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!

Mar 162017
 

In addition to the new main visual art and teaser commercial, the concert start times and ticket sale dates have also been confirmed for Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017! Below are the concert time tables, ticket application start times and prices for Japanese and overseas visitors. This year they arranged concert showings for all three days of the event, compared to last year’s 2-day concert run.

Japan Resident Applications

Application Time: March 18th @ 12:00 PM ~ April 3rd @ 11:59 PM
Application Page: http://pia.jp/v/miku17web/
Details Page: http://magicalmirai.com/2017/ticket.html#ticket_live
Accomodation Plan (Opens April 24th): http://magicalmirai.com/2017/ticket.html#ticket_plan
*Concert ticket price includes Exhibition Hall pass (normally 500 Yen)

Overseas Visitor Applications

Application Time: April 22nd @ 12:00 PM JST ~ May 22nd @ 11:59 PM JST
Application Page: https://tixeebox.tv/lp/magicalmirai2017-entry-en/
Accomodation Plan (Opens April 24th): http://magicalmirai.com/2017/ticket_en.html#ticket_plan
Details Page: http://magicalmirai.com/2017/ticket_en.html#ticket_live
*Concert ticket price includes Exhibition Hall pass (normally 500 Yen)

Mar 162017
 

The Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017 website has finally been updated with the main visual art, along with a teaser CM featuring the theme song “Suna no Wakusei” (Dune) composed by Hachi (available below)!

The main visual art was drawn by iXima, the illustrator popularly known for contributing the box art for the Hatsune Miku V3 and V4X software. The outfit was designed with Miku’s distinctive feeling and beauty in mind, with the theme of a “festive, sparkling, divine songstress”.

Magical Mirai 2017 Main Visual by iXima

Magical Mirai 2017 will take place at Makuhari Messe from September 1st~3rd in Chiba, Japan. We’ll be attending this year’s event as well, we’ll see you there!

Mar 152017
 

Hatsune Miku has been opening the gateway for many new topics of interest in technology for Vocaloid fans, and one of those recent interests has been the rise in virtual reality technologies. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and even simple phone-powered HMDs (head mounted displays), VR is everywhere these days. But it’s still in its infancy, while developers and game companies experiment to figure out what will truly make VR a staple in the modern gaming world.

A group of talented developers and devoted Miku fans in Japan have figured that the best way to enjoy the world of virtual reality is with our favorite virtual idol (Miku of course!). At last year’s Snow Miku, the team showed off a simple VR demo with the Oculus Rift, where you could have your picture taken with Snow Miku. As simple as this demo was, it put the biggest smile on my face, and was one of the standout moments of my visit to Snow Miku 2016.

When I saw the team had returned to Snow Miku 2017 with yet another demo, this time with Oculus Touch controls, I knew I would be in for another treat. This time they were presenting an all new Snow Miku demo called “Miku Tsuku”, which means “Making Miku”. The demo booth was so popular, there was over an hour estimated wait time. While waiting, I spoke to some of the staff to learn about the demo. The demo was developed in a matter of just 3 weeks with a team of 5~6 people. That was truly impressive!

After observing other players, and having the staff explain the run down on the game controls, it was soon my turn to jump back into the virtual reality world.

Miku Tsuku Gameplay Demo

In Miku Tsuku, you are presented with a desk with a figure-sized Snow Miku and various objects scattered around you. The purpose of the demo is to decorate the stage with the various objects, as well as position the Snow Miku figure (which is actually alive and watching you!) however you like. At any time, you also have the ability to instantly shrink down in size and join Snow Miku on the stage by tapping the smart watch that’s on your left hand inside the game. There is a sudden shock and surprise when you do this for the first time, and the feeling of having Miku right there in front of you… It’s truly surreal.

The interactive experience was so joyful and fun, the 5:35 time limit felt like it passed too quickly before I could try everything that I wanted to do. Like the previous year, I was left with the biggest smile on my face once my turn was finished, and I had nothing but praise for the developers of Miku Tsuku. I also played with the rhythm VR game presented by Crypton themselves, as well as the Google Tango AR demo. But neither of these could compare to the marvelous experience of Miku Tsuku.

 

The team of Miku Tsuku is hopeful that there will be interest and support from fans to help encourage further development of this idea, along with a release on Oculus and Steam stores, and other platforms. I hope they succeed, and that many more Hatsune Miku fans will be introduced to the world of VR. I can really see this concept going somewhere in the future, and Hatsune Miku will help lead the way.

Mar 152017
 

March 9th was “Miku Day”, a day where Miku fans from around the world show their thanks and appreciation to Hatsune Miku. For that day, our friends at Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi have launched a prize giveaway where 9 lucky fans can win some cute prizes. Simply make a video of yourself singing a Hatsune Miku song, and send it to mikugiveaway@gmail.com along with your name and address. Here’s what you can win!

1st Prize for Three Winners
1 Hatsune Miku Nendoroid petit 6 sets
1 Hatsune Miku Original Winter Clothes Figure
1 Miracle Henkei Hatsune Miku x Lodi

2nd Prize for Three Winners
Heart Miku Key Chain

3rd Prize for Three Winners
Limited Edition Miku Yuki Matsuri Key Chain

The entry deadline is April 30th. Good luck!

Mar 152017
 

The Hatsune Miku anniversary mega collection album Vocalohistory has finally launched! To celebrate the launch, famous VocaloidP cosMo@暴走P has released a music video for his song “Ima made mo, Kono toki mo, Kore kara mo――”, featured on disk 4 of the album’s music collection.

Check out the song below! And you want to learn more about the album release, check our past article here.