I’m doing academic research on the Vocaloid franchise; I couldn’t not blog this: http://www.toyota.com/corollamiku/
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Last week on Friday, I was featured on In Media Res, an experimental academic publishing platform for short-form media-centric pieces from academics related to research questions and issues on which they’re currently working.
I’ve been doing some work on the Vocaloid franchise recently, and so I put up an article on Hatsune Miku and Japanese/global identity. You can check out the article here: The Global Cult(ure) of Hatsune Miku
This is the first bit of scholarship that I’ve written on the subject, with a bunch more opportunities coming in the next few months. I’ll be presenting a larger investigation of “open-source culture” and the Vocaloid franchise at Media in Transition 7 in a couple weeks as well as at a preconference for the International Communication Association conference later this month. Also, I’ll be presenting a similar paper at Anime Expo at the beginning of July: if you’re in LA, come by and say hello!