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Sep
08

Say Hello to the Miku Spin-offs


Image source: Piapro

When something becomes awfully popular, people will start basing a lot of characters off of it eventually.

Especially when the said popular object happens to be a moe vocal synthesizer that’s extremely customizable.

(VOCALOID-ism Part 3)

I could go and list every one of them ever made, but that’s like listing every species of fish living in the ocean. Submitting a post of that length could probably kill WordPress, so I won’t do that.


Note that this picture isn’t complete. O.o

Instead, I’ll list the more prominent ones here, then maybe shoot off some of the less prominent ones that I’m aware of, then as for the rest of lot, Google’s your best friend. 😉

Hachune Miku

Probably the first spinoff, this chibi-sized Miku debuted in the most popular Miku viral of all time: Ievan Polkka.

VOCALOID2 初音ミクに「Ievan Polkka」を歌わせてみた
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Hachune appears in many other Miku videos as well, usually as comedic relief. Take ハト (pigeon) for instance:

【初音ミク】ハト【PV】
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Obviously, Hachune has no voice of her own, though she has that signature face and leek swinging.

Yowane Haku

Haku’s a mascot for all the failure Miku song creators out there; those yet unable to produce anything more than a mechanical-sounding voice out of Miku. To quote a source:

Yowane Haku (弱音ハク) – Her name means “Speaking weak words” (‘Speaking’ here has connotation of a pent up sigh or muttering). She gets her start from a thread in 2chan where a user commented “I bought Hatsune Miku for her cute looks but no matter how hard I try, I can’t get anything better than mechanical sounding songs out of her. An artist took this and ran with it to create Yowane Haku, an alter ego of all unskilled users of Hatsune Miku. Haku is a sad Vocaloid who just can’t sing as well as Miku. She is always crying because of her frustration and vents her frustration by drinking. Her image colors are silver and purple. Her character item is a sake bottle.

So in short, Haku’s a depressed VOCALOID (or rather, VOYAKILOID) who drinks and emos all over the place. She’s one of the most popular spinoff, appearing in a lot of fanart. This might be the original artist, but I can’t be sure, since a lot of people draw fanart of her anyway.

【弱音ハク】「voyakiloid」 song by 弱音ハク
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She doesn’t seem to sound that much different from Miku…but maybe that’s just me. She’s usually seen holding that sake bottle of hers (does it ever empty?).

Akita Neru


Image Source: Piapro

Akita Neru (亞北ネル, which sounds like “I’m tired. Gonna go to sleep.”) was came about when a 2chan user began trolling Hatsune Miku (and all other VOCALOID) threads on the board. A user commented that he wouldn’t get angry if the troll happened to be a cute girl, and hence (thanks to some artist) Neru was born.

Source

Akita Neru’s an orangish-yellow character, famous for having only one of Miku’s twintails, and is usually depicted as a tsun-dere character, jealous of Miku’s success. She also carries a matching foldable cellphone around, and is sometimes depicted as having a crush on Kagamine Len.

Here’s a 3D PV of Neru, which seems to be scenes from a game (probably eroge):

【亞北ネル】伝えたいけど飽きた寝る【PV】
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Zatsune Miku

Not much is known about Zatsune Miku (雑音ミク), but from what I can tell, she’s a sadistic VOCALOID. Her theme colours are black and red, though her costume appears to differ among artists. I don’t have any real song concerning her to show you though, sorry, so here’s more fanart to compensate:


Source: Piapro

Also sometimes depicted as evil.

Mikuo Hatsune


Source: Akibakko

Basically a male Miku. Not much difference, except for the fact that he has no twintails, and wears pants instead of a skirt. No video here either.

Kasane Teto

My personal favourite.

Kasane Teto (重音テト) is a little different from the other spin-offs mentioned above. Teto is actually voice data for a separate piece of software, UTAU, which in turn is a spin-off of the VOCALOID software. Teto was created as a prank on 2chan (“oh look, a new VOCALOID by Crypton wwwwwww”), but somehow she became popular on her own.

