Watch Hatsune Miku perform animated pop on ‘The Late Show’

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Japanese pop and anime sensation Hatsune Miku hit mainstream Americana Wednesday, performing “Sharing the World” on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Miku is an animated projection that performs with a four-piece rock ensemble made up of live musicians. The animation wears a Britney Spears mic, sprinkles magic dust, waves goodbye, and vanishes when the song ends.

The song itself is nicely conceived. Sure, Letterman made a pot joke about Willie Nelson (and being on his bus), but beforehand, he appeared jarred by the act, saying “wow” immediately after the song. 

It’s a massive moment for the pop project, developed by Crypton Future Media and voiced by Japanese actress Saki Fujita (the singing comes from synthesiser applications, but Fujita is the base sample). This spring, she opened for Lady Gaga on select dates of her ARTPOP Ball tour. In Japan, Miku is big enough to shuck for Domino’s Pizza.

Photo via Wata 1219/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.