A MikuMikuDance modeler by the name of Koron uploaded a teaser video to Nico Video on December 24th to showcase a new and improved Hatsune Miku model nearly a year since releasing his first one. The model is very high quality, has very precise rigging, and has a large variety of facial expressions. Since the video preview was uploaded on December 24th, the video has already surpassed well over 100,000 views, clearly demonstrating its popularity.
Sony has finally revealed the release date for the Play Station Vita app, Miku Miku Hockey to be released on the PSN market come September 10th.
After revealing the demo at the Nico Nico Chokaigi convention, the game has been shown to utilize the Vita’s AR abilities and involves playing Air Hockey with 2 familiar MMD models: LAT type Miku, and Mikudayo (Type Suzu). The game’s AI has been said to be improved, as well as hold a special mode where you can spectate a match between Miku and Mikudayo.
The game will be available for PSN Plus members from September 10th until November 12th, and has only been announced for Japan’s Playstation network. However, it’s possible that it may be released in other regions. If you are in Japan for the upcoming Magical Mirai event, stop by their booth to give the game a try for yourself!
Via SG Cafe and Play Station Report
In addition to the previous news announcement, Domino’s Japan has released an all new 3DPV for the start of the Domino’s x Hatsune Miku Summer campaign.
As you probably saw hinted in images of the updated iPhone application, they were including a new augmented reality song titled “Ever Green”. But what I didn’t expect was the release of a full 3DPV from Director Wakamura, a professional animator.
Domino’s has also released a “making of” video, where you can also catch a glimpse of the new pizza box design at the very end (watch it here). They also updated the Miku Domino’s website, where they revealed a nice surprise for the new summer promotion. They have brought back the 34%+5% (39% off) coupon for using the Miku iPhone application to place your order, and it’s usable from July 16th until July 21st, 6X longer than the previous coupon promotion!
Enjoy the 3DPV of Ever Green below. PV credits: Wakamura (animation), Dadie MSP (music), okp (costume design), mako (dance).
All fans of 8#Prince/HachioujiP should prepare themselves, as his newest album ViViD WAVE is set for launch on July 17th. And from the look of the track list, this will be a must-have on many people’s wish lists.
The normal album will contain 14 tracks, while the limited edition release will include a DVD containing PVs for the songs GAME OVER, Dream Creator, Fake Doll and HORIZON.
The Vocaloids used in this release include GUMI, IA, Miku, Luka, and Kagamine Rin & Len. The track list contains the following songs:
2: GAME OVER
3: fake doll
4: take it easy
6: Dream Creator
7: PARTY KiLLER
9: Little Summer of Love
11: SECRET GiRL
14: ViViD WAVE
You can find the album up for preorder on sites such as CDJapan (regular edition and limited edition) and Amazon Japan (regular edition and limited edition). Quantities appear to be limited and are running out fairly quickly, especially for the limited edition version.
Since two of the songs included on the DVD have not yet had a public video release, you can likely expect to see them uploaded very soon on HachiojiP’s official YouTube channel. Below is the newest music video for the song HORIZON.
In its first update in over 2 years, MikuMikuDance has finally received another updated release on June 1st, 2013. Development for the highly popular animation tool was ceased in mid-2011 by its creator, Higuchi U, after he added support for PMX format models. This sudden announcement comes as surprising news indeed. Perhaps he may pick up further development of the program.
Not much is known about the update, except for a few things:
• Improvements to program speed and response time.
• Improvements to stability, bug fixes.
• MMD now remembers your last open and save folder locations.
WARNING: THERE IS A REPORT BY HIGUCHI U OF AN ILLEGITIMATE COPY OF THE NEW MIKUMIKUDANCE FLOATING AROUND CONTAINING A VIRUS. PLEASE ONLY DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM FROM ITS OFFICIAL SOURCE, LINKED BELOW!
The new program version is labeled as MikuMikuDance 7.39ｍ, and can be downloaded from the same site as its predecessor. This is the official website by Higuchi U himself: http://www.geocities.jp/higuchuu4/index_e.htm
For those who use MikuMikuMoving, an MMD alternative that is also in constant development, the program recently updated to version 18.104.22.168 on June 2nd, 2013. You can download the updated version from here: https://sites.google.com/site/moggproject/mmm_eng