Anime just got real

Vocaloid Concert of ‘Hatsune Miko’

Usually I wouldn’t just throw random links around on my blog, but whilst I’m not a fan of that music style and trivially didn’t understand a single word, I’m simply amazed by the technology behind it… and since IC is a technology-focussed mod, I suspect some of you could be interested in this as well.

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47 Responses to Anime just got real

  1. lst says:

    ………. and what?

  2. sirbrandino says:

    Honestly, I have no idea how they did that, and further more, if they did or did not actually produce that image that was filmed. However, if it was how it appears, that’s totally amazing.

    • Alblaka says:

      It’s an animation + synthetic voice, that’s pretty clear and no big secret.

      • koppeh says:

        I think the screen or whatever that is is pretty amazing, it’s see-through, but Miku herself looks very solid.

      • sirbrandino says:

        I’m just saying that if it looks as good as it did on camera as it does irl, then I’m impressed.

        • ninta says:

          it does. they do it using a glass sheet (i asume with some coating) and then point a projector at it from behind. same trick was used for tupac iirc. you can see this when the projector, miku and the camera are in 1 line. youl see a realy bright light in the middle.

  3. LTStingray says:

    I saw this quite some time ago (not this exact video mind you) but it is pretty cool. When people were getting all hot and bothered by the Tupac hologram I was like Oh? it’s nothing new

    Nice share either way though.

    • MorganIsCewl says:

      Bringing life to the dead? Pffft, Japan’s already brought life to a computer. Silly America.

  4. 1234 says:

    holografic image technology exist quite a while, syntetic voice – many years.

  5. Pokenar says:

    I remember seeing something like this a few years back, still rather impressive all things considered.

  6. Ranki says:

    If you notice when the lights get brighter she is just an image on a screen… TV is not new technology :p

    • Alblaka says:

      Watch more closely. It’s a glass-screen of sorts with multiple projectors surrounding the stage and printing the picture onto it.
      Don’t compare it to a basic LED-screen or similar stuff, that’s incorrect.

      As well, since the projectors are on either side, and the glass has two surfaces, they can effectively display two images behind each other, which permits a slight 3D effect (nothing compared to current 3D cinema, but you don’t need these annoying googles)

  7. Karach says:

    I watched it quite a while ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing, what Japs can do with their animation/voice synth.

    And, for the record, it’s Hatsune Miku, not Miko. ๐Ÿ˜€ According to the wikipedia, her name can roughly be interpreted as ‘first sound of the future’. A fitting name, if you ask me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Gaxx says:

    when i heard the first vocaloid songs many years ago i knew this would happen XD
    first came miku, shortly after people created mikumikudance, which today is THE 3D animation programm for japanese amateurs and every year the projection technology gets better and better. it’s only a matter of time until virtual idols will also rush our charts, since they’re easier to please and produce than real singers. i mean seriously, the most rare resource for the music industry is a singer with a good voice. at least it’s better than “Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil”, but i like Luka’s voice more than Miku’s.

  9. Gaxx says:

    on another note: japan simply is the homeland of everything equally awesome and strange xD
    i don’t know where get the motivation and inspiration to do something like that from , but i want some of it

  10. Levy says:

    Does this confirm holograms in the next IC2 version?

    • Felix says:

      That would be awesome- being able to communicate with people with having to go to their house. Kind of useless, since you can just use the chat, but still awesome!

  11. Stefan says:

    looks like we are on a good way to star trek becoming real.. that looks like a nice 3d solid hologram.. im more than impressd.. now thay need to make it touchable ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • DarkDestry says:

      I dont believe so i see a solid screen there which makes me to believe its a image projected on a screen with superb depth of view and great lighting effect. This goes to show that computer graphics is getting better and they are getting to holograms but not actually REAL holograms like 3 dimentional

  12. Gebika says:

    Ii is a projection through multiple giant pieces of clear material.

    Looks cool but anime isn’t mine

  13. Nathan says:

    Kinda like the Tupac hologram only this time they are bring a character to life, instead of reserecting one from the dead :3

  14. Cpx says:

    It doesn’t even sound like latest vocaloid engine. Gen 4/5 i think, i lost track of those, they still sound too synthetic for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. John says:

    That is friggin sweet

  16. Cropicko says:

    Ahh…Same as 2Pac hologram works,

  17. Techmago says:

    /I just pay atention to this today…
    This is even scary!!!
    Can you all realize what this kind of tecnology means?
    There a chance that in the future, the artists wont even be real people!

    This video blow my mind.

  18. Andrew says:

    First saw this when with Gorrilaz, it amazed me.

    Not sure if the same technology as what was behind that, but here’s more info on it.

  19. Gaxx says:

    btw. when do we get those glow sticks as carriable torches for IC2? i totally want one

  20. Sayonalth says:

    I’m just interested in how they made those intensely bright laser beams visible as a straight line… if fog were to go up to let the beam bounce off, like it’s usually done, surely you would see some small disturbance in the beam?

  21. Max5cam says:

    Its uh, hatsune miku, not miko

  22. virusek20 says:

    Heh, I discovered Vocaloids few months ago….
    Now I just cant stop listening to theire music xD
    Suddenly, secret Miku block in next IC2 release ๐Ÿ˜€ (TIME TO SUGGESTION FORUM!) xD

  23. Mithos says:

    Waouh, it seems that holograms and other technologieshave advanced way more than the SF would have imagined.

    As for the “artist won’t be real people”, well, I still don’t think technology can make a decent voice for singing, but it could be fun to use such programs.

    • ForcedToMine says:

      Just remember people thought technology couldn’t create a craft the flies. And the telegraph was once hailed as the very peek of technology and nothing more could be invented.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we see fully artificial voices indistinguishable from human voices for both speech and song reading from just text or even using artificial intelligence within the next 10 years.

      • Mithos says:

        Well, it is already possible to do quite a lot with artificial voices, but it still lacks a good way to ad emotion to it, so it might take a while to see a real way for it, but 10 years is a very long time for technology.

        They also though that in the year 2000, we would all have robots cleaning, making food etc and flying cars, so it can go both ways^^

  24. MetaLearza says:

    character lighting + shadow really makes a good 3d, nice animator they got there. XD

  25. Erik says:

    Yet another sign the japanese are obsessed with anime and are coming to the point where they won’t even be interested in regular people >_>

  26. natchu96 says:

    Technically she’s spelled Miku, but I guess the first misspelling doesn’t really matter.

    She’s famous. And is apparently busy earning PS Vita sales right now. And she isn’t even real . . .

    The music’s always great, though. Considering the lack of an actual voice actor, it’s pretty amazing. Her next music game has nyan cat on it for some odd reason, but take what you get.

  27. Bob says:

    I think that concert is a tad bit small. The first one they did like that was some enormous arena just chock-full of screaming virgins waving glowstick-daikon.

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