Kasane Teto has reddish-pink hair, with curly drill-like tails at the sides. Her matching costume has no tie or digital sleeve thingy, having lots of buttons instead. She’s also associated with french bread, or as we call it here, roti john, and is usually depicted as younger or more innocent than Miku.

【重音テト】旅の途中(仮)【UTAU】
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Teto’s pitch is pretty high, to  the point that some comment it as “chipmunk-like”. The words don’t blend well either, but then again, this was a 100% fan-made “VOCALOID”.

Oh, and it has its own page too here.

One last one:

BLACK ROCK SHOOTER


Image source: Akibakko

This one is different from the others too. It was never meant to be associated with Miku when it was created.

BRS is one of the characters drawn by an artist who goes by the nickname of huke. His art style happens to be gothic, by the way.

Anyhoo, ryo, a decent Miku song composer, saw huke’s BRS, and thought it resembled Miku (since any twin-tailed character must have been based on Miku >.>). ryo then approached huke with the idea to create a song for BRS using Miku’s voice.

huke agreed, and eventually, this music video was released:

初音ミクがオリジナルを歌ってくれたよ「ブラック★ロックシューター」
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The video hit #1 in the VOCALOID weekly ranking instantly, and stayed up there for a few weeks. As of now, its position is simply fluctuating in the ranking itself, among ryo’s other creations.

As soon as Miku fans (including me) saw the video, some of them became BRS fans as well. More fanart of BRS started cropping up, some of which depicted Miku AS BRS, while others depicted her as a separate character. Some fanart below:


Source: Konachan


Source: Konachan

BRS’ theme is black; her coat and pants black, her…undergarments (which happen to be her only pieces of clothing besides the coat and pants) are black, and even her hair is black. Her skin is usually drawn as pale, and she posseses two weapons: a katana which she wields with her right hand, and a rocket launcher which is attached to her left when summoned. Her eyes are blue, and her left eye burns with a blue flame. Her coat also has a star crest, and she resembles Lenalee from D.Gray-man.

Well, that’s it then. I suppose you could scour the Internet in search of others like Hagane Miku and Iku Acme, or even the other non-Miku VOCALOID spin-offs. The possibilities are endless.

This will be the last of the VOCALOID-ism series, since this is about it for basic intros. I hope any VOCALOID newbie (which may include you) who read this had a great time doing so.

The next VOCALOID-related post may well be on the new joint blog, since we’re moving very soon! 😀

And for the lulz:

【完成】初音ミクの暴走【アニメ化】
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15 Responses to “Say Hello to the Miku Spin-offs”


  1. September 30, 2008 at 1:04 am

    YOWANE HAKU IS ❤

  2. October 3, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Awesome but isnt Zatsune Miku just hatsune inverted.

  3. October 4, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Awesome post, I didn’t know there were that many different spin-offs, I had seen a few but some of these were new to me. Thanks for all the information and work you put into the post!

  4. October 5, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I are a Yowane Haku. Wahahaha.

    BRS FTW!

  5. 5 TheFuzzy
    October 6, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    @Panther: KASANE TETO ❤

    @Animekirby: In what way?

    @Persocom: You’re very much welcome. ^.^

    @Mizunaga: Rocket launcher arm ftw.

  6. November 16, 2008 at 9:17 am

    thanks for posting this, i was trying to figure out what the deal was for Akita Neru and Yowane Haku. also good to see more info being spread about BRS, it’ll be good when people will recognize her as NOT being Miku, i’d really like to see her character fleshed out more and get more PVs going on her. it might be tough getting her name in peoples’ heads though, since i’m guessing they’re going to associate the name with the song instead of the character. we’ll see how it pans out, ne?

  7. April 1, 2009 at 2:27 am

    haku and miku are the most LOLz! i love haku and miku! ^w^

  8. 8 hagane miku hater 4 life
    April 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    is the one in the top right hagane miku?

  9. 9 karinelegance
    April 18, 2009 at 11:46 am

    HAKU YOWANE IS LOVE <33333

  10. 10 Flame
    April 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    you should have included another somewhat known one, Hagane Miku, who actally is just miku with a goth/Metal look and personality makeover. she is usually attributed to metal miku songs.

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