jrharbort

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 182018
 

We’ve been waiting for this ever since we saw this game demoed at Snow Miku 2017: Hatsune Miku VR will be coming to PC via the Steam VR platform in Spring 2018 for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift! The game comes via collaboration with Crypton Future Media and Degica Co.

The “Action Rhythm Game” uses VR controls, and allows you to watch Miku dance as you play the game. It will launch with 8 initial songs with 2 levels of difficulty each. Additional songs are planned to be added later!

The game will be available in English, Japanese and Chinese. Additional info will be announced at a later date. Check out the official Hatsune Miku VR site! → http://promo.degicagames.com/vr/

Via 4gamer

Jan 122018
 

The Snow Miku news update on January 12th was a big one, but we’ll make quick work to help summarize it for you! The Snow Miku 2018 event will take place during the Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan between February 5th~12th.

The Goods

The official goods list for Snow Miku 2017 has more than doubled in size, and added the following items: A hoodie blanket, key holder, random charms, dish set, chopsticks, coin purse, clear poster, rubber band, can badges, assorted gacha prizes, phone cases, 5,000mAh mobile batteries, plushie, rubber strap, backpack, embroidered jacket, silicone watch, printed cream-filled cookies, printed rice crackers, Snow Miku model train set, and a special issue Snow Miku 2018 newspaper.

Phew, that’s a handful! Check out the gallery and pricing on the official goods page, which is still updating! → http://snowmiku.com/2018/goods.html

Exhibition @ Sapporo Factory Hall

The Sapporo Factory Hall map has been posted with info for most exhibitors. Some are still awaiting announcement, so keep checking back for updates: http://snowmiku.com/2018/location_factory.html#factory_hall

FLOOR 1
Booth 1: Hatsune Miku Visa & Master Card
Booth 2: Rohto Digi-Eye
Booth 3: COMING SOON
Booth 4: VOLKS
Booth 5: Hatsune Miku Symphony
Booth 6: COMING SOON
Booth 7: First Rubber Co. ltd (Shoe Collab)
Booth 8: Washin Palette
Booth 9: COSPA
Booth 10: COMING SOON
Booth 11: VOCALOID KEYBOARD
Booth 12: Crypton Sonicwire
Booth 13: COCOLLABO
Booth 14: Snow Miku Sky Town

FLOOR 2
Snow Miku 2018 Illustration Gallery and life-sized statues.

Live Stage @ Sapporo Factory Atrium

Various chat sessions, live DJ performances, and music lessons will be provided at the Live Stage events at the Sapporo Factory Atrium, located just across the street from the Sapporo Factory Hall. Here’s the announced schedule!

February 10th
12:00 PM – COMING SOON

4:00 PM – Connecting The World ~Think Global, Act Local Part 6
Talk Session with Hiroyuki Itoh, Guillaume, and Kumiko Meguro from Crypton Future Media about their events in 2017.

February 11th
12:00 PM – TOKOTOKO (Nishizawa-san P) Live Stage
Live Stage performance with Nishizawa-san (composer of Snow Miku 2018 theme song), 000 and Guu.

2:00 PM – Keisei Live DJ
Also known as the creator of Singularity, the winning song from the Magical Mirai 2018 song contest. Enjoy Keisei’s live DJ performance!

4:00 PM – Hatsune Miku V4X Music Course feat. BIGHEAD
BIGHEAD, creator of well-known songs like Sharing the World and Story Rider, will be giving pointers on the use of Hatsune Miku V4X in music production! Also joining for assistance is Sonicwire’s Koizui Seimei.

Jan 072018
 

There is no such thing as “Too Much Miku”, as it simply increases the amount of adorableness and fun. This is especially true for for Tac’s latest MikuMikuDance video, titled “Are You Going To Visit Hatsune Miku?”.

The video is a sequel to Tac’s previous popular work, “LET’S GO SEE MIKU!” (watch here → https://youtu.be/_zjjtkCFkeI), and follows up on Mariel’s previous visit to the mansion of Hatsune Miku(s). She plans to visit them again, but first she tries to explain her previous venture to her friends, and convince them it’s perfectly safe (and that she isn’t crazy).

Watch the video from Tac’s official channel below! Official channel link → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD2gA4RLxNDgGMx97uVWQ5A/

Fun Fact: Tac says he used around 230 different Hatsune Miku MMD models for the creation of this video!

Jan 042018
 

The camera in the following review is currently available for order from Tokyo Otaku Mode, if you’re interested in exploring the world of photography and Miku in 360! → RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU on Tokyo Otaku Mode

I can’t really say it enough: I love Miku, and I also love technology. It’s probably the nature of Miku, being a vocal-synthesis software, that draws tech savvy people to to her. As such, I was drawn to the camera collaboration announced by RICOH, which brought Hatsune Miku to the world of 360 imaging. The result of this collaboration is the RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku 360 camera.

What is the RICOH THETA SC?

The RICOH THETA SC is RICOH’s “Standard Class” 360 degree camera, which brings 360 imaging and video to the masses at a reasonable price. It’s capable of capturing up to 1600 spherical images at max quality, or 63 minutes of 360 video at max quality. The only feature it lacks compared to the THETA S is the ability to live stream 360 video.

What is the RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku?

