Oct 162014
 


Arriving at the Nokia Theatre on Day 2 for concert ticket pickup.

Three years… That’s how long many Hatsune Miku fans within the United States had been waiting to see if there would be another major event within our own borders. With the announcement of Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles and New York, these prayers were answered, and with far more than what we could have ever asked for.

A couple members of our staff (myself included) attended both days of the event in Los Angeles, and we tried to cover everything we could while also attending the concert events on both days. But even then, it was impossible to enjoy everything the event had to offer. So we’ll also be sharing some photos and experiences from friends who managed to attend the parts of the event we missed.


We started lining up with fans early Saturday morning, about 3 and a half hours before the event gates were due to open. The line was still short at this time, but started growing quickly soon afterwards. Everyone was excited talking to one another, and many people made new friends. There were a few fans from Japan giving away special items to visitors in the line. These ranged anywhere from Miku Halloween candy, to sweat bands and shirts (like the one pictured above).

After the gates opened, the mad rush to the Miku Monster Store began. Along the way, you could spot this overhead banner and balloons, as well as the Candy Stage area. DJ Revolution Boi was already at work playing music for guests as they walked through the exhibition gates.

My first stop at the Monster Store was the Good Smile Company booth, since I had help with getting goods from the merchandise booth. GSC had the new Halloween Miku nendoroid on display, along with some other merchandise. Included above is a photo of all the goods that were offered from their booth.

Finally, as I exited the store area, Crypton Future Media CEO Hiroyuki Itoh was about to make his opening ceremony announcement. Unfortunately, fans were too occupied waiting in lines and didn’t want to leave their spots, so he didn’t have a big audience for his opening announcements.


Back inside the main building to the center and left areas were the exhibition rooms, where various artworks and activities were on display. The Hatsune Miku Exhibition area featured various Hatsune Miku merchandise and information on the history of Hatsune Miku, as well as a demo table where fans could play the soon-to-be launched “MikuColle“, a mobile RPG game developed by Crypton. We were also able to confirm an English release sometime before 2015!

Afterwards, we headed to the Pumpkin Dome area to see the Skylight Theater, but the event was unfortunately sold out until 4:30 PM. This conflicted with our schedule to pick up our VIP concert tickets at 4:00, so we decided to go rest for a while before heading to the Nokia Theatre.


Of course, we also met some amazing cosplayers on our trip. Above are a few of the photos we took. Thanks to all cosplayers for allowing these photos!

We were roomed in at the JW Marriot next to the Nokia Theatre, so traveling to get in line for VIP ticket pickup was a non-issue. There was an amazing sense of nostalgia being back at the Nokia Theatre again. Our last visit to the venue was in 2011 for Mikunopolis. I only managed to snap one last photo inside the theater itself from the VIP pit before the concert started…


Concert photo via official Hatsune Miku Facebook page.

The concert itself was everything I could have hoped for. The audience was much livelier compared to Mikunopolis, and much more in synch for the calls and glow stick wave patterns.

The concert setlist consisted of 27 songs, 3 of which were in English. Below is the track list, thanks to hightrancesea:

01: Sharing The World feat. Hatsune Miku (English)
02: Senbonzakura feat. Hatsune Miku
03: Kocchi Muite Baby feat. Hatsune Miku
04: Koi Iro Byoutou feat. Hatsune Miku
05: Colorful Melody feat Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin
06: Fire Flower feat. Kagamine Len
07: The Butterfly on My Right Shoulder feat. Kagamine Len
08: Melancholic feat. Kagamine Rin
09: Kokoro feat. Kagamine Rin
10: Glass Wall feat. Hatsune Miku (English)
11: Torinoko City feat. Hatsune Miku
12: Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro feat. Hatsune Miku
13: Romeo and Cinderella feat. Hatsune Miku
14: Piano × Forte × Scandal feat. MEIKO
15: Pane dhiria feat. KAITO
16: Parades feat. Hatsune Miku
17: Poppippo feat. Hatsune Miku
18: The White Snow Princess Is feat. Hatsune Miku
19: Just Be Friends feat. Megurine Luka (English ver.)
20: Luka Luka Night Fever feat. Megurine Luka
21: Himitsu Keisatsu feat. Hatsune Miku
22: Yellow feat. Hatsune Miku
23: World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku
24: Melt feat. Hatsune Miku
-= Encore =-
25: Tell Your World feat. Hatsune Miku
26: Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru feat. Hatsune Miku
27: Starduster feat. Hatsune Miku


 
The VIP bonuses included the memorial Miku Expo VIP badge, a sensu (Japanese folding fan) with Crypton’s Vocaloids printed onto it, and a vinyl record of Sharing The World, the Miku Expo LA & NY theme song composed by BIGHEAD.


