Exquisitely painted figure reimagines the digital idol in traditional garb.
Given that Hatsune Miku is the world’s most popular virtual idol, with a voice and concert appearance that are both computer-generated, it’s not surprising that many of her costumes have a futuristic vibe to them. Even her standard outfit’s high-tech headphones, polygonal hair clips, and forearm sleeves would fit looks like she could wear it straight into a cameo in a Tron sequel.
But it turns out that Miku would look just as good wearing fashions from Japan’s traditional past as from its speculative future.
Based on the above illustration, preorders are starting soon for the Hatsune Miku-Hanairo Koromo figure, a 1:8-scale recreation of the aqua-tressed Vocaloid wearing an elegant and intricately patterned kimono. Of particular note are her flowing, translucent twin tails, and also the detailed obi sash.
The base is also patterned with an appropriately Japanese landscape, and the overall effect is so graceful that it doesn’t seem at all weird that a chittering bird is perched happily on Miku’s finger.
The figure, which stands 23 centimeters (9.1 inches) tall, inclusive of the umbrella, is priced at 12,800 yen (US$107), after tax. Currently, there are three retailers selling the figure, Snow Miku Sky Town, Synapse Mall, and Amiami. Orders will be accepted between February 1 and March 13, with those who purchase through Snow Miku Sky Town also receiving the key chain shown directly above as a special bonus. Shipment is scheduled for far-off November, but with so much painting to be done, it’s probably best to let the manufacturer take its time with this gorgeous piece of Vocaloid merch.