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With Hatsune Miku Expo’s 2016 tour plans well under way, it’s clear that 2016 is shaping to be an exciting year for many Hatsune Miku fans everywhere. But Crypton Future Media is not finished yet! Today, Crypton Future Media is ready to announce a new campaign to help bring Miku Expo to more locations around the world: The “MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign“.

MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign is a crowd funding campaign, but not in the typical fashion that people would expect. Instead, it will use the platform “Pledge Music” to help raise funds to make international travel of Miku Expo that much easier. There will also not be specific location goals, since it’d be almost impossible to reach a goal if Hatsune Miku fans were being asked to pledge for a location that isn’t even in their home town (as much as they’d like to visit every city in the world, it’s impossible!). Instead, it’s hoped that the combination of buzz around the Miku Expo tour and the Miku Expo campaign will help make the tour a success, and create more opportunities to visit other countries.

A number of exciting rewards will be available to pledgers that offer their support to the campaign, and these include the following:

– Pledge Music-exclusive MIKU EXPO Supporter pin badge (All Backers)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP (13 track-CD in a gatefold package, including the MIKU EXPO 2016 theme song)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP signed by HachiojiP
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go T-shirt
– MIKU EXPO × OMOCAT Exclusive T-shirt
– Supporter Exclusive Watch
– MIKU EXPO Official Glowstick *Only available outside of Japan.
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Bundle (EP, Let’s Go shirt, Penlight) *Only available out side of Japan.
– On-stage Photo with Miku (Limited to 2pairs per 1 venue)
– MIKU EXPO Special Thanks Credit and Message screening. *Only available for Japan Tour.
– Early Access Pass (Early access to digital download of remix songs etc)
– SPECIAL OPTION: For $1 million, Miku Expo will come to any town of your choice! Available to all countries, except Japan (some restrictions apply).

Pledge your support here!

We spoke recently with Crypton Future Media staff about their exciting plans, and what exactly goes into making a Miku Expo event happen. Read the interview below!

MikuFan: It’s thought by some overseas fans that hosting an event like Miku Expo at any given location is as easy as 1-2-3, but this isn’t so. Can you give some insight to the challenges Crypton faces when it comes to hosting overseas events?

CFM: Of course it’s not easy. The first of many things of course are the fans. We do see the many requests from fans all of the world, such as fans in Europe. Some also think we’re ignorning them. We are aware we have a large fanbase in Europe. We need to convince the local concert promoters that the fans want a show in their area.

MikuFan: Yeah, it’s not something actually hosted by Crypton. It’s someone who has to say “Hey, we’d be happy to do this”, and you just work with them on that.

CFM: Yeah, we need a local partner to have the show. But for Los Angeles and New York last time, we did organize everything 100% on our own, because we knew the local promoters didn’t know about Miku. So through promotion on David Letterman and everything else we did, it helped these promoters learn about Miku. It ended up being really successful, so we could get support from more local promoters this time around to make a North America tour happen. And then of course there is the concert, which requires certain kinds of stage plots. The requirement for this isn’t very easy, either. There’s problems if it’s a small or insufficient venue. So an area needs to have an appropriate venue, as well as a stage with a workable plot for the concert.

MikuFan: I can see how this would make accepting just any location very difficult. I’m sure you guys would want to make each event have the best experience possible.

CFM: We ended up losing money again with Los Angeles and New York last time, but with things different this time around, it will be much easier for us.

MikuFan: Kind of like how a completely different event organizer took care of the Miku Expo events in Shanghai, making it much easier on Crypton.

CFM: Yeah, China is very different. We’re partners with a company there there that has exclusive rights to produce Hatsune Miku merchandise for mainland China. They’re a huge sponsor for us. But in America and other overseas countries, we don’t have that there. So we need big sponsors to help with events in these countries. And finding these partners is very difficult. Hopefully this tour will also help spark interest in potential European partners.

MikuFan: Outside of just the concert events, what kind of accompanying activities are in the works for Miku Expo’s North America tour?

CFM: A lot of ideas are still being worked out since it’s still early, so nothing is 100% confirmed, but we have ideas for things like events at local retail stores, an evening dance party, an art gallery, etc. But it really depends on the city, since we’re hitting so many locations this time.

MikuFan: Do you have any special message for fans around the world?

CFM: Thank you very much for supporting Hatsune Miku and all of our other characters! We are very excited to have our biggest North America tour, and hope to see you there in person. This time, we are trying to make MIKU EXPO more of a Hatsune Miku-ish participatory event, not only having many locations but also organizing song contests, the Miku Expo Let’s Go campaign, and we have more to announce in the future! As we mentioned, we are all aware that we have many fans all over the world. We will try our best to bring Miku to your country, so please keep support us and join our Let’s Go campaign. Arigato! 🙂

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About jrharbort
A Hatsune Miku fan since December 2007, jrharbort joined as the Head Writer in October 2011, and enjoys sharing news with other fans around the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @jrharbort!
  • Vitali Pfeifer

    Thank you for the interview MikuFan.
    I see that Crypton Future Media is trying really hard to get Miku worldwide popular. Only like that Miku can come to other countries.
    Its nice to hear, that they are some fans in Europe too and CFM is not ignoring them. I think we need much more advertisement to make the miracle happen.

  • Feripe Hatsune

    Thank you jrharbort for the interview.
    That explains in detail, what you told me a few weeks. As well as most, i really didn’t understand. It is much harder than i thought.

  • The campain and so on looks good, but what have they done to Miku?! O_O Gawd, that design looks terrible IMO! Is this how western fans see Miku?! No, just no! Looks like a western cartoon character and she isn’t even a western character. Isn’t it the japanese anime design touch, what makes Miku so appealing? At least that’s what I think.

  • Hitokiri_Ace

    Awesome, thanks for the interview. It really clears things up for people thinking they make money hand over foot.

    ..and just to make sure.. That design is just for this fundraiser.. right? Not the MikuExpo as a whole..? (I’m scared. haha)

  • Hitokiri_Ace

    It felt like a fairly oddparents sketch to me. Not really.. ‘bad’.. but definitely not the Miku I know and <3.

  • Hitokiri_Ace

    Definitely. 🙂
    It’s always cool to hear/see a bit of PR-free behind the scenes talk. Things seem to really be going well for Miku in the US.. so hopefully.. it continually grows from here. 🙂

    I’m honestly surprised at how well it spread here in the last few years. Many more friends are getting into Vocaloid, and.. it’s kinda awesome. 🙂

  • I also hope that it’s just for this funding. Can’t believe this will be used for the offical concerts then. Nobody would take it seriously. I was really concerned at first when I saw the video and artwork, if it was really official. Looked so unprofessional! But it is indeed the official sketch. Let’s hope they use the normal artworks then, with our beloved Miku design!^^

  • It’s indeed nice to see how much the fanbase grew in the US, or generally around the world. Even my friends are getting a bit into Vocaloid now^^ It’s also nice that crypton etc. are concerned about us european fans (myself coming from germany^^). Really, I thought over the last years that they leave us behind and don’t pay attention to us, since the US got all the great concerts and such. I hope they host at least one event here in germany!^^

  • jrharbort

    It’s for the campaign only.

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  • Jason Gideon

    Honestly, I never thought that Crypton was taking losses on the previous Miku Expo Concert LA & NY, considering they got a complete soldout there.. I give my utmost respect to them, and I hope this campaign and whatever they planned for the future, can give them lots of profits from the concert and related activities.

  • Ageless Anime

    Thanks for this MikuFan. 🙂

    As some others have pointed out, it’s nice to hear *directly* from CFM about how challenging these shows are to pull off, as well as get confirmation that previous Expo’s have been money losing ventures for the company.
    Hopefully this time around they’ll not only be profitable, but profitable *enough* to warrant doing them again and on a larger scale in the future.
    I’m also really glad to see how well the fund-raiser is doing because this is just one more barometer of our willingness to “put our money where our mouths are” when it comes to our fandom, and the response so far says we’re up for it. 🙂

    About the PV and Tee’s though… I actually like them both, even if they’re not the “prettiest” I’ve ever seen. 🙂
    The PV is upbeat, entertaining and fun, and for a lot of us, that’s kind of Miku in a nutshell. 🙂
    And as a friend suggested to me, the Tee itself, tieing back to the PV as it does, kind of suggests that it was made by Miku herself, and who wouldn’t want a T-shirt that was handmade by Miku? :3

    You wouldn’t happen to have any information about the song would you?
    I really like it and would like to know who did it.

