Rohto Digi-Eye Featuring Hatsune Miku: What is it?

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 @ 3:29 am

Digi-Eye is a product that launched in Japan on July 15th, has some overseas fans confused over what it really is. Is it an eye drop, or an augmented reality app for your smart phone? It’s actually both. Sort of.

Rohto is a Japanese pharmaceutical company that offers a variety of skin and eye care products. They recently collaborated with Crypton Future Media to feature Hatsune Miku as the character to help promote their latest eye care product nmed “Digi-Eye”. This specially formulated eye drop was created to help offer protection from “blue light”, specifically the kind of light emitted by screens from computers or mobile devices.

A chart showing the light range that Digi-Eye helps protect against.

It’s a well known fact that staring at screens for extended periods of time can cause eventual fatigue and long term eye damage, so this product was created to relieve these problems. But would Rohto go about getting such a specific product off the ground? Using a digital character like Miku to help promote a product aimed at digital device users seemed like a perfect match.

Digi-Eye’s packaging had many design ideas during development.

Rohto brought in the illustrative talent of Yunkeru to create the artwork that would be used on the Digi-Eye official website, as well as the promotional videos.

Digi-Eye promotional illustration by Yunkeru.

The promotional video (seen below) also teases the upcoming release of an AR application for iOS. While the app is currently available for free on the global iTunes store, the live performance functions of the application will remain locked until August 3rd. You also need the product packaging to make the application work (or perhaps a good photo of the box). The music that will be featured in the application was composed by Mitchie M, who also helped direct the development of the AR application.

The release of Digi-Eye within Japan has been largely successful, with product availability expanding to many stores. Twitter has also blown up with parodies of fans placing the image of the product box over the face of various characters (as seen above). Rohto has also announced they will have a Digi-Eye booth set up at the upcoming Magical Mirai 2014 in Osaka concert event.

Hatsune Miku Figure Highlights From 2014 Summer Wonder Festival

Filed under: Events,Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, July 27th, 2014 @ 9:55 am

The recent summer Wonder Festival brought a lot of eye candy and surprising announcements for Hatsune Miku fans. For those unfamiliar with the Wonder Festival, it is a bi-yearly event where garage kit artists and manufacturers come together to show off their creations in the hopes to lure interest from consumers, or interested companies for mass production.

Highlights of reveals and announcements:

  • 1/4 scale V3 Hatsune Miku figure by FREEing – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • 1/8 scale figure and figma confirmed for Racing Miku 2014 EV MIRAI ver. – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • 2014 Racing Miku figma Revealed – Preorders Open
  • 2014 Racing Miku 1/8 Scale figure confirmed – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • Senbonzakura Nendoroid development confirmed – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • 1/8 scale Tell Your World ver. figure confirmed – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • 1/7 scale Ebata Risa ver. figure revealed – Date and Pricing: N/A
  • Nendoroid-sized Kyosho Sand Master Buggy – Date and Pricing: N/A

Enjoy the gallery of photos below.

1/8 scale Tell Your World ver. figure – Via @gsc_kahotan

1/4 scale V3 Hatsune Miku figure – Via @TiemyMila

1/7 scale Ebata Risa ver. figure – Via @gsc_kahotan

2014 Racing Miku 1/8 Scale figure – Via @whl4u_t

2014 Racing Miku Figma – Via @whl4u_t

Nendoroid-sized Kyosho Sand Master Buggy – Via @ARA_Pieestyle

Senbonzakura Nendoroid – Via @whl4u_t

Magical Mirai 2014 Official Album To Release August 6th

Filed under: Albums,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Music — Written by jrharbort on Friday, July 25th, 2014 @ 10:28 am

The full track list and bonuses for the official Magical Mirai 2014 album have been revealed, and is now available for international order via Amazon Japan (2500 Yen) and CDJapan (2315 Yen). The album contains 21 tracks spanning 2 disks, with one track being an exclusive original from the 39′s live band. It also gives a preview of what to expect at the upcoming Magical Mirai concert events in Osaka and Tokyo.

