Jul 132015
 

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In today’s world, the vocaloid culture is ever expanding, and gathering support from more creators and fans from around the globe. Yet despite this, we can’t help but feel that fans outside of Japan are often overlooked by creators and fans within Japan. Many producers I’ve spoken with have also been surprised by Vocaloid’s popularity overseas.

So with this feeling of isolation and disconnection with fans in Japan, it’s great to know that a group of fans have come together to form an event called “VOCACON“, which focuses on sharing the creations of the Vocaloid culture from around the world, finally giving fans within Japan a sense of the culture’s global scale.

I was able to speak with Yukky, one of VOCACON’s executive members, to learn more about some of Vocacon’s events from the convention held in February of this year. Continue reading »

Jul 092015
 

After being recently teased, we finally get to enjoy the full music video for Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2015’s theme song, “Hand in Hand” by kz(livetune). The song also marks his first solo Vocaloid work since “Decorator“, the theme song for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, over a year earlier.

Magical Mirai 2015 will be taking place at Nippon Budokan venue in Tokyo between September 4th and 5th. Additionally, the Magical Mirai 2015 official album is still available for order, which includes a DVD with this music video. More here: http://www.mikufan.com/?p=12374

Enjoy the music video below from the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKtoreimcQ8

Jul 072015
 

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My visit to AX this year was seemingly less exciting this year compared to previous years (now having attended for 5 years), largely in part to the notable lack on Vocaloid and Hatsune Miku content to enjoy (the primary focus of this site, of course). That being said, I tried to cover as much of the event as I physically could by myself. This is my experiences and impressions of AX 2015, and Gallery Nucleus.

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Jul 012015
 

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Following the recent Hatsune Miku Expo in Shanghai on June 27th~28th, the latest announcement from qingdao.sdnews.com.cn today has announced for two Hatsune Miku mini-concerts at Joypolis in Qingdao, China.

Fans in China will experience the mini-concerts “Qingdao de DIVA Vol.1″ on July 3rd~August 28th and “Qingdao de DIVA Vol.2″ on August 29th~October 11th. Both mini-live concerts will be completely different from each other. Further information is expected to arrive at a later date.

UPDATE: The main visual has been published, fully illustrated by the artist hiruma. Qingdao de DIVA Vol. 1 will come in three sessions: afternoon, evening, and night sessions. Each sessions will feature performances on Tell Your World, World is Mine, and Romeo and Cinderella. Ticket prices have also been revealed, whereas details on Qingdao de DIVA Vol. 2 are not yet arrived.

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Jun 272015
 

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With two major nearby events coming up, I’d like to announce MikuFan’s return to Anime Expo in Los Angeles, as well as a visit to the Hatsune Miku art exhibition at Gallery Nucleus. The head writer (myself) be attending both events from July 2nd until July 5th, although I’ll be arriving on Day 0 (July 1st) if you want to catch me early.

What do I mean by “catch”? Similar to last year, I’ll be hosting a small goods giveaway event (the prizes of which are secret) by tweeting hints of my location at random times, and what I’m wearing (will always be a Miku shirt of some variety). If you’d like to win one of these prizes, or just say hello, follow @jrharbort on twitter to catch location hints, or even just to keep up with live Vocaloid related news at the events.

I’ll also be attending the announced IA concert, and look forward to meeting fans at that event as well. See you guys next week!