Mar 312018
 

Happy April 1st, and April Fools Day! While we don’t have any pranks planned for today, we’d like to share two great MikuMikuDance PVs created by the highly talented animator “Thanks“! These two videos celebrate Hatsune Miku and Kasane Teto’s 10th anniversaries, and summarize all the MMD animations Thanks created with the two characters. And as always, his works are candy for the eyes!

And for those out of the loop, Kasane Teto also celebrates her 10th anniversary today, since she was originally revealed 10 years ago as an April Fools Day prank. However, she eventually became an officially recognized original character, and the most widely recognized UTAUloid!

Mar 302018
 

The “Hey MIKU!” Alexa app released to the Amazon Alexa store in Japan last November has been upgraded to improve its overall interaction and functionality. She’s also now able to sing!

The update coincides Amazon Echo’s March 30th general launch in Japan. Am,azon Echo smart speaker hardware, and thus, the Hey MIKU! app, had limited access to users in Japan until this release. Hopefully they will have worked out some of her quirks with this update. Note that using this app requires a Japanese Amazon account.

Check out the announcement video below!

Mar 282018
 

For those wanting the Racing Miku 2018 nendoroid, but not quite needing the extras offered by a Good Smile Racing Sponsors Course, she’s now available as a standalone figure from Good Smile Company’s online shop, and other partner stores!

A Nendoroid of the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project!

The 2018 edition of the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project, Racing Miku, is joining the Nendoroid series! This year’s design is illustrated by Hiro Kanzaki and has been faithfully converted into adorable Nendoroid size! She comes with both a cheerful smiling face plate as well as a bit of a mischievous winking face plate.

Optional parts include the golden staff that was included to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Hatsune Miku GT Project, as well as a Nendoroid-sized car that Miku can even ride! Be sure to add the adorable 2018 edition of the Nendoroid to your collection, and be sure to cheer for the team once again this year!

Included Bonus: Good Smile Racing Coupon Code (GSR issued a statement that the code will serve no function for overseas buyers)

The Racing Miku 2018 nendoroid is priced at 6,000 JPY/$56.99 USD from Good Smile Company’s online shop, and is accepting orders until April 26th at 12:00 PM JST. She’s expected to release in October 2018. She’s also available from the other stores listed below!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan
> Good Smile Company
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan

Mar 282018
 

The Hatsune Miku x KODO Taiko Special Live 2018 official site receives an all new update today telling us the much anticipated ticket information. Presales lottery will be held on April 4th at 11:00 JST~April 11th at 11:00 JST, where general sales will begin from May 2nd at 10:00 JST onward. Seating options include S seats at 7,500 yen (tax included) and A seats at 6,500 yen (tax included).

In addition to the ticket details, a new note section is now live on the official site. The notes cover from the basics to everything such as prohibiting food and drinks inside the auditorium, warning the visitors to not queue in line a day before at midnight, asking the visitors to refrain from bringing in raw green onions and such. Additionally, an original penlight will be given to all the viewers attending the special live.

The live will be held at NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on June 2nd~3rd.

Official website: http://kodo-miku.com
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kodo_miku

Mar 262018
 

Highly anticipated since its tease at WonFes, the Frame Arms Girl: Frame Music Girl Hatsune Miku figure is now available for order! Based on illustrations and designs by Shimada Fumikane and Yanase Takayuki, the pose-able figure comes from a collaboration between Hatsune Miku and Frame Arms Girl to create a new brand called “Frame Music Girl”, with Hatsune Miku being the first character in the lineup.

The figure is manufactured by Kotobukiya, and is priced at 5800 Yen through their own online shop. But she’s also available from other stores! The expected shipping period is November 2018. In terms of accessories, Frame Music Girl Miku comes with several speaker stands, a microphone, swappable hands and 3 different faceplates.

We’re really impressed with the figure quality, and its easy to draw comparisons to Good Smile Company’s “figma” series. Although it seems the Frame Arms Girl series has better flexibility. Check out the photos below!

> Kotobukiya (Japan-only)
> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan