Counting Down…

It’s almost Miku’s birthday. It’s 10 days from now, to be exact. So what’ll be going on in her birthday? Firstly, I can’t wait for the Annual Rankings… I’ll be sure to make a great post about it. And I’m sure many song composer would make a great song for her birthday. Even race car drivers are driving in a Miku Itasha on the Suzuka Circuit. Yes, a real race. Many people are going to be very happy on her birthday, and people all over the world would celebrate it. It’s almost her birthday, so I’m make a post about a little bit of history of the Japanese VOCALOID populartity. I hope this post would be informational for everyone and happy reading!

  • February 26, 2003 – VOCALOID was announced by Yamaha, and it was a big news on the Music industry. DTM Magazine and ASCII24 made a news post about it in Japan. The sample song “Kimi no Uwasa” by Prototype KAITO was released to public and is received well by the public.
  • August 06, 2003 – Yamaha opened their VOCALOID homepage.
  • March 03, 2004 – LEON and LOLA was released by Zero-G limited in Japan. The official release date in England was January 15, 2004. The price was at around 39,800 yen at that time. Which was why it wasn’t really popular. But VOCALOID Music began to appear at 2ch and the oldest VOCALOID music on Nico Nico Douga was uploaded.
  • March 15, 2004 – Sound and Recording Magazine shows ads for the unannounced first Japanese VOCALOID, MEIKO. Songs by LOLA are posted in muzie (now mysound) and catched a lot of interest.
  • April 27, 2004 – VOCALOID MEIKO was announced at NHK’s “News 10”.
  • July 26, 2004 – VOCALOID MIRIAM was released in Japan. The official release date in England was July 6, 2004.
  • October 12, 2004 – Crypton and Yamaha opened a “Free VOCALOID Seminar”, which discussed about MEIKO, and is attended by more than 60 people.
  • November 05, 2004 – VOCALOID MEIKO was officially released.
  • December 11, 2004 – MEIKO songs began to appear at muzie (now mysound).
  • December 28, 2005 – A male VOCALOID was announced to public.
  • January 17, 2006 – The male VOCALOID was announced in the Crypton Newsletter and is named KAITO.
  • February 14, 2006 – VOCALOID KAITO was officially released.
  • April 10, 2006 – Crypton announced the “VOCALOID Contest”, which goes until June 8, 2006.
  • September 14, 2006 – VOCALOID videos began to be posted on YouTube.
  • January 18, 2007 – Yamaha announced VOCALOID2.
  • January 19, 2007 – Crypton launched a homepage for VOCALOID2.
  • January 21, 2007 – Zero-G announced VOCALOID SOPRANO (tentative name, changed into VOCALOID PRIMA) and PowerFX announced VOCALOID BIG AL.
  • April 26, 2007 – Crypton announced a girl VOCALOID2 on their blog.
  • June 25, 2007 – Official pictures and names of Hatsune Miku was released. Crypton made a blog post, “New VOCALOID Hatsune Miku is 90% complete!”.
  • June 30, 2007 – KEI made an official character design of Hatsune Miku.
  • August 10, 2007 – The VOCALOID2 CV Series website opened to public, Fujita Saki was revealed to be in charge of Hatsune Miku’s voice. CV02 and CV03 was announced, and a silhouette of CV02 could be seen.
  • August 17, 2007 – The first Hatsune Miku Demo Song was released to public.
  • August 31, 2007 – VOCALOID2 Hatsune Miku was officially released.
  • September 03, 2007 – ITMedia made an article about Hatsune Miku, entitled “Moe voice to sing a song, Hatsune Miku”.
  • September 06, 2007 – The first Hatsune Miku song was uploaded to Nico Nico Douga, but it was erased by the uploader. A YouTube mirror was added.
  • September 12, 2007 – ITMedia made an article about the unusually high sales of Hatsune Miku, at this point, about 3,000 copies of Hatsune Miku was sold.
  • September 20, 2007 – The most famous Miku song, Miku Miku ni Shiteageru was released on Nico Nico Douga.
  • September 21, 2007 – VOCALOID2 SweetAnn was officially released in Japan by PowerFX.
  • October 06, 2007 – The Hatsune Miku Wiki was opened.
  • October 09, 2007 – The First Weekly VOCALOID Ranking (Miku Miku Ranking at the time) was uploaded at Nico Nico Douga.
  • November 01, 2007 – VOCALOID2 CV02 codename “Rin” was announced on the Crypton blog.
  • November 08, 2007 – Shimoda Asami is revealed to be in charge of Rin’s voice. The first public Kagamine Rin demo song was released.
  • December 03, 2007 – PIAPRO is opened for public on the BETA stage. Kagamine Len was announced to be as part of Kagamine Rin’s VOCALOID2 CV02 package.
  • December 17, 2007 – Miku Miku ni Shiteageru JASRAC incident.
  • December 18, 2007 – The first Kagamine Len demo song was released.
  • December 19, 2007 – Miku Miku ni Shiteageru became the video with the highest mylist counts in the history of Nico Nico Douga out of all video in Nico Nico Douga. Hatsune Miku is also revealed to be the number 3 most searched keywords in Google Japan for the in the year 2007.
  • December 21, 2007 – A campaign with an online game began. Hatsune Miku would sing the background music of the online game until January 25, 2008.
  • December 22, 2007 – The first Kagamine Rin and Len demo song was released.
  • December 27, 2007 – Kagamine Rin and Len was officially released.
  • December 28, 2007 – The first Kagamine Len song was already uploaded in Nico Nico Douga.
  • January 05, 2008 – The first BIG-AL song was uploaded at Nico Nico Douga.
  • January 16, 2008 – The first PRIMA song was uploaded at Nico Nico Douga.
  • January 25, 2008 – The first Hatsune Miku album was released to public.
  • February 22, 2008 – VOCALOID2 PRIMA was officially released in Japan by Zero-G.
  • February 28, 2008 – Hatsune Miku sang an opening song for a PS2 game.
  • March 31, 2008 – Nendoroid Hatsune Miku was released.
  • April 01, 2008 – Gacktpoid was announced by several sources, including ITMedia.
  • April 28, 2008 – The VocaListener technology was announced to public, including the posting of a demo song at Nico Nico Douga.
  • June 12, 2008 – Kagamine Rin and Len Act.2 was officially announced by Crypton.
  • June 18, 2008 – Kagamine Rin and Len Act.2 demo song was released.
  • July 18, 2008 – Kagamine Rin and Len Act.2 was released.
  • July 31, 2008 – Gacktpoid was released.

