Mar 152017
 

Hatsune Miku has been opening the gateway for many new topics of interest in technology for Vocaloid fans, and one of those recent interests has been the rise in virtual reality technologies. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and even simple phone-powered HMDs (head mounted displays), VR is everywhere these days. But it’s still in its infancy, while developers and game companies experiment to figure out what will truly make VR a staple in the modern gaming world.

A group of talented developers and devoted Miku fans in Japan have figured that the best way to enjoy the world of virtual reality is with our favorite virtual idol (Miku of course!). At last year’s Snow Miku, the team showed off a simple VR demo with the Oculus Rift, where you could have your picture taken with Snow Miku. As simple as this demo was, it put the biggest smile on my face, and was one of the standout moments of my visit to Snow Miku 2016.

When I saw the team had returned to Snow Miku 2017 with yet another demo, this time with Oculus Touch controls, I knew I would be in for another treat. This time they were presenting an all new Snow Miku demo called “Miku Tsuku”, which means “Making Miku”. The demo booth was so popular, there was over an hour estimated wait time. While waiting, I spoke to some of the staff to learn about the demo. The demo was developed in a matter of just 3 weeks with a team of 5~6 people. That was truly impressive!

After observing other players, and having the staff explain the run down on the game controls, it was soon my turn to jump back into the virtual reality world.

Miku Tsuku Gameplay Demo

In Miku Tsuku, you are presented with a desk with a figure-sized Snow Miku and various objects scattered around you. The purpose of the demo is to decorate the stage with the various objects, as well as position the Snow Miku figure (which is actually alive and watching you!) however you like. At any time, you also have the ability to instantly shrink down in size and join Snow Miku on the stage by tapping the smart watch that’s on your left hand inside the game. There is a sudden shock and surprise when you do this for the first time, and the feeling of having Miku right there in front of you… It’s truly surreal.

The interactive experience was so joyful and fun, the 5:35 time limit felt like it passed too quickly before I could try everything that I wanted to do. Like the previous year, I was left with the biggest smile on my face once my turn was finished, and I had nothing but praise for the developers of Miku Tsuku. I also played with the rhythm VR game presented by Crypton themselves, as well as the Google Tango AR demo. But neither of these could compare to the marvelous experience of Miku Tsuku.

 

The team of Miku Tsuku is hopeful that there will be interest and support from fans to help encourage further development of this idea, along with a release on Oculus and Steam stores, and other platforms. I hope they succeed, and that many more Hatsune Miku fans will be introduced to the world of VR. I can really see this concept going somewhere in the future, and Hatsune Miku will help lead the way.

Mar 022017
 

This year’s Snow Miku festival was quite the adventure (our photo summary is coming soon!), and many of the official goods have found their way onto the newly updated web store! If some of this year’s special items caught your fancy, but you couldn’t get the chance to visit the event for yourself, check out what the web store has to offer!

Official Snow Miku 2017 Web Store: http://www.official-store.jp/hatsunemiku-intl/

Currently available items include: Shirts, hand bags, jackets, posters, straps, pins, keychains and more!

Feb 212017
 

If you’re a fan of this year’s Snow Miku design, and have been looking forward to the Nendoroid and Figma releases, then now is the time to grab them from Good Smile Company’s online shop! Both the Nendoroid and Figma will be available until February 28th, 9:00 PM JST. Both are expected to ship in July 2017.

> Nendoroid Snow Miku: Twinkle Snow Ver. (5500 JPY)
> Figma Snow Miku: Twinkle Snow ver. (6000 JPY)

And if you’re a fan of the previously teased Twinkle Snow ver. outfit for Snow Miku Dollfie Dream, VOLKS has finally opened orders on their online webstore! The outfit comes complete with all accessories, including the baton and a small rabbit Yukine~

> Twinkle Snow ver. Outfit from VOLKS Webstore

The outfit is priced at 19,224 Yen ($170), and will have open preorders until March 5th, 24:00 JST. It is expected to ship sometime in the Summer of 2017.

Jan 262017
 

Snow Miku 1/7 scale figure!

The Snow Miku figure is now open for preorder! The figure is part of the Good Smile Company 15th anniversary, and bases on an original design by MONQ, the official illustrator for Magical Mirai 2015.

The winter songstress speeding through the snow!

The very first scale figure of Snow Miku from Good Smile Company! Snow Miku was designed as a mascot character for Winter in Hokkaido, and this version was illustrated by MONQ in a lovely dynamic pose that has now been carefully converted into a figure with the utmost attention to detail!

Her long, flowing hair makes use of semi-transparent parts for a lovely icy appearance, the snowflake patterns all over the design have been faithfully included, and the sculpt has been carefully tuned to ensure the figure looks great from all sorts of different angles! She has a determined, cool expression on her face with a slight blush on her cheeks and glossy lips that bring out her feminine charm for fans to enjoy in their collection!

Preorders are now available until March 2nd at 12:00 JST. She’s priced at 14,800 yen on Goodsmile’s Online Shop, and is scheduled for release sometime in November  2017. She’s also available for preorder from the following online stores (prices, preorder end dates, and release dates may vary by stores):

> Snow Miku 1/7 Scale Figure on Tokyo Otaku Mode 
> Snow Miku 1/7 Scale Figure on CDJapan
> Snow Miku 1/7 Scale Figure  on Good Smile’s Online Shop
> Snow Miku 1/7 Scale Figure on Hobby Search
> Snow Miku 1/7 Scale Figure on AmiAmi 

Below is a gallery featuring the figure and the official CM!

Jan 062017
 

The official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel has brought us today the music video for Snow Miku 2017 theme song “Star Night Snow” by n-buna and Orangestar! The video features a fantastic animation by AO FUJIMORI and yuiti hinata.

The Snow Miku 2017 theme song “Star Night Snow” will be featured in the upcoming album “KARENT presents Winterland’s Anthology feat. Hatsune Miku“. The album features seven tracks in total, and is scheduled for release on January 25th.

Below is the music video for Snow Miku 2017 theme song “Star Night Snow” by n-buna and Orangestar.