Read the results of the survey and check out Miku’s videos and pictures 🙂

What about you? Do you know who she is?

Do you know Hatsune Miku? (Sample size=540)

All Twenties
N=107
Thirties
N=433
Yes 60.6% 73.8% 57.3%
No 39.4% 26.2% 42.7%

Men were more than 10 percentage points more aware of her.

Do you use Nico-Nico Douga (Japan’s YouTube)? (Sample size=540)

All Twenties
N=107
Thirties
N=433
Frequently 12.4% 27.1% 8.8%
Sometimes 23.7% 24.3% 23.6%
Not much 7.8% 11.2% 6.9%
Almost never 14.3% 7.5% 15.9%
Never 41.9% 29.9% 44.8%

There was very little variation in usage between males and females, however.

Have you heard any of Hatsune Miku’s songs? (Sample size=327)

All Twenties
N=79
Thirties
N=248
Yes 64.5% 79.7% 59.7%
No 35.5% 20.3% 40.3%

Warning: Some of the videos contain flashes that may or may not cause seizures.

Which of the following Hatsune Miku’s songs have you heard? (Sample size=211, multiple answer)


Miku-Miku Ni Shite Ageru (69.2%)


Meruto (32.2%)


Koi Suru VOC@LOID (28.9%)


Hajimete no Oto (20.9%)


Packaged (12.3%)


Taimu Rimitto (10.0%)


Anata no Uta-Hime (9.5%)


Erekutorikku Enjeu (9.5%)


Celluloid (8.5%)


Oshiete!! Mahou no Lyric (6.2%)


Kono Omoi Tsutaetakute (6.2%)


Momiji (4.3%)

Cross-referencing by Nico-Nico Douga usage, almost all frequent users knew her, dropping to a third of those who had never used the video sharing site. Similarly, two-thirds of the frequent Nico-Nico Douga users first learnt about her there, whereas just 4.5% who almost never used it learnt about her there.

Source: What Japan Thinks

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10 thoughts on “Do Japanese Know Hatsune Miku and Her Greatest Hits?

  1. I heard quite a few Vocaloid songs, but didn’t hear many of the song on this list before. Anata no Uta-Hime was interesting because the composer took breathing into account.

  2. I’ve never heard of her, but that Miku-miku ni shite ageru song was pretty catchy. I didn’t watch many of the others, but I wasn’t too impressed by the few others that I listened to.

  3. Ok, this is confusing me, is Hatsune Miku a real person and these songs were just recreated with this vocaloid program, or is Hatsune Miku the name they gave to the vocaloid?

  4. Hatsune Miku is a character and one of the voices of Vocaloid.

    The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (初, First), Ne (音, Sound), and Miku (未来, Future). The data for the voice was created by actually sampling the voice of Saki Fujita, a Japanese voice actress. Unlike general purpose speech synthesizers, the software is tuned to create J-pop songs commonly heard in anime, but it is possible to create songs from other genres. (Wiki)

  5. Wow, that’s actually pretty awesome. She’s like.. got an entire fanbase and she’s a computer program. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, anime characters get fanbases too, but it’s just really cool that a voice synthesizer has an awesome fanbase.

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