Following the concert event was the Halloween Dance Party, which was relocated to the Belasco Theater due to guest capacity issues. We stayed long enough to see Machigerita and BIGHEAD perform, as well as to attend the ending raffle where they gave away Miku Expo posters signed by the illustrator, Apapico. Crypton staff could also be seen walking around the dance, and there was a cute Miku plushie shrine set up on a table for fans to take photos of.

After a long day and night of activities, we had a short rest before starting the day to enjoy the VIP concert yet again, which began shortly after noon. Once we finished enjoying the concert for a second time, we headed back to the exhibition area to enjoy more of the scenery, as well as the cosplay contest event.


After the contest was finished, Crypton CEO Hiroyuki Itoh once again took the stage for the closing ceremonies, where he made a surprising announcement:

“Did everyone have fun? I’ll be back next year, here in Los Angeles. Next year, we will make it even bigger!”.

Our visit to Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles was an unforgettable experience that was an amazing followup to Mikunopolis, and we can’t wait to see what sort of plans Crypton has to make an event even bigger than this one. Thank you to Crypton Future Media and all associated company and staff for making this event possible. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

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About jrharbort
A Hatsune Miku fan since December 2007, jrharbort joined MikuFan.com 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!
  • BethanxRees

    I’m glad you had a nice time! How much merchandise did you buy? >w<

  • Zetsubo

    Funnest thing I went to this year!

  • LightOfValkyrie

    This looks like it was a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to go to this next year.

  • jrharbort

    This was everything I got from the event, although some of it was gifts from other visitors.

  • Samuel Leuenberger

    Thanks for the report.

  • jrharbort

    Some items were gifts from visitors, but here’s everything I got from the event:

  • Matthew Bluhm

    Hey, I got to meet you while waiting in line Saturday! The Expo was awesome, and here’s a thumbs up for your work from Wisconsin!

  • BenderRodriguez

    When I got there mostly everything I wanted was sold out, which might have been a good thing I would’ve been broke by the end of the day. I thought I saw you tweet that you went to Anime Jungle do you know if they sell vocaloid CDs?

  • Peanut

    I, too, went to Mikunopolis. This concert was simply amazing. I’m not a huge fan of wub wub 😉 but “Glass Wall” was my favorite song to hear in the concert, especially live. I don’t go to concerts much, if at all – the audience made this event even more amazing.

    ;_; $45 for the older Snow Miku!! FFFUUUU… When I got to the Expo the line was way too long to stand in for merch.

  • The Omega Man

    “Did everyone have fun? I’ll be back next year, here in Los Angeles. Next year, we will make it even bigger!”. – Hiroyuki Itoh (Crypton Future Media CEO) October 12, 2014

    Best quote of 2014! (I missed the closing ceremonies as I had to head to Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA for a Laker pre-season game.)

    Great report in summing up the fantastic events of the Miku Expo L.A. weekend. Looking forward to the “bigger” and hopefully better when they do come back.

  • BethanxRees

    That’s a LOT of merchandise. I’m envious.

  • jrharbort

    I’m not sure if they sell CDs, it didn’t look like it.

  • クリースタン ケヴィン

    How was the volume? Was it loud enough? I personally only enjoy concerts when it is very loud XD

  • jrharbort

    Indeed it was. I went partially deaf during the first concert, particularly in my right ear. I remembered ear plugs for the second night.

  • クリースタン ケヴィン

    I am very glad to hear that.
    I personally attended this years “Magical Mirai 2014” in Osaka and it was the same!
    I was just worrying because I want to go to the 4th concert for Miku Expo 2014 where ever it is (if you check the Miku Expo page there is still one concert to be announced) and it will probably be similar then.

