Last month at New York Anime Festival, a panel was held with regards to the future of Crypton’s Vocaloid series. It was there were plans of a possible English version of Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software would be under heavy consideration if there was enough demand for it. Fans would be able to display their interest in the idea by visiting Hatsune Miku’s Facebook page. If her Facebook reaches 39,390 “likes” — the number meaning “miku” and “sankyu (thank you)” — then we’ll soon be hearing the now international virtual idol sensation sing in English. That very goal has been reached today.
So the question is, what’s next? Well according to these two sources, Fujita Saki (original Hatsune Miku CV) has already been in the recording studio for sometime now working on the English project. She did study and learn English phonetics by request of Crypton. Last reported, about 1/3 of it has been completed.
2011 is looking to be an exciting year for Vocaloid fans throughout. And even if it did seem like Crypton had already made their decision for the English software prior to this campaign, you have to admire the supporters for reaching that magic number.
There may have been a number of attempts in the past to have Miku sing in English/Engrish, see sample below, but soon you’ll have access to software dedicated to producing that very task.
*2008 English sample using current software:
[UPDATE 11.18.2010] – According to this tweet from Crypton Future Media, there will be an announcement made regarding the English project later this week.