Manly Miku apparently not having proved a debacle enough, Hatsune Miku finally has an official American version, although not everyone seems likely to be overjoyed by the design selected.

The winning version, by American artist “Exiled Artist“:


The version was solicited from the public in a competition to create a design for the upcoming “J-Pop Summit Festival” organised by Crypton’s “Piapro” site and San Francisco’s Japan Town:

J-POP SUMMIT Festival is held in Japan Town, San Francisco on 27th and 28th August, 2011.

This year, collaborates with Japan Town on the festival based on the theme of “Gambare Nippon”, and we collected ideas for the design of street banner in Japan Town and a model sheet of “American Hatsune Miku” which people imagine. Consequently, we have received a lot of feedback and applications from not only creators in Japan but also creators all over the world! Thank you very much!

Crypton have acknowledged the version so fans are now stuck with it:

We have adopted the work of a creator in the U.S. and the prize is a trip to Japan for the next Hatsune Miku Live! Congratulations! Miku’s costume in this work pictures her homecoming from L.A. and the work will be adopted on a commercial basis or used for projects related to the next concert.

The competition drew quite a few entries (most of which, it has to be said, are not very good at all, and a large proportion of which appear to be by Japanese artists), an unrepresentative selection of which are visible below:


The selection criteria for the winner are not clear, although Miku has already adopted a cheerleader motif for her charity edition “Ganbare!” Nendoroid, and Japanese certainly have an unrivalled love for such tawdry Americana.

The online Japanese reaction is very mixed, probably not a good sign when it comes to the normally unconditionally adored Miku:


“A cheergirl!?”

“Who wants a cheerleader?”


“It’s good, isn’t it?”

“Miku’s been made into a bitch?”



“It does not seem well thought out.”

“The way yanks love cheerleaders so much is weird.”

“More mundane than I thought.”

“It’s not bad, but it is pretty nineties and overly simple.”

“The proportions are certainly off.”

“I suppose it will pass.”

“It looks like some 10-year-old eroge design.”

“I preferred the macho version.”

“Wasn’t the American version this:”


“That is so much better!”

“I wanted to see something like this:”


“More of this guy’s art:”

american-miku-007.jpg”Pretty nineties, isn’t it?”

“Leave this sort of thing to the Japs, guys.”

“What was wrong with the Japanese version anyway? The wapanese over there seem to like it.”

“When they said ‘American version’ I was expecting a monster…”

american-miku-021.jpg”I thought this version would at least be sporting a six pack.”

“Toyota’s manly Miku was the best.”

Considering the response of American fans to the last effort to alter Miku to fit supposed American tastes, the reaction of actual Americans should she be be foisted upon them will doubtless be interesting to behold.

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    Avatar of Surrender Monkey
    Comment by Surrender Monkey
    06:31 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    If they were going to Amercanize her they should have made her a single mom holding down 3 shit jobs to support herself and her kids. Thats the American Miku today!

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    08:25 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'll be blunt about the 'Americanized' version...

    Miku here looks like the Voc@loid version of "Debby Does Dallas"...

    Give her a cowboy hat while you're at it...And some spurs...

    She has the face, but she lacks the fire...

    You cannot even see her captivating shimapan or her delishushly alluring waki...

    The clothes need to be redone...Preferably with more armpit and pantie exposure...

    Kinda like a cheerleader uniform, but painted with red-white-and-blue...

    Avatar of cats2
    Comment by cats2
    11:28 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Cowboys cheerleader basically. Not that it matters anyways..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 31/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes it matters dumbass! XD

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    Comment by Lexi
    07:33 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't mind the first Americanized version. I thought she just looked more 'sporty' than manly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks to OSTER Project, Rin already has the Cowgirl part down lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it is only the design for banners for a festival that is ONLY 2 days.

    Why so much fuss over a design for a CONVENTION?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, no, the banner contest is separate from this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly, just pick pic19; no decision be made, for she's rocking it out LOUD

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it is.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    08:17 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The original Miku is still, and will always be, the best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Amen to that, John Hayabusa/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\.

    I don't see any need to change Miku's look to somehow seem more appealing to another country. What defines Miku is her original unique look. She's easily one of the most recognizable characters ever.

    If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

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    Comment by Andices
    12:18 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Something that i can agree

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 17/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The original Miku is still, and will always be, the best" -John Hayabusa/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\

    Any fan in the US or outside the US would agree completely.

    Original Miku is the Gold, nay, Aqua Standard.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The cel shaded toyota version is a shitload better than the original, it actually looks like something from a professional

    Avatar of Achiuakuna
    Comment by Achiuakuna
    08:37 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Since when did American single moms work? All those kids are merely welfare bates didn't you know?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But then again she's Asian. Asian American are known to be hard working.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 29/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Shit even foreigners come to America, shit out kids, and collect welfare checks. Yes, I'm looking at you: burrito eaters.

