Aug 182017
 

Today’s news update for Hatsune Miku: Magical 2017 was a big one! The exhibition map has been released, event live streaming plans were announced, autograph sessions with HachiojiP and Doriko, goods updates, Magical Mirai 2017 album benefits, and finally the cosplay show participation details! Check out the info below:

Exhibition Map

Check out the exhibition floor map below! This will come in handy when looking for your favorite vendors at the event.

Event Streaming

On September 2nd, TOKYO MX plans to stream and hour and a half of live footage of the exhibition, along with the following special guest appearances:

  • Saki Fujita (Hatsune Miku CV)
  • Asami Shimoda (Kagamine Rin / Kagamine Len CV)
  • Kobayashi Onyx
  • Hachioji P
  • Doriko
  • Hiroshi Morita (TOKYOMX)

The stream will take place on TOKYO MX (MX1) broadcasting station.

HachiojiP & Doriko Autograph Sessions

Both HachiojiP and Doriko will be available for autograph sessions. Both will have unique requirements and bonuses. Check them out below!

HachiojiP Autograph Times

  • September 1st (Fri) 12:30, 15:45~, 17:00~
  • September 2nd (Sat) 11:00~, 14:30~
  • September 3rd (Sun) 11:00~, 14:30~, 16:30~

REQUIREMENTS:
Must have ticket from album Last Dance Refrain (shipping August 30th)
BONUS:
Lottery with special prices will be available! Mobile batteries, phone rings, combs, and clear files available.

Doriko Autograph & Photo Times

  • September 1st (Fri) 13:30~, 14:30~
  • September 2nd (Sat) 12:00~, 13:00~, 17:15~
  • September 3rd (Sun) 12:00~, 13:30~, 15:30~

BONUS:
Receive special can badge exchange tickets and special participation tickets if you have any of the following Doriko albums with you: 「君のいない世界には音も色もない」 and 「doriko 10th anniversary tribute」.

Official Goods

11 new items have been added to the official Magical Mirai merchandise list! Here’s what’s added: Wall stickers, key cover, temporary tattoos, stamp/seal set, bandana, flake seal (stickers), face pouch/purse, character socks, marriage charms, official hat, full graphic pen case.

Magical Mirai 2017 Official Album Benefit

If you purchase the Magical Mirai 2017 Official Album at the venue, you will receive a limited clear file featuring art by Honwa (pictured above).

Cosplay Show Participation

Show Time: September 2nd @ 11:30~12:30
Ticket Application: 10:30 @ Creative Stage area
Event Detail: Read previous article here.
Rules: Please be dressed in your cosplay and arrive at the Creative Stage area prior to 10:30 AM to receive a show participation ticket. In the event many cosplayers join, tickets will be served on a first-come first-served basis. Characters allowed for cosplay will be limited to Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kaito, Meiko, and Kagamine Rin and Len, or any of their derived characters.

Via Magical Mirai news page

Aug 082017
 


Technology and Hatsune Miku enthusiasts can both appreciate the news of RICOH’s latest announcement for a special Hatsune Miku edition of their RICOH THETA SC 360 degree camera!

Originally launched in October 2016, RICOH launched the THETA SC to bring quality 360 degree photos and video to the masses. The “Type Hatsune Miku” edition plans to put a spin on the concept by adding special Hatsune Miku specific software features, not available on the standard models!

As part of Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary celebration, 3,939 units will be made available for preorder between September 1st and October 31st Japan time. This “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” is enclosed along with a dog tag key holder and an ABITAX special case inside a box illustrated by the illustrator fuzichoco.

01. Design

The camera comes with a “blue green” body, the theme color for Hatsune Miku, and a 10th anniversary logo and drawing by KEI, the Hatsune Miku’s original illustrator. Using a special manufacturing method referred to as “in-mold decoration”, we were able to clearly draw an illustration of Hatsune Miku along the curved surface of the THETA camera body. The camera is also accented with a power button that lights pink.

02. Special Shutter Sound

The shutter sound when shooting images has a special sound for “THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU”! It was produced in collaboration with Crypton Future Media, where the Hatsune Miku original shutter sound that can only be heard on this model was recorded.

