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Exquisitely painted figure reimagines the digital idol in traditional garb.

Given that Hatsune Miku is the world’s most popular virtual idol, with a voice and concert appearance that are both computer-generated, it’s not surprising that many of her costumes have a futuristic vibe to them. Even her standard outfit’s high-tech headphones, polygonal hair clips, and forearm sleeves would fit looks like she could wear it straight into a cameo in a Tron sequel.

But it turns out that Miku would look just as good wearing fashions from Japan’s traditional past as from its speculative future.

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Based on the above illustration, preorders are starting soon for the Hatsune Miku-Hanairo Koromo figure, a 1:8-scale recreation of the aqua-tressed Vocaloid wearing an elegant and intricately patterned kimono. Of particular note are her flowing, translucent twin tails, and also the detailed obi sash.

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The base is also patterned with an appropriately Japanese landscape, and the overall effect is so graceful that it doesn’t seem at all weird that a chittering bird is perched happily on Miku’s finger.

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The figure, which stands 23 centimeters (9.1 inches) tall, inclusive of the umbrella, is priced at 12,800 yen (US$107), after tax. Currently, there are three retailers selling the figure, Snow Miku Sky Town, Synapse Mall, and Amiami. Orders will be accepted between February 1 and March 13, with those who purchase through Snow Miku Sky Town also receiving the key chain shown directly above as a special bonus. Shipment is scheduled for far-off November, but with so much painting to be done, it’s probably best to let the manufacturer take its time with this gorgeous piece of Vocaloid merch.

Source: IT Media
Images: Hatsune Miku official blog (edited by RocketNews24)