In celebration of Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary, RICOH introduced a limited special edition of the THETA SC, which comes bundled with exclusive accessories and editing software. It also comes in packaging featuring special artwork illustrated by fuzichoco.

Introduction video to RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku


With the introduction out of the way… Let’s get to opening the camera!

If you were lucky enough to pick up one of the limited number of cameras available at Magical Mirai 2017 (like this one!), or from the Black Friday sale last year, your camera came with a special canvas carring bag. But I think we’re all more interested with what’s inside!

Inside the bag you’ll find a sticker, a quick introduction book, and the box holding the camera itself. The artwork by fuzichoco is absolutely gorgeous!

A quick closeup of the box, before taking off the lid to reveal what’s inside…


 
The first thing you see is the bonus wool-woven camera sleeve, and the box housing the camera itself. After removing the sleeve from the box, and removing what’s inside, you’ll find an additional clip, along with dog tags with your unique product serial number. I was able to get unit #0062!

Now to open the box for the camera itself…

Along with the camera, you’ll find the original protective sleeve, a very solid feeling charging cable (it’s recommended to use only this cable for charging), and the user guide.


 
The camera feels lighter than initially expected, and has a turquoise colored “soft touch” plastic shell that feels very smooth, but may be prone to staining if you’re not careful. The unique serial number is printed on the bottom of the camera, next to the standard 1/4-20 camera mount. There’s 3 control buttons on the side: Power, Wifi, and Mode. The front face has the single shutter button, and also adorns an outline artwork of the original Hatsune Miku illustration by KEI, and the Hatsune Miku 10th anniversary logo.


 
A quick example of how the camera looks and feels in the hand when in operation. The hot-pink color for the power button is a nice touch! The camera ships with the battery almost drained, so I had to charge it for a couple hours before use…

The Special Miku THETA Editor App

Find Miku in our sample 360 photo!

Find the Miku! #miku360 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


Using the THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku requires the use of two applications. The first is the THETA SC basic app, which allows you to transfer and share photos from your camera, as well as control the camera remotely from your mobile device. The second is the THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku exclusive app, the Hatsune Miku themed image editor (found here). This app is designed to work only with images captured from the THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku camera!


 
It should be no surprise that this application came from a collaboration with Sorasu Software, the same developer behind the popular Mikuture AR photo application. It comes with a familiar interface, with many improvements to details such as pose navigation and masking controls. This allows many entertaining pose possibilities!

The sticker feature is also useful for “censoring” people with various (and humorous) Hachune Miku style faces. Two different Hatsune Miku models are available to choose from: The basic Appearance Miku (ApiMiku) model from Mamama, and a Snow Miku variant of the ApiMiku model.

Once you are finished editing the photo, you are given the option to share your photos online! Don’t forget to add the “#miku360” hashtag to your content, so others can also find and share!

The Verdict

The RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku is a great introduction to the world of 360 imaging for Hatsune Miku fans, if they have not experienced owning a 360 camera. Getting this camera might be a hard choice, however, for those that already own the normal THETA SC, or even the THETA S with its inclusion of live streaming functionality. If that missing feature isn’t a deal breaker for you, then we’re certain that you’ll find the use of this camera quite entertaining!

Our own personal gripes with the camera would have to be its poor image quality with objects that are far away, even with good light. Try to keep subjects of importance within 15 feet if you want them to be clear. It also does not like to be charged with most traditional USB chargers. It’s recommended to charge via a PC USB port, or with a charger rated at 1.5A or less power output.

Lastly, we’re excited to announce we’ll be using this camera during our visit to Snow Miku 2018 in Sapporo, where we plan to share many of our experiences in 360! Stay tuned!

RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku official page: http://miku.ricoh/en/
THETA Miku twitter: https://twitter.com/ThetaMiku
RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku on Tokyo Otaku Mode: https://goo.gl/iQi9v3

Jan 012018
 

Happy New Year, everyone! Kicking off the new year is a Hatsune Miku album released today by Mikai Music on iTunes and Amazon MP3, titled “The First Dream”. This album is the first created using songs with Hatsune Miku’s recently released V4 Chinese vocaloid software.

The album features 9 songs, and is also a great introduction for Hatsune Miku fans to some of the amazing music created by producers using her Chinese ver. software. Check out the crossfade below, the album on iTunes, and be sure to also check out the music videos for many of these songs on Mikai Music’s official YouTube channel!

The First Dream on iTunes → https://itunes.apple.com/album/the-first-dream/1327225599
The First Dream on Amazon MP3 → https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078H82Q8F/
Mikai Music Official Channel → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFONQl-be-yxvkWTw1HtA_w

1. Nihao feat. Hatsune Miku / MusikM
2. The First Dream feat. Hatsune Miku / MusikM
3. The Miracle Of The Star feat. Hatsune Miku / Jun Kuroda & MusikM
4. Confess feat. Hatsune Miku / Siren
5. Holy S**t Grass Snake feat. Hatsune Miku / Uncle McDonald
6. Mutton Soup feat. Hatsune Miku / MusikM
7. Confess Ver.B feat. Hatsune Miku / Siren
8. Mutton Soup Remix feat. Hatsune Miku / MusikM
9. The First Dream Ver.B feat Hatsune Miku / MusikM