03. ABITAX Special Case Suitable For THETA

This is a dedicated case in the special color of Hatsune Miku suited to carrying around THETA. The 100% wool soft case is handmade at each step by Japanese artisans using a special manufacturing method referred to as fulling.

Dog Tag Key Holder

This is a key holder with a dog tag along with a THETA logo charm and acrylic plate with Hatsune Miku illustration by fuzichoco. It is also a serial number* printed. This is special goods that can only be obtained with this “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU”. *The last 4 digits of the THETA camera unit serial number (example: HM39390001 – HM39393939) are printed on the dog tag.

Edit App
RICOH THETA Type Hatsune Miku


This is a dedicated app developed for the current limited model. You can make Hatsune Miku appear in spherical images captured using this app, “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU”. By using this app, you can have an unprecedented experience that allows you to make Hatsune Miku appear in the real world with you and share the image over an SNS.
*Even though it’s not officially announced, we know that Sorasu Software, the developer behind the highly popular Mikuture AR photo app is developing the special photo app for the THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku.

Main Visual


Illustrator: Fuzichoco
The main visual used for the “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” package was specially drawn by the well-known illustrator “fuzichoco” with a spherical image that can be captured with THETA as a motif. Here’s what she said regarding her passion for this artwork:

“I used posing that shows the perspective and created it in the image of a dynamic space that can be captured using THETA!
I based the hair band and such on the THETA logo design.
If the picture gives you a sense of glittering transparency, then that makes me happy.”

Magical Mirai 2017 Exhibit

Exhibiting a booth where you can experience shooting and editing images!
A special booth will be set up where you can experience “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” at the “Magical Mirai 2017” event. This is an event that enables you to experience the creative culture of “Hatsune Miku” and will connect to the future indefinitely! You will be able to actually experience the camera by shooting images and editing them using the app. The booth will be available from September 1st~3rd.

Further news updates will be announced on August 15th, so stay tuned for updates! Official RICOH THETA SC Type Hatsune Miku website: http://miku.ricoh/en/

Aug 082017
 

After Gatebox, creators of the virtual home robot projection box, teased a Hatsune Miku themed demo at last year’s Magical Mirai, they now seem determined to proceed with the idea of creating a proper version of the box with Hatsune Miku, this time for the consumer market! The announcement comes from an update to Gatebox’s website. Titled the “Living with Hatsune Miku” project, it announces a March 9th, 2018 release. Further details are expected to arrive at a later date.

Gatebox plans yet another preview for this year’s Magical Mirai, hopefully with changes to show off improved interaction compared to last year’s demo. If you wish to try the demo, you must fill out the application located about 3/4 the way down the official page: http://gatebox.ai/livingwithproject/

Above is Gatebox’s official announcement video of the event. It’s not much, but we should learn more later. The LAT Miku model may be a placeholder, and not the finalized model choice. Pricing info is also still TBA, but might end up the same as the original Gatebox’s price of 298,000 Yen.

Aug 042017
 

The latest Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017 news update is a big one! Special extras, goods and activities were announced, check out the details below!

Sub-visual Art Gallery Released

A special gallery has been uploaded featuring illustrations by Magical Mirai co-operating artists! 8 different illustrations are currently on display, check them out here! → http://magicalmirai.com/2017/special.html#special_gallery

Official Goods Announced


The first batch of official goods contains 7 new items: A shopping bag with art by iXima and bob, full graphic T-shirt with art by Apapico, basic T-shirt with art by iXima, pen light featuring art by iXima, pen light sleeve set with art by Murakami Yuichi, pen light holder with art by CHRIS, and a 6 color muffler towel. Check out the goods gallery here → http://magicalmirai.com/2017/goods.html

Workshop & Creative Stage Updates


A special miniature Miku nanoblock kit will be available at the Workshop area of Magical Mirai for 500 yen. This set is limited and exclusive to this event! Additionally, the creative stage events will feature 3 different Vocaloid creators on September 2nd and 3rd. Apapico will host an art coloring session from 1:30 PM~3:30 PM on September 2nd, Saitou Naoki will host a “making of” art session from 11:30~12:30 on September 3rd, and monica:factory will be hosting a music composition and tips session from 4:00 PM~5:00 PM on September 3rd.

