MikuFan’s Visit To Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles

Filed under: Concerts,English Miku,Events,Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Music,Software — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 10:03 am

Arriving at the Nokia Theatre on Day 2 for concert ticket pickup.

Three years… That’s how long many Hatsune Miku fans within the United States had been waiting to see if there would be another major event within our own borders. With the announcement of Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles and New York, these prayers were answered, and with far more than what we could have ever asked for.

A couple members of our staff (myself included) attended both days of the event in Los Angeles, and we tried to cover everything we could while also attending the concert events on both days. But even then, it was impossible to enjoy everything the event had to offer. So we’ll also be sharing some photos and experiences from friends who managed to attend the parts of the event we missed.

We started lining up with fans early Saturday morning, about 3 and a half hours before the event gates were due to open. The line was still short at this time, but started growing quickly soon afterwards. Everyone was excited talking to one another, and many people made new friends. There were a few fans from Japan giving away special items to visitors in the line. These ranged anywhere from Miku Halloween candy, to sweat bands and shirts (like the one pictured above).

After the gates opened, the mad rush to the Miku Monster Store began. Along the way, you could spot this overhead banner and balloons, as well as the Candy Stage area. DJ Revolution Boi was already at work playing music for guests as they walked through the exhibition gates.

My first stop at the Monster Store was the Good Smile Company booth, since I had help with getting goods from the merchandise booth. GSC had the new Halloween Miku nendoroid on display, along with some other merchandise. Included above is a photo of all the goods that were offered from their booth.

Finally, as I exited the store area, Crypton Future Media CEO Hiroyuki Itoh was about to make his opening ceremony announcement. Unfortunately, fans were too occupied waiting in lines and didn’t want to leave their spots, so he didn’t have a big audience for his opening announcements.

Back inside the main building to the center and left areas were the exhibition rooms, where various artworks and activities were on display. The Hatsune Miku Exhibition area featured various Hatsune Miku merchandise and information on the history of Hatsune Miku, as well as a demo table where fans could play the soon-to-be launched “MikuColle“, a mobile RPG game developed by Crypton. We were also able to confirm an English release sometime before 2015!

Afterwards, we headed to the Pumpkin Dome area to see the Skylight Theater, but the event was unfortunately sold out until 4:30 PM. This conflicted with our schedule to pick up our VIP concert tickets at 4:00, so we decided to go rest for a while before heading to the Nokia Theatre.

Of course, we also met some amazing cosplayers on our trip. Above are a few of the photos we took. Thanks to all cosplayers for allowing these photos!

We were roomed in at the JW Marriot next to the Nokia Theatre, so traveling to get in line for VIP ticket pickup was a non-issue. There was an amazing sense of nostalgia being back at the Nokia Theatre again. Our last visit to the venue was in 2011 for Mikunopolis. I only managed to snap one last photo inside the theater itself from the VIP pit before the concert started…

Concert photo via official Hatsune Miku Facebook page.

The concert itself was everything I could have hoped for. The audience was much livelier compared to Mikunopolis, and much more in synch for the calls and glow stick wave patterns.

The concert setlist consisted of 27 songs, 3 of which were in English. Below is the track list, thanks to hightrancesea:

01: Sharing The World feat. Hatsune Miku (English)
02: Senbonzakura feat. Hatsune Miku
03: Kocchi Muite Baby feat. Hatsune Miku
04: Koi Iro Byoutou feat. Hatsune Miku
05: Colorful Melody feat Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin
06: Fire Flower feat. Kagamine Len
07: The Butterfly on My Right Shoulder feat. Kagamine Len
08: Melancholic feat. Kagamine Rin
09: Kokoro feat. Kagamine Rin
10: Glass Wall feat. Hatsune Miku (English)
11: Torinoko City feat. Hatsune Miku
12: Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro feat. Hatsune Miku
13: Romeo and Cinderella feat. Hatsune Miku
14: Piano × Forte × Scandal feat. MEIKO
15: Pane dhiria feat. KAITO
16: Parades feat. Hatsune Miku
17: Poppippo feat. Hatsune Miku
18: The White Snow Princess Is feat. Hatsune Miku
19: Just Be Friends feat. Megurine Luka (English ver.)
20: Luka Luka Night Fever feat. Megurine Luka
21: Himitsu Keisatsu feat. Hatsune Miku
22: Yellow feat. Hatsune Miku
23: World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku
24: Melt feat. Hatsune Miku
-= Encore =-
25: Tell Your World feat. Hatsune Miku
26: Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru feat. Hatsune Miku
27: Starduster feat. Hatsune Miku

The VIP bonuses included the memorial Miku Expo VIP badge, a sensu (Japanese folding fan) with Crypton’s Vocaloids printed onto it, and a vinyl record of Sharing The World, the Miku Expo LA & NY theme song composed by BIGHEAD.

