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.
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.
In Japan, selling customized figures can get you arrested. It call also get you crazy amounts of money. Like this one did, for example.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toyota is the world's biggest auto maker. It must be doing something right. This ad, though, isn't one of them.
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.
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.
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.
Granted, it's only March, but this might be the most hardcore music controller released in Japan this year. That is, if it's released.
The music might sound familiar. That's because it is.