A Cosplayer Show will take place September 2nd from 11:30~12:30, where cosplaying participants can have a chance to show off and talk their favorite points of cosplay on stage! The event will be hosted by producer Nyanyannya. More info on participation will be announced later. Next, a video creators show will be hosted by none other than the popular Hatsune Miku video creators MasatakaP and Kasoku Satou! The show will be held September 3rd at 1:30~2:20.

Lastly, a talk session by Crypton Future Media staff will review the topic of Hatsune Miku’s overseas expansion, through events such as MIKU EXPO. The session will be hosted by Hiroyuki Itoh, Guillaume Devigne and Meguro Kumiko.

Workshop & Creative Stage events page: http://magicalmirai.com/2017/ex_workshop.html

Music Area Info

A “huge cake object” is being prepared for display, along with the first ever life-sized statues of Kagamine Rin and Len! Also planned is a special screening and art gallery for the PV “Sand Planet”, the official Magical Mirai 2017 theme song. The following activities will also be available in the music area:

– Musical Instrument Experience Corner hosted by YAMAHA: Experience instruments like Saxophones and Violins for the first time!
– VOCALOID Booth hosted by YAMAHA: Will introduce new Vocaloid products for the first time, and showcase previously popular products.
– Enterprise Development: Get closer to the world of music production. Exhibited by various music companies.
– Karent & SONOCA Corner: Exhibition corner of Crypton Future Media’s music label KarenT and their smart music card SONOCA.
– KarenT presents Creators Market – We previously published the details here! → http://www.mikufan.com/?p=19574

DJ Stage Lineup

Besides the ticketed DJ Live event that wasn’t open to overseas applicants, there will be Free Viewing DJ live events throughout the duration of Magical Mirai! Anyone can join the free viewing area at any time to enjoy the performances, granted there’s room to join. Here’s the lineup:

Day 1 (September 1st)
1:30~3:00 – Opening DJ Party featuring HachiojiP, DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING and Merochin!
4:00~4:30 – Enjoy various Vocaloid songs arranged by musicians with musical instruments.

Day 2 (September 2nd)
11:10~11:50 – 164P
2:10~3:00 – Nayutan & PinocchioP
3:40~4:20 – The Retrievers & (Coming Soon)
5:00~5:30 – Misumi

Day 3 (September 3rd)
11:00~11:40 – ATOLS
1:00~1:30 – Merochin
2:20~2:50 – Experience a new type of Hatsune Miku live with the R3 animation system.
3:10~3:30 – BIGHEAD
3:50~4:20 – Enjoy various Vocaloid songs arranged by musicians with musical instruments.

Jul 292017
 

Goodsmile Company, Max Factory, FREEing and several other companies were very quiet about any potential news of upcoming Hatsune Miku figures for reveal at this year’s Summer Wonder Festival, so many of these announcements caught us by surprise! There’s a lot to go through, check out the list below! And feel free to comment with anything we missed!

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 5th Anniversary Ver.
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Harvest Moon ver. 1/8 Scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

figma Hatsune Miku: V4X ver.
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Winter Heroine ver. 1/8 scale
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

figma Racing Miku: TeamUKYO 2016 ver.
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: 10th Anniversary ver.
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: 10th Anniversary ver. 1/7 scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Vintage Dress ver. 1/7 scale
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Racing Miku 2017 ver. Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Racing Miku 2017 ver. (Unknown Scale)
Manufacturer: (Unknown, spotted at AMAKUNI booth)
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017 ver. 1/7 scale
Manufacturer: F:NEX
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Wedding Dress ver. 1/7 scale
Manufacturer: FREEing
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Racing Miku 2016: Thailand Cheer ver. 1/8 scale
Manufacturer: FREEing
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA

Hatsune Miku: Maidia Bunny ver. 1/4 scale
Manufacturer: FREEing
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA