Nov 192019
 

The results are now in for the Miku Expo 5th anniversary song contest! Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner “AlexTrip Sands“, the two runner-ups “Turbo” and “potatoTeto“, and one honorable mention “Lorenly“! This