Acute, like the three angles of a triangle. Acute, as in the three sharp points. Acute is the tragic relationship between three Vocaloids: Miku, Kaito, and Luka! Once they were all friends making songsbut while Kaito might make a duet with Miku or a duet with Luka, a love song all three of them sing together can only end in sorrow! Based on the song with over 4.4 million combined views on YouTube and Niconico.
As I mentioned in another trade for it, my knowledge of this still hugely popular Japanese phenomenon is pretty vague. That being said, I had no idea what I’d be in for going into this manga adaptation of the music video. Having read this, I’m actually quite curious about the origins of Hatsune Miku: Acute.
For those not in the over 4 millions viewers, this adaptation tells of the love triangle between Vocaloids Miku, Kaito, and Luka. The three have been inseparable since various factors brought them together as kids. That bond became shaky though once Miku and Luka both admitted that they had feelings for Kaito. They made a vow to not let anything change and would hold those feelings in, but as we find out, that didn’t last. Miku of course discovers later on that, Luka and Kaito did end up together. This causes Miku to become increasingly unstable, eventually to the point where she becomes violently emotional. Somehow, even after nearly committing murder and suicide, Luka puts it all aside to get back the love the three once shared.
This is in no way to dismiss all the hard work that goes into it, but it’s again more standard manga art. I don’t read as much manga as I’d like though, so I’ll gladly take any dose I can get of the style. That may mean reading things like this I have no familiarity with, but that’s fine.
So, this was much darker than I would have ever expected opening up a Vocaloid book. Granted, I don’t know what kind of things occur in the fandom, but this wasn’t what I’d think to see. Given that you really don’t need to know Vocaloid, and because this was a great, dark manga, I’m going to suggest grabbing this.
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