  • Morleh .

    Great report! I wish I had been able to meet you, but I waited four hours in line for the merch (I got one of the last Halloween Miku Nendos! Phew!).

    Pardon the somewhat random question, but what was in the VIP goodie bag that was given out at the concert? I purchased the diamond package for the event and received a bag with some fliers and advertisements (I assumed that was the “goodie bag”. I hadn’t realized that the VIP goodie bag may have been something else entirely when I saw your picture.

    Pertaining to this topic, do you know who I may contact to inquire about this? I tried to look for a email or phone number I could use to contact the event managers, but to no avail.

  • Morleh .

    Great report! I wish I was able to meet you, but I unfortunately had to wait in the long line to purchase merch. Fortunately, I got one of the last Halloween Miku Nendos. That was close!

    Also, somewhat off topic: Do you know who I might be able to contact for not getting the goodie bag? I can’t find any way to contact the event managers. I bought the Nokia Theater Diamond package, so basically I was able to leave via the back exit after the concert (naturally, I took that exit, since it had far less people). A friend told me that the goodie bag was distributed at the “normal” exit, which is why I completely missed it. I’m pretty bummed right now!

  • jrharbort

    I posted the goods from the Miku Love VIP package in the article above. Only those who purchased the “Miku Love VIP” package could get it, however, as it could only be obtained from the standing pit exit/entrance.

  • Morleh .

    Ah, I see. Another reason for regreting my purchasing the Diamond package. Thanks for the answer.

  • Faux Pas

    This was not only my first Expo experience, but also my first concert experience! I couldn’t be happier with both! (Actually, I missed out on the Pumpkin Dome and though I saw Hiroyuki Itoh I didn’t manage to meet him directly (T^T))
    It was great meeting the Mikufan team again, as well as other great Vocaloid fans!
    I wish they gave out the VIP lanyards before the concert. I would have wanted to wear it during the concert. And remember not to rub off the decal on your glowstick!
    You guys had the right idea to go both days. I headed home Saturday night, though after the concert I didn’t want to leave. Next time I’m staying for the whole event!
    I’m super excited about next year’s announcement! Can’t wait! (>_<)

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  • Bre Fujimoto

    Thanks so much for including that last line from the Crypton President. Now I know what I’m going to save up for!

  • John Guerra

    No,there were no CDs for sale unfortunately.

  • John Guerra

    Best concert ever,I hope everyone had as much fun as I did,the setlist was perfect,I was overwhelmed with excitement every time the next song came up because I knew it,especially Kokoro(as it is my favorite song).I got a lot of merchandise,I went to the Halloween party and got some authentic Japanese Miku food!!I toured the exhibition area and got to write my name on the drawing wall.And the last thing I got to do was demonstrate my skills at Project Diva F 2nd(as I already have the JP version for both VITA and PS3)but I wasn’t as good as the guy who was in front of me though haha.Overall,this was the best experience of my life,the fanbase was and still is awesome,it made me laugh to see fans(including me)who were in the VIP pit,trying to show up on the camera screen in hopes to appear on the blu-ray release(which better come soon).I hope to see everyone again next year when Miku comes back to the States,and I hope you fellow fans in NY have as great as a time as I did! ^^

  • BenderRodriguez

    (My 1st concert & expo too)I also missed the pumpkin dome I didnt know you could buy tickets for later shows. I wish I got a picture with Itoh but I left during the cosplay contest and didn’t see him at all during the event. I was not going to use my glow stick and keep it as souvenir but the crowd was pumped up so I had to join them, when I got home I noticed half the decal smeared off.

  • Light Buster

    It was great seeing you in person. I hope that we can meet in person again.

  • I had so much fun that day, and I met so many amazing cosplayers and even Ito-san himself. I really hope they come back soon! Thanks for the recap of the event 🙂

  • Mike Crawley

    Nice stuff. The fanmade Miku LA/NY T-shirt I saw and was trying to find out where that came from. If those are available for sale, then I’d love to get one.

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