Weird Japan: Vocal Synthetizers and Robot Pandas

There’s plenty of weird stuff coming out from Japan. One of my good friends is slightly obsessed with Hatsune Miku, the “female voice” of the Character Vocal Series, a computer program that according to Wikipedia, synthesizes singing in Japanese! Imagine that, singing by just typing in lyrics and melody.

Check out the end result in the video below. For those of you looking for Hatsune Miku stuff, there are even games and other forms of merchandise available, check it out over here.

A chance encounter with a DVD collection led me to of all things, a Mazinger-Z parody in the form of the super-cute Panda-Z. The anime shorts don’t really make sense, but those bunch of robot¬† Pandas make for a quick afternoon entertainment:

Anyways, the Panda-Z DVD collection comes with a limited edition Panda-Z figurine, and the whole thing is priced at just USD 11.90! Check it out over here.

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