May 252015
 

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Previously teased during the recent Good Smile Company livestream event, the cute animal charm straps designed by CHANxCO are now available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop!

From the ‘Character Vocal Series’ comes adorable charm accessories of Hatsune Miku and the other Vocaloid characters all as cute round charms based on various animals! The designs are based on the works of CHANxCO, and have been faithfully transformed into accessories for fans to enjoy!

The line-up includes Bunny-Miku, Octo-Luka, Doggy-Rin, Doggy-Len, Cat-KAITO, Tiger-MEIKO and one secret character! The stomach sections have each respective character’s neck tie or ribbon printed on as well! Be sure to attach them to all sorts of things and keep the cute animal Vocaloids by your side to enjoy whenever you like! ♪

The “one secret character” has us interested in who it could possibly be (any guesses?). The set is available from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 4800 Yen, and orders from their shop will include a sticker illustrated by CHANxCO as a bonus (quantities limited). The set is also available from CDJapan and Amiami, but without the sticker. Preorders are expected to ship in September 2015.

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Lastly, a surprisingly quiet announcement from Good Smile Racing reveals that sponsorship courses for the 2015 Racing Miku nendoroid have been opened for a 3rd time, and will now remain open until November 30th (end of racing season), or until peak order limits are reached. If you accidentally missed out on the last two course runs, now’s your third (and last) chance! Three out of the four figma courses are also still available.

GSR Sponsors Course Page: http://gsr-global.ecq.sc/

May 222015
 

In the live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8” yesterday, new product “Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete” has been announced. We’ll be covering further details in this article.

The product comes in 5 CDs and 1 Blu-ray, with contents as the followings: 100 gameplay tracks, 20 My Room BGM, opening movie, official theme songs and music videos(up to Project Mirai DX/Deluxe), Nendoroid Petite Mikudayo(past limited good), 6 disc stickers, confidential application ticket, and booklet “Monthly Mikudayo”.

Preorders are currently open on CD Japan for a time being. Please note that product is very limited in amount, as it is a limited edition. Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete will ship on September 2nd, closing in with the game’s international release in North America and Europe(September 8th and 11th). Below are images of the product and Nendoroid Petite Mikudayo, along with her new accessories.


May 222015
 

The live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8” today has covered on several interesting topics, with the main event as the final selection of 2016 Snow Miku and her rabbit partner Yukine. We’ve participated in the stream and captured several announcements, including screenshots of each.

First to announce is the reveal of 2015 Magical Mirai second visual by hoshima. Staffs have also teased a minute-long preview of the official 2015 Magical Mirai theme song “Hand in Hand” by kz during the program.

Following up next is the announcement of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai compilation CD+Blu-ray. The set comes with Nendoroid Mikudayo and exclusive accessories, with worldwide shipping also available (more info here). Also announced are the Hatsune Miku animal charm straps with further details to arrive at a later date.

Goodsmile Racing took a step in the live stream revealing 2015 Racing Miku Thailand ver visual, in promotion of their next race in Thailand on June 21st. As a friendly reminder, Figma sponsorship courses are still open up until June 10th.

The final voting of 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine concludes with Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 and Flying Yukine both by Kotatsu Odoki as winners by 35.5% and 54.5% of the votes, respectively. A tweet from @GSC_GUMA has confirmed Nendoroid and Figma production for 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine.

As an additional note, Kotatsu Odoki was also one of the finalists in 2012 Snow Miku design contest. You can view the submitted design here.




May 212015
 

For the past few years we’ve witnessed many Miku-inspired innovations, and today we bring you on the topic of “Miku Miku Face”. Miku Miku Face is a technology capable of facial detection via built-in camera and simultaneously project the captured images into the creation of Miku’s Face. Along with full-motion head support, this technology virtually brings Miku to the three-dimensional world with flexible expression.

In addtion, the creator of Miku Miku Face, Takemoto Takuma, otherwise known as Himana Gakusei 7, is also the creator of the real-time singing program “HANAUTAU“(MIKUTYPE). The program allow users to generate speeches via VOCALOID software by typing, with pitch adjustment according to the operator’s humming. In the video below by Sankei demonstrates the usage of Miku Miku Face combines with MIKUTYPE as Takemoto hums and types.

Miku Miku Face was first introduced in Entertainment Computing 2014 at Meiji University Nakano campus on September 12th~14th, 2014, later showcased in VOCACON in February this year with full-scale body.

https://youtu.be/dePFrfN5ZCI

May 212015
 

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We’re now just a day before the official Snow Miku 2016 and her partner Yukine! Tweets from Kahotan from Good Smile Company today have reveal all four Snow Miku 2016 and rabbit Yukine design finalists. The final designs will be selected based on fans’ votes in the live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8″ on May 22nd at 7:00 PM JST on nicovideo.

Live Stream link: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv221172984

The voting process will simply require a click on your favorite design once you see all four designs on the screen. All votes will then be tallied into percentages and presented at the end of the live stream. Please note that you will need a nicovideo account in order to access videos and live streams on the site.

In addition to Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine voting, the live stream will cover on various topics of Magical Mirai 2015, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX/Deluxe (Mikudayo will be present), and new Hatsune Miku products. For information on Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine design contest please refer to our previous article.

Snow Miku 2016 Finalists:

1: SNOW MIKU 2016 by Saine: http://piapro.jp/t/XXfw
2: Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 by Kotatsu Odoki: http://piapro.jp/t/uDla
3: Snow Miku 2016 by Yunii: http://piapro.jp/t/cAEy
4: Snow Miku by Niboshi: http://piapro.jp/t/tfBD


Rabbit Yukine 2016 Finalists:

1: Flying Yukine by Kotatsu Odoki: http://piapro.jp/t/rP_x
2: 2016 Rabbit Yukine Design Idea by JING: http://piapro.jp/t/h5Yo
3: Yukine 2016 by Toraneko: http://piapro.jp/t/-OLR
4: 2016 Yukine costume by COS: http://piapro.jp/t/egob