Millions of Hatsune Miku fans around the globe are in for a treat as Crypton Future Media, Graphic India and Carlin West Agency have announced the development of an original animated series featuring the virtual pop-star sensation.
In addition to the series, the companies are also planning to launch an original series of Webtoons and comics based on the iconic character.
Miku, the virtual popstar performer who debuted as a voice synthesizer, has opened for Lady Gaga, launched sold-out concerts worldwide with performances in the US, Europe and Asia, and is also a part of the lineup for the upcoming Coachella festival.
Crypton Future Media overseas licensing director Guillaume Devigne said on the announcement, “We are excited to partner with the exceptional team at Graphic India and Carlin West Agency to take Hatsune Miku into this new animated series direction. We believe we have found a unique way to create an original animated series that stays true to the essence of Miku, who is a perfect vessel for fan creativity and unlimited opportunities for artistic expression. It will be a major moment for Miku and her fans around the world.”
Miku (as fans affectionately call her) is a worldwide phenomenon. The virtual singer reaches over five million fans across social media and has been featured in thousands of songs, YouTube videos and artworks made by individual creators through an innovative licensing scheme.
“Hatsune Miku is one of the most defining and trendsetting character entertainment phenomena of the last decade. In the same way she revolutionised the music industry. We are so honoured to be working with the legendary Hiroyuki Itoh and his amazing team at Crypton Future Media, to take Miku into a groundbreaking animated series for her millions of fans,” stated Graphic India co-founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan.
Miku’s fans will be able to experience a new original series and enter the story of the ‘Mikuverse’ that will combine live action, animation and music. The companies have begun development toward a modern, entertaining story with an exciting new look for Miku and scripts that will resonate with longtime Miku fans and beyond.
“We are excited to further partner with Crypton Future Media and Graphic India on Hatsune Miku’s new animated television series and comics. Hatsune Miku’s iconic fashion style and music presence will translate beautifully into a rich and engaging television series for her fans,” said Carlin West Agency CEO Carlin West.
The new Hatsune Miku series will be created by Devarajan and West along with a team of esteemed writers and artists. They will also serve as executive producers on the series along with Crypton Future Media CEO Hiroyuki Itoh.