Oct 162012

It is now October 17th Japan time, which means today marks the 5th year anniversary of Hatsune Miku’s “disappearance” from the internet.

On October 17th 2007, less than 2 months after her software release, Miku’s online popularity had begun to explode on an extremely large scale. The large number of people searching “Hatsune Miku” or “初音ミク” caused Google and Yahoo’s servers to automatically block her name due to suspected spam or search abuse. Even a popular wiki page about her suddenly vanished due to suspected copyright violation. Without anyone able to search her name online, things suddenly went very dark and quiet…

The fans, being outraged, slammed the two major search companies for suspicion of trying to wipe out Miku from existence. Google and Yahoo conducted an investigation of the incident on October 18th, and they soon discovered what had happened and removed the block from their engines. Even the wiki page was restored.

The event lead to the creation of one of the most popular Hatsune Miku derivatives, Akita Neru. After it was confirmed that Hatsune Miku was alright, several posts on 2Channel contained the phrase “akita neru (飽きた、寝る。)” to show they were bored that nothing exciting was happening anymore. This phrase lead to the creation of Neru’s character. Thanks to MikuStar for the tip.

This was the first, but certainly not the last time that the Vocaloid community had banded together to stand up for our Virtual Diva. Needless to say, Miku will not be going anywhere anytime soon. On a semi-related note, here’s the official video for “The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku”.

The official “Disappearance of Hatsune Miku” PV.

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  • Nuglam

    This should lead to do a some reflexion about how fragile can be vocaloid, depend on usto keep the things happening. But also we should keep the sanity and no turn ourselves in a crowd of maniatical paranoics. Miku don’t need yandere lovers.

  • A small clarification on the Akita Neru segment — the root of her character came about before the the clamor had died down. Yahoo had restored the images by the 21st and Google by the 23rd, according to the well-sourced Japanese Wikipedia article on Hatsune Miku. According to the niconico encyclopedia entry on Akita Neru, her origin was a huge number of posts on message boards trying to quiet down the clamor, with messages like “I’m bored of this already” and “I’m going to sleep, you should too.” The speed and apparent likeness between all these messages made people wonder if this wasn’t something spontaneous and instead something planned and coordinated. And then on November 1, character illustrations and descriptions were posted on 2ch threads of the purported culprit behind the postings. This is why she is also referred to as “boukaroido”, with “bouka” written in kanji to mean something like “fire prevention”.

    PS: What is your source on cosMo getting inspired by the events to write Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu? The timing sure lends credence to the theory, but I would appreciate a quote from him if this is actually true. Sure, the events were titled Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu, but do recall that cosMo did release an earlier song called Hatsune Miku no Bousou. Fans familiar with Haruhi should notice that both titles are very similar to the titles of the Haruhi novels, and it is very likely the decision to name the series of events “Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu” was due to the Haruhi novel naming scheme as well. Furthermore, the actual content of the song seems to indicate a malfunctioning Miku being considered for deletion and trying to belt out one last love song to her master as quickly as possible in the small time alloted. Perhaps the events did lead cosMo to consider writing a song about Miku disappearing, but at least the song content doesn’t seem to indicate he wanted to actually write about the events that unfolded recently. (I’ve also checked some sources, such as interviews and confirmed from his comments that the point in time when he started working on the song did fall after the 17th)

  • 亞北ネル

    Ahem, will you celebrate my 5th birthday (1st of november)? And Meiko’s (5th of november), too, since her success leaded to creation of Miku. And 8 years is much.

  • Faux Pas

    I had no idea Akita Neru was developed due to the Disappearance event! You learn something new every day!

  • @hightrancesea: Sure. [LINK]

    It’s also something that everyone in the community has been talking about and “celebrating” for years now.

  • @jrharbort: The link you posted links to a MikuStar page which claims the song was inspired by the events, but that page itself provides no sources. On the other hand, I just found this Google+ interview with cosMo, where they asked him about his thoughts at the time he came up with the idea for the song and when he was punching the notes in:

    He wrote: “I came up with the idea for the song while I was commuting to university. I was riding on a motorized bike in early winter, so it was cold. As for the title of the song, it came from book title ‘Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu,’ which my eyes would come across from time to time when I glanced around the room. The backing music was actually one of the instrumental songs I made before starting VOCALOID; I picked the catchiest one.”

    Furthermore, by community, do you mean the English-speaking community? I have to say I’m fairly well-connected with the Japanese speaking Miku fan community and have yet to come across any huge “celebrations” or talk of the anniversaries so far.

  • Todd

    Hopefully Miku will never leave us.

  • @jrharbort: Sorry to sound so confrontational, but I’m generally quite blunt/candid when it comes to fact checking or clarifications; it tends to save everyone time when I lay everything out, but it certainly does sound more aggressive 😉

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  • faTWave

    She only will if we let her. Hopefully, the community, especially Miku, will keep on going strong. (I’m hoping that she’ll outlive me…hehehe.)

  • LeekLovah

    Aaaaand now I feel like a ass because I LITERALLY just uninstalled my Vocaloid2 software :C

  • Abbie

    It doesn’t make sense.. Why would they try to block Hatsune Miku?

  • @Abbie: Because her name was searched so much in such a short period of time, it was blocked due to suspected bot spam. The same thing happened when Michael Jackson died.

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  • Kendo_Ene56

    I’m glad she came back.

  • Eli Ayala

    …don’t you get it……..hatsune miku was murdered ……in japan…2003…her real name …..is..,….Kai Sakura…..her memory and vocal cordes were……examined by a research facility. …..jaegir 333 aka……………SEGA……….she is artificial intelligence. ……she may be gone……she may be a fake now……………….but her soul and mind lives on to this day. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………forenzik 06 …….i am

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  • xIAmDaOnex

    I can’t remember the title of the song , but as I was playing MikuFlick/02 , the song after the credits showed us (or miku) going back in time , and then the the actual video/song began , the video was a bunch of files then something creating miku , it was a super fast song like the disappearance of Hatsune miku and the at the end , you could hear the robot noises that were in the disappearance of Hatsune miku , so that’s a theory I have , miku was found and re-created , but with a different style , but who cares what she looks like , ITS STILL MIKU !!! 💙

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