The builder of this 2 foot tall (OK, 60 centimeters, but who’s counting?) robot incarnation of Hatsune Miku goes by the name of Rozen Zebet, and he released this video Saturday to show just how good his replicant is. While I personally like the holographic versions they use for the live stage performances, this one is quite tasty, and definitely shows some of the improvements robotics have come up with in recent years. Thanks to the Anime News Network for the heads up on this one.

I am not actually in favor of this as a trend, but it was interesting enough I figured I should mention it. When they do the Mikunopolis concert starring my favorite Virtual Idol being held this weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the folks at NicoNico Douga will stream it live. Why am I, a serious Hatsune Miku fan, not thrilled? According to the folks at Crunchyroll, they will be selling tickets to get the live stream for 1500 yen (around $18) each. Of course, the concert is completely sold out, so even if I was on the left coast I couldn’t get in, and they have added some more Vocaloid singers to the lineup (and Danny Choo will be the MC). I’m going to have to think about this one…