Aug 262016
 

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Image via the CM announcement video

Hatsune Miku has been announced to star in a 60-second Lux commercial scheduled for release on August 30th. The CM aims to promote the new shampoo & conditioner series in line “Lux Super Rich Shine Straight & Beauty”, and will feature the theme song “Future Overture (LUX Ver.)” by Mitchie M.

The announcement was first made today via staffs as well as an announcement video at Miku Symphony, a Hatsune Miku orchestra concert sponsored by Lux Straight & Beauty that was held today. The special announcement video in question is now available on the special website that launched today.

Special website → http://www.lux.co.jp/straight_miku/

Below are teaser images from the commercial starring Miku, as well as Scarlett Johansson.

Via BIGLOBE

Jul 012016
 

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Hiroshi Utsumi, the supervising producer for SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project, has resigned from his position at Sega as of June 30th, according to the official SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project blog post.

The blog post containing a message from Utsumi to the fans thanking them for their continued support, and states:

“I think everyone could guess a number of reasons [why I left], but it is not that I have to do something serious, or cannot take the responsibility, or am more or less tired,” Utsumi said. “This is just my own selfishness in wanting to challenge new fields, and I give my utmost thanks to this company and my team members who have heard me out.”

While the project’s supervising producer is leaving, the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series is getting two titles due for release in the second half of this year: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X for Japan and North America on August 25th and 31st, respectively, and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Live as a PlayStation VR launch title on October 13th.

Lastly, Utsumi also promises that SEGA is working on “various projects” in celebration pf Hatsune Miku‘s 10th anniversary in 2017.

Via Gematsu

May 202016
 

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The Snow Miku live stream was carried out tonight with many fascinating news to reveal. The live stream opened with recaps, from Magical Mirai 2016 to Project DIVA series for PS4, then moving on to highlights of Nendoroid Co-de: Hatsune Miku “Sweet Pumpkin” and Snow Miku 2017 & Yukine design voting.

The colored prototype for Nendoroid Co-de: Hatsune Miku “Sweet Pumpkin” was revealed, with preorder and release date announced for May 24th and October, respectively. Below are images showing the prototype nendoroid as presented in the live stream.


The Snow Miku 2017 & Yukine finalists for this year came down to six designs each. Unlike the previous years, this year’s voting took place in live stream and web voting. The web poll will remain open until May 25th, with the final results to be announced at Magical Mirai 2016 on September 9th~11th

Snow Miku 2017 & Yukine outfit design poll

Snow Miku 2017 Finalists

1: 雪ミクさん案 by にぼし : http://piapro.jp/t/1WSt
2: SNOW MIKU 2017☆Stargazer by ゆにぃ : http://www.piapro.jp/t/S5v3?f
3: 雪ミク2017衣装デザイン案 by 9°C : http://piapro.jp/t/PYTJ
4: 雪ミク2017by 西名_にしな! : http://piapro.jp/t/HKTc
5: 雪☆ミク2017 ~type StarSnow by RAHWIA : http://piapro.jp/t/muF1
6: 星観察のミクちゃん by newrein : http://piapro.jp/t/v0kt

Rabbit Yukine 2017 Finalists:

1: スペースユキネ 2017年ユキネ衣装! by ほっほ : http://piapro.jp/t/orR9
2: Rabbit Yukine 2017 プチット・アストロノム by 虹ろ : http://piapro.jp/t/5rSH
3: 2017年ユキネ衣装 by コス(COS): http://piapro.jp/t/GaLe
4: 2017年ラビットユキネ衣装 by 7:24: http://piapro.jp/t/FcI4
5: 2017年ユキネ衣装 by LF : http://piapro.jp/t/r_Id
6: ラビット・ユキネ2017衣装デザイン案 by JING : http://piapro.jp/t/r8Ud

May 132016
 

The past week has been riddled with news bits that we didn’t have time to write about right away, so this is a recap article to cover the notable events that we have seemingly otherwise missed.

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Isao Tomita, a largely recognized Japanese music producer, passed away on May 5th 2016. He is often regarded as the pioneer and forefather of the electronic and synthesized music we see today, thanks to his unique vision and productions in the 1960s and 70s using sequencers and synthesizers. Thanks to the rise in popularity of synthesized music, this later led to the birth of synthesizer software, which includes Vocaloid, and of course, Hatsune Miku.

Tomita became recognized by many Miku fans for his work with Ihatov Symphony in Tokyo in 2012, which for the first time combined a virtual singer with a philharmonic orchestra. This performance toured several locations around the world. The next project in planning was Tomita’s “Dr. Coppelius” with Hatsune Miku, which was due to premier in November of this year. After careful consideration, it has been decided that the project will be completed and held as planned.

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The Snow Miku 2017 art entries closed on May 11th at 5:00 PM JST! Did you manage to get your own art submitted in time? If you didn’t participate, do you have any favorites? Good Smile Company will select the finalist designs, and an online vote will take place via live stream on Nicovideo on May 20th, JST. Stay tuned for updates regarding the live stream! You can view all submissions here → http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/2017snowmiku/list

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Did you like Miku’s Magical Mirai 2016 outfit design as much as we did? The concept art behind the main visual has been released, and his now available on the Magical Mirai website! This will help make the creation of fan art much easier, as well as cosplays. We’d definitely like to see more of those!

May 102016
 

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The staff of MikuFan.com is incredibly happy to announce our attendance of Anime Central, the US’s largest midwest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture convention! On top of our first visit to ACEN, we’re excited to also be hosting our first convention panel on Hatsune Miku at the event!

You can join us in Panel Room 6 on May 22nd, 2016 at 11:45 AM in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Be sure to show up early so you don’t miss out on a seat! We’ll be covering the Hatsune Miku phenomenon and community, trivia, and talk on the various ways you can become a Hatsune Miku content creator! There will also be special prize giveaways!

Also co-hosting the panel is DJ Revolution Boi, who I’m sure many of you have heard play music at various anime conventions, as well as Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles!

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Revolution Boi performing live, photo by New Age

Revolution Boi was the first U.S. based Vocaloid DJ and remix artist. His work with music while he was in Japan has allowed him to become familiar with Vocaloid before Hatsune Miku herself even existed! His work over time has developed quite well, and he often partners up with other artists and DJs to create amazing collab works. Revolution Boi has been a growing inspiration to most vivid listeners international. Whether if, its Moe Garage, Happy Hardcore, or Exit Trance, RB will lay it down with a unique ability to keep the mood flowing. Revolution Boi’s ability to synthesize the music of this genre is unrivaled and he continues to inspire and influence other musicians alike. He has been requested to many live shows and clubs around the Midwest. His mixes are spread worldwide, to Canada, Japan, and even the UK.

We look forward to meeting Miku’s fans in the Midwest. See you on May 22nd! Don’t forget to add us to your Anime Central guidebook as a reminder: http://www.acen.org/guidebook-2016/