Aug 302015

Miku 8th BirthdayIllustration by 通行人P from Pixiv.

It’s now August 31st within Japan, marking today as the 8th anniversary since Hatsune Miku’s original VOCALOID2 software was released to the world. Essentially, this means it’s also her birthday!

The past year has brought a number of major highlights in Hatsune Miku’s history:

Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles, New York and Shanghai
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Released Worldwide
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Announced For Western Fans
Hatsune Miku’s Appearance on David Letterman
Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID4 Software Announced
Hatsune Miku Art Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus Los Angeles
Hatsune Miku Collaboration With Georgia Coffee (Coca Cola)
Hatsune Miku: Snow Miku LIVE! 2015 Concert in Sapporo
Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2014 in Osaka and Tokyo
GoodSmile Racing’s Hatsune Miku BMW Z4 Wins 2014 SuperGT Race Season
Snow Miku 2016 Design Chosen

… And so much more! Thank you for bringing another year of immeasurable excitement and happiness for many people around the world. Happy Birthday, Hatsune Miku!

Below are some illustrations by Pixiv Illustrators in celebration of Hatsune Miku’s 8th anniversary.

Aug 262015


Crypton Future Media has announced today the Hatsune Miku Expo song contest, in search for original tracks to perform at a future Hatsune Miku Expo concert. Fans are invited to participate in the song submissions starting now on Soundcloud.

In celebration of the announcement, a two-week trial version of Hatsune Miku V3 English will be available for free on SONICWIRE. The followings below are essential rules to consider for song submissions:

  • Make sure your submission(s) includes a song title and lyrics in the track description
  • Disable downloads via Soundcloud
  • Submit your song to the Hatsune Miku Expo Song Contest Soundcloud group.

The grand winner will be rewarded with 100,00 JPY worth of products from SONICWIRE and a pair of tickets to Hatsune Miku Expo concert where the winning entry will be performed. Furthermore, the winner will have an opportunity to take a commemorative photo with Hatsune Miku on stage (does not cover travel expenses).

Among other participants, two runner-ups will be chosen and presented with 30,000 JPY worth of products from SONICWIRE. Fans are more than welcome to submit songs in any languages they prefer.

The contest opens now up to October 19th. We look forward to hear songs from fans around the world, and to the next location of Hatsune Miku Expo. Now is your chance to take your song around the world!

Aug 212015

mian8_bannerIllustration by 依存

Speaking of August, it’s time for Hatsune Miku’s birthday! Crypton Future Media’s record label KarenT has launched today the special music collection, titled “Hatsune Miku 8th Anniversary”, featuring various music from 17 different producers; an uplifting music collection for your precious moment of celebration.

The albums are now available via KarenT on iTunes and Amazon MP3 (must search manually on Amazon). In addition to the songs, free wallpapers by the artist comet are given away for fans to enjoy.

There are so many glittering milestones on her way from then to now. Hope that her voice will carry people’s thoughts for someone special to them, and keep ringing throughout the world! Let’s celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 8th Anniversary.

– Message from “Hatsune Miku 8th Anniversary” via KarenT


Aug 072015

The next Project Diva game has been confirmed! SEGA feat. Hatsune Miku Project will be collaborating with Piapro in gathering fans’ illustrations for the next Hatsune Miku Project game title. The announcement has been made via live stream Hatsune Miku! Nico Nico Live 2nd today on Nicovideo.

The collaboration will feature 200 winning illustrations, with 100 illustrations each for end credits in two sections. The time for submissions is set on August 10th at 17:00 JST~September 11th at 17:00 JST. Further details and instructions will follow shortly on August 10th.

UPDATED: The collaboration consists of end credits illustrations only.

Jul 232015


Atlus has announced today for Hatsune Miku appearance in Persona 4: Dancing All Night in the form of DLC, with her appearance as a design from Hatsune Miku x Namie Amuro collaboration in early June this year. The announced DLC will feature the song “Heaven(ATOLS remix)” with release date set on mid-August.

The illustration we see here is done by the famous illustrator Shigenori Soejima, who is best known for his contributions to the Persona series. Previously he was responsible for the main visual for Hatsune Miku x Namie Amuro collaboration, making this the second collaboration illustration from him.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a dancing game on PS Vita platform released on June 25th, and developed by Atlus(subsidiary of Sega). Enjoy the teaser images below from Famitsu.