We suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened. What with singing robots and virtual girlfriends already having paved the way, holographic pop stars seem almost like an inevitability. So, it’s really no surprise that Japan’s latest pop sensation is a holographic teen idol who looks like a cross between Sailor Moon and “Hit Me Baby One More Time”-era Britney Spears. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still creepy.
Hatsune Miku is a product of Japan’s popular Vocaloid software scene, which enables song writers to generate authentic-sounding singing on their PC’s by sourcing vocals from a virtual library of thousands of voices and effects. Fans can write and record songs for fictional characters like Hatsune to perform, which is all well and all in the virtual world, but Japan’s Crypton Future Media took the idea one step further. The company is taking their hologram out on tour with a live backing band (poor guys! imagine how they must feel) to perform before a crowd of thousands of adoring fans. No, really. We’re not kidding. Thousands of adoring fans.
Check out the HD video below to witness the wonder and horror of it all for yourself: