Holographic Japanese Pop Star Opens for Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s affection for Japan is well-known. She is most certainly a Japanophile, having performed there and taken inspiration from Japanese pop culture on numerous occasions. She’s been upfront about her adoration for some Japanese pop stars, too.
One of those just so happens to be a virtual pop star. Hatsune Miku (the family name in Japanese is listed first) is a virtual idol given a voice thanks to the Vocaloid singing synthesizing software.
Her voice is sampled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Miku is insanely popular in Japan.
She’s just the character and the voice at this point—nothing super crazy like a sentient light-girl a la Loretta from Pixel Perfect.
Gaga announced on Twitter that Hatsune Miku will be the opening act for part of Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball tour from May 6th – June 3rd.
Typically, some fancy transparent film is used to simulate a 3-D performance. Some of the stages on Gaga’s tour will be wrap-around, so fans will get to see an atypical (though not uncommon) setup for Miku.
Miku has also been featured in augmented reality phone applications. Certain areas in Japan are setup so that if a person aims their phone camera at them with the application in use, they will be able to see a virtual concert. Some of these areas are small spaces on counters, rest areas in malls, or even entire buildings.
As you can see, it’s possible that Gaga has even cos-played as Miku in the past.
This isn’t the first time Miku has been brought into America. She’s performed before at her own concerts, and she was featured in these awkward Toyota commercials:
Maybe stick to ninja cats, Toyota.
Another Japanese pop star that Gaga likes is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who has come to be known as Japan’s Lady Gaga, and The Queen of Cute. Kyary is known for her cute or kawaii fashion style and her admirably odd videos. Check out one of her music videos below to get a better idea:
Lady Gaga appeared on a Japanese music show called M Station along with Kyary. Gaga was dressed up in the spirit of kawaii fashion, with a large pink hair-bow and anime eyes painted on her eyelids (which she tried to keep closed as often as possible).
After Gaga’s appearance on the show, Japan’s biggest text-based message board, 2channel, erupted with cries of Lady Gaga’s triumphant victory over Kyary in kawaii-style. We’re not sure we agree, and we don’t think Kyary was too pleased about that.
That looks like a glare of death to me.
Here’s another of Kyary’s videos, Fashion Monster. Please do take note of the bat on her head.