If you’ve simply been busy recently, or been overwhelmed by the recent Hatsune Miku and Lady Gaga collab announcement, chances are you probably missed these other bits of news. So here’s a recap of some events from the past week.
Voca Nico Night
Adding to my previous announcement of this month’s Voca Nico Night guests, the stream links for both days of the event are now available. The stream starts at 11:00 AM JST on April 26th and 27th.
Day 1 Stream: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv174982120
Day 2 Stream: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv174992723
THE END Vocaloid Opera Available Online
The multiple sellout Vocaloid opera event from 2013 called “THE END” is now available for free online viewing from the Radio France website. There is even an option to enjoy the stream with 5.1 surround-sound audio. Subtitles are unfortunately only available in French.
The show made its first debut in Japan early last year, and later had overseas premiers in France. To learn more about THE END and its creation process, enjoy this interview with show’s artists from the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1-YbcbAQ84
Watch THE END online: http://nouvoson.radiofrance.fr/musique/end-vocaloid-opera
LEGO Builder Creates Life-sized Hatsune Miku Statue
The LEGO builder named ChaosBrick from twitter has recently finished a life-sized Hatsune Miku lego statue after 6 months of work. Even though MikuFan has been following this builder for some time during his project, the popularity of the completed statue was surprising. His announcement tweet surpassed 9,000 retweets within the first day.
The full gallery of the build process can be viewed on ChaosBrick’s twitter.
The Piapro x Good Smile Company collaboration for the 2015 Snow Miku outfit design has begun, and Miku’s pet rabbit Yukine is also returning next year with a new outfit. International submissions are accepted for this collab!
The collaboration requires that the theme represent Hokkaido in winter time, specifically elements of foliage like lotus cups, lavender, white birch trees, saxifrage, and other winter plant life from the Hokkaido region to be incorporated into the design.
Collaboration entries are separated into two categories: Category A for Miku’s outfit, and Category B for Yukine’s outfit. A template has been provided for both the Snow Miku and Yukine characters, but they are not required for the submission to be valid.
The submissions are to be through the Piapro website, and instructions for the submission process are as follows:
- Before submitting a design, click on the Edit Tags button 「編集」
- Copy and Paste (do not type) the tag ２０１５年雪ミク衣装 into the space if applying for the Snow Miku outfit, or ２０１５年ユキネ衣装 if applying for the Yukine rabbit outfit
- click 「ロックする」 to lock the tag, adding it to your submission
- Confirm that the Lock Icon is on the left-hand side of your tags, and submit.
If followed correctly, the submission will appear with the other submissions found here for the Snow Miku outfit, and here for Yukine’s outfit.
Collaboration entries will end on May 7th at 5:00 PM JST. Good luck!
The first race of 2014′s SUPER GT racing season has come to an end, with Good Smile Company’s own Good Smile Racing team emerging with a 1st place victory at the Okayama international circuit. Congratulations!
GSR’s vehicle is a BMW Z4 wrapped in 2014′s Racing design for Hatsune Miku, and competes in the GT300 racing class. There was 24 competitors total this year for the GT300 class, and 15 for the GT500 class.
For much of the race, GSR’s own Z4 (vehicle #4) was fighting neck and neck against another Z4 (vehicle #7) owned by TEAM STUDIE. The fight between the two even sparked this hilarious parody image of the two racers. Source currently unknown.
GSR is off to a great start, and hopefully they can keep up this performance throughout the season. And don’t forget, you can still pledge your sponsorship support to receive a 2014 Racing Miku Nendoroid, among other goodies! Nendoroid sponsorship courses will close on May 5th JST.
Info via supergt.net.
Back in late January, I was contacted by a Japanese Vocaloid producer by the name of “ddh“, who requested to interview me for an article on Nicovideo Blomaga Blog. He was curious to learn more about Vocaloid fans from overseas, and wanted to share his findings with other fans from the Japanese community.
The interview is very in depth and covers a lot of topics, so you’ll find the full English translated interview in the rest of the story. Keep in mind that the following was written by ddh himself. The original Japanese interview can be found here.
The holidays are getting closer, so it’s the perfect time treat yourself and others to a holiday cake. And to make things better, why not make it a Hatsune Miku themed cake?
The Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi show has uploaded a guide on how to make your very own cake, complete with step-by-step photo and video instructions. The preparation time takes a while, but the end result looks fantastic.
You can check out the photo instructions from their blog, or watch the video below. The design for this recipe is based on the Santa version Hatsune Miku nendoroid, and you can find the same image from Good Smile Company’s website.