I would like to apologize for this being shared late on the site, despite being shared earlier on MikuFan’s other social media outlets. It was uploaded while most MikuFan staff was at Anime Expo, and I forgot to publish an article. Thank you for your understanding.
Having any sort of official Hatsune Miku concert event far outside of Japan is not easy, and such events like Mikunopolis in Los Angeles in 2011 required the sponsorship support of Toyota to make it happen. So with the news of Crypton hosting an entire expo dedicated to Miku on top of a concert, you can imagine a lot of work is involved in the process.
Thanks to this documentary video from the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel, we get an in depth look at what it took to make such an event possible. With Miku Expo in Los Angeles and New York scheduled for this October, and a 4th unannounced location, this is a great look into what fans can expect to see when attending these events.
The MikuBook FindMe campaign is also still open for choosing the 4th Miku Expo location, so cast your vote if you haven’t already!
The previously announced Mikucha application for Android (now going by the name Mikuture) has finally exited beta testing, and is now available via the Google Play store. The application is still free to use, and now has an English interface option on the home screen. The application filesize has also been optimized, and runs much smoother than earlier versions.
If you previously installed the beta using Deploygate, please remove Mikuture through Deploygate, and remove the Deploygate application if no longer needed. You can now install Mikuture through the Play Store application.
Mikuture, developed by Sorasu, is an augmented reality photo application featuring Appearance Miku, and runs on devices running Android 4.0 and up. An iOS release is planned very soon.
If you are constantly using VocaDB.net like myself to search information on various Vocaloid producers, songs, albums or artists, then you may have experienced how inconvenient using the site on mobile can be. Thankfully, a new mobile app has been released for Android, and possibly soon for Windows Phone (iOS is a possibility).
The VocaDB app presents information in a much more streamlined interface, and is a must-have application for any Vocaloid media enthusiast. It is available for free via the Google Play Store, and requires Android 4.0 and up.
Japan Expo in Paris took place this year at the North Paris-Villepinte Exposition Park, from July 2nd through July 6th. The official Hatsune Miku booth, as mentioned before, contained the life-size Hatsune Miku figure(design by iXima), illustrations by many popular illustrators, and commemorative photo spot(booth BJ46). The official Miku goods store located at another booth(booth BJ47), which is only a few steps away from the Miku booth. An album has been posted on the official facebook page on the first day of the event, which can be seen here.
For daily events, there were Hatsune Miku Cosplay Show and Pocket Miku sales, at booth BJ46(Miku) and booth BJ37(Gakken Marketing), in consecutive order. The show started at 1:00 pm and ended at 2:00 pm. On Day 2 of the event, there was a Hatsune Miku V3 Vocal Synthesizer workshop, started from 11:30 pm to 12:30 pm.
Fans at Japan Expo also got to see Vocaloid Opera “THE END”. The projection took place at the video room, started from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm on July 3rd. Meanwhile, as an alternate option, fans can also watch THE END on French public channel known as “France 4″ at 23:30 pm on July 5th. Special thanks to Vocaloid.fr for information regarding THE END broadcast.
On the 4th day, there was a Hatsune Miku Quiz organized by Crypton Future Media at booth BJ46, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. There were also Vocaloid quiz and Karaoke organized by Vocaloid.fr on the last day of the event(booth AR34). The lucky winner got to walk away with Snow Miku Figma as a prize.
For extra information, you can visit Japan Expo or Vocaloid.fr website for brief schedules available online. Or even a floor map.
In a live stream earlier today, SEGA announced that the Project Diva game series has totaled 2.5 million units in sales. The series also just celebrated its 5th anniversary today on July 2nd.
Another big announcement was regarding the western release of an enhanced version of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 for the Nintendo 3DS titled “Project Mirai Remix” (working title), with a scheduled release due sometime in 2015.. Since the second game release also included the songs from the first, it would make sense for the Western release of Project Mirai to start with the second game in the series. This is also the first time a Hatsune Miku game has been released on a Nintendo console outside of Japan.
The details of these “enhancements” are yet to be revealed, but the game will still have all the features of the Japanese release:
Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix features characters rendered in beautiful stereoscopic 3D, with two different rhythm game modes (button and touch) and three difficulties per song. Players will enjoy a highly customizable experience with user customization options for button icons and sounds, character costumes and gear for the character rooms. Players can create and share personalized player cards that show off who you are as well as create customized dance routines to the songs, your own musical phrase and personalized comments about their favorite in-game videos, all via StreetPass. The game also utilizes the AR card and photo capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS to bring characters to life in 3D.
Via SEGA and Gematsu
I am happy to announce that MikuFan.com staff will be returning to Anime Expo again this year from July 3rd~6th, and we will be hosting another prize giveaway! This year, we are collaborating with We Love Fine to host an event called #WeLoveMikuFan, where we will hand out Hatsune Miku T-shirts to winning participants of the event.
The shirt up for grabs has the “I Am Your Melody” design, an award winning illustration by Krit for the fan design contest. Click the image below for details.
How To Participate
During the convention, I will tweet hints to our location at random times. You can see these hints by following MikuFan.com on twitter (@jrharbort), or by following the hashtag #WeLoveMikuFan
After you have successfully located our position, you will be awarded with a voucher that can be redeemed at the WeLoveFine company booth (tables 1219, 1221 and 1223) in the Anime Expo Exhibition Hall.
Prize quantities will be limited, so don’t miss out! See you there!