Feb 022018

The Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai song contest makes a return this year and is open starting now! The grand prize winner will have his/her song performed at the live events, a pair of tickets to the live where the winning entry will be performed, and SONICWIRE gift certificate worth of 100,000 yen, whereas the runner-ups will receive SONICWIRE gift certificate worth of 30,000 yen.

The last year’s contest had Keisei with his song “Singularity” as the winning entry. Will yours be next?

Target characters

Hatsune Miku / Kagamine Rin / Kagamine Len / Megurine Luka / MEIKO / KAITO
(Including V3, V4X, ENGLISH, and CHINESE voicebanks, but limited to one character per submission)

Entry Eligibility

Any applicants registered to piapro.jp, and agree to the application method and rules of entry.

File Format

MP3 (Under 4 minutes and 30 seconds)

Result release date

Early May 2018

Other Notes

  • The contest will remain open until March 29th at 17:00 JST.
  • Please include lyrics of the song in the submission’s description.
  • Submissions must be original, unreleased works not tied to any publishers, independent contracts, or management groups
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Entries must be uploaded with the tag “マジカルミライ2018_楽曲” (copy and paste without quotes). Please make sure to lock the tag otherwise your entry will be invalid.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your entry is submitted without any licenses! During the submission process linked below, you’ll be presented with a list of licenses. Choose the checkbox at the bottom for “Upload without licenses”.

Magical Mirai 2018: http://magicalmirai.com/2018/
Song Contest: http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magical2018_music/
Submission list: http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magical2018_music/list

Feb 022018

The official theme song for Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 has just been released today titled “Decade“, and came from none other than Dixie Flatline. Dixie Flatline is a Vocaloid producer since March 2008, and most notably known for his song “Just be Friends” featuring Megurine Luka with over 3.6 million views on Nicovideo.

Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 in USA & Mexico will take place across six locations this Summer. Check out the theme song preview below, and remember to stay tuned for more updates in the future! Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Miku Expo 2018 in USA & Mexico Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikuexpo/
Miku Expo 2018 in USA & Mexico Official site: http://mikuexpo.com/usamx2018/

Jan 292018

The life-size Hatsune Miku robot by Missile 39 has gained yet another major upgrade in her latest exhibition at RoboDEX on January 17th~19th. The development of life-size Hatsune Miku robot dated back as far as 2008, with the latest exhibition showing her refined movements via 50 servo motors with motion-capture technology. A delicate finger movement is then made possible, which can be seen in the video below.

This is quite a feat since the development of the second model in 2015.

Missile 39 is a robotic and Hatsune Miku enthusiast from College of Science and Technology, Nihon University. In February last year, he started a fund-raising campaign on CAMPFIRE with aim to create a life-size robot fully capable of talking, singing, and walking. The project successfully raised over 3.6 million yen by May, exceeding the goal by 20%. Production procedure of the previous models can also be seen on the said campaign page.

Via Robotstart.info

Jan 282018

With just a little more than a week away, the Snow Miku 2018 site has a new update bigger than ever gaining our full attention: Four new collaborations with Kemono Friends, Animate, Lawson, and Magic Spice, three mobile game collaborations with Princess Punt Sweets, Crash Fever, and Destiny Child, forth official goods update, and so much more! We simply can’t list them all here so let’s dive in and take a look at each below!

Kemono Friends x SNOW MIKU 2018 

The Snow Miku: Crane Priestess ver. will be joining hands with Kemono Friends starting from February 5th! There will be an array of official goods sales at Kemono Friends booth in the Odori Park, Sapporo Factory Hall, and various cooperating stores in Sapporo. Sales will end on February 12th or as soon as the stocks ran out.

Also announced is the special collaboration with Maruyama zoo, where you can expect panel installation of Snow Miku 2018 and Serval together by Mine Yoshizaki, collaboration goods sales in the said park, as well as collaboration annual passports. The collaboration period will end on February 27th.

(The collaboration also matches up nicely given the Snow Miku’s theme of “animals” this year)

Kemono Friends official site → http://kemono-friends.jp/
Sapporo Maruyama zoo official site → http://www.city.sapporo.jp/zoo/

Snow Miku Fair 2018 in Animate

Snow Miku Fair 2018 in Animate will be held at Animate Sapporo and New Chitose airport on February 5th~12th, with Hatsune Miku-related character goods, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and books on sale. Purchases of over 2,000 yen will net you a random B5 clear file drawn by 柚希きひろ out of the six designs (excluding doujinshi and books purchases). A Snow Miku Only Shop will be held in the Animate Sapporo, where a Snow Miku can badge will be given out with the same condition.

The Animate Sapporo store will have a life-size panel up on display featuring the main visual by the artist 柚希きひろ, and staffs will be dressed in a specially made Snow Miku 2018 apron. This apron, in fact, can be obtained by participating in a campaign to be held on Twitter. By tweeting photo of the said panel and Snow Miku apron, you’ll be gifted a special Snow Miku postcard and a chance at winning the apron.

Snow Miku Fair 2018 in Animate → https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/corner/cc/snowmiku2018/cd/896/


We’ve seen our shares of Family Mart x Hatsune Miku collaborations, and now it’s for Lawson! Featuring the main visual by the artist まおう, the Snow Miku 2018 x Lawson collaboration will be bringing us a series of collaboration menus sold at all Lawson stores in Hokkaido as well as Snow Miku goods in some such as Sapporo and Otaru. The collaboration menus period will be held from February 6th~19th, while goods sales will be available from February 5th~26th.