Following the concert event was the Halloween Dance Party, which was relocated to the Belasco Theater due to guest capacity issues. We stayed long enough to see Machigerita and BIGHEAD perform, as well as to attend the ending raffle where they gave away Miku Expo posters signed by the illustrator, Apapico. Crypton staff could also be seen walking around the dance, and there was a cute Miku plushie shrine set up on a table for fans to take photos of.

After a long day and night of activities, we had a short rest before starting the day to enjoy the VIP concert yet again, which began shortly after noon. Once we finished enjoying the concert for a second time, we headed back to the exhibition area to enjoy more of the scenery, as well as the cosplay contest event.

After the contest was finished, Crypton CEO Hiroyuki Itoh once again took the stage for the closing ceremonies, where he made a surprising announcement:

“Did everyone have fun? I’ll be back next year, here in Los Angeles. Next year, we will make it even bigger!”.

Our visit to Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles was an unforgettable experience that was an amazing followup to Mikunopolis, and we can’t wait to see what sort of plans Crypton has to make an event even bigger than this one. Thank you to Crypton Future Media and all associated company and staff for making this event possible. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Miku Expo Update: LA & NY Exhibition Time Info, Candy Stage and Sky Light Theater Events for LA

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Music — Written by jrharbort on Friday, September 26th, 2014 @ 8:56 am

Nearly all the details have been finalized with today’s announcements for Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles and New York. First up, we finally have the exhibition open and close times for both events.

Free Entrance
Oct 11th
Gate Open: 11:30am / Start: 12:00pm / Close: 7:00pm
Oct 12th
Gate Open: 10:00am / Start: 10:30pm / Close: 6:30pm

Free Entrance (Open Oct. 9 – Oct. 19)
1st Floor
Open: 8:00am / Close: 8:00pm
2nd Floor(includes merchandise store)
Open: 12:00pm / Close: 8:00pm

During the daytime event hours, the Pumpkin Dome at the Los Angeles Center Studios will be transformed into a replica of the Sky Light Theater that was seen during the TRANS CITY event in Beppu, Oita late last year. The “Skylight Theater feat. Hatsune Miku” is a spectacular whole sky image featuring Hatsune Miku and the fantastic creations of 6 video producers, presented in a 360 degree experience of sight and sound right over your head.

Tickets cost $5 per person at each screening, and are available at the door. The show will run for 30 minutes every hour, and will start at the following times:

Oct 11th
12:30pm / 1:30pm / 2:30pm / 3:30pm / 4:30pm / 5:30pm / 6:30pm

Oct 12th
10:30am / 11:30am / 12:30pm / 1:30pm / 2:30pm / 3:30pm / 4:30pm / 5:30pm

For a preview of what the event is like, below is a video report on last year’s TRANS CITY event from the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel:

Lastly, the activities available at the Candy Stage have been announced. Live paintings, karaoke, DJs, software showcases and halloween costume events can be enjoyed at this location. Two exciting DJ guests for this event include Vocaloid DJ Revolution Boi, and Yuyoyuppe. Click the timetable below for more info.

Snow Miku 2015 Main Visual Art Revealed, Sapporo Winter Festival Concerts Announced

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 @ 10:42 am

Mouse over to see night version. Click to view Snow Miku 2015 site.

Today’s announcement via Crypton and Good Smile Company’s livestream bright a number of exciting announcements. First up is the reveal of the main Snow Miku 2015 visual art, which was illustrated by Nardack. The illustration (seen above) also changes on the official Snow Miku site depending on the time of day.

The second piece of news was the announcement of 4 Vocaloid concerts planned for Sapporo, spanning across two days. There will be a daytime and night time performance on both February 7th (Saturday) and February 8th (Sunday). More news on these events are expected later.

