Dec 012015
 

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With Hatsune Miku Expo’s 2016 tour plans well under way, it’s clear that 2016 is shaping to be an exciting year for many Hatsune Miku fans everywhere. But Crypton Future Media is not finished yet! Today, Crypton Future Media is ready to announce a new campaign to help bring Miku Expo to more locations around the world: The “MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign“.

https://youtu.be/sOGNxJ9zDN0

MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign is a crowd funding campaign, but not in the typical fashion that people would expect. Instead, it will use the platform “Pledge Music” to help raise funds to make international travel of Miku Expo that much easier. There will also not be specific location goals, since it’d be almost impossible to reach a goal if Hatsune Miku fans were being asked to pledge for a location that isn’t even in their home town (as much as they’d like to visit every city in the world, it’s impossible!). Instead, it’s hoped that the combination of buzz around the Miku Expo tour and the Miku Expo campaign will help make the tour a success, and create more opportunities to visit other countries.

A number of exciting rewards will be available to pledgers that offer their support to the campaign, and these include the following:

– Pledge Music-exclusive MIKU EXPO Supporter pin badge (All Backers)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP (13 track-CD in a gatefold package, including the MIKU EXPO 2016 theme song)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP signed by HachiojiP
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go T-shirt
– MIKU EXPO × OMOCAT Exclusive T-shirt
– Supporter Exclusive Watch
– MIKU EXPO Official Glowstick *Only available outside of Japan.
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Bundle (EP, Let’s Go shirt, Penlight) *Only available out side of Japan.
– On-stage Photo with Miku (Limited to 2pairs per 1 venue)
– MIKU EXPO Special Thanks Credit and Message screening. *Only available for Japan Tour.
– Early Access Pass (Early access to digital download of remix songs etc)
– SPECIAL OPTION: For $1 million, Miku Expo will come to any town of your choice! Available to all countries, except Japan (some restrictions apply).

Pledge your support here!

We spoke recently with Crypton Future Media staff about their exciting plans, and what exactly goes into making a Miku Expo event happen. Read the interview below!

MikuFan: It’s thought by some overseas fans that hosting an event like Miku Expo at any given location is as easy as 1-2-3, but this isn’t so. Can you give some insight to the challenges Crypton faces when it comes to hosting overseas events?

CFM: Of course it’s not easy. The first of many things of course are the fans. We do see the many requests from fans all of the world, such as fans in Europe. Some also think we’re ignorning them. We are aware we have a large fanbase in Europe. We need to convince the local concert promoters that the fans want a show in their area.

MikuFan: Yeah, it’s not something actually hosted by Crypton. It’s someone who has to say “Hey, we’d be happy to do this”, and you just work with them on that.

CFM: Yeah, we need a local partner to have the show. But for Los Angeles and New York last time, we did organize everything 100% on our own, because we knew the local promoters didn’t know about Miku. So through promotion on David Letterman and everything else we did, it helped these promoters learn about Miku. It ended up being really successful, so we could get support from more local promoters this time around to make a North America tour happen. And then of course there is the concert, which requires certain kinds of stage plots. The requirement for this isn’t very easy, either. There’s problems if it’s a small or insufficient venue. So an area needs to have an appropriate venue, as well as a stage with a workable plot for the concert.

MikuFan: I can see how this would make accepting just any location very difficult. I’m sure you guys would want to make each event have the best experience possible.

CFM: We ended up losing money again with Los Angeles and New York last time, but with things different this time around, it will be much easier for us.

MikuFan: Kind of like how a completely different event organizer took care of the Miku Expo events in Shanghai, making it much easier on Crypton.

CFM: Yeah, China is very different. We’re partners with a company there there that has exclusive rights to produce Hatsune Miku merchandise for mainland China. They’re a huge sponsor for us. But in America and other overseas countries, we don’t have that there. So we need big sponsors to help with events in these countries. And finding these partners is very difficult. Hopefully this tour will also help spark interest in potential European partners.

MikuFan: Outside of just the concert events, what kind of accompanying activities are in the works for Miku Expo’s North America tour?

CFM: A lot of ideas are still being worked out since it’s still early, so nothing is 100% confirmed, but we have ideas for things like events at local retail stores, an evening dance party, an art gallery, etc. But it really depends on the city, since we’re hitting so many locations this time.

MikuFan: Do you have any special message for fans around the world?

CFM: Thank you very much for supporting Hatsune Miku and all of our other characters! We are very excited to have our biggest North America tour, and hope to see you there in person. This time, we are trying to make MIKU EXPO more of a Hatsune Miku-ish participatory event, not only having many locations but also organizing song contests, the Miku Expo Let’s Go campaign, and we have more to announce in the future! As we mentioned, we are all aware that we have many fans all over the world. We will try our best to bring Miku to your country, so please keep support us and join our Let’s Go campaign. Arigato! :)

Nov 132015
 

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Now here’s something that tickles my tech geek side… A pretty cool looking Hatsune Miku case mod of the newly announced Thermaltake Core P5 computer case was spotted at the Tsukumo PC head office in Akihabara of Tokyo, Japan. The modification was done by the mod artist “Monma Fabio“, and is a one of a kind system that is not planned for sale. It will be on display in the store for around 2 weeks.

Many aspects of the internals, such as the fans, shrouds and liquid cooling (even the liquid itself!) has been colored to hues of teal and hot pink to match Hatsune Miku’s color theme. The acrylic itself has been etched with iXima’s illustration of Hatsune Miku V3. Check out more photos below!

The system is equipped with the Core i7 6700K processor, Intel Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard, and a modest MSi GTX 960 graphics card. For those interested in trying their own mod, the Thermaltake Core P5 case is now available in many regions.

Via Akiba-PC

Sep 232015
 

Music Station, also known as M Sute, MS, and M Station, is a Japanese music television program on TV Asahi. The event MUSIC STATION Ultra FES has been launched today in celebration of the program’s 30th anniversary, and features over 10 hours of top-hit music from various artists from all over Japan, with Hatsune Miku among the performers in the second session.

Hatsune Miku’s live performance begins with an introductory greetings to the MC and her audience (done by her V4Xβ voice bank). The performance features the song Senbonzakura by KuroUsaP, and is a majestic collaboration between the development team from Crypton Future Media and the staffs behind the overwhelmingly successful arcade game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone.

Below are photos of the live performance from Twitter.

Sep 182015
 

We’ve seen various Hatsune Miku costumes to date, but have yet witnessed one made entirely out of balloons. JOU, the professional balloon artist, has created the first Hatsune Miku​ balloons costume, fully suited with the iconic tie and sleeves, as well as negi balloon as extra accessories.

The costume took roughly four hours in production, and was made for the purpose of showcasing at Niconico Chokaigi tour at Fukuoka on September 13th. Due to many voices from fans at the event, JOU has considered and made the outfit wearable. Perhaps we could see the outfit put into usage sometime soon.

Sep 152015
 

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Following the announcement in early September, the Miku cafe in Shanghai additional details has finally arrived. The cafe will have the nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Harvest Moon Ver. on sale in limited quantity on September 27th, and will limit to one good per person only.

A special promotion will be held from September 25th~October 23rd, where order(s) of food or dessert of your choice will come with a random postcard or badge (limited quantity). In addition to the random goods, the cafe will also be offering Harvest Moon Ver. postcards and badges.