May 222015

The live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8” today has covered on several interesting topics, with the main event as the final selection of 2016 Snow Miku and her rabbit partner Yukine. We’ve participated in the stream and captured several announcements, including screenshots of each.

First to announce is the reveal of 2015 Magical Mirai second visual by hoshima. Staffs have also teased a minute-long preview of the official 2015 Magical Mirai theme song “Hand in Hand” by kz during the program.

Following up next is the announcement of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai compilation CD+Blu-ray. The set comes with Nendoroid Mikudayo and exclusive accessories, with worldwide shipping also available (more info here). Also announced are the Hatsune Miku animal charm straps with further details to arrive at a later date.

Goodsmile Racing took a step in the live stream revealing 2015 Racing Miku Thailand ver visual, in promotion of their next race in Thailand on June 21st. As a friendly reminder, Figma sponsorship courses are still open up until June 10th.

The final voting of 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine concludes with Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 and Flying Yukine both by Kotatsu Odoki as winners by 35.5% and 54.5% of the votes, respectively. A tweet from @GSC_GUMA has confirmed Nendoroid and Figma production for 2016 Snow Miku and Yukine.

As an additional note, Kotatsu Odoki was also one of the finalists in 2012 Snow Miku design contest. You can view the submitted design here.

May 212015

For the past few years we’ve witnessed many Miku-inspired innovations, and today we bring you on the topic of “Miku Miku Face”. Miku Miku Face is a technology capable of facial detection via built-in camera and simultaneously project the captured images into the creation of Miku’s Face. Along with full-motion head support, this technology virtually brings Miku to the three-dimensional world with flexible expression.

In addtion, the creator of Miku Miku Face, Takemoto Takuma, otherwise known as Himana Gakusei 7, is also the creator of the real-time singing program “HANAUTAU“(MIKUTYPE). The program allow users to generate speeches via VOCALOID software by typing, with pitch adjustment according to the operator’s humming. In the video below by Sankei demonstrates the usage of Miku Miku Face combines with MIKUTYPE as Takemoto hums and types.

Miku Miku Face was first introduced in Entertainment Computing 2014 at Meiji University Nakano campus on September 12th~14th, 2014, later showcased in VOCACON in February this year with full-scale body.

May 212015

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We’re now just a day before the official Snow Miku 2016 and her partner Yukine! Tweets from Kahotan from Good Smile Company today have reveal all four Snow Miku 2016 and rabbit Yukine design finalists. The final designs will be selected based on fans’ votes in the live stream “Hatsune Miku Time 8″ on May 22nd at 7:00 PM JST on nicovideo.

Live Stream link:

The voting process will simply require a click on your favorite design once you see all four designs on the screen. All votes will then be tallied into percentages and presented at the end of the live stream. Please note that you will need a nicovideo account in order to access videos and live streams on the site.

In addition to Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine voting, the live stream will cover on various topics of Magical Mirai 2015, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX/Deluxe (Mikudayo will be present), and new Hatsune Miku products. For information on Snow Miku 2016 and Yukine design contest please refer to our previous article.

Snow Miku 2016 Finalists:

1: SNOW MIKU 2016 by Saine:
2: Owly Owl Snow Miku 2016 by Kotatsu Odoki:
3: Snow Miku 2016 by Yunii:
4: Snow Miku by Niboshi:

Rabbit Yukine 2016 Finalists:

1: Flying Yukine by Kotatsu Odoki:
2: 2016 Rabbit Yukine Design Idea by JING:
3: Yukine 2016 by Toraneko:
4: 2016 Yukine costume by COS:

May 122015

Click image to view VOCALOID SHOP announcement

VOCALOID STORE was an official store operated by third party company “Bplats” under license by Yamaha. The store has been providing services since 2010, and will soon close its Japanese store on May 26th at 17:00 JST.

The English store will remain in operation, however.

It’s advised for customers who have purchased digital contents on VOCALOID STORE to store their installer and serial codes, as they will be inaccessible after the closure.

Following the closure news, Yamaha has recently announced the new Vocaloid store named “VOCALOID SHOP”, hosted on the VOCALOID NET site. The shop currently aims to provide digital downloads for VOCALOID libraries and editors, hosting Job Plugins, and more to come later.

Despite the closure, purchased products via VOCALOID STORE under Yamaha brand will be available at VOCALOID SHOP for free download (non-Yamaha products are in negotiation). The shop is expected to open later this month.

Via Vocaloidism

May 032015

Joining the ranks of the partnerships today is Miku Stream, a Japan-based Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid news site operated by Kowhey, and co-edited by one of our own writers, Mercuryw! We’ll be working together to help bring you more news coverage in the future.

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