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The Legacy of the Fate/Stay Night Universe
In 2004, Japanese company Type-Moon released a visual novel titled Fate/Stay Night, with its first anime production following two years later in 2006. In 2015, the franchise just came off a pretty successful anime run In Unlimited Blade Works and is preparing to release a film based on the Heaven’s Feel route. Why has a franchise been this successful in its sales and merchandising? What makes this franchise endure the test of time and stand out from the rest of many visual novels?
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The Impacts of Hatsune Miku
One of Japan’s iconic musical idols is not even real. Her name is Hatsune Miku – an anime inspired program called a Vocaloid. Vocaloids are anime inspired characters based off of musical software that are often featured in original musical compositions, video games, fan art, music videos, and so much more. Hatsune Miku has been a driving force in Japan and is slowly making her way to popularity in North America and the rest of the world. How can a musical idol that is not even real inspire so many to express their creativity?