Jan 092017
 

Crypton Future Media certainly seems excited to celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary later this year, and has just launched a new teaser page on their Peer Professional sharing site, Piapro.

The page doesn’t have much for now, just a timer ticking down until Hatsune Miku’s anniversary on August 31st, along with the phrase “10 years since the release on August 31, 2007… A new beginning for “HATSUNE MIKU” starts here.“. We can probably expect more updates as the anniversary date draws nearer.

Check out the teaser page here: http://piapro.net/miku10th/

Dec 172016
 

If you enjoyed the hugely popular manga “Unofficial Hatsune Mix” when it released in the U.S. back in 2014, then you’ve probably waiting for another book like it to come along. The great news is that Unofficial Hatsune Mix’s U.S. publisher Dark Horse has done just that!

Hatsune Miku: Mikubon is a licensed comic originally drawn and written by Ontama in 2013, and was recently announced for U.S. publication by Dark Horse at the 2016 New York Comic Con. It comes in paperback with 176 pages, 8 of them in full color. You can now find the book at your local book stores (Barnes & Noble being one example), as well as other retailers like Target and Amazon! The book retails for $10.99, sometimes less. UK residents can find the manga from Waterstones or Amazon UK.

Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga . . . They’re back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids! They’re going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds! But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby . . . ?

Nov 302016
 

When we first saw Hatsune Miku perform live years ago, we thought we’d seen it all. But dedicated Hatsune Miku fans in Japan decided to do something fun and experiment with the idea of Hatsune Miku DJ’ing “live” on stage.

At the VocaRealize fan event on November 20th near Shibuya in Japan, Hatsune Miku appeared on stage as a special guest DJ. The magic of the appearance lies in the technology of live motion capture, which provided movement to Hatsune Miku’s 3D model. This marks the first time Hatsune Miku ever appeared as a live DJ. Check out the videos below!

Nov 222016
 

Can you imagine a world where Hatsune Miku gives daily traffic update reports? Thanks to a collaboration between Vocaloid producer “TakaP” and illustrator “bob“, along with some Live2D software magic, we can now enjoy what that would be like.

Using bob’s recent Live2D model submission, TakaP had some fun creating a parody traffic report broadcast, based upon a real broadcast by “bayfm Traffic Updates”. There’s even English closed captions. Enjoy the original video below!

Nov 072016
 


Hatsune Miku fans keep working to find better ways to enjoy projected, or “hologram” style, Hatsune Miku entertainment, whether it be in concerts, or in your own home. A tweet from @aomesan147, a representative of Polid Screen Technology, shows off projections of Hatsune Miku on their screen technology, which allows Miku to be seen from the front and back!

The setup requires the use of multiple projectors, and a couple sheets of polyethylene, and you can read the (Japanese) guide on how to set it up. Double-sided projections are very new, and @aomesan147 says it’s the first time it has been done with Miku.

We can see this technology being useful in entertainment venues where the performance stage is in the center, or for personal home use.

Via Crunchyroll and @aomesan147