Is there anything that doesn't get the moe treatment over in Japan? I know the answer is "no, nothing is sacred over there," but Microsoft has out-done itself with its latest Bing venture. If you head on over to their special campaign site, you'll be greeted with a few things: a search bar and some sort of progress bar.
The way things work is if enough people use the search engine to fill the progress meter by the deadline (January 18th, 6pm JST), then Microsoft will release digital goods, like wallpapers, sound themes and other goods otaku will just snatch up.
When you search, you get bombarded by one of several voice actresses saying something along the lines of "I'll search this for you" or "Is this what you're looking for?" Microsoft enlisted some high caliber talent: Matayoshi Ai ( ), Imai Asami (Idolmaster), Nakamura Eriko (Idolmaster), Takita Juri (XX) and Fujita Saki (Hatsune Miku). All ripe for the otaku tree, no doubt.
The campaign is only three days in, but otaku have been using the engine like crazy, and have already bumped it up to past 25%. Join in the fun and let disembodied voices ask you about your search terms. Now if only they had one that would criticize what you're searching for.
I'm sure quite a few of you would like to hear "Geez, you're such a pervert" or "You want me to look that up?" Josh, I'm looking at you, here.
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