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Yowane Haku
Biographical information
Gender

Female

Age

Undisclosed

Height

5'3" ft (163cm)

Weight

99 lbs (45 kg)

Product information
Ownership

CAFFEIN (カフェイン)

Initial release

November 21, 2007

Type

Derivative

Language

Japanese Japflag

Illustrator

CAFFEIN

Affiliation

Crypton Future Media, Inc.
SEGA

Website

http://caffein89.blogspot.com/

Yowane Haku (弱音ハク) is an officially recognized derivative. The term "Derivative" is used here to describe a fanmade Vocaloid character that is based on an already existing character.

ConceptEdit

Haku was originally made as a representation of songs that use Hatsune Miku but ended up sounding awful. In such cases, the makers of that music would then proceed to whine about how their work never received attention and later moved on to whine when criticism stated their work as dull and boring, or was posted quite late when few people were on Nico Nico Douga. She became popular and her creator Caffein later established other characters following the same procedures, each representing a different aspect of failure within the Vocaloids.

EtymologyEdit

Her name is taken from Yowane, meaning negative sayings/thoughts and Haku, roughly translated as utter. Her first name and last name make a play on words "yowane-(wo)-haku" (弱音(を)吐く), meaning to say negative thoughts or to show white feather. Her white hair is from ハク, which has the same pronunciation with 白 (white).

She is referred to as a "VOYAKILOID" (in Japanese, ぼやく) - 'Boyaku' means grouchy or to grumble and complain, the pronunciation in Japanese is Boyakiroido.

AppearanceEdit

Haku's design is drastically different from Hatsune Miku. She has white hair as her name suggest, though popularized as grey, it is as long as her body and styled into a ponytail held by a bow that is striped black and purple. She has a stray hair at the top of her head, nose length bangs, and payot. Her eyes tend to slope downward and there is a hint of under-eye circles. On her left upper arm are painted red letters, "DTM", that stands for 'Desktop Music', which is what Vocaloids were created for.

Her top is grey in color and sleeveless, the style is midriff with low cleavage covered by a purple tie. The rest of her attire is black with purple trim. She wears detached sleeves, and bell bottom pants with short white boots. On her left side is a belt strap. Her headset microphone points upward away from her mouth. Going by Caffein's character sheet commentary, Haku's early design had a tinge of grey skin, but it was not well received. Her red eyes were not an attempt to reflect albinism, but merely inspired while watching a Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. music video on Nico Nico Douga, the character named Major has red eyes.[1]

Voice PortrayalsEdit

Hakupuchi

Haku Nendoroid puchi figure

Haku was originally marked as badly-done Miku Hatsune songs which were uploaded onto NND. However some have tried to give her an actual voice using Miku's voice and manipulating it to sound depressed, through methods like down pitching her. These were later also switched to the Miku Appends as some such as Miku Append Dark produced the desired results much easier.

Another suggests a manipulation of MEIKO's voicebank to produce Haku's voice.

It has been pointed out by some fans, when speaking about songs and PVs that feature Haku singing, say that if one succeeds at producing a "bad" song, then no failure was met in the process. There are a small number of fans who disapprove of such songs, this is because it can be considered a contradiction to the point of Haku's existence being based on failure. This in particular is also aimed at the Haku songs that end up sounding "good" as Haku was meant to be far from this ideal. However, whatever songs that come out in her name are subject to the interpretation of the producer, whether they follow Haku's depiction of failure or not.

Examples of UsageEdit

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あなたのVOYAKILOID
Romaji/English Anata no VOYAKILOID (Your VOYAKILOID)
Featuring Yowane Haku
Author(s) Bonjin-P
Category Parody
白ノ娘
Romaji/English Shiro no Musume (Daughter of White)
Featuring Yowane Haku, Hatsune Miku (back-up)
Author(s) Akuno-P (mothy)
Category Original song
ツマンネ?
Romaji/English Tsumanne? (Boring?)
Featuring Yowane Haku, Akita Neru
Author(s) Owata-P
Category Original song

MarketingEdit

Haku is one of the derivatives of Vocaloids that became officially recognized by Crypton Future Media, the publisher of the Character Vocal Series for Vocaloid2. The other derivatives bearing this distinction is Miku Hachune, Neru Akita, Meiko Sakine, and Tako Luka.

Because of her popularity, merchandise of Haku appear alongside official Vocaloids.

FigurinesEdit

Official licensed Haku figurines have been produced: a Nendoroid Puchi, a scale model and a plush.

MangaEdit

In Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix, Haku makes a cameo appearance as a student of Neru (ch6) and is also in chapter 7 and chapter 14, then she later appears drinking sake with Meiko (ch16).

Video GamesEdit

In the Project DIVA series, Haku is an available character in the PSP game, -Project DIVA- and again as a playable character in its sequels. If the player has not chosen her for a long time, she is complete with moody mannerisms.

TriviaEdit

  • While she was conceptualized to originally be a Miku user, Caffein states it is not a problem to think of her as a failing Vocaloid, or a co-worker, or the lady at the small candy shop etcetera.

GalleryEdit

ReferenceEdit

  1. Pixiv: 弱音ハク設定画(2010年版)

External linksEdit

The content of this page has been duplicated to the Fanloid Wiki (link). Any recent updates may not reflect the content presented here and vice versa.Linkto wikifanloid
  • CAFE-LOG: Caffein
  • NicoPedia: 弱音ハクとは (ヨワネハクとは) [単語記事] - ニコニコ大百科

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  • Why not include officially recognized derivatives in live concerts?

    4 messages
    • Neru and Haku normally use Miku and Rin's vocals to make their voices, we acknowledge the vocals only as "Miku" and "Rin". Otherwise, this is ...
    • What they said, and that derivatives doesn't have songs, even inside Crypton, the other 5 vocaloid characters besides Miku usually have only a ...
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    • The comments are disabled on these two pages because the spamming was becoming a nuisance to deal with, particularly by two IP posters who ...
    • Why can't people leave poor Neru and Haku alone.besides......THEY ARE NOT REAL.....so none of them are "Miku wannabe's" GOD I HATE THAT!

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