Jul 232015
 

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Atlus has announced today for Hatsune Miku appearance in Persona 4: Dancing All Night in the form of DLC, with her appearance as a design from Hatsune Miku x Namie Amuro collaboration in early June this year. The announced DLC will feature the song “Heaven(ATOLS remix)” with release date set on mid-August.

The illustration we see here is done by the famous illustrator Shigenori Soejima, who is best known for his contributions to the Persona series. Previously he was responsible for the main visual for Hatsune Miku x Namie Amuro collaboration, making this the second collaboration illustration from him.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a dancing game on PS Vita platform released on June 25th, and developed by Atlus(subsidiary of Sega). Enjoy the teaser images below from Famitsu.

Jul 142015
 

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Many Vocaloid artists have a long history behind them, and some can be extremely broad to research. With this idea in mind, we have the latest update from UMAA today bringing in the launch of English information central for your favourite Vocaloid producers.

The newly launched information central contains all the information you need about the artists, including the artist biographies, discogs, tracklistings, video links, iTunes download links as well as SNS links as Facebook pages. The roster of the information central includes the following:

  • DECO*27
  • sasakure.UK
  • PinocchioP
  • siinamota
  • millstones
  • kous
  • MIKU-MIXTURE
  • GINGA
  • monochromia

Visit the official site: http://pinc.jp/Intl_download/

Jun 272015
 

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With two major nearby events coming up, I’d like to announce MikuFan’s return to Anime Expo in Los Angeles, as well as a visit to the Hatsune Miku art exhibition at Gallery Nucleus. The head writer (myself) be attending both events from July 2nd until July 5th, although I’ll be arriving on Day 0 (July 1st) if you want to catch me early.

What do I mean by “catch”? Similar to last year, I’ll be hosting a small goods giveaway event (the prizes of which are secret) by tweeting hints of my location at random times, and what I’m wearing (will always be a Miku shirt of some variety). If you’d like to win one of these prizes, or just say hello, follow @jrharbort on twitter to catch location hints, or even just to keep up with live Vocaloid related news at the events.

I’ll also be attending the announced IA concert, and look forward to meeting fans at that event as well. See you guys next week!

Jun 212015
 

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The Goodsmile Racing x Piapro collaboration for 2016 Racing Miku design has begun! This will be the first time we’ll witness a completely fan-based Racing Miku design in the battlefield. The collaboration came as a sudden announcement recently via live stream on July 20th.

The concepts are “Blaze”, “Victory”, and “Phoenix” (She sounds ready for another race in Thailand). Participants are free to illustrate their ideas however they please. Rather than focus on colors and lines, your ideas will be heavily recognized. Each submission requires specific tags, and we have prepared a detailed procedure below. Anyone can enter, and you’re not required to be from Japan.

An example provided by the officials:

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HOW TO ENTER:

  • Create your design, and save in JPG format. Keep image size BELOW A4 size, and use 150dpi resolution.
  • Click HERE to begin the submission process.
  • Before submitting the design, click on the Edit Tags button 「編集」.
  • Copy and Paste (do not type) the tag レーシングミク2016 into the space (Disregard this step if tag field already has a tag)
  • Click 「ロックする」 to lock the tag.
  • Confirm that the Lock Icon is on the left-hand side of your tag (this is the most important part of the process), then submit.
  • Once your submission is successfully completed, it can be found listed with the other submissions on the official site.
    (*Other rules and details can be found be here)

The submission deadline is on July 21st at 9:00 JST. Once the winning design has been selected, she will be announced via live stream on Hatsune Miku GT Project channel on nicovideo on July 22nd. The winner will be rewarded with a pair of tickets to his/her chosen race in Super GT 2016.

For details on the previous Racing Mikus, you can visit the History of Racing Miku section on Goodsmile Racing site for illustrators, designers, and a complete package of all official illustrations.

Jun 082015
 

An official announcement came today announcing a collaboration song from two big idols of Japan: Namie Amuro and Hatsune Miku, under the title “B Who I Want 2 B”. The song is produced by UK underground artist Sophie, with lyrics co-wrote together with Michie M.

At the peak of her popularity, Namie Amuro was widely recognized as “Teen Queen”, “Queen of J-Pop” or even “Japanese Madonna”. Her collaboration with Hatsune Miku was previously held a secret, as the title was released as “B Who I Want 2 B feat. U hum sneak it” (anagram). What followed after were the released preview and commercial with no vocal audio in them, which slowly stirred up curiosity and suspicion among the community. Until today, that is.

The main visual was done by illustrator Shigenori Soejima, who is best known in the community for his works in Persona 3, Persona 4, Catherine and the upcoming Persona 5. The song is part of the album _genic which will soon release on June 10th. For more details on the album please visit the official website: http://dimension-point.jp/amuro/_genic/

Below is the song preview, which was broadcast on TV earlier today (split into two parts):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2V_Y26JTSw