Whose Promoting Google Chrome in Japan? Why, a Virtual Idol.

While North America got home-grown popstar got Justin Bieber for Google Chrome commercials, Japan got a homegrown star of its own for Google Chrome ads. Make that, a virtual homegrown star. » 1/18/12 7:00am 1/18/12 7:00am

This Brutally Cute Skyrim Mod Shouldn't Have a Sword

Ask any fan of virtual idol Miku Hatsune. It should have a leek. The character, who always carries a leek, is huge in Japan, and Toyota is even using Miku to sell cars in the West. » 1/03/12 1:30pm 1/03/12 1:30pm

American Kids Totally Baffled by Japanese Virtual Creation

Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol. She exists in the virtual space. In the latest Kids React, a group of kids react to the singer. » 10/03/11 3:00am 10/03/11 3:00am

Can You Spot the Error in the Absurd Controller?

Let's say, you ordered a large, 2.2 feet by 1.4 feet controller that costs $360. The controller's production is contingent on people like you pre-ordering it. » 8/08/11 8:30am 8/08/11 8:30am

This Is a Very Large Controller

This past spring, Japanese peripheral maker Hori said it would make a specialized Miku Hatsune rhythm game controller if enough people pre-ordered it. Enough people did, and Hori made the controller. And it's huge. » 8/04/11 3:00am 8/04/11 3:00am

Let's See What You've Got American Cosplayers!

You're dead wrong if you think the West can't cosplay. It so can. And at the recent Anime Expo in Los Angeles, America did just that: cosplay. » 7/07/11 6:00am 7/07/11 6:00am

Is Lady Gaga Taking Cues from a Virtual Idol?

This week, pop superstar Lady Gaga arrived in Japan, sporting the aqua colored hair she's had for weeks now. She's in the country for a Japanese earthquake charity event. She wore wrist bands that read "Pray for Japan" in English and Japanese. » 6/22/11 2:00am 6/22/11 2:00am

Is This Girl Real or Virtual?

For years, gamers have developed feelings for characters that don't exist in the traditionally tangible world. They might look real, but the characters are a composition of art and reality. They are virtual. » 6/14/11 2:00am 6/14/11 2:00am

Get Ready Americans! Virtual Idol Concert Is Coming.

Virtual idol Miku Hatsune held amazing concerts in Japan that were put together by Sega (and some crappy ones by another company). Sega's bringing her to this year's Anime Expo for her North American debut concert. Vroom! [ANN] » 5/13/11 5:00am 5/13/11 5:00am

A Very Unlikely Mother (Daughter?)

It doesn't matter if she holds concerts or appears in crappy commercials, Miku Hatsune is only virtual and certainly not some 12-year-old kid's mother. » 5/10/11 6:00am 5/10/11 6:00am

The Folks Behind Crummy Ports And Crappy Concerts Are Gulped Up

Japan's 5pb., known for Xbox 360 games like Steins; Gate and crappy Miku Hatsune concerts, is being absorbed into its affiliate company. Oh, 5pb. also has crappy shmup ports. No word if the 5pb. brand will survive. [via ソーシャルゲーム情報] » 4/21/11 4:00am 4/21/11 4:00am

Naked Fan-Made Figure Goes For Insane Price

Virtual idol Miku Hatsune has her own Sega video games, concerts, insane game controllers, and figurines. Whether it's plastic statues for arcade redemption games or detailed collectors' statues, there is no shortage of Miku merch. » 4/04/11 5:50am 4/04/11 5:50am

Digital Idol And Real Pin-Up Girl Blended In Pixels

Even though she's performed in concerts, Miku Hatsune is an entirely virtual creation. Pin-up model Risa Yoshiki, however, appears to be real! In the latest issue of Japanese tabloid Weekly Playboy, both idols, 2D and 3D, come together. » 3/31/11 3:00am 3/31/11 3:00am

Give Blood Like You're In An 80s Sci-Fi Comic

In the days following the Tohoku Earthquake, Japanese people across the country began doing what they could for the relief efforts by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood. Just days after the quake hit, the Japanese Red Cross blood donation centers were running at a surplus. » 3/30/11 2:00am 3/30/11 2:00am

Virtual Idol RAGE!!

Last year, Sega held concerts for virtual idol Miku Hatsune. The concerts enthralled fans and even garnered international media coverage. The latest Miku Hatsune concert wasn't held by Sega, and all it did was piss everyone off. » 3/10/11 2:00am 3/10/11 2:00am