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Domino's crews get together and create Vocaloid (VOKARO) songs!
March 7, 2013 8:19 AM   Subscribe


 
Ha, I just saw this on another site about 30 minutes ago. That's got to be one of the most awkward performances in an ad I've ever seen. At least when he did ads for Domino's Taiwan, he spoke Chinese.
posted by kmz at 8:22 AM on March 7, 2013


Japan. Anime. Singing. Pizza.

These things are great. Let us combine them.
posted by Fizz at 8:23 AM on March 7, 2013


Man Scott is like distilled midwestern white guy. Is he also CG?
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 AM on March 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Is he also CG?

A CG character would be less awkward.
posted by kmz at 8:29 AM on March 7, 2013




Cool app, terrible pizza (but better than most pizza in Japan), oddly... odd performance by Big American Suit Man.

Here's my favourite bits:

Have some fun with Miku!

(wincing grimace of excitement)

The eyes...
posted by KokuRyu at 8:35 AM on March 7, 2013


When humans fall into the uncanny valley...
posted by pickles_have_souls at 8:35 AM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kotaku has some more details.
posted by kmz at 8:39 AM on March 7, 2013


God, that "have some fun with Miku" is going to haunt my dreams.
posted by running order squabble fest at 8:52 AM on March 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wow, Miku's really sold out, hasn't she? I just nostalgically remember her as a struggling young subroutine, trying to decide on a middle path between being an idol or a being a virus....
posted by tyllwin at 8:53 AM on March 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


That final app, which shows her singing on top of the pizza box?

I've seen coverage of programs for PCs which do that but I didn't know anyone had ported it to a smartphone. (I guess the computing power in smartphones has crossed a threshold.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:55 AM on March 7, 2013


It's always funny when some Big Idea from a William Gibson novel becomes a reality, and instead of being hip, cool, and sleek, it's the most banal and ridiculous thing ever. For example: this.

I'm looking forward to the sequel where Justin Bieber proposes to marry Miku and his fan club goes in to Second Life to spam the wedding with 3D dicks.
posted by codacorolla at 9:15 AM on March 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


weird. When you say "Hatsune Miku" often enough, it loses all meaning.

Also I'm worried that men are gonna start burning their ding dongs humpin' pizza boxes.
posted by boo_radley at 9:18 AM on March 7, 2013


When you say "Hatsune Miku" often enough, it loses all meaning.

But legend has it, if you say her name three times, she will appear!
posted by xedrik at 9:39 AM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is insane who would want this?!

Oh, it is in the German app store.

Well... I might just install this...
posted by sixohsix at 9:41 AM on March 7, 2013


This... I... What?
posted by Artw at 9:53 AM on March 7, 2013


Glad to see Tim and Eric are getting solid corporate work.
posted by idiopath at 9:54 AM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this Undercover Boss?
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 10:15 AM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is so fucking humiliating.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 10:21 AM on March 7, 2013


Wow. Andy Richter will *absolutely* be playing this guy in a parody of the ad on Conan, I'll drop money on it.
posted by davejay at 10:23 AM on March 7, 2013


> It's always funny when some Big Idea from a William Gibson novel becomes a reality, and instead of being hip, cool, and sleek, it's the most banal and ridiculous thing ever.

I dunno. My takeaway from reading Gibson is that by the time a particular idea reaches the characters in his stories, it's gone far beyond cutting edge and become part of the technological scenery -- part of the shock factor of virtual reality in his early stories is that nobody seems curious or intrigued by it; it just is, and some people are power users of it and others are content to hire people to do work for them.

If your family members depend on you to get them online and keep their computers virus-free, you're more or less living the role of a Gibson character, albeit without the leather jacket and mirror shades.
posted by ardgedee at 10:31 AM on March 7, 2013


I dunno. My takeaway from reading Gibson is that by the time a particular idea reaches the characters in his stories, it's gone far beyond cutting edge and become part of the technological scenery -- part of the shock factor of virtual reality in his early stories is that nobody seems curious or intrigued by it; it just is, and some people are power users of it and others are content to hire people to do work for them.

I agree. I think that's one of his strengths as a writer. But still, to us (as the reader in the 'present') the ideas are fantastical. In Idoru (what I referenced in the previous post) his characters are more or less familiar with the idea of an AI pop star, but to us that concept has a lot of glamour. In the novel there's a certain futuristic tinge to it, with her playing out these awesome fantasy videos in exotic locations, marrying to a rock star, being the key to some nano-technology or whatever (it's been a while since I've read it). In our reality she's dancing on top of a box of gross pizza while a doughy CEO in a suit poses with her on a smartphone.
posted by codacorolla at 11:01 AM on March 7, 2013


At least Krieger's girlfriend, oops, wife has a personality...
posted by djrock3k at 1:21 PM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can picture the decision process now...
posted by maryr at 1:39 PM on March 7, 2013


BTW, it's awesome how they clearly chose CEO's tie to match Vocaloid's hair.
posted by maryr at 1:50 PM on March 7, 2013


I just nostalgically remember her as a struggling young subroutine, trying to decide on a middle path between being an idol or a being a virus....
She's been fleshwashed. "Oh, no, it isn't compromising to have a person dress as you for appearances". Now she's selling fucking pizza.
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 3:30 PM on March 7, 2013


幹麼最近有那麼多關於能講中文摩爾門教徒FPP呢?

Why the sudden uptick in posts about Mormons who've done missions in Taiwan and speak good Chinese?

And in related news, I'm never going to get the sound of Scott Oelkers saying "餓爸爸餓,我餓我餓!" out of my head, am I?
posted by jiawen at 3:50 PM on March 7, 2013


The Japanese taste for foreign people with exaggerated, dramatic appreciation for consumer goods brings to mind Bill Murray's performance in Lost in Translation. "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time."
posted by Pfardentrott at 11:12 PM on March 7, 2013


Well, that's believable because I would gladly watch Bill Murray do and say anything, and I have no reason to believe the Japanese are any different.
posted by RobotHero at 3:16 PM on March 15, 2013


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