    Avatar of Icy-nee-san
    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    15:07 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    God damn white people running America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both parties have run the US badly. We need moderation, not more extremism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    From where I come from they DON'T GIVE OUT WELFARE CHECKS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Them gringos eat burritos to you know...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Of course they're gonna take full advantage of the traitors running this country to the ground.But thats a different story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Tired of america's stupid nationalism trying to put their flag on everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope you know that the contest is made by japanese?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just you wait, Miku will be in Walmart ads soon enough...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so many great artist on DA and they choose this lame thing? sigh i guess
    it must be a prearrenged thing.

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    Comment by Megidola
    07:54 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make the kids girls of different ages, and they can capture the otaku market for sure...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    #1: prostitute
    #2: harlot
    #3: hooker

    Avatar of Andices
    Comment by Andices
    12:18 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sick, Truly

    Comment by Anonymous

    >3 jobs
    implying the cunt wouldn't just be another welfare case

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Why do they have to Americanize her? Vocaloid is a Japanese and that's it.

    ...Do they wrap Sushi in an American flag before eating it over there?

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    06:52 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's a standard in the US: if it ain't from America, Americanize it.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:58 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I think all the complaining is having a double standard.
    Look at what Japan did to the power puff girls.

    Avatar of Pyrolight
    Comment by Pyrolight
    10:24 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't like the Japanese x-men it is shit.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    09:29 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Personally, i like the character designs of PPG-Z... though the show is too painful to watch unlike the CN Original one (which I really enjoy on the other hand).

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure people have a bias towards decent art. In the PPG's case, the Japanese version's art wasn't horrendous, so people gave it some slack. In this (and previous Americanizations of Miku), the art is unattractive at best, and a 10-year-old's doodling at worst.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah. We're the original China. China is just China-quality USA.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japan fully acknowledges that all they do is pretty much steal things, Japanize and then remarket them. They haven't had an original idea in decades. Hell, the first major manga was based on Disney's designs.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    09:35 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well, neither at least 50% of your childhood favourite cartoons and heroes are that original. Pokemon, Transformers, Robotech, Sonic, Mario, Zelda, Rockman, Power Rangers, etc; they all were based on toys, videogames and long time series from god damn Japan.

    At least when Tezuka "stole" Disney and Betty Boop's design, he came out with Astroboy and Jungle Emperor Leo (that inspired Lion King which people nowadays still ignorantly unaware of). Also, keep in mind that the sparkling eyes design were actually already implemented in Japanese vintage cartoons back in the 30's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This. Japan tends to do a lot of "borrowing" from other cultures. Even their mythology isn't with some modification. Textbook example is my favor creature of "their" lore: the Oni.

    Comment by Anonymous

    None of that disputes the fact that Japan steals everything from other cultures and makes it into the Japanese image before repackaging it. The Japanese admit they do it, only weeaboos try to ignore it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    no we wrap it in bacon because were are fat and bacon makes everything taste better even sushi

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    05:41 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sushi topping a slice of apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Doesn't get more American than that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Actually, apple pie with Cheddar cheese is very traditional British. Sushi I'm not so sure about, though.

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    Comment by Riiya932
    08:01 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Avatar of yaku
    Comment by yaku
    10:32 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe this is as American as sushi can get:

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to order an extra large sushi-bacon cheeseburger pizza with ultra-size fries and a 96-oz Diet Coke.

    What? I'm hungry and I'm on a diet!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Those guys are apparently Canadian. Though I suppose that still makes them 'North American'. :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called fusion.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    10:22 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad part is considering the utter shit that is sushi fusion it is not too far from the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's Canadian.

    Avatar of Actar
    Comment by Actar
    07:32 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's the exact same question I want to ask some translators.

    Cultural imperialism? To prove cultural superiority? Xenophobia? Patriotism? Glocalization?

    Being born and having lived in Singapore my whole life, I feel absolutely zero loyalty to either country and am able to look at this from a outsider's perspective. I believe that cultural products should remain, and enjoyed, as close to the original as much as possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it is definitely imperial dogma at work here. America is out to stake their claim on inferior oriental countries by hitting where it really hurts - your prepubescent cartoon idols.

    Singapore is on the list, but far far down on our priorities since frankly, it just doesn't matter really.

    Oh, and good call on never ever leaving Singapore. Imperialists are just drooling at the chance to get their boots on your neck to subjugate you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're looking way too deep into it. Not everything's a consipracy you know? They're just assuming giving the character American style costumes would further increase it's popularity in the states.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I concur. The original is often the best, also in this case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In other words, same Miku but in different clothes?

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    Comment by kazaza2
    06:45 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just some marketing geniuses that wouldn't know who Miku was if she bit them in the ass.

    Probably graduated from the same schools as the translators who localize manga and anime so Japanese high school kids wind up talking like Detroit ghetto rats.

    Japanese cultural icons should stay Japanese. Whats the problem?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ...Do they wrap Sushi in an American flag before eating it over there?

    no they probably just change the name, in order to safe guard their fragile
    egos, and maintain their perpetual state of denial.

    Comment by Anonymous

    fucken america they ruin every thing

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    u jelly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You spelled "fucking" wrong, weeaboo.

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