Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), codenamed CV01, was the first Japanese VOCALOID to be both developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc.. She was initially released in August 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine and was the first member of the Character Vocal Series. She was the seventh VOCALOID overall, as well as the second VOCALOID2 vocal released to be released for the engine. Her voice is provided by the Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita (藤田咲, Fujita Saki). There have since been numerous installments, such as additional voice libraries dubbed ‘Append’, as well as an upgrade for the VOCALOID3 engine, which contained an English vocal release. On April 24, 2015, it was announced that Miku would receive an update for the VOCALOID4 engine.
She is considered the most popular and well known VOCALOID, and the first to become a pop idol.
When KEI illustrated Miku, he was given a color scheme to work with (based on YAMAHA synthesizers’ signature blue-green colour) and was asked to draw Miku as an android. Crypton also provided KEI with Miku’s detailed concepts, however, Crypton said it was not easy to explain what a “Vocaloid” was to him. KEI said he could not create an image of a “singing computer” at first, as he did not even know what a “synthesizer” was. It took him more than a month to complete the commission.
Miku was originally intended to have a different hairstyle, but after trying out pigtails, KEI thought they were more suitable. Her pigtails have since become an iconic part of her design. On June 22, 2012, Hatsune Miku’s twin tails even earned her the title of the Twin Tail which best represented the 2000s, marking her the best set of Twin Tails from the dawn of the 21st century. She now shares her twin tail distinction with other characters like Sailor Moon (who won best Twin Tails for the 90s period).