English: Unofficial Hatsune Miku Mix
Japanese: メーカー非公式 初音みっくす
Published: Nov 26, 2007 to Oct 26, 2010
Authors: KEI (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Rush
Score: 7.291 (scored by 2280 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
There is a wide variation of story lines between each chapter. The plots can at times be very hard to follow, but other ones are relatively straightforward. None of them are very well written, they're amusing at best and confounding at the worst.
The art is done by the original character designer of Miku and I have to say, he(?) does not disappoint.
However, the series is nothing beyond some decent art and some silly stories. If you're a Miku fan or you want something that's a little bit out of the ordinary, then it might be worth your time. If not, much better manga out there than this. read more
The manga starts with Meiko returning from work, when she suddenly notices a green-haired chibi-girl in an orange box at the street, just like a kitten. Meiko returns home with her, teaches her to talk and puts on a collar (Obviously a DearS reference). A great start for a good series.
Every Vocaloid characters created at the time are present here. But the catch is, they are completely out of character, every single one of them:
- Miku is a moron, but a cute one.
- Rin is a Tsundere girl.
- Len is a lazy, no-good scumbag.
- Meiko is Miku's parent, always drinking booze/sake.
- Kaito is a replica of Koizumi from "Suzumiya Haruhi". Absolutely carefree.
The personalities fits extremely well though, as the "Hatsune Mix" Manga is a comedy, gag-manga. When it tries to get serious or dramatic, it ends up really cheesy, proving that comedy is what fits this artist the most. Everything from the usual facial expressions to the stereotypic personalities, there's something here for everyone to love.
The art-style is very interesting too, as this is made by a very popular artist. The drawings are pretty amateurish, but shaded in such a way that it looks impressive. There is a lot of weird expressions and chibi drawings though, so you can't help to feel that mangaka is pretty lazy sometimes. It reminds more of a doujinshi from a first-timer on "Comifest" than anything else.
There are only 14 chapters scanlated, but that should be more than enough to get a feeling of how this manga is. If you like jokes connected with personality traits, Vocaloids, or are searching for a good manga to pass some time with, this is the right choice. If you are looking for breath-taking art or a deep story, just watch Hatsune Miku music videos. read more
Because of KEI's characters being only said five and a story being quite lacking with only 5 characters, KEI has added more of the Vocaloid family (MEIKO and KAITO being good examples). However, because they were not his design, their names are never stated.
Begin the review:
As a long time admirer of the Vocaloid culture, finding this manga was heavenly for me. But try as I like, there were times I simply could not cope with the story(-ies). Some were cute and light hearted. Some were awkward and weird. But mostly; they were just plain outrageous.
Thumbs up if you like sillyness! Otherwise, TO THE ART!
Yes, the art in Hatsune Mix is very, very good. You can almost feel why KEI was selected by Crypton to present the boxart. It is simple yet gorgeous, two traits which I favor in manga far before heavy, overwhelming scenes.
If you need yourself a good smile or you're looking for inspiration for your fanmade Vocaloid - it's ALWAYS best to check the very heart and soul of the subject.
Let me put this simply: Vocaloid is a program. It has no personality at all, and the only thing you can judge the looks on is the boxart. Because of this fact, KEI must have had some problems with personalities. You should expect to see plenty of stereotypes, but NEVER go around saying that your favorite Vocaloid is out of character - it never had one in the first place. In the stories, however, they don't seem to be interpreted as actual human beings, but as robots of some sort. You will notice sentences like "So she's one of those Vocaloid things... Cool"
A quick list:
- Hatsune Miku: The 16 year old songstress with a vocal range human beings can only dream to match. She is insanely famous and behaves accordingly but as with the others, she is clouded in mystery, being not at all human.
- Kagamine Rin/Len: The 14 year old mirror images (Note: NOT TWINS). They portray Right and Left, and are two sides of the same coin. For this reason they are both polar opposites but inseparable nonetheless. They have a huge twin complex and cannot sing without the other.
- KAITO and MEIKO: Adult father and mother figures of the house.
Although the story was plain ridicule, this manga is a goldmine for every Vocaloid fan or producer. It gives nothing but pure enjoyment to the fandom: No special pairings or anything. It is extremely innocent, light hearted and humorous. Recommended for a late night read, a boring school day, or any time you need a little smile.
A huge 7.
Definitely a must have/read for Vocaloid enthusiasts, but maybe a slightly disappointing for a true fanatic. That is why I chop 3 off; it was fantastic, sure. But it didn't wow me in any way. read more