May 252015
 

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Previously teased during the recent Good Smile Company livestream event, the cute animal charm straps designed by CHANxCO are now available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop!

From the ‘Character Vocal Series’ comes adorable charm accessories of Hatsune Miku and the other Vocaloid characters all as cute round charms based on various animals! The designs are based on the works of CHANxCO, and have been faithfully transformed into accessories for fans to enjoy!

The line-up includes Bunny-Miku, Octo-Luka, Doggy-Rin, Doggy-Len, Cat-KAITO, Tiger-MEIKO and one secret character! The stomach sections have each respective character’s neck tie or ribbon printed on as well! Be sure to attach them to all sorts of things and keep the cute animal Vocaloids by your side to enjoy whenever you like! ♪

The “one secret character” has us interested in who it could possibly be (any guesses?). The set is available from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 4800 Yen, and orders from their shop will include a sticker illustrated by CHANxCO as a bonus (quantities limited). The set is also available from CDJapan and Amiami, but without the sticker. Preorders are expected to ship in September 2015.

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Lastly, a surprisingly quiet announcement from Good Smile Racing reveals that sponsorship courses for the 2015 Racing Miku nendoroid have been opened for a 3rd time, and will now remain open until November 30th (end of racing season), or until peak order limits are reached. If you accidentally missed out on the last two course runs, now’s your third (and last) chance! Three out of the four figma courses are also still available.

GSR Sponsors Course Page: http://gsr-global.ecq.sc/

May 222015
 

The live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8” today has covered on several interesting topics, with the main event as the final selection of 2016 Snow Miku and her rabbit partner Yukine. We’ve participated in the stream and captured several announcements, including screenshots of each.

First to announce is the reveal of 2015 Magical Mirai second visual by hoshima. Staffs have also teased a minute-long preview of the official 2015 Magical Mirai theme song “Hand in Hand” by kz during the program.

Following up next is the announcement of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai compilation CD+Blu-ray. The set comes with Nendoroid Mikudayo and exclusive accessories, with worldwide shipping also available (more info here). Also announced are the Hatsune Miku animal charm straps with further details to arrive at a later date.

Goodsmile Racing took a step in the live stream revealing 2015 Racing Miku Thailand ver visual, in promotion of their next race in Thailand on June 21st. As a friendly reminder, Figma sponsorship courses are still open up until June 10th.

The final voting of 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine concludes with Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 and Flying Yukine both by Kotatsu Odoki as winners by 35.5% and 54.5% of the votes, respectively. A tweet from @GSC_GUMA has confirmed Nendoroid and Figma production for 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine.

As an additional note, Kotatsu Odoki was also one of the finalists in 2012 Snow Miku design contest. You can view the submitted design here.




May 212015
 

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We’re now just a day before the official Snow Miku 2016 and her partner Yukine! Tweets from Kahotan from Good Smile Company today have reveal all four Snow Miku 2016 and rabbit Yukine design finalists. The final designs will be selected based on fans’ votes in the live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8″ on May 22nd at 7:00 PM JST on nicovideo.

Live Stream link: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv221172984

The voting process will simply require a click on your favorite design once you see all four designs on the screen. All votes will then be tallied into percentages and presented at the end of the live stream. Please note that you will need a nicovideo account in order to access videos and live streams on the site.

In addition to Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine voting, the live stream will cover on various topics of Magical Mirai 2015, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX/Deluxe (Mikudayo will be present), and new Hatsune Miku products. For information on Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine design contest please refer to our previous article.

Snow Miku 2016 Finalists:

1: SNOW MIKU 2016 by Saine: http://piapro.jp/t/XXfw
2: Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 by Kotatsu Odoki: http://piapro.jp/t/uDla
3: Snow Miku 2016 by Yunii: http://piapro.jp/t/cAEy
4: Snow Miku by Niboshi: http://piapro.jp/t/tfBD


Rabbit Yukine 2016 Finalists:

1: Flying Yukine by Kotatsu Odoki: http://piapro.jp/t/rP_x
2: 2016 Rabbit Yukine Design Idea by JING: http://piapro.jp/t/h5Yo
3: Yukine 2016 by Toraneko: http://piapro.jp/t/-OLR
4: 2016 Yukine costume by COS: http://piapro.jp/t/egob


May 182015
 

Since last year we’ve been waiting eagerly to see the next destination for Miku Expo, and the announcement finally came. The next Hatsune Miku Expo destination has been settled on Shanghai, China via SCLA, with more detailed information to arrive at later date.

This comes as a surprising and uplifting news, as China has been known for their bans/restrictions*. Including the Symphony IHATOV with Tomita Isao on May 20th, Miku will visit China twice this year. For information on the symphony performance please refer to our previous article

*Current Chinese laws ban Japanese animation with the following themes: Homosexuality, sexual, Porn, Violence, Dark-Side Heroic, and Anti-government. Many Hatsune Miku songs can fall into these categories. For this reason, many Chinese fans find the possibility of a live Hatsune Miku concert in mainland China to be nearly impossible.

A fresh and unique song selection can likely be expected for Miku Expo in Shanghai.

EDIT: Now officially announced with two-hour concert, as well as surprise(s), along with an exhibition area of 800 square meters via Miku Expo on weibo. Promotional poster and Miku QR code also released. Official website: http://mikuexpo.com/shanghai

May 182015
 

Since last year we’ve been waiting eagerly to see the next destination for Miku Expo, and the announcement finally came. The next Hatsune Miku Expo destination has been settled on Shanghai, China via SCLA, with more detailed information to arrive at later date.

This comes as a surprising and uplifting news, as China has been known for their bans/restrictions*. Including the Symphony IHATOV with Tomita Isao on May 20th, Miku will visit China twice this year. For information on the symphony performance please refer to our previous article

*Current Chinese laws ban Japanese animation with the following themes: Homosexuality, sexual, Porn, Violence, Dark-Side Heroic, and Anti-government. Many Hatsune Miku songs can fall into these categories. For this reason, many Chinese fans find the possibility of a live Hatsune Miku concert in mainland China to be nearly impossible.

A fresh and unique song selection can likely be expected for Miku Expo in Shanghai.

EDIT: Now officially announced with two-hour concert, as well as surprise(s), along with an exhibition area of 800 square meters via Miku Expo on weibo. Promotional poster and Miku QR code also released. Official website: http://mikuexpo.com/shanghai