A Hatsune Miku fan since December 2007, jrharbort joined MikuFan.com as the Head Writer in October 2011, and enjoys sharing news with other fans around the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @jrharbort!

Jan 152017

Japanese manga and game content localizer Seven Seas Entertainment has announced its license acquisition of Hitoshizuku-P × Yama△ and Tsubata Nozaki’s Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night, a three-volume gothic mystery manga series featuring Hatsune Miku other Vocaloids. It will release in single volumes, starting with the first book releasing on May 2nd for $13.99 USA / $15.99 CAN, with two more volumes due at a later date. The story was inspired by the popular Hatsune Miku song “Bad ∞ End ∞ Night“, released in 2012.

Hatsune Miku is a young woman seeking to become an actress, but just as it seems her chance has come, everything is thrown upside down when she finds herself hurled into the “world of stage” within a strange mansion. There she meets seven mysterious, and potentially dangerous, characters. Although each comes with their own secrets, they almost all have one goal in common—find the stolen script pages, or be trapped in this false world forever!

The manga’s first English release will also be printed with an oversize trim, perfect for displays. We’ll post sources for the book later when it releases.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

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Jan 102017

Get ready to sing and dance with your favorite digital singer and her friends all night long, because the rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is now available in the Americas and Europe! A PlayStation®Network exclusive, it kicks off with a bang by giving players 200+ songs for Miku and her digital friends to perform. Newcomers and veterans alike will have new controls to master, and tons of customization thanks an unparalleled amount of costume modules to unlock, including throwbacks to classic SEGA titles – from Sonic and Virtua Fighter, to Valkyria Chronicles and Space Channel 5!

Players can choose their Future Tone collection – from ‘Future Sound,’ a collection of songs centered around the Project DIVA games or ‘Colorful Tone’ which collects songs related to the Project Mirai games and arcade songs. Lovers of all things Miku who purchase both packs will have both hairstyle customizations and exclusive “survival course” added on! Each package is available for $29.99 and the entire Future Tone bundle is specially priced at a discounted $53.99.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone features:

  • Energy to Surpass Miku Herself – As the arcade version of Hatsune Miku, Future Tone amps up the game’s speed and energy, and players will need to master a different style of control, making it the most frenetic Miku rhythm game yet.
  • Choose from Hundreds of Songs – With a final tally of 224 songs across both of Future Tone‘s packages, the game features the most expansive collection of songs yet from Hatsune Miku and her friends.
  • Set the Stage – Dress up Hatsune Miku and her friends with more 340 unique costume modules and accessories across the Future Tone packages. Players who purchase both packages will get access to an exclusive feature where they can mix and match costumes and hairstyles.
  • Bring the House Down –Future Tone takes full advantage of the PlayStation 4 and will present all of the arcade-style action rendered in glorious 1080p/60fps.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is a pure arcade experience – players will be able to unlock songs as they play the songs in any of the game’s up to five difficulties: EASY, NORMAL, HARD, and EXTREME, EXTRA EXTREME, earning the game’s VP currency commensurate to the challenge level. VP can be used to buy new costume modules and customized items to style Miku and her friends in the manner of players’ choosing.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is out now on the PlayStation®Store as a free download that contains two songs. Within the game’s user interface, players can purchase the ‘Colorful Tone’ and/or ‘Future Sound’ packages individually for $29.99 or as a bundle for $53.99.

Official Site: http://miku.sega.com/futuretone/

Jan 102017

December of 2016 was another hot month for new Hatsune Miku songs, and we’ve gathered a list of these songs from nicovideo and organized them by daily popularity. Since some songs would have been uploaded later in the month, it wouldn’t be fair to rank merely by view count alone, so we’re also ranking songs based on average daily views! Which ones are your favorites? Did you have any favorites from December that didn’t make the list? Share them in the comments below!

#1: Dokuhaku by MARETU feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 27th – 75,830 total – 18,958 daily

#2: 拝啓、私の特別な人へ by Kinoshita feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 26th – 74,399 total – 14,880 daily
EDIT: Kinoshita removed the video shortly after this article’s publication, saying he wasn’t happy with the quality of the work. Details here: https://k1n0shita.tumblr.com/post/155676415600/

#3: Dance Robot Dance by Nayutan Seijin feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 6th – 282,143 total – 11,285 daily

#4: Smart wo Mosakusuru by Sasakure.UK feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 29th – 20,915 total – 10,458 daily

#5: Moon Walk Fever by Hinata Denkou feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 3rd – 282,651 total – 10,095 daily

#6: Kire Carry On by Police Piccadilly feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 15th – 105,267 total – 6,580 Daily

#7: Tsuki wo Sagashite by Koyori feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 23rd – 45,276 total – 5,660 daily

#8: Leica by Yamada feat. Hatsune Miku (Dark)

Uploaded Dec 18th – 66,668 total – 5,128 daily

#9: Yuusei Masshirake by PinocchioP feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 25th – 28,389 total – 4,732 daily

#10: Aria by MISUMI feat. Hatsune Miku

Uploaded Dec 24th – 20,625 total – 3,569 daily

Jan 092017

Crypton Future Media certainly seems excited to celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary later this year, and has just launched a new teaser page on their Peer Professional sharing site, Piapro.

The page doesn’t have much for now, just a timer ticking down until Hatsune Miku’s anniversary on August 31st, along with the phrase “10 years since the release on August 31, 2007… A new beginning for “HATSUNE MIKU” starts here.“. We can probably expect more updates as the anniversary date draws nearer.

Check out the teaser page here: http://piapro.net/miku10th/

Jan 042017

Hatsune Miku mobile games seem to now be the rage in China recently, with “初音速: Roller Skating Music” (初音速 = Hatsune Speed) announced for an upcoming open beta release! The game was teased at Comicup (China’s version of Comiket) in China earlier this month, and is being developed by Miyoo Entertainment. The game genre is an interesting hybrid of Rhythm and Racing styles, with competitive play modes and character customization features.

It has been announced on the game’s official site that an open beta will start “soon” for iOS users, but an exact date is still unknown. An Android release also appears to be in the works. Below is a gallery of gameplay images and artworks from the official Hatsune Speed game site, and their Weibo. We’ll share further details once we get them!

Official Game Site: http://www.9game.cn/chuyinsu/
Official Weibo: http://weibo.com/u/6012076909