You’ve got to hand it to the Japanese. Nothing seems to be beyond these guys.
There’s a whole history behind this, which I intend to cover at a later date. But basically – we had a bunch of virtual characters stage a live concert. Using the voice/music synthesis software, Vocaloid, to sing their songs, the 4 Vocaloid characters appeared live, on stage, in front of a crowd of about 2,500 adoring fans on the 9th of March, 2010. The concert was intended – if I understand correctly – as a thank you to the Vocaloid community; hence the date on which it happened (3/9 can be pronounced as sankyuu in Japanese – which is similar in pronunciation to “thank you”)
The producers erected a set of transparent screens, and Hatsune Miku, Kagemine Rin and Len, as well as Megurine Luka all appeared on stage to sing their virtual hearts out.
You don’t have to be a fan of their music to appreciate how well this was done – based on reports I’ve seen, the atmosphere was electric, and it’s obvious from the videos that the crowd was enjoying itself.
I don’t have images to post, but you can view a full set of pictures from the concert on Vocaloidism along with the song-list for the concert – in addition, as a special treat, I’m posting the video of the first 9 minutes of the concert, featuring Hatsune Miku’s Hajime on Oto, Project DIVA desu and World is Mine.
If you want to see more of the same concert, visit this Youtube Channel – which at the time of writing had 8 videos posted. The full streamed version can be found here – its a little over 2 hours long, so watch your bandwidth :)