The life of a virtual idol can be tough. Sure, there’s the awesome fans, the gigs with Lady Gaga, and televised Letterman performances. But, on the flip side, there’s always the chance that one’s image will be placed in the hands of someone who doesn’t quite get it.

Earlier today, Famitsu posted a preview of the upcoming “”Hatsune Miku Art Exhibition Universal Positivity” exhibition in New York. Specifically, the publication highlighted an exhibit that will feature work by Final Fantasy character designer and director Tetsuya Nomua.

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Now, to be fair, Nomura’s original concept is actually quite attractive. It’s colorful, stylish, and distinctly Miku.

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When brought into the third dimension, though, Nomura’s design becomes something a bit less appealing, to say the least.

Hatsune Miku has been brought to the third dimension before, mind you, in video games, and other media. So, to miss the mark by this great of a degree can’t help but be a bit comical in nature.

For reference, this is Hatsune Miku, from the Project Diva arcade game.

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Big difference, wouldn’t you agree?

If anything, Nomura’s Miku render looks more like a long-lost cousin of Final Fantasy XIII‘s Lightning. And, were Miku to appear in a Final Fantasy, this might be an interesting way to present her. Still, it’s going to take some getting used to!