAIL HYPNOTOAD, I mean ALL HAIL GENERAL HATSUNE MIKU! Damn it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sent shivers down my spine... And why the heck 39990?!?!?! Mystic number or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    -north america fall sin the 1st hr- xD

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    07:07 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another marketing driven choice, Luka is the English singing Vocaloid, Miku sings in horrible Engrish, thats the way things are, but that's probably not how things looks to marketing.¬¬

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks like it may actually happen at this time the page has a little over 37,500 likes.

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    Comment by Etherstar
    11:13 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL HAIL NEGI-TANNIA!!!!!!

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    Comment by demonhaseo
    14:25 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Considering that plenty of English-speakers already use the Japanese version and produce songs in total Engrish, I don't think that quality will be a problem.

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    Comment by Megidola
    04:23 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's actually fairly complicated to make Miku sing in Engrish, I've not seen it done very often.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    04:29 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's hard, the pronounciation is very different. German is easier, but also not done often. I found Miku singing german opera, not too bad.

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    Comment by Zashiki Warashi
    11:07 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I guess you meant Zauberflöte
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr9fbQzNpqA

    quite nicely done, I'd like Miku to sing more operas

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    11:11 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's pretty good!

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    Comment by Ray
    06:38 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ever heard of a voice actress by the name of Christina Valenzuela? She's done english translations of anime openings, and endings, and is quite the anime fan for being a VA, as she's also going to voice Mio in K-ON!.

    Short version: Get Christina Valenzuela on the job.

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    Comment by Uzza
    06:43 16/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    One word: No

    Unless it's Saki Fujita, it's not going to sound like the Miku we all know and love.

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    Comment by Uzza
    08:24 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Way to completely miss my point.

    Saki Fujita is the voice of Miku. They user her voice as the base to get Mikus voice, and going from another base voice will definitely make Miku sound very differently in English compared to Japanese, which is something very bad.

    Also, they don't care if the voice provider can sing or not, that's why they choose Saki Fujita in the first place. The Vocaloid engine can handle the singing part.

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    Comment by Shuubi
    08:48 16/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    what so if she can sing japanese that means she can sound like Miku?

    Unless it's Saki, this is a dumb idea. Miku's voice is part of her character and changing that would ruin everything. Like it or not, her voice is part of what made her popular (along with her character design)

    Personally I think this release is doomed to fail because the software is so expensive and I doubt enough people in the west would buy it. Out of the people who use Vocaloid already(in the west, I mean) how many do you know that have a legit copy of the program? Everyone uses the pirated 'Pocaloid' crack.

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    Comment by TK-Chan
    09:34 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Exactly why I questioned the quality in the first place. The Miku's voice and appearance as of now is what caused everyone to be so drawn into her in the first place. (The respect should be given both to Vocaloid, Yamaha [I think it was Yamaha...] and Saki Fujita)

    However, IF they were to bring up the English version, I'm afraid they will bring some other English Voice Actress to cover up Miku's voice. Then, if we were to compare to Japanese Miku's voice and the English Miku's voice, it would be different and then that wouldn't be Miku anymore...

    Honestly, it should be Saki who's doing the English but if they decide some American voice actress will do it, I give up.

    It doesn't matter whether the voice actress can pronounce the word or not. In the first place, didn't Vocaloid go by the pronounciation of each letter in the first place? "A" "E" "I" "O" "U". Like as of now, Vocaloid goes by the Hiragana pronounciation right? As long as they let Saki do the alphabet pronounciation, it should be alright... Not that I know anything about Vocaloid anyways.

    @Ray

    By the way, is this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yey_itoPUqo ) What you were talking about? Honestly, she's really not that good of a singer... But what do I know about singing, eh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And what makes you think Saki can't learn english?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What is an "English Voice" ?

    The ability to speak English fluently without flaw?

    Or the attractiveness of the voice that grabs the attention of others?

    If Miku's voice turns out to be different, honestly it's no longer the "Miku" or the "English Miku" anymore. It's more like another Lola for me.

    Again, this is all our opinion. You're speaking yours, I'm giving you mine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. It just wouldn't be Miku without Saki providing the voice.

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    Comment by Ray
    17:03 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    No this is more of her music:
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_playlists&search_query=milkycabbage&uni=1 [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_playlists&search_query=milkycabbage&uni=1]

    I'm not saying "Worship her as her english voice!", just throwing out a thought, it kind of defeats the "English Voice" in a sense without going for an actual english voice.

    Saki has Engrish, not English.

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    Comment by Ray
    08:11 16/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Last time I checked Saki isn't Utada Hikaru. I'm talking if their going for an english voice that they get someone that either is a VA that can sing (Christina), or somehow get Saki to level up from Engrish - English.

    And Christina Valenzuela has sung Japanese before, you can literally look her up on youtube dumbass.

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    Comment by Kuha
    03:10 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/11/16/hatsune-miku-set-to-gain-english-voice/#comment-668040

    Quick explanation... Many people seems to be worried about who will dub when there is such a thing, you only need a voice sample.

    In fact you can take a sample from someone that speaks german and make a japanese vocaloid.

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    Comment by Visa
    14:04 19/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I rather, "what's Japanese stay Japanese, what's American stays American."

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    11:54 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can only pray for a good voice, but I'm skeptical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 16/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    rock bottom expectations are not hard to meet








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