So here we are, at August 21, 2008, 10 days from Hatsune Miku’s birthday. I hope this post was informational. Thanks for reading!

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5 thoughts on “Counting Down…”

  1. Eeh, Miku’s birthday is coming soon? xD Internet must be exploded by then, fufu, can’t wait!!

    LoL, so the very first prototype they have is KAITO but then they released it much more later after xDD LoL again that Miku also released much more after, but no question that she was the one who made VOCALOID this popular, haha.

    # December 27, 2007 – Kagamine Rin and Len was officially released.
    # December 28, 2007 – The first Kagamine Len song was already uploaded in Nico Nico Douga.

    Just what kind of crazy person who able to make a song in less than a day? Words really fail me… xD

    Thanks for posting this, it’s really interesting to read :))

  2. Well, the first prototype is a male-voiced VOCALOID (they didn’t say that it’s KAITO at that time), and it’s presumably KAITO… ^^;
    Yep, it’s almost her first birthday and she’s already this popular! >=D
    I forgot the name of the producer, but there’s a person who uploads 4 Rin songs into Nico Nico Douga in 4 consecutive days after Rin/Len was released (which means… 28 December, 29 December, 30 December, and 31 December)… In the end he got some special award from Nico Nico Douga xD
    no problem, thanks for reading my blog =3

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