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Viz Media Announces U.S. License for Hatsune Miku

by Naruleach
Jun 14, 2011 1:53 AM | 26 Comments
According to their official press release, Viz Media has announced its U.S. product licensing rights for Hatsune Miku, the popular Vocaloid virtual pop singer that has become a massive pop culture phenomenon in Japan.

Recently, Hatsune Miku appeared on the U.S. market in a 2011 Toyota Corolla commercial. Supercell's song “The World Is Mine", which features Hatsune Miku as the vocalist, reached #4 on the iTunes World Music charts. This summer, Hatsune Miku will also perform at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles during Anime Expo.

VIZ Media will showcase Hatsune Miku among its other properties available for product license at the 2011 Licensing International Expo, held in Las Vegas, June 14-16, 2011.

Source: Press release

20 of 26 Comments Recent Comments

HatenaZubon said:
No no no, you guys should just be breathing a sigh of relief because "at least it wasn't Funimation".


Miku isn't ecchi and crappy enough for Funi to take it.

Jun 15, 2011 12:04 PM by Hoppy

AdamHeroKid said:
This is big for VIZ, and it's not even a bad thing people so stop complaining. Crypton were the ones to announce Miku will get an English voicebank too a long while back. Also instead of being ignorant, please look at her wikia page- http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

You only have one post....so I shall explain how MAL works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpvN5woaKI
This is the logic put in to any announcement ever by the masses.

Jun 15, 2011 11:40 AM by Sabinlerose

This is big for VIZ, and it's not even a bad thing people so stop complaining. Crypton were the ones to announce Miku will get an English voicebank too a long while back. Also instead of being ignorant, please look at her wikia page- http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

Jun 15, 2011 10:20 AM by AdamHeroKid

HatenaZubon said:
No no no, you guys should just be breathing a sigh of relief because "at least it wasn't Funimation".


I lol'd pretty hard

Jun 15, 2011 1:05 AM by ycart59

No no no, you guys should just be breathing a sigh of relief because "at least it wasn't Funimation".

Jun 14, 2011 8:57 PM by HadenaZubon

4? sheesh i thought that commercial sucked! lol... good i guess..

Jun 14, 2011 4:06 PM by Neverarine

I thought the Corolla commercials were bad enough.. but now this? D=

Jun 14, 2011 3:46 PM by Cruncher

lol @ Hannah Montana reference.

Jun 14, 2011 3:09 PM by LibertyPrime

I have to start listen to her songs.

Jun 14, 2011 2:59 PM by Avolion

rolddy said:
good for her
she will so be the next Hannah Montana right?

So they are going to use Miku for more LOLs.

Jun 14, 2011 2:49 PM by Valentiln

i dont even know what to say anymore...

Jun 14, 2011 2:33 PM by darknessneko

ycart59 said:
WHO LET THIS HAPPEN?


I don't know but whoever did should be fired on the spot.

Jun 14, 2011 1:15 PM by Hoppy

WHO LET THIS HAPPEN?

Jun 14, 2011 1:09 PM by ycart59

YAY MARKETING.

'cause you know....more people liking something thats cool is a good thing.
Unless you're one of those weird freaks who doesn't know how to share....

Jun 14, 2011 10:30 AM by Sabinlerose

;~;

Jun 14, 2011 9:58 AM by Soundtrack

SurferDude said:
I sense a disturbance in the Force...

^ this ^

Jun 14, 2011 9:11 AM by Hellmonkey

In before CD-I level marketing and implementation

Jun 14, 2011 8:35 AM by Hoppy

I sense a disturbance in the Force...

Jun 14, 2011 8:33 AM by SurferDude

Hmm...let's hope that more of the Vocaloids will get released as well! That would be a dream come true.

Jun 14, 2011 8:00 AM by Gone__Forever__

Ho... I want to hear her voice when she sings in english. :D nice~

Jun 14, 2011 6:22 AM by Niitatsu