Nov 142017
 

The Vocaloid producer DaniwellP, best known as the original creator of the Nyan Cat song, has been busy with releasing a lot of new content. Among these are new games, songs, albums, and surprisingly, a MikuMikuDance model! DaniwellP is definitely a Hatsune Miku community favorite, so here’s a roundup of his recent works.

If you missed the quick announcement from our social media, DaniwellP created a fun and very addicting webapp called Mikutap, where you can generate random Miku sounds to the rhythm of background music. It’s both uniquely cute and fun! Check out the official trailer above, and the webapp from the official site → https://aidn.jp/mikutap/

Protip: You can add the webapp to your device’s homescreen as an app to quickly launch it from anywhere! Just use Chrome or Safari’s “add to home screen” option.

Daniwell releasing a Hatsune Miku model for MikuMikuDance was definitely an unexpected surprise for sure. Rather than something “life-like” or an attempted mirror of Miku’s normal style, Daniwell went the creative route and went for a more simplistic, block-styled Miku, but with its own unique charm. It even has a neko ear option! Download it from the official site → http://aidn.jp/mmd/box_miku/

Tying in with the MMD model release, Daniwell also created a short music video using the new model, and surprisingly, the Hatsune Miku’s English voicebank. At just 23 seconds in length, it’s perfect to have as your ringtone. In fact, Daniwell also makes it downloadable from his official site, so go nuts! → http://aidn.jp/sound/

Lastly, Daniwell released his 3rd album “UCHU ZENBU” a couple months ago, and it was sadly overlooked by many. But it’s definitely worth a listen and addition to any Hatsune Miku fan’s collection! Check out the official page for all the shop links → https://aidn.jp/daniwell/uz/

Nov 122017
 

Following the end of the season today, Goodsmile Racing placed 3rd in the final race at Motegi and won the 2017 series SUPER GT championship! It’s Goodsmile Racing’s third championship since 2011 and 2014, respectively, plus a ZF award for the best mechanic for the team. Congratulations!

In celebration of their victory, there will be a miniature championship trophy added to all orders of figures, figma, and Nendoroid of Racing Miku 2017 Ver. In addition, the Racing Miku 2017 Ver. 1/1 scale figure will be reopen for preorder starting from tomorrow along with a list of commemorative goods (cap, mug, towel, shirt, and photo frame). The commemorative goods will be at a 30% discount.

GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: https://goodsmileshop.com/en/

Nov 092017
 

The Hatsune Miku 10th Anniversary ver. 1/7 scale figure with its beautiful design and stunning colors is now available for preorder! Additionally, there is a special Memorial edition available, which will include a large A4 size commemorative book called the “Hatsune Miku Archive”, which will include the winners of the Pixiv Hatsune Miku 10th Anniversary illustration contest as well as other contents to look back on Miku’s 10th anniversary.

Celebrating 10 years of Hatsune Miku!
Hatsune Miku celebrated her 10th anniversary on the 31st August 2017. In commemoration of the anniversary, Hatsune Miku’s character designer KEI illustrated a brand new illustration of Miku featuring the outfit designed by manga artist Mari Shimazaki. This illustration has now been transformed into an intricate scale figure by sculptor Takayuki Kawahara, filled with 10 years of appreciation towards the virtual idol!

The lovely scale figure is available from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 20,000 Yen (177 USD) for the regular edition, and 25,000 for the Memorial edition, with preorders open until January 11th 2018. She’s scheduled to ship around December 2018. You can also find her available from these other online shops!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Memorial Edition, Free Shipping) (Use coupon code MIKU1718 for $5 off!)
> CDJapan (Regular Edition) (Use coupon code CDJAPAN1J for 300 Yen off!)
> CDJapan (Memorial Edition) (Use coupon code CDJAPAN1J for 300 Yen off!)
> Amiami (Regular Edition)
> Amiami (Memorial Edition)
> Goodsmile Online Shop (Regular Edition)
> Goodsmile Online Shop (Memorial Edition)
> Hobby Search (Regular Edition)
> Hobby Search (Memorial Edition)
> Nippon Yasan (Regular Edition)
> Nippon Yasan (Memorial Edition)

Check out the full photo review from Kahotan’s blog! → http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2017/11/09/hatsune-miku-10th-anniversary-ver/

Lastly, Good Smile Company has launched a special Miku 10th anniversary page: http://special.goodsmile.info/miku10th/en/

Nov 082017
 

I love it when my two favorite things, Hatsune Miku and Technology, are brought together. The latest news release from Crypton Future Media reveals that the voice of Hatsune Miku, their most popular Vocaloid software, will be coming to the Amazon Alexa digital assistant in Japan to coincide with the launch of the Amazon Echo smart speaker in the country later this year. Soon, interacting with Alexa/Miku will be a reality with “Hey MIKU!” commands, and more.

Having the popular virtual idol as the voice of your home’s digital assistant is definitely an exciting prospect for many Hatsune Miku fans, but this feature will be limited to use with Amazon Japan accounts with Prime membership, and will only be available in the Japanese language. The feature is an “Alexa Skill” (essentially an app) via the Amazon Skills download page when it becomes available.

The Amazon Echo’s Japan launch date isn’t officially announced yet, although they’re accepting applications for invites to be an early adopter. While we’ve seen concepts of Hatsune Miku as a home assistant before, we’re excited to see the idea finally come to mass-market. Here’s to hoping it gets a Westward release!

Via Crypton Future Media

Nov 062017
 

If you’re looking at grabbing your Snow Miku 2018 Nendoroid and Figma early during your visit to Snow Miku 2018, live event tickets and possibly some flight and hotel accommodations, the Snow Miku 2018 tour package site is now online!

A special gift this year is a Snow Miku themed portable battery pack for those booking their Snow Miku 2018 nendoroid and exhibition ticket with their registration.

To register and check out all available package offers, head over to the official Snow Miku 2018 tour site! → https://conv.toptour.co.jp/2018/snowmiku2018/index_en.html

Snow Miku 2017 street car design

Lastly, if you’d like to check out and ride the yearly Snow Miku wrapped street car, it will begin operation on November 27th and run daily until March 27th, 2018, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There will be an early reveal exhibition on November 26th between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM at the following location: 札幌市中央区南21条西16丁目

Snow Miku 2018 Official Site: http://snowmiku.com/2018/