Photo via @Milly

If you remember last year’s Sepang ver. Racing Miku, this year we have a somewhat similar design to support Good Smile Racing’s upcoming race in Thailand. Illustrated by Oguchi (official 2014 Racing Miku illustrator), this version of Racing Miku has been dubbed the “Thailand Cheer ver. Racing Miku”. It is unknown if goods are planned with this design, but it is a possibility.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, another Hatsune Miku Christmas cake by Family Mart has been announced. And just like the previous two years, this cake will also include a petite nendoroid of Hatsune Miku as a rare (and adorable) collectable. Preorders for the cake will remain open at Family Mart until November 30th, and has a price of 3939 Yen.

The Complete Magical Mirai in Tokyo Concert Setlist

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Music — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

With the finish of Magical Mirai in Tokyo on September 20th, the final Magical Mirai event has come to a close. The performance brought some exciting new songs to the concert lineup compared to previous events, and some say it packed more excitement and emotion as well.

Below is a setlist containing all songs featured at the Tokyo event, with links to enjoy each one as well. What do you think of this setlist lineup? It might also give a small preview of what to expect at Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles and New York this October.

00: Opening / Dance: ELEVENPLAY
01: Kagerou Days / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
02: Nijigen Dream Fever / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
03: Heart Democracy / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
04: Commonplace World Uniform / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
05: Like, Dislike / Featuring: Kagamine Rin・Kagamine Len
06: Karakuri Pierrot / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
07: Weekender Girl / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
08: FREELY TOMORROW / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
09: Deep Sea Girl / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
10: Piano×Forte×Scandal / Featuring: MEIKO
11: erase or zero / Featuring: KAITO・Kagamine Len
12: glow / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
13: Hello, Worker / Featuring: Megurine Luka
14: Akatsuki Arrival / Featuring: Megurine Luka・Hatsune Miku
15: Wonderland and the Sheep’s Song / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
16: Tell Your World / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
17: Tokyo Teddy Bear / Featuring: Kagamine Rin
18: Last Night, Good Night / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
19: Cat Food / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
20: EARTH DAY / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
21: Yume Yume / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
22: ODDS&ENDS / Featuring: Hatsune Miku

23: Sweet Devil / Featuring: Hatsune Miku
24: shake it ! / Featuring: Hatsune Miku・Kagamine Rin・Kagamine Len
25: 39 / Featuring: Hatsune Miku

Ticket Guide for Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles and New York

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku — Written by jrharbort on Friday, September 19th, 2014 @ 3:28 am

With the Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles and New York events less than a month away, we feel it’s important to remind fans once again that tickets for the concert events are still available! Using the ticket sites can be somewhat confusing, so ticket availability may still be widely unknown. Below is a list of tickets still available for both the Los Angeles and New York events, and how to get them.

Miku Expo LA Concert (Saturday)

Only VIP section tickets for Saturday of the event in Los Angeles are sold out. Tickets are still available for the Miku Love, Gold and Silver seating areas.

To get these seats, click “find tickets” below, then press “More Info” for Saturday (October 11th) on the AXS site. Lastly, just click “SELECT TICKETS” for the section just called “TICKETS”. International purchases are allowed!

>> Find Tickets For Miku Expo LA Concert (Saturday) <<

Miku Expo LA Concert (Sunday)

Seats for the Sunday event are still available for all sections, so pick any seating area!

To get the regular tickets, follow the same steps shown above for Saturday, but be sure to click “More Info” for Sunday (October 12th).

VIP tickets are somewhat trickier. DO NOT click “buy offer” on the section called “The VIP Experience”, and DO NOT go to the normal “TICKETS” section! MAKE SURE TO CLICK “BUY OFFER” ON THE “MIKU LOVE VIP PACKAGE”! International purchases are accepted!

>> Find Tickets For Miku Expo LA Concert (Sunday) <<

Miku Expo NY Concert (Friday & Saturday)

Available concert seats in New York are identical for both days. All VIP tickets are sold out, but the Miku Love and Gold seat areas are still available! Ticket purchases from this site are less confusing, so click the link below and take your pick. International purchases accepted!

>> Find Tickets For Miku Expo NY Concert (Friday & Saturday) <<

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