Apr 012017

Yesterday was April 1st, April Fools! “IAFan.com” was the first time we’ve pulled a prank on MikuFan, and we wanted to have a little fun! But fear not, we’re not shifting our focus away from Hatsune Miku, and we plan to stay here for a very long time. But we need our site visitor’s help to do it!

MikuFan has grown quite a lot over the years since it originally launched on March 4th, 2008. But at the same time, our site operation costs have increased. This has been made further difficult due to changes in Yen exchange rates making site costs 50% higher than they were just a few years ago. These stacking costs have made it sometimes difficult for the site to continue breaking even on the bills.

How can you help? Here’s some ways!

Buy Your Hatsune Miku Merchandise From MikuFan Partner Shops!
While we all have our own preferred places to shop, sometimes the shops we’re partnered with will offer better deals! Before selecting your item, consider following any of the links on our “Hatsune Miku Products for Fans” page before making a purchase. The shops wont charge you any extra for it, and they send a little bit of it our way as thanks! Some of our articles will also list CDJapan and Tokyo Otaku Mode links, which directly support our site!

Support Us Directly On Patreon!
If you would prefer to tip us directly, we have launched a MikuFan Patreon page with the primary goal of covering the gaps in our site operation costs. Any extra after that will be contributed towards our site writers bringing you additional first hand event event coverage and exclusives. We hope to someday leave no event details uncovered! A special “thank you” illustration will be made available soon to patrons, while those that contributed in advance will be contacted with a link to the artwork. Just click the image below to check out our Patreon. A small Patreon logo can also be found under the social media buttons of every site article.

Continue Sharing The Hatsune Miku Love!
You can also help simply by sharing our content with more people! More followers also leads to additional supporters, and we grow through the support of fans! For every one of you that has shared our media with others, we’re truly thankful for your help!

Oh yeah, we’re also on Instagram now! With the heavy support from Vocaloid followers on Instagram, we’ve decided to launch our own page! Find us at the instagram icon on the right side-bar (→ if you’re on desktop) or bottom of the site (↓ if you’re on mobile), or just click this logo!

Mar 312017

After careful planning and consideration, MikuFan will now become IAFan, your #1 fan source for IA news and resources! Our new header art comes courtesy of Raestu Dwiatmaja, a talented artist from Indonesia. Check out more of his art on his Instagram! → https://www.instagram.com/raestu27/

IA is the first Vocaloid created by 1st Place, and was released on the VOCALOID3 engine in early 2012 as the first vocal of their “-ARIA ON THE PLANETES-” project. Her voice bank samples were created using vocal data from popular singer Lia, from which IA also gets her name. In 2014, she received an additional voice bank release titled IA ROCKS, which gave the voice a feeling of power, and made it better suited towards rock style songs.

Over 15,000 songs have been created with IA’s software to date, she’s starred in her own music game IA/VT Colorful, and she has also performed live in concert at Anime Expo 2015! The recent 「PARTY A GO-GO」 live concert in Japan was the first in her own home country, with its own DVD and Blu-Ray release. Check out the trailer below!

Special thanks to these artists that also offered to help with our new project:

fabu.len: https://www.instagram.com/fabu.len/
fabu._.rin: https://www.instagram.com/fabu._.rin
Kittycouch: https://www.instagram.com/kittycouch/
GRchan: https://www.instagram.com/grchan11
Dr. SwissCheesy: https://www.instagram.com/drswisscheesy

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!