2017 | 1:08:00
Hatsune Miku is a musical phenomenon that inspires the masses. Her
lyrics hit the fans right in the heart, her style inspires the
multitudes and her merchandising is out of this world. What makes her
so special? She’s not a human being but a synthesizer software
incorporated in an animated character whose music is always fan art.
M, the protagonist of this film and a cosplayer incorporating Hatsune
Miku, delves into a fairytale world – and fairytales, they say here,
“are full of fraud”. M meets sworn members of the Miku cult,
encounters a generous helping of Japanese popular culture, and
"Talented fans constantly re-create her that's why she never dies. She
is a creative instigator. A collective fantasy. A social glue. Hatsune
Miku is the future."¬ Hiro San
In cosplay of the Japanese cyber diva Hatsune Miku, the director moves
to Tokyo, seeking an identity in the world of Miku fanatics, where she
is drawn into a love affair with one of the fans. Miku is a Vocaloid,
a vocal synthesizer software personified by a cute animated character.
Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation – is fan created, and
that's her charm. She even performs sold out concerts as a hologram.
By transforming herself into a Miku character through cosplay, Oren
enters a world of real hardcore fans where fantasy is more real than
reality and the differentiation between the two becomes obsolete.
The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up
and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where
reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés.
Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren's trials and tribulations in
the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and
encounters with characters whose ontological status remains
mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a
“I sleep inside the display that depicts the end. And in that end, I
will sing a song that only you wanted to hear.“ - Hatsune Miku