In addition, there will be Snow Miku 2018 store wrappings for Lawson Sapporo Odori Nishi 10-chome branch!

Snow Miku 2018 x Lawson campaign → http://www.lawson.co.jp/area/hokkaido/campaign/1307415_6228.html

Magic Spice x SNOW MIKU 2018

The popular curry store, Magic Spice, will be collaborating with Miku once again serving a special curry set for a limited period of time, with the two collaboration menus being Snow Miku Cream Soda and Miku Negi Soup Curry. Alternatively, you can order a set menu for a special Snow Miku sticker!

The collaboration menus will be available from February 2nd~27th at Magic Spice Sapporo Head Store.

Princess Punt Sweets, Crash Fever, and Destiny Child Collab.

Snow Miku will be making her appearances in the following three mobile games: Princess Punt Sweets, Crash Fever, and Destiny Child. The collaborations with Princess Punt Sweets and Destiny Child will begin on January 30th~February 20th and January 31st~February 21st, respectively, while the collaboration with Crash Fever has been launched since January 25th and will end on February 9th. Not much is known about these collaborations as of now, but we’re expecting more info soon.

Snow Miku 2018 Digital contents → http://snowmiku.com/2018/collabo_digital.html

Forth Snow Miku 2018 goods update

The forth Snow Miku 2018 goods update has brought us six new goods to the list: SNOW MIKU 2018 SONOCA music card, VR Hacosco (Snow Miku 2018 Ver.), SNOW MIKU 2018 charm, SNOW MIKU 2018 full graphic LIVE Happi, SNOW MIKU 2018 commemorative music box, and SNOW MIKU 2018 hand warmer case. In addition to this whole big update, goods can now be filtered by their location icons on the site (Zepp Sapporo, Animate, Snow Miku Sky Town, Lawson and such).

Snow Miku 2018 goods → http://snowmiku.com/2018/goods.html

SNOW MIKU LIVE! 2018 broadcast via WOWOW

The SNOW MIKU LIVE! 2018 performances have been announced for broadcast via WOWOW on March 9th 22:15 JST (Miku’s Day). This is the second SNOW MIKU LIVE! performance since 2015, and while it hasn’t been mentioned, perhaps we’ll get to see Snow Miku in the concert just like last time?

SNOW MIKU LIVE! 2018 will be held on February 9th~10th. More info is available here.

SNOW MIKU LIVE! 2018 broadcast via WOWOW → http://wowow.co.jp/miku

Snow Miku 2018 Guidebook

For visitors to Snow Miku festival this year, the Snow Miku 2018 guidebook will be distributed at MIRAI.ST cafe, Snow Miku Sky Town, Animate, Lawson, as well as at the venue itself. The guidebook covers all the information you needed to know in the event from the venue map, workshop information, to event schedule. On the back side, there’s a little stamp rally for visitor to enjoy with 9 stamps in total across the venue (no winning prize).

SNOW MIKU 2018 x Sapporo Factory menu fair

Snow Miku will be collaborating with Sapporo Factory once again for various collaboration menus on sale starting now! Purchase of any of the above menu items will come with a free Snow Miku sticker (limited supply). The collaboration period will end on February 11th.

SNOW MIKU 2018 x Sapporo Factory → https://sapporofactory.jp/campaign/?cd=000014

Via Hatsune Miku blog

Jan 202018

This is likely the last major Snow Miku 2018 news update before the event officially begins in 2 weeks, so here’s what’s new!

Sapporo Factory Hall Exhibitor Update

Our last news update still had 3 pending booths for the exhibition at the Sapporo Factory Hall, but now we have info on those booths!

Booth #3: KarenT Presents Creators Market
After the success at Magical Mirai 2016 and 2017, the KarenT Creators Market is coming to Snow Miku 2018! Albit quite downsized due to the Sapporo Factory Hall’s much smaller size. You can meet a total of 6 well-known Vocaloid music artists on Saturday and Sunday, February 11th and 12th!

Saturday (Feb 10th)
Keisei – 10:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM ~ 5:00 PM
daniwell – 11:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM
BIGHEAD – 12:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM

Sunday (Feb 11th)
Harumaki Gohan – 10:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM
Zig – 10:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM
TOKOTOKO – 2:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM

Booth #6: EZOCA
The popular point card EZOCA is collaborating with Snow Miku again this year!

Booth #10: SEGA Corporation Interactive
SEGA will be displaying a Snow Miku edition Jumbo Fuwafuwa plushie, as well as taking orders!

Chimney Square Snow Miku Daihatsu Exhibition
For the 4th year in a row, there will be a gathering of Snow Miku Daihatsu cars on display at Chimney Square, near Sapporo Factory Atrium. Additionally, the new Hatsune Miku Daihatsu Move Canbus will be showcased! *Image below is from Snow Miku 2017.

Official Goods

Another major Official Goods update has been posted, this time adding an additional 20 items. Some items are found at amusement centers as prizes, some at Snow Miku Sky Town, and others will be sold at participating venues or exhibition locations. Here’s what’s added: 3D Acrylic stand, a giant pillow, a blanket, acrylic key holder, can badges, microfiber cloths, premium cookie can, Snow Miku Dollfie Dream Snow Miku 2018 outfit, Japanese playing cards, bookmark, notebook, Rabbit Yukine plushie, rubber strap set, clear file sets, sunglasses, travel stickers, and metal charms.

Go check the full goods list on the official page for images and pricing! → http://snowmiku.com/2018/goods.html