Miku Triumphs on Letterman


Hatsune Miku’s debut on iconic American talk show “The Late Show with David Letterman” has proven something of a hit with Miku fans, although her choice of song may not please all.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 09/10/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    poor poor david. dude was forcfully smiling thinking to himself "fuck my life "XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 09/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He's retiring very soon. i don;t think he gives a hoot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't understand grandpas son. Some older gens do appreciate anime.... I mean very little of em but they do exist. Who knows, perhaps he is secretly a miku fans and he got tons of miku figures in his basement and doujinshi in one of his hidden hard drives. Men got their own secrets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I thought only women had those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He was a lot nicer then I thought he would be. I applaud him for at least not being an asshole about something he thinks is probably ridiculous. Which is more then I can say for some of these anons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ZOMG! this is ridiculous!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's almost 70 years old. I think we should all cut him some slack if he can't come to terms with and accept something that authors like William Gibson were merely fantasizing about just 15 or so years ago.

    I've heard older people describe Miku Hatsune as an "autotuned Stephen Hawking", and when you take into consideration that many of them were alive during a time when it would have been someone like Jimi Hendrix on stage instead of a hologram, I can honestly understand why they'd have such a bad case of future shock.

    And besides, if David ever thought such a thing, it would have been two years ago, when SNSD performed live on his show.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    00:08 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    It's Hatsune Miku you idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet your pedantic douchebaggery makes you plenty of friends...

    The dirty little secret about people so quick to attempt to correct people regarding their supposedly incorrect usage of a Japanese given name before a surname, especially when speaking in English, is that it's most likely the literal extent of their knowledge of the Japanese language.

    You may think that you're displaying intelligence, while stroking your e-penis over a self-proclaimed victory that you believe demonstrated how much smarter you are than an anonymous poster over the internet, but you're just coming off to the rest of the world as a jerk and a pedant.

    I know people like you, at work, at school, and throughout the rest of my daily life, and the one common feature amongst all of them is that they are hated by just about everybody, with only the most understanding of people being able to, at most, barely put up with them.

    Please, don't be that guy. I honestly feel sorry for people of your ilk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That doesn't require calling them an idiot. Strange to do that on this site, yes, but not idiotic.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:59 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    @14:56 11/10/2014: Story of your life?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hatsune, Miku

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 09/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    holy shit he pronounced the name right

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    cause david letter isnt an idiot, hes well educated :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Ball State
    >Well educated

    pick one please.

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    Comment by ALAKTORN
    04:48 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That took me by surprise, too!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Its pronounced hat-su-neh not hat-su-nei

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 10/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He pronounced it wrong, like all Americans.
    The way Americans pronounce vowels sounds like a super long vowel to Japanese. haaatsuuuneeee miiiikuuuu. Proper Japanese short vowel pronounciation is only 30 ms in duration

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    As far as I understood, length of vowel changed meaning in many cases for words. Pronunciation of vowel is mainly just accent, right?

    In terms of pronunciation he did fine, except a slight inflection on the wrong syllable like westerners are used to.

    Tough to write out breath sounds though. Guess it would be Hah-tsu-neh me-ku-, although I don't know how to write out or describe a cut off effectively at the end of 'ku' so it doesn't get pronounced 'koo' although technically 'koo' is correct, even if meant to be shortened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The last 'e' in Hatsune is short. You don't change your tongue position or mouth openness midway pronouncing the letter.

    Here's how you pronounce the 'e' in Japanese
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VPJIwff3w0I#t=123 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VPJIwff3w0I#t=123]

    For some reason it sounds like native English speakers are adding an extra 'i' at the end of 'e' ('ei') when trying to pronounce it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no one gives a shit

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    Comment by Ultimaniac
    08:10 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a much better pronunciation than most. hearing Ha-tsu-nei is better than hearing Huh-tsu-nay.

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    Comment by 9lantern
    18:31 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All these downvotes on something that's completely correct, lol...

    'は・つ・ね・み・く' is always going to be pronounced hah-tsu-neh-mi-ku (all vowels in this are of short length).

    Weeaboos lashing out and downvoting because their delusions of fluency are being threatened?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is that you pronounced it wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    well arent you just a smartass

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 12/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, ignorance. Completely nothing to do with differences of languages. Japanese are not ignorant when they say "sank you", its all calculated to ridicule english users, right?

    Srsly his pronouciation was slightly off, but everyone would understand.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, shame on this person for BEING RIGHT and knowing how to pronounce it! Instead let's promote American ignorance!


