If you are a frequent visitor on NicoNico Douga, you may be have already seen American Miku cosplayer Maxine and her karaoke videos being featured in the General Top100 rankings over this past week. It’s quite obvious that the Japanese Nico denizens have grown quite attached to this young talent as her videos have nearly surpassed the 150,000 view mark in just a few days after being posted. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to hear from the cosplayer herself about all the craze and attention her videos have been getting — as well as her newfound internet fame…


Singing “Miku Miku ni shite ageru♪”

Singing “Watashi no Jikan”

Singing “melody…” (English ver.)

Singing “true my heart”

Below you’ll find a chat interview with Maxine conducted by new Moetron staff member TsanGwanWai and I. (It wasn’t easy getting a hold of everyone in one room as we all live in different parts of the world — Maxine in the Southwest, me in the Westcoast California, and Jason all the way out in the UK…)

[UPDATE: 08.29.08] — Chat interview now translated in Japanese — special thanks to Oudou…

Chat Interview:

(pKjd:) “Alrighty, so we got both Maxine and Jason in here correct?”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Yeah :-)”
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(bluemel:) “sorry she just had to go over her friend’s house . she’ll be here in a couple minutes. is there anything you want to ask me?”
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(pKjd:) “I hear you have an account set up on NicoNico Douga, is that right?”
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(bluemel:) “yes I just got one set up. it was hard to navigate. i don’t know Japanese. Had to use google translator to do it:’(”
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(pKjd:) “Interesting. But I see Maxine is really quite good at Japanese karaoke singing. And I see her Japanese fans agree from reading all the comments she has received on both NicoNico and Youtube.”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Yeah, Maxine’s really good :-)”
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(bluemel:) “Oh thanks. she likes to sing. Sometimes she makes us a little crazy when we have to hear the same song so many times… Ok here she is and I turn this over to her now see ya!!”
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(Maxine:) “Hello Max here!”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Hey Maxine :-D”
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(pKjd:) “There she is! So how are you doing today?”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Been doing much today?”
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(pKjd:) “Sorry for being a little late from schedule.”
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(Maxine:) “Yes I just came home from my friend’s house. Helping her set up for her party.-That’s okay”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Sounds awesome, Hope her party goes well :-)”
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(pKjd:) “Sounds like fun. Well let’s get things rolling then by having you introduce yourself to all our readers out there.”
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(Maxine:) “Thank you. I’ll tell her! I am Maxine Ortner, 10 years old. I love to dance and sing and always love being on stage. I have many friends that i love hanging around! I also love to make fanart and read manga!”
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(pKjd:) “Ah very nice! So about your Vocaloid videos, how you do feel personally about all the attention they have been receiving?”
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(Maxine:) “Well its kind of a shock that they got this big. But I am really happy of how it all turned out.”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “What did you enjoy most about making the videos?”
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(Maxine:) “Well i liked wearing the costume and singing in miku tone.lol”
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(pKjd:) “Do you do a lot of karaoke singing in japanese?”
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(Maxine:) “Yes,Tons and Tons of it!!! I know a lot of songs!”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “do you find the pronunciation of the japanese lyrics hard for you?”
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(Maxine:) “Sometimes it is, but other times it isn’t as hard as it sounds.”
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(pKjd:) “Oh I have to ask, who designed that wonderful Miku costume of yours?”
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(Maxine:) “My mom did of course!:-)”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “I want one myself :-)”
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(pKjd:) “lol!”
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(Maxine:) “Lol. I bet you’d look good in green hair”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “How did it feel after you finished the video and posted it online?”
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(Maxine:) “Well first i wasn’t surprised because I thought 400 was about as close to big it would get at the moment so I was happy but when it got over 100,000. I was really happy!”
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(pKjd:) “Okay one thing I noticed, you guys are continuing to upload more Vocaloid cosplay videos online. Just how many more do you have recorded? And are you planning to make more in the future?”
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(Maxine:) “Yes we have posted more. Season 2 of Miku will be up after all the ones with the orange background.”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Do you think you will cosplay as any other characters besides Miku?”
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(pKjd:) “Like Rin maybe? that would be awesome!”
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(Maxine:) “No not Rin but i might cosplay Akita Neru The 1st fanmade one.”
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(pKjd:) “Even better!”
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(Maxine:) “^_^”
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(pKjd:) “Do you want to visit Japan one day? If so why?”
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(Maxine:) “Yes I want to see the temples and cherry blossoms, and also see voice actresses like Aya Hirano.”
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(pKjd:) “Oh I got to see Aya Hirano perform last year at Anime Expo :3″
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(Maxine:) “Yes I’ve heard she went there. After I heard that I really wanted to go. But i couldn’t. It wasnt around in Texas.”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “What would you say is your favourite Vocaloid song?”
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(pKjd:) “good question :D”
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(Maxine:) “Miku Hatsune singing “You” From Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni.”
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(pKjd:) “Oh I love that song a lot too. Have you worn the Miku costume at any conventions?”
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(Maxine:) “My favorite song with my favorite Vocaloid… No the convention we go to is not here yet but I will wear it there to Oni-Con and Ikki-Con.” Also Cosplay Day Out.”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “I wish I had conventions where I live”
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(Maxine:) “I’m sure you will one day ^^!”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “lol hope so. If Hatsune Miku was real, would you visit her Live Shows?”
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(Maxine:) “Definitely!”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Who would be your next favourite Vocaloid besides Miku?”
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(Maxine:) “I don’t know. I Really like Kaito!”
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(pKjd:) “niisan!”
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(Maxine:) “Lol”
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(pKjd:) “I really like Meiko a lot too”
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(Maxine:) “Ya all of them are really cool!”
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(pKjd:) “Just out of curiosity, do you plan to sing any of the ryo/supercell songs? Like “MELT”, “World is Mine,” or “Love is War”? Those are really popular on Nico Nico Douga.”
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(Maxine:) “I really want to learn Love is war! That scream would be really fun!!”
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(pKjd:) “You should definitely do it! I’m sure you’ll receive a massive response from your Japanese fans :3″
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(Maxine:) “Lol Thanks!”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “Could you give any advice to other people if they want to do something similar to you?”
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(Maxine:) “Ya! Why not? All you have to do is Smile And have fun with it!”
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(pKjd:) “August 31st is the one year anniversary of Vocaloid 2 and Miku Hatsune’s debut to the world. Do you plan to do anything special that day?”
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(Maxine:) “Wow really!? I guess I’d learn a brand new Miku song! And show it to my friends and say “Today is Vocaloid 2 day!!!!””
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(TsanGwanWai:) “That’d be great !! Post it online and I’ll be the first one to watch it :-D”
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(Maxine:) “Okay ^^”
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(pKjd:) “Well we want to personally thank you for your time and wish you all the best luck in the future Maxine. This interview will definitely be an enjoyment for all your fans out there. Are there any last words you want to say before we leave tonight?”
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(Maxine:) “Well thank you to all my fans and thank you for the interview. I had a fun time:-)”
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(TsanGwanWai:) “I’ll give you my full support for your videos Maxine!!”
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(Maxine:) “Thank you!”
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(pKjd:) “Same here. I’ll let you know when this interview will be posted on Moetron.com. Your videos will also be featured on there.”
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(Maxine:) “That would be nice thank you!”
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(pKjd:) “Thanks again and take care!”
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Singing “Hare Hare Yukai”

Singing “LOVE Tropicana”