Click to visit official Magical Mirai website.
Adding to my previous announcement of Magical Mirai 2014′s ticket details (found here), additional details have been added for accommodation and tour packages for the Osaka event. Packages are available for both Japanese and overseas visitors.
Accommodation packages for overseas visitors cost anywhere from 21,500 JPY to 32,500 JPY per person, depending on the room size and number of nights. The price also includes an SS seating ticket (seating chart here), breakfast, and a special gift giveaway. Package reservations will open starting April 26th at 12:00 PM JST, and will end on May 20th at 12:00 PM JST (unless sold out). Please refer to the below links for full details.
Overseas visitor packages: http://entame.knt.co.jp/2014/magicalmirai/en/
Japanese visitor packages: http://entame.knt.co.jp/2014/magicalmirai/
Details of the exhibition hall for the Osaka event has also been updated to reveal activities and attractions. These will include life-sized figures, an illustration gallery, a music listening area, commemorative photo area, stage events and a workshop area. The exhibition activities will take place in building 4 of the Osaka Intex.
Lastly, the Magical Mirai official website has also been updated with new main visual artwork (seen above), illustrated by MONQ.
If you’ve simply been busy recently, or been overwhelmed by the recent Hatsune Miku and Lady Gaga collab announcement, chances are you probably missed these other bits of news. So here’s a recap of some events from the past week.
Voca Nico Night
Adding to my previous announcement of this month’s Voca Nico Night guests, the stream links for both days of the event are now available. The stream starts at 11:00 AM JST on April 26th and 27th.
Day 1 Stream: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv174982120
Day 2 Stream: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv174992723
THE END Vocaloid Opera Available Online
The multiple sellout Vocaloid opera event from 2013 called “THE END” is now available for free online viewing from the Radio France website. There is even an option to enjoy the stream with 5.1 surround-sound audio. Subtitles are unfortunately only available in French.
The show made its first debut in Japan early last year, and later had overseas premiers in France. To learn more about THE END and its creation process, enjoy this interview with show’s artists from the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1-YbcbAQ84
Watch THE END online: http://nouvoson.radiofrance.fr/musique/end-vocaloid-opera
LEGO Builder Creates Life-sized Hatsune Miku Statue
The LEGO builder named ChaosBrick from twitter has recently finished a life-sized Hatsune Miku lego statue after 6 months of work. Even though MikuFan has been following this builder for some time during his project, the popularity of the completed statue was surprising. His announcement tweet surpassed 9,000 retweets within the first day.
The full gallery of the build process can be viewed on ChaosBrick’s twitter.
The Piapro x Good Smile Company collaboration for the 2015 Snow Miku outfit design has begun, and Miku’s pet rabbit Yukine is also returning next year with a new outfit. International submissions are accepted for this collab!
The collaboration requires that the theme represent Hokkaido in winter time, specifically elements of foliage like lotus cups, lavender, white birch trees, saxifrage, and other winter plant life from the Hokkaido region to be incorporated into the design.
Collaboration entries are separated into two categories: Category A for Miku’s outfit, and Category B for Yukine’s outfit. A template has been provided for both the Snow Miku and Yukine characters, but they are not required for the submission to be valid.
The submissions are to be through the Piapro website, and instructions for the submission process are as follows:
- Before submitting a design, click on the Edit Tags button 「編集」
- Copy and Paste (do not type) the tag ２０１５年雪ミク衣装 into the space if applying for the Snow Miku outfit, or ２０１５年ユキネ衣装 if applying for the Yukine rabbit outfit
- click 「ロックする」 to lock the tag, adding it to your submission
- Confirm that the Lock Icon is on the left-hand side of your tags, and submit.
If followed correctly, the submission will appear with the other submissions found here for the Snow Miku outfit, and here for Yukine’s outfit.
Collaboration entries will end on May 7th at 5:00 PM JST. Good luck!
This surprise tweet by Lady Gaga is sure to spark quite a bit of craze among Vocaloid fans. According to the tweet, Hatsune Miku will be the opening act for Gaga’s nation-wide art rave tour, titled “The ARTPOP Ball”, from May 6th until June 3rd. According to the announced date range, Hatsune Miku will be opening for 16 shows during the tour in locations spanning the U.S. and Canada.
ARTPOP Ball Website: http://www.ladygaga.com/artrave-the-artpop-ball
Announced Locations for Hatsune Miku’s opening performance:
■ Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena (6-May-14)
■ Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center (8-May-14)
■ Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun (10-May-14)
■ Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (12-May-14)
■ New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (13-May-14)
■ Washington DC – Verizon Center (15-May-14)
■ Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena (17-May-14)
■ Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena (18-May-14)
■ St. Paul, MN – XCEL Energy Center (20-May-14)
■ Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre (22-May-14)
■ Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome (25-May-14)
■ Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place (26-May-14)
■ Seattle, WA – Key Arena (28-May-14)
■ Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (30-May-14)
■ San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena (2-Jun-14)
■ San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose (3-Jun-14)
Good Smile Company decided to surprise everyone this Spring by silently giving the Sakura Miku Nendoroid another production run. Reservations for the nendoroid started today on April 14th, and seemｓ to have no announced end date. And interestingly, if this isn’t an error, orders will also start shipping later this month!
Product Info & Order Page: http://goodsmile-global.ecq.sc/top/gscotswd00040.html
Even though it’s an additional production run, the Nendoroid will still include all the accessories found in the original release version. The price is set at 4,011 Yen ($39.50 USD), and Good Smile Company is accepting global reservations. If you missed Sakura Miku last year, now you have another chance to add this beautiful Nendoroid to your collection.
EDIT: It looks like reservations already sold out, that was fast!