  • fireemblembeast

    Yuki! Du bist Deutsch? Wieder haben wir etwas gemeinsam, denn ich bin auch (halb) Deutsch. Ich bin halt Amerikanisch aber meine Mutter kommt aus Deutschland, in der Nähe Ulm. Ich meinte eigentlich, dass etwas über wie du schreibst anders ist…Wahrscheinlich war es die Kommas. Gut zu sehen, dass ich richtig war XD
    Jedenfalls hoffe ich auch, dass ihr einen Konzert bald haben :3
    Also: I need to start frequenting this site too lol, you have good taste

  • fireemblembeast

    Oh man, I’m so excited! I didn’t really get into vocaloid enough to want to go to concerts until last fall when I began obsessively playing PDF 2nd, and by that time the nearby New York concert was over, so now I’ve been patiently waiting for something like this. I’m SO pledging 😀

  • You again?! XD Hast aber richtig erkannt! Ja, mit den Kommas hab ich es nicht so^^; Ich trenne vieles gerne, da einige englischsprachige irgendwie Probleme haben gewisse Textabschnitte richtig zu erkennen. Jedenfalls mit denen ich geschrieben habe. Seit dem mache ich es so.
    Aber das nenn ich echt mal Zufall^^ Komme aus Thüringen in Deutschland! Aber auch interessant bei dir, mit deiner deutschen Mutter. So in der Art hab ich bis jetzt noch niemanden kennengelernt, schon gar nicht aus Amerika^^; Denke mal du kannst diesen Text gut lesen, oder? Dein geschriebenes schaut jedenfalls verdammt gut aus! Schon selber mal in Deutschland gewesen?
    Wäre schon toll wenn wir ein Konzert in Deutschland mal bekommen würden, auch wenn die ausländischen Konzerte jetzt nicht so extrem gut sind, wie die japanischen. Trotzdem wäre es einfach klasse. Ein tolles und einmaliges Erlebnis als Miku Fan!^^

  • fireemblembeast

    Danke für das Komplement ^^
    Ich habe mein ganzen Leben in Amerika gelebt, aber ich war schon 4 Mal in Deutschland, um Familie zu besuchen; das war alles in Baden-Württemberg. War noch nie in Thüringen aber diesen vergangenden Sommer war ich in Berlin, halt für Tourismus. Für 10 Jahren ging ich nach eine deutsche Samstagsschule und jetzt habe ich auch Deutschunterricht in meine Uni.
    …Eigentlich ist es ganz erfrischend, aus der Klasse Deutsch zu reden XD
    Ich könnte echt mein Deutsch verbessern, wenn ich Anime usw. auf Deutsch anschaute, aber leider bin ich zu faul ^^
    Ich muss aber sagen, dass es echt cool ist, wenn sie in Anime Deutsch benutzen, weil dann verstehe ich alle diese interessante Dinge, die meine Freunden nicht merken können XD
    Auf jeden Fall finde ich Deutschland sehr schön, und ich vermisse wirklich alle die Sorten Wurst und Brot 😛
    Ich kann so was hier nie finden…

  • Cool! Ich selbst war leider noch nie in Amerika, würd ich aber mal gerne!^^
    Glaub dir’s gerne mit der Sprache in Anime und Co, was deine Freunde nicht verstehen XD Glaube hier verstehen es auch nur ganz wenige^^ Die deutschen Dubs sind hier und da soweit in Ordnung, mag aber selber eher den japanischen Dub mit deutschen Subs. Genial ist es wenn die japanische Synchro Deutsch verwendet. Bei der Serie “Sora no Woto” glaub in Folge 11, gibt es einen richtigen langen Abschnitt, wo nur deutsch gesprochen wird und das ziemlich gut, obwohl denen ihre Muttersprache Japanisch ist!
    Mit der Wurst und so verstehe ich sehr gut! Ist ja schon in unseren Bundesländern schon recht schlimm, gerade wenn man aus Thüringen kommt. Da fehlt einen richt die Rostwurst und so^^
    Hast du Skype oder ähnliches? Wenn du magst, können wir uns ja ein wenig schreiben! Ansonsten lass ich dir hier mal meine 2. Email da! “”

  • fireemblembeast

    Ja, das wäre besser als ewig hier zu schreiben XD
    Du kannst mich halt auf Skype adden; ich benutze den selben Namen als hier.

  • Light Buster

    I’m glad I had my question answer by CFM themselves. Hopefully people finally understand how difficult it is to get a concert in a city.

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