NHK Documentary to Cover Isao Tomita’s Final Collaboration with Hatsune Miku

Among the many, many losses of 2016 was composer Isao Tomita, one of the pioneers of electronic and space music. He worked up until his passing on Dr. Coppelius, a composition based on the story of Coppelius that would feature virtual diva Hatsune Miku as a ballerina. Sadly, plans for the concert were interrupted because of his passing — but tickets were honored and the show eventually went on at a later date.



Now, the NHK has announced a documentary on the late Tomita’s work: NEXT for the Future: Requiem for the Lost Master ~Isao Tomita’s Last Concert~

The documentary will cover the conception, creation, and performance of Dr. Coppelius, which was performed last month in memory of the late composer. The production saw Hatsune Miku getting a ballet-style reimagining, as well as choreography from Cirque du Soleil members.


NHK Documentary to Cover Isao Tomita's Final Collaboration with Hatsune Miku


The documentary, narrated by singer and composer Etsuko Yakushimaru, will air on NHK on Saturday, December 17 at 5:30 PM JST.






Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, runs social media and interviews for (Re)Generation Who, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos.