Bus Driver Cosplaying Hatsune Miku Spotted in Toyako, Hokkaido

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 @ 5:57 am

While spotting Hatsune Miku cosplayers at conventions, event gatherings and photo shoots is quite normal, it is definitely out of the norm to spot a cosplayer driving a typical city bus. A recent tweet from Netema on twitter shows a fully-clad cosplayer driving a bus around the city of Toyako, Hokkaido. This is someone who definitely knows how to enjoy their job.

What’s more, the dashboard was also decorated with various plushies of Hatsune Miku, Snow Miku, as well as Kagamine Rin and Len, which would have been a sight to see from passerbys. It is unknown if this is a regular activity, but perhaps other visitors may also spot this mysterious cosplaying bus driver.

EDIT: Netema has informed us that this is a photo from a cosplay event a year ago, but he shared the photo only recently. The cosplayer is a friend of the owner of the bus, which is privately owned. Even still, this must have been an amusing sight to see.

Fan-Made Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue Appears in China

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

It took a bit longer than I thought, but it looks like some dedicated fans have once again attempted creating their own life-sized Hatsune Miku statue. This particular statue comes from a sculptor in China, and is the second fan-made statue to date (the first being from 2010). Besides this fan-made creation, there are currently 6 official statues.

The pose is based largely on the original 1/8 scale Hatsune Miku figure from 2008, with some changes to the angle of the face. However, the hair mimics the iXima style statue. Photos of the statue’s creation process surfaced on tieba.baidu.com, and were shared by 马木蜀黍, who was apparently an observer while the statue was being built.

The exact location of the statue on the post isn’t stated, unfortunately. Check out some photos of the building process below, or view the full gallery of photos from here: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3401293611

Shiteyan’yo Shoes: The Fanmade Creation That Needs To Be A Thing

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 @ 9:27 am

Inspired by some creative Shiteyan’yo cosplayers at Miku Expo in Los Angeles, the Twitter user @piyo_sana decided to doodle both Shiteyan’yo and Yanyo (the chibi form of Shiteyan’yo) on a pair of teal colored shoes using a few markers.

The result was something that came out unexpectedly good looking, so much so that Piyo Sana refuses to wear them until the next event in Los Angeles, if she can make the trip. But regardless, these make an interesting fashion item that would look great if it was actually made. How many of you out there would like to see Shiteyan’yo shoes as an official product?

Below are the before and after tweets by Piyo Sana.

MikuFan Interview With “We Love Fine Hatsune Miku Design Contest 2″ Winning Artists

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 11:23 am

The recent Hatsune Miku Design Contest from We Love Fine sparked some pretty incredible artworks that Vocaloid fans will no doubt enjoy wearing. However, we were curious to learn a little more about the artists behind these creative designs, as well as their inspirations.

We’d like to thank all 8 contest winners for taking their time to answer our questions! All designs are available for purchase or preorder from the links in the interviews below. (more…)

Japan’s Hilarious and Valiant Efforts at Finding Ways to Lift Hatsune Miku’s Skirt

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Monday, October 20th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

Ever since at least 2009, some of the Hatsune Miku fans over in Japan have had a rather unusual goal: Creating ways of lifting Hatsune Miku’s skirt, primarily through use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality hardware and software.

Sure, they could just open any of these 3D models in MikuMikuDance and be done with it. But that’s just too easy for some people. It’s just not rewarding enough unless you make it incredibly complex, as well as interactive.

I’ve attempted to compile a number of video examples with the help of Kowhey from MikuStream. The challenges that the Japanese have put themselves to achieve a seemingly simple goal are both hilarious and commendable.

One of the oldest examples from 2009, using MMD and AR Toolkit.

A setup using Android Wear and Oculus Rift.

AR using Oculus Rift and MMD. The “fun” part happens at 3:50.

A coin operated device using a Miku plushie and RaspberryPi computer.

A video I previously wrote about here. The “fun” part starts at 2:58.

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