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    Comment by Ultimaniac
    18:53 09/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Horrible song choice. Terrible quality projector. Just use a Japanese song! She's Japanese!

    It's better to hear a nice sounding song and not understand what she's singing than hear a slapped together, high-pitched mess and not understand what she's singing....

    Maybe use a good Japanese song and set up a karaoke style subtitle prompter above the screen or something.


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 09/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.5)

    They tried to Americanize her.

    Conclusion: It's impossible.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:28 10/10/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Toyota already did that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 12/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good Ruck with that. Hotdog love..

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 09/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    that song was hard to listen to, it was like.. noise pollution.. i prefer her songs in japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nor. Mal. Taste.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wapanese deviant queer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 09/10/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Wee. A. Boo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In order to Americanize Miku, she would have to start twerking. The day that happens is the day I decide that it's time to bury myself alive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alright! Bury yourself alive!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Tries to erase memory* *fails*

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mother of God...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think they should have subtitled the English song. There are probably a number of people who didn't even realize it was English.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wait, that was supposed to be English? I thought it was just vocal noise. I could not make out a single word.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That was English?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I thought it was just poor audio and that was why I couldn't catch her Japanese. As if that was English.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Close captions is your friend and the streaming also support from Dave Letterman site, check it out

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I totaly agree with you. Even the tuning was bad. I don't what they was thinking...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they intendet to put miku in a bad light if you know what mean D;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Try hearing the song "Sharing The World" but the MJQ Retuned one. You'll see the full potential of English Miku.
    Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEZpdWa9n3Q&list=UUttJFMzWnbhA2f7GT9m6u-Q

    And this is The David Letterman Show's performance should've turned if the MJQ version was used instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRNZycEaCYY&list=UUttJFMzWnbhA2f7GT9m6u-Q&index=1

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That sounds better, but still not good enough for a "debut" performance. It went from a garbage sounding non-language, to Engrish, which is better no doubt, but it'd still be difficult to understand for many Americans unaccustomed to Japanese language and accents. (yes, Miku can do English, be she's still far from sounding like a native English speaker)

    Garbage non-language<Engrish<English

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 12/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks, that is perfectly audible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Sharing the World" was the theme for Miku Expo. Since it was in English and Letterman has an English speaking audience as the majority. They did "Glass Wall" (also English) at the concert and that could be used too.

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    21:53 09/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But they won't the subtitles because they can't read. Reading subtitles is a skill that mundanes don't have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I understand her speaking Japanese far better than I understood what she said in this song, and I am far from fluent in Japanese (Still far from being able to pass JLPT N5, even). What was she singing?

    Comment by Anonymous

    She's not Japanese. Its a piece of animation with choreographed beeps and buzzes. It can be anything in the realm of so called art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 09/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, but she is designed by japanese programmers in japan, for the japanese demographic by a japanese company.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    She is japanese because her name is japanese. Flawless logic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    lol somebody's butthurt

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 11/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Hahaha what fucking idiot

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 09/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's what I call getting OWNED haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 09/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In fact, Miku was made by spanish programmers from Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

    The first Vocaloid sang in Catalan:


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    Comment by Conduit
    03:12 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 22:21 In fact you're an idiot. The original Vocaloid synthesizer program was developed at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and later developed into a commercial product by Yamaha. Miku however was developed by Crypton Future Media in Sapporo, Japan.
    So yes Miku is in fact designed by Japanese programers, for a Japanese demographic, by a Japanese company.

    In fact, the vast majority of popular vocaloids were developed by Japanese companies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In particular, relatively little work's been done on American English phonemes. There are sounds and combinations of sounds absent in Japanese and most Latin-based languages.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It is only a machine. Miku has no characteristics other than "appeal to target audience" and that audience is American here.

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    Comment by Ultimaniac
    08:06 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's a character made by a Japanese person using voice samples from a Japanese voice actress in Japan. She's Japanese.

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    Comment by Ultimaniac
    13:53 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I'm hearing is a whole lot of nothing. Provide some actual evidence that anything I said was wrong and I'll listen.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shup up stupid tard, for the fault of idiots like you, people think to all miku fans are a bunch of forever alones virgo freacks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 12/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yamaha sound chip that was used in the very 1st Sound Blaster 8bit audio card. Same deal that made her voice in 2007. Was the guy who provided the custom artwork for Miku who should get credit for creating her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 12/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But equal, so the guys of the University of Fabra never make the software Vocaloid, Miku never exist man.

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