April Showers Bring DLC for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (Western Version)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Project Diva,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

When First Love Ends” Rhythm Game Song DLC

Starting today, SEGA has rolled out the first of two batches of April DLC for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (Western Version). You can now find the rhythm game songs When First Love Ends by ryo, and Marginal by OSTER project available for download from the PlayStation Network. Also available are the “Powder” and “Ha2une Miku” modules for Hatsune Miku, with the latter module having a “back to school” outfit theme.

The second batch of DLC for the month will release on April 28th, and will include swimwear modules for Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, Kaito, Meiko, Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Sakine Meiko, and Kasane Teto. The swimwear modules for Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Megurine Luka, Kaito and Meiko will also include a tanned version. Lastly, there will be two free UI skins*: “Kitty” featuring Miku and “Trick” featuring Len.

All content is cross-buy enabled, meaning that content purchased on either platform functions on both the PS3 and PS Vita, and can be purchased individually on PlayStation Network. For fans who want to own every piece of content, SEGA offers the Costume Club and Song Club, both of which offer more than 25% savings, available on the PlayStation Network.

The full gallery of screenshots and descriptions are available below. *Skins are available for free for the first 39 days after release.

Japan Airlines Flight Attendants Dance to “39 feat. Hatsune Miku”

Filed under: Events,Exhibitions,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Music — Written by jrharbort on Monday, April 13th, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

A recent promotional video shows the flight attendants of Japan Airlines (JAL) dancing to the popular Hatsune Miku song “39” in cheer style outfits, to help promote their participation at the upcoming Niconico Chokaigi event later this month.

The support and love for Hatsune Miku from a company as large as JAL is certainly something to see, and they’ve definitely attracted the interest of the Vocaloid community demographic. They will be be offering a “flight simulator” activity, along with the chance of a stepcar photo (this is a thing?) at the event. I wonder if we’ll ever see a Hatsune Miku itasha jumbo jet?

Niconico Chokaigi will take place between April 25th and 26th at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba.

Via ANN.

Fan Hatsune Miku Concert “Yozakura MIKU LIVE Party 2″ Held At Lake Ijira, Japan

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Friday, April 10th, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

One of the major topics of interest in the Vocaloid community is concert events. Nearly every fan wishes to attend one at some point, while others simply cannot attend enough of them. During the time gap between official events, or in areas where official concerts may not be seen, you will find that fans will come together to celebrate with their own miniature events.

One such event titled “Yozakura MIKU LIVE Party 2″ recently took place at Lake Ijira, Japan on April 4th, and had a gathering of at least 100 Hatsune Miku fans from local and distant areas. The event was arranged by Ijiriko and several others, and included a lunch party, 2 hour fan concert, and an astronomical observation event. The latter event was cancelled due to rain (it’s a running joke in the Japanese Vocaloid community that Hatsune Miku is a rain girl).

Another common practice seen by Hatsune Miku fans at gatherings in Japan is the “Hatsune Miku Shrine”, where fans will place their dolls, figures and plushies on a single display (as seen above). You see many original items, but also a number of fan creations and modifications, and it makes for fun photos for everyone attending.

Then of course there is the concert event itself, which now has a full upload on YouTube, courtesy of Ijirako. You can enjoy the video below! The full setlist is also available in the video description (in Japanese).

Hatsune Miku × Tomita Isao – Symphony IHATOV To Be Held in Beijing on May 20th

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 @ 6:46 am

Hatsune Miku performing “live” with Symphony Ihatov.

Well over a year since its last showing, “Hatsune Miku × Tomita Isao – Symphony IHATOV” will also be premiering in Beijing, China at the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival on May 20th, 2015 at the Century Theater. Symphony IHATOV began its first show on November 23rd, 2012 in Tokyo, and was met with positive success, leading to 4 more performances the following year in Iwate, Osaka, Shibuya and Aichi.

The news is particularly surprising to Hatsune Miku fans in China, due to apparent bans/restrictions that would make a live Hatsune Miku concert event difficult, or nearly impossible*. Friends from China didn’t even believe me at first. But under the guise of a symphonic orchestra, they probably wouldn’t suspect a “Japanese Pop Idol” in their midst.

*Current Chinese laws ban Japanese animation with the following themes: Homosexuality, sexual, Porn, Violence, Dark-Side Heroic, and Anti-government. Many Hatsune Miku songs can fall into these categories. For this reason, many Chinese fans find the possibility of a live Hatsune Miku concert in mainland China to be nearly impossible.

“Symphony Ihatov is created by composer Isao Tomita, who is known as one of the pioneers of electronic music in Japan. It is based on the poem of Ideal Town written by celebrated Japanese author Kenji Miyazawa. Tomita combined the voice of Hatsune Miku, a humanoid persona, which is also a symbolic element of contemporary Japanese pop culture, with the star video of the astronomy artist Kagaya. It will open a new and magnificent fantasy to the audience.

The world premier concert of Symphony IHATOV was held in Tokyo, and Columbia Records released Isao Tomita’s Symphony IHATOV, World Premier Live Recording. The tour started in Aug. 2013 from Iwate-Ken Hanamaki-Shi (Miyazawa’s hometown), Tokyo and Osaka to Nagoya and was successful.

Since Tomita spent his early childhood in Beijing and Qingdao, he will perform the international premiere in Beijing in May 2015. The most famous vocaloid character Hatsune Miku will perform with a hundred-member chorus from Miyazawa’s hometown and the symphony orchestra of China’s Central Conservatory of Music. The world-renowned artist Tomita, will bring you a romantic, spectacular, classical and faddish “Ideal Dream”.”

English information site: http://www.meetinbeijing.org.cn/en/showyinyue.asp?id=930

Recent News Roundup: April 1st Edition (Happy April Fools!)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Megurine Luka,Miku News,Project Diva,Software,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

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:

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

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