Mar 312015
 

Illustration by Kenji from Piapro

Happy April 1st, everyone! Today also marks the 7th anniversary of Kasane Teto, who was originally revealed as a “Vocaloid” on April Fools day as a prank in 2008, but actually turned out to be for the newly-announced UTAU software.

While other sites are busy having fun with April Fools, we’ll focus on covering the news event from the past few days. To start, the 3DCG artist Kasoku Sato, best known for creating the movies and models for Mitchie M’sBurenai ai de” and Digi-eye, has teased a Sakura Miku edition of his Hatsune Miku model on twitter.

This could be just for fun, or we may expect to see a Sakura Miku-themed collab with this model and Rhoto’s Digi-Eye AR app. Or perhaps a new Sakura Miku-themed PV altogether?

The Magical Mirai 2015 website updated yesterday to reveal the new main event artwork (by Hoshima), along with the concept art sketches (by Shikimi). The new design seems to take a lot of inspiration from last year’s Magical Mirai 2014 artwork, but still feels new and fresh. Further event information is still TBA. Event website: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/index_en.php

Cute miniature Hatsune Miku and Shiteyan’yo plushies, created by TAITO, were announced as available machine prizes (likely from SEGA UFO catcher machines). The plushies come in 3 varieties with Miku holding an even smaller Shiteyan’yo. The plushies seem to continue from a previous collaboration, where even smaller miniature figures with the same theme were released. Location availability list: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000269

Lastly, Senbonzakura-themed ball-chain figures were announced by TAITO, also as a machine prize. They are available from the listed locations: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000270


 
While seeming like a prank at first, this comes as real news: SEGA has made the Mikudayo mask/head accessory available for Project Diva Arcade Future Tone, and is available starting today (April 1st) with a cost of 1500vp (and we repeat, this is not a joke!). Official announcement video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHpIardhZ24

Crypton Future Media couldn’t resist having a little fun on April Fools this year, and has “announced” the company’s own CEO, Hiroyuki Itoh, to have his own VOCALOID V4X software release. A demo clip is even provided on the site. While not actually real, it does serve as an interesting joke to push people to purchase the new Megurine Luka V4X software instead. The “purchase” button for Hiroyuki Itoh V4X simply “runs away” when you attempt to click it (to repeat, this is a prank).

Product Page: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/hiroyukiv4x.jsp

Dec 132014
 

Some of you may remember our previous announcement of the first round of Hatsune Miku V3 merchandise offered by COSPA. They have just announced a second wave of new Miku V3 merch, and since Kaito and Meiko have both since gotten their own V3 release, they also have goods included in this announcement!

The list of items include full-graphic T-shirts, tapestries and straps. The delivery time varies between February and March 2015, depending on the item. As a reminder, Japanese sizes differ from U.S. sizes. A Japanese XL is the same size as a U.S. Large, and a Japanese Medium is the same size as a U.S. Small, etc. Prorders don’t have an actual end date, and will close once the order limits are reached.

Hatsune Miku V3 Shirt ver.2.0 (Full Graphic)

Expected Ship Date: Early March 2015
Order From CDJapan (6000 Yen): S | M | L | XL
Order from Amiami (6480 Yen): S | M | L | XL

 

Hatsune Miku V3 Shirt ver.2.0 (Black & White)

Expected Ship Date: Mid-February 2015
Order From CDJapan (2900 Yen): S | M | L | XL
Order from Amiami (3132 Yen): S | M | L | XL

 

Hatsune Miku V3 Tapestry ver.2.0

Expected Ship Date: Late February 2015
Order from CDJapan (3800 Yen): [Link]
Order from Amiami (4104 Yen): [Link]

 

Hatsune Miku V3 Strap and Messenger Bag ver.2.0

Expected Ship Dates: Late February 2015 (Strap) and Mid-February (Bag)
Order from CDJapan: Strap (800 Yen) | Messenger Bag (4200 Yen)
Order from Amiami: Strap (864 Yen) | Messenger Bag (4536 Yen)

 
Of course, we did mention matching merchandise releases for Meiko and Kaito, and here they are:

Kaito V3 merchandise on CDJapan: [Link]
Kaito V3 merchandise on Amiami: [Link]
Meiko V3 marchandise on CDJapan: [Link]
Meiko V3 merchandise on Amiami: [Link]

Aug 052014
 


 
COSPA will be releasing rubber keychain and strap sets of Crypton Future Media’s characters this October. All Cryptonloids are featured, which includes Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Len, Meiko and Kaito. Each character comes in two styles: A keychain for use on backpacks, handbags or key sets, or a strap that fits into the headphone jack of any mobile device.

Hatsune Miku: Keychain | Strap
Megurine Luka: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Rin: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Len: Keychain | Strap
Meiko: Keychain | Strap
Kaito: Keychain | Strap

The straps can be found on Amiami for just 648 Yen each, and their small size also makes them convenient to bundle with other orders without increasing the shipping costs (shipping for the strap alone would normally be more than the strap itself). They are available for preorder now, and scheduled to release sometime in late October.


Closeup View of the Hatsune Miku Rubber Strap


Via Hatsune Miku Official Blog

May 272014
 

One of the largest Vocaloid albums to date, and likely the largest digital release, Vocaloid Parade was a massive collaboration project that brought together the efforts of 35 different producers from all over the world for a total of 36 songs. Despite the album’s massive size, it has a rather tiny price point: Only $9.99 for all 36 songs. It features several vocaloids including Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, GUMI, Yuzuki Yukari and more. Give the crossfade below a listen.

If the album or just a single song tickles your fancy, you can find it available on all global iTunes stores: https://itunes.apple.com/album/bokaronoparedo-feat.-chu-yinmiku/id872541010

Album Announcement Poster (Click for larger)

Jan 302014
 


 
After the success of the past WeLoveFine shirt designs in collaboration with Crypton Future Media and the community, WeLoveFine is further expanding their selection with several new designs: Two new tops for Rin and Len fans, and 5 new Hatsune Miku shirts based on judging staff favorites from the design contest.

The previous “I am Hatsune Miku” tanks proved quite popular, so a Rin and Len version are being added into the mix. Be sure to check out the full selection available from WeLoveFine’s site. Lastly, keep an eye out for possible upcoming promotions between MikuFan and WeLoveFine. More announcements hopefully coming soon!