6m Tall Snow Miku Tree Lights Up the New Chitose Airport

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News — Written by Mercuryw on Monday, December 8th, 2014 @ 3:54 am

Earlier on December 6th, a Snow Miku tree was installed in the New Chitose airport. The tree was near 6 meters tall, and it was shining brilliantly in the evening. The lighting ceremony was carried by Mikudayo, accompanied with piano performance by the producer marasy(view the video here!). The tree will be right in center of the center plaza until the end of the Sapporo Snow Festival, which will be on February 11th, 2015.

In the mean time, the official Hatsune Miku blog has announced the open date for Snow Miku Sky Town, which will take place on December 20th, while the close date is yet to be mentioned. Event details can be founded in our previous article

Kimono Style ApiMiku Plushies By TAITO Announced For May 2015 Release

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Music — Written by jrharbort on Friday, December 5th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

For collectors of Hatsune Miku plushies, or fans of Appearance Miku (aka, ApiMiku) by Mamama, a new pair of ApiMiku style plushies have been announced by TAITO for release in May 2015.

Dressed in a kimono style outfit, these plushies come with two different expressions (as pictured above), and are 16cm tall. The outfit design is inspired by the popular song “Moon・Shadow・Dancing・Blossom” by Ginga HoumenP.

Since this is a TAITO product, you should be able to find it in crane-style prize machines when it’s launched, although it can also be found via online retailers in Japan (Hobby Net as one example) for 2680 Yen ($22) for the set if you don’t feel lucky, or have a friend in Japan to help you get them.

You can listen to the song that inspired the design of the plushie below.

Good Smile Company Announces Nendoroid Sakura Miku “Bloomed In Japan” Version, Preorders Now Open

Filed under: Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Friday, December 5th, 2014 @ 4:26 am

Good Smile Company has just announced some major pieces of news via nicovideo livestream, with the first being the opening on a new domestic factory within Japan, rather than overseas. Their next announcement was regarding one of the first figures entering production at this factory… The 500th Nendoroid named Nendoroid Sakura Miku: Bloomed in Japan version!

The nendoroid was shown to include three different facial expressions, her iconic flower accessory, a tray with food and drink accessories, and a pair of braided twintail parts.

She is available for preorder now via Good Smile Company’s online shop for 4500 Yen ($38 USD), and can be preordered until December 12th at 9:30 PM JST. The expected shipment period is sometime in March 2015, just in time for the sakura blooming season!

Preorder page: http://goodsmile-global.ecq.sc/gscnenwd00500.html
Product Info Page: http://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/4757/

EDIT: Orders sold out in a mere 2 hours, but Good Smile Company says they plan to reopen orders sometime in the near future. Keep an eye out for it!

Hatsune Miku Ranked 8th on TIME’s 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

In a surprising discovery just earlier today, Hatsune Miku was named #8 out of 15 characters on TIME’s 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014.

While the popularity of TIME and the mention speaks for itself, it’s interesting to see Miku placed next to characters such as Star-Lord from the recent “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, Stephen Colbert and Elsa from the film “Frozen”.

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Senbonzakura Version Now Available For Preorder

Filed under: Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 @ 10:41 am

The anticipation and long wait is finally over, as Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Senbonzakura ver. is now available for preorder. Based on the hugely popular Hatsune Miku song uploaded in 2011, the song has garnered over 8 million views on Nicovideo, and was Japan’s #1 ranked karaoke song for much of 2013. So you could say the release of a nendoroid is long overdue.

Included with the nendoroid are two face plates for a winking and smiling expression, a cherry-blossom streamer, and the bicycle from the original music video. The MSRP for the nendoroid is 4200 Yen ($35) with tax. However, Good Smile Company will not be selling the nendoroid overseas directly from their own online shop. Instead, they plan to offer the nendoroid at upcoming events.

The good news is that the nendoroid can still be ordered overseas from various online retailers. Below is a list of a few reputable sites, so take your pick!

The expected shipment period is announced for May 2015. Be sure to check out the full figure photo galleries from GSC’s product page, and Kahotan’s figure review. Haven’t seen the official music video yet? Watch below!

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