Happy 7th Anniversary, Hatsune Miku!

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 @ 5:17 am

Illustration “Happy Birthday Miku!” by Tsuzakitsu Nomi from Pixiv.

Hatsune Miku has finally reached the 7th year of her journey since her first release on August 31st, 2007. Seven is quite a lucky number, and we’ve certainly been lucky to be able to enjoy what she’s been able to bring to the lives of fans around the world for all those years.

The past year has brought brought us the release of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID3 software, the beginning of an international Miku Expo event, a new Racing Miku and Snow Miku design, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd’s international release, and so much more. And not to forget the endless amounts of video, music and illustrative art works.

And as per tradition, artists have taken to Pixiv to overload the servers with a vast amount of illustrations to celebrate the birthday of our beloved virtual diva. Below are some of our personal favorite picks, but you can view the full selection of images for Hatsune Miku’s 7th anniversary from here: http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?word=ミク誕生祭2014

Happy 7th Birthday, Hatsune Miku!

6 by えこいくしま on pixiv

Happy Birthday by TID on pixiv

おめでとう by うさしろまに on pixiv

8/31 by 萌葱 on pixiv

ハジメテノオト by Rella on pixiv

~MIKU’S 7TH BIRTHDAY~ by 薯子Chuko on pixiv

miku by mery on pixiv

❤HAPPY BIRTHDAY❤ by 黑川紙 on pixiv

歌姫 by kina on pixiv

Mitchie M Releases Full-Lenght Version of “Burenai ai de”

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other,Software — Written by Lawrence Elsa on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

An extended version of Mitchie M’s song featured in Rohto’s Digi-Eye AR app has been released on YouTube and Niconico with a complete song and 3DPV.

The YouTube upload of Hatsune Miku’s up-beat love ballad features full English subtitles on the Youtube upload. The video was directed by llcheesell, and the dance choreography was provided by Malo chan (Tatsuro Ogata). The model is the same one used in the AR app, and was modeled by Kasoku Satō (KSK), who also made the model of Miku for the Happy Birthday song in 2012.
Rohto Digi-Eye was exhibited at Magical Mirai in Osaka as well.

CDJapan Hatsune Miku Birthday Special: Earn 10% Extra Points on CDs, Blu-Rays DVDs and Books

Filed under: Albums,Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

It seems that KarenT isn’t the only one offering up Vocaloid music on a special offer. CDJapan is also offering a special campaign on qualifying Vocaloid albums, books, DVD’s and Blu-Rays.

Until September 1st, all qualifying Vocaloid goods will earn you an additional 10% points back on your purchase, which can be used towards the purchase of future products. They can even be used on figures and accessory items, goods you may not have known they offered.

There’s only 7 days left, so don’t miss out! Check out the campaign page here.

Via Vocaloid Reddit

Greatest Idol by Mitchie M
Miku Color by KEI
Mikupa in Kansai 2013

Share a Drink With Hatsune Miku Using Oculus Rift and Unity Game Engine

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

Snapshot of the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 in action.

The second revision of the Oculus Rift development kit hasn’t been out long, but the developer CST on Nicovideo already came up with an interesting idea of how to use it. The improved motion sensing of the new dev kit allows for precise head tracking. This allows more realistic interaction within a virtual world, such as sharing a drink with another character.

Combined with the Unity game engine, CST was able to create a program that allows you to enjoy a virtual experience of sharing a drink with Hatsune Miku. “I was always envious of couples sharing drinks, and I was always alone. Now I no longer worry. The future age of sharing straws with Hatsune Miku is here!“, CST commented in the video description.

The demonstration video below features the song “Meteor” by John, and the Tda model edit by Yamamoto. Via Mikustream

MikuFan Interview With Vocaloid Producer Tripshots

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Music,Other — Written by jrharbort on Friday, August 8th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

Tripshots is a long standing contributing artist to Vocaloid in both music and outstanding CGI animation work. His animations in particular continued to set new benchmarks for years to follow, and have been widely publicized across the web as representations of what the Vocaloid community creates. For many fans today, works like Nebula or Gift nor Art can be recognized as the video that attracted them to the Vocaloid culture.

An interesting trait of Tripshots’ personality is his openness towards overseas fans of his work, something that we would like to see from many more Vocaloid producers in the future. After Tripshots kindly agreed to our interview request, we proceeded to gather questions from Vocaloid fans from around the world. So we’d like to thank everyone for their contributions! Special thanks to Descent87 for providing translations for the interview.

Tripshots Official Site: http://www.tripshots.net/
Tripshots Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tripshots
Tripshots Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Tripshots

MikuFan: Good evening, and thank you for accepting! I’ve been a follower of your work for many years. We have also gathered many questions from fans overseas.

Tripshots: I’m truly grateful to have so many fans who are interested in me and my work.

MikuFan: The first question is one that almost everyone would like to know the answer to: How did you discover Vocaloid, and what inspired you to become involved?

Tripshots: The first time I heard about Vocaloid was through a news article. I noticed a name I had never seen before, “Hatsune Miku”. As a Japanese person, seeing a name I had never seen before perked my interested and I read the article. The article basically spoke about how Hatsune Miku was the face of a new vocal synthesizer software that had gained considerable popularity on video sharing sites.

MikuFan: Ahh, I see. (This had happened within a mere couple month of Miku’s software release, her popularity had unexpectedly exploded in Japan)

Tripshots: I had already had some interest in this kind of technology and was already aware of Meiko’s release. However having listened to her demo songs, I felt that she still sounded too mechanical. However when I listened to Hatsune Miku’s demo work, I was truly surprised and excited by the amount of expressiveness in her voice and found myself wanting to try and work with her.

MikuFan: Hatsune Miku’s voice was truly captivating for many people.

Tripshots: I was especially impressed when I heard OSTER Project’s work.

MikuFan: Ah, OSTER Project! She is a very early Vocaloid producer.

Tripshots: Saying that, I basically mean to say that she was the culprit (joking) who helped drag me into the world of Vocaloid. (more…)

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