Some good news for overseas fans: Livestreaming will be available for the MATSURI DA DIVA event on March 9th. What is “MATSURI DA DIVA”? It was an event announced by SEGA to celebrate the launch of Project Diva F 2nd, before it was unfortunately delayed. Despite that setback, they have decided to continue with the event.
Livestream Link: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv170733910
Ticket page: https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/matsuri_da_diva
As for the details, the event will feature the voice actors for all Crypton Vocaloids, as well as the 39′s band from the previous 39′s Giving Day concert events. They will perform live, followed by a mini concert event based somewhat on the popular Magical Mirai concert event from last summer. 6 songs are planned for this part of the event.
Viewing the livestream will require 1000 Nicovideo points, which costs 1,000 Yen (ticket page linked above). Points can be purchased using a credit card, but debit cards do not seem to work. The event can be enjoyed by viewers worldwide, and can also be watched again if you also timeshift the event. The doors open starting at 17:30 JST (12:30 AM PST), and the event is scheduled to start at 18:00 JST (1:00 AM PST). Below is a clock of the current time in Japan. Enjoy the show!
In a nearly last minute announcement by Kahotan from Good Smile Company, it was revealed that orders will be reopened for Nendoroid Meiko and Hatsune Miku 2.0 starting March 7th (tomorrow!). It’s been roughly one year since the first batch of orders opened for the Miku 2.0 Nendoroid, and it looks like there is still a strong demand.
Kahotan says to simply check the Good Smile online shop for updates tomorrow. Pricing, order periods and shipment dates are not yet confirmed, but should be announced soon. I will update this article when that information is revealed.
UPDATE: The website has been updated! Here’s the information:
-> Shop link for Hatsune Miku 2.0 Nendoroid <-
-> Shop link for Meiko Nendoroid <-
Orders for both Nendoroids will be open until March 19th at 9:00 PM JST. Pricing is set at 4011 Yen ($39) for The Miku 2.0 Nendoroid, and 3086 Yen ($30) for Meiko. The expected shipment period for both figures is June 2014. Additionally, if you order the Miku 2.0 Nendoroid from Good Smile Company’s online shop, it will include the carrying pouch preorder bonus.
Some of you may have been waiting in anticipation for the release of Livetune‘s latest album, and thankfully, a short February helped this day come a little faster.
The album ‘DECORATOR‘ officially releases tomorrow on March 5th, but people who ordered from Amazon Japan may find that their copies shipped a day early. Many fans in Japan are reportedly already receiving their copies ahead of schedule.
The album comes in a regular edition CD version, as well as a limited edition CD+DVD version. International shipping is available on both.
2. Packaged (Shipping in 2013 Remix)
4. Pink or Black
5. Long Way From Here
7. DECORATOR (TeddyLoid Remix)
DVD Video List (Limited Edition Only)
1. DECORATOR -Music Clip-
2. Pink or Black -Music Clip-
3. 初音ミク -Project DIVA- F 2nd Opening Movie
4. DECORATOR GAME Version feat. 初音ミク -Project DIVA- F 2nd
Below is the official promotional video for DECORATOR, which was a collaboration between Director Wakamura and SEGA.
The long awaited results for the Mikubook “Find Me” campaign are here, and the first selected city for the first ever Hatsune Miku Expo, by popular vote, is Jakarta, Indonesia! Congratulations!
The event promises to bring famous creations, exhibitors, and also a live concert event. Here is the announced schedule and location information, with more info promised later:
Date: Wednesday May 28th, and Thursday May 29th, 2014
Venue: Jakarta Convention Center Cendrawasih Room
Exhibition: May 28th-29th Time: TBA
Concerts: May 28th : Open: 18:30～ Start: 19:30
: May 29th : Open: 12:00～ Start: 13:00
: May 29th : Open: 18:30～ Start: 19:30
The official Hatsune Miku Facebook page also announced an official “Miku Expo in Indonesia” Facebook page, which will post news updates for Indonesian fans.
If you would like to see an official event in YOUR area, make sure to cast your vote at http://www.mikubook.com/findme! It appears that at least two more places will be announced in the future. Below is the official announcement video.
Hobby Japan and Good Smile Company have collaborated to include a 1/10 scale figure of Hatsune Miku’s Spring-styled rendition, Sakura Miku, with a future Figure Japan magazine release. Along with the figure, the magazine itself will contain 44 pages of A4-size full color illustrations.
The creation of this figure involved a process of 3D scanning the original 1/8 scale figure designed by KEI, then scaling down the size, as well as modifying the pose and some of the design elements. Admittedly, the color scheme, pose and expression makes this an absolutely beautiful figure.
Preorders for the magazine and figure will open on Miku Day (March 9th JST), and the expected shipment period is October 2014. The price for the magazine and figure together is 7980 Yen ($78 USD). There is no mentioned end date for preorders, so they will only remain open for as long as supplies last.
International preorders will likely be available from the usual places, such as CDJapan, Amazon Japan and Amiami. Keep your eyes peeled on March 9th!