The Amazon Japan version of the album is slightly different, in that you will received one of 4 different picture magnets as a bonus. The album is scheduled to ship out on August 6th JST. Below is the cover art (illustrated by MONQ), track list and demo video.

【DISC 1】
01. Next Nest / さつき が てんこもり feat. Hatsune Miku <マジカルミライ2014 テーマソング (書き下ろし)>
02. 39 / sasakure.UK×DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku
03. EARTH DAY / Harry(はりーP) feat. Hatsune Miku
04. Like, Dislike / HoneyWorks feat. Kagamine Rin・Kagamine Len
05. shake it! / emon feat. Hatsune Miku・Kagamine Rin・Kagamine Len
06. FREELY TOMORROW / Mitchie M feat. Hatsune Miku
07. Sweet Devil / 八王子P feat. Hatsune Miku
08. Piano×Forte×Scandal / OSTER project feat. MEIKO
09. erase or zero / クリスタルP feat. Kagamine Len・KAITO
10. Deep Sea Girl / ゆうゆfeat. Hatsune Miku
11. ODDS&ENDS / ryo(supercell) feat. Hatsune Miku

【DISC 2】
01. Cat Food / doriko feat. Hatsune Miku
02. 2D Dream Fever / PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
03. Heart Democracy / みきとP feat. Hatsune Miku
04. Commonplace World Uniform / ピノキオピー feat. Hatsune Miku
05. Hello, Worker / KEI feat. Megurine Luka
06. Karakuri Pierrot / 40mP feat. Hatsune Miku
07. glow / keeno feat. Hatsune Miku
08. Last Night, Good Night(Re:Dialed) / livetune feat. Hatsune Miku
09. Wonderland and the Sheep’s Song / ハチ feat. Hatsune Miku
10. <bonus track> 私の世界 Miku’s 7th Birthday ver. / The Original : くちばしP Arranged by 安部潤 (from The 39s)

Good Smile Racing Opens Reservations for 2014 Racing Miku Figma Sponsorship Courses

Filed under: Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

Click to enter sponsorship shop page.

The Good Smile Racing website has recently opened reservations on their Figma sponsorship packages, which once again cover 4 different tiers. All four tiers will include the Figma, but will also include various other bonuses depending on how much you wish to pledge. Reservations opened on July 23rd, and international sponsors are accepted. The Figma design will be revealed later this week at the Summer Wonder Festival.

Courses A and B are the first two pledge tiers, priced at 7,000 Yen and 10,000 Yen respectively. Course A will include the sponsor membership card (sent soon after purchase), and reserves the 2014 Racing Miku Figma. Course B offers the same items as Course A, but also includes a rubber strap and a #4 themed folding parasol. Click the images below to visit the page for each course.

Courses C and D are the last two pledge tiers, and are priced at a heftier 30,000 Yen and 50,000 Yen. Course C will include all items found in the lower tiers, as well as a team-themed work shirt and windbreaker. Course D, the final tier, includes all items in the lower tiers, and throws in an original GSR tool bag (not pictured), and GSR original headphones (not pictured).

Orders for Figma sponsorship courses will end on September 10th at 11:59 PM JST, and reservations are expected to ship in January 2015. Please remember that this is a sponsorship pledge, not a typical preorder, so the amount you pledge will be withdrawn immediately upon purchase.

Good Smile Company Releases Racing Miku: Sepang Ver. 1/8 Scale Figure By FREEing

Filed under: Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

In the Summer of 2013, the Sepang version of Racing Miku was illustrated by Saitom to cheer the Good Smile Racing team at the Sepang circuit. FREEing’s 1/8 scale sculpture based on that illustration is finally finished, and is available for preorder starting today!

The figure price is set at 11,800 Yen, and worldwide preorders will be available from Good Smile Company’s online shop from July 23rd JST until August 20th at 9:00 PM JST. The figure is also available via CDJapan and AmiAmi.

The figure is scheduled to ship in January 2015. Some previews are available below, but check the official product page for the full gallery.

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