New Hatsune Miku music video leaves world in tears

By Steven Simonitch

There are literally tens of thousands of songs out there that use the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software for vocals, but few can inspire and touch people’s hearts like the work of Japanese 11-member music group Supercell.

On Aug 14, Supercell released the music video for their new single “ODDS&ENDS,” their first song to feature Hatsune Miku in over a year and the opening theme for the upcoming Playstation Vita game “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA-f.”

Check out the video and be sure to grab a box of tissues because Supercell has once again managed to pour more emotion into this virtual singer than can be found in most pop songs today.

The song has been flooded with praise and Japanese and international viewers alike have commented that the video left them in tears.

One Japanese viewer offers his interpretation of the final scene:

“At 4:58, Miku forms from the ‘odds & ends’ laying around the room. I think that each piece of junk represents the people, such as producers and illustrators, involved in making Vocaloid music. If even one piece of junk goes missing, Miku falls apart. They may never be able to compare to professionals, but when a group of amateurs come together they can create something big like this. It’s the same with her concerts. While an ordinary person would see that and think it’s nothing more than a digital image, it is us who make that ‘digital image’ into something real by calling out and cheering her on together. What I’m trying to say is, Miku is the embodiment of our love, sweat and tears-she’s our angel!”

Indeed, the lyrics themselves seem to be a shout out to all of the people who have found a voice for themselves in Miku. It’s easy to see why Miku is so loved by the Japanese and international net communities and we look forward to seeing what the combined efforts of her fans can create next.

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The video is nice. But, I wasn't sure where I was suppose to tear up.

Actually, it looks like a COPY of the 2006 "The City (Walter Robot)" by the Canadian electronic musician: Michael Milosh from his MEME album.

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Sorry, have I missed something.

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Cute video...I don't know about crying and all. It was cute.

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I love her ..

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You guys are so insensitive...poor robot, after overcoming so many obstacles for her. Just when it looked like success...the project came to realization briefly then fell to shambles. So moving ;) boo hoo

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I don't get it, what's so emotionally heartbreaking about this video? Sounds like the usual repedetive J-music.

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I doubt the whole world knows who Hatsune Miku is in the first place.

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What a strange "singing" voice. Guess it is supposed to be infantile and therefore cute...?

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The voice sounds auto-tuned and I really do not understand why people would be brought to tears from this. It has the ring of standard j-pop.

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I think the video is nicely made, but this off-the-shelf J-pop song spoiled it for me.

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Her song "uninstall" was more emotion than this one.

@TokyoGas What do you expect? It is synthesized using the vocaloid program on a computer. In other words its a computer singing not a human being.

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Presumably the people saying there's no feeling to the song don't understand the lyrics. The translation is out there, go and have a read.

I'll just be sitting here, wondering whether parts of the song are talking about the song's creator.

It hurts how ryo's world view seems to be so close to my own. I guess that's why I love his music so much, but I wish I had 1% of his talent in putting his thoughts to music. Miku gave us her voice, but I lack the required skills to use it so I cannot be saved.

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If you think "few can inspire and touch people’s hearts like the work of Japanese 11-member music group Supercell" then you just haven't been listening to enough Vocaloid songs. I can list nearly 2 dozen that make Supercell sound like the thin vineer J-pop group they always have been, who's only advantage they have is having a large corporation backing them where as the others I mentioned only have the backing of their heart and the fans who love their music. Tears? More like tears of laughter at your hyperbollox. XD

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A million anime-otaku vocaloid fans watched this video clutching tissues, not for wiping tears with though.

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Leaves "world in tears"? Talk about hyperbole

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Vocaloid - "she’s our angel"?

A mechanical high pitched whine that frightens kitty? Alex still hasn't come out from under the bed.

The orchestration is slick and the animation film sad expressive. Western ears can't handle the pitch that is closer to smoke alarms than the human voice.

Interestingly this designed music was a series of choices. Somehow humans somewhere delight in a ringing hollowness punctuating a hypnotic techno dance feel. Whether the lyric is sweet or romantic wouldn't change the overall effect. If this is one's idea of music maybe water boarding has a successor.

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Happy Birthday Hatsune Miku! It was a nice video. Ryo produces another great song.

Looking forward to her Hong Kong and Taiwan concerts. People in Japan should visit FamilyMart for their Miku Loves FamilyMart Promotion. Gamers will soon get Project Diva f for the Playstation Vita in Japan.

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The world is not in tears, possibly some idiots are. This has nothing to do with music, no message, actually it is nothing.

This is factory produced dross for the ignorant or easily influenced and is very sad to see when Japan does have talented artistes.

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They need to change the title "Puts the World in Tears". You mean it put only the fans of this, in my opinion, weird a$$ music, in tears. Nowadays, especially over here in Japan, people are not recognizing what talented really is. People are starting to like wierd and unusual more and more. I love a lot of things about Japan but I will never be able to like this type of music or animations that make weird a$$ people cry. Look at Japanese T.V. Everybody's crying. That's the new thing in Japan now. It's kawaii like everything else!!

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Sounds like Minnie Mouse on crack.

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I bet everyone who commented negatively here have no idea about Vocaloid. talents are needed to tune such software, duh. Haters gonna hate.

Don't mind them Vocaloid lovers. Everyone has their tastes in music. We shouldn't meddle around spreading hateful opinions

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"The whole world"? Who wrote this fluff piece? It's not a bad video, but no need for tissues at all.

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Apparently you guys haven't read the translated lyrics. The song was made by an Otaku (ryo from Supercell) for otakus. Otakus in Japan are constantly being hated and stayed away from. This song touched the hearts of those people and many others who experienced this struggle wherever they may be. It is true that Miku isn't real, that she is vocal program, and some of you aren't familiar to this kind of voice. I feel too that the "leaves World in tears" in the title is a bit exaggerated, but those people who've struggled from the hate they get for what they are, this song was able to help them move on and overcome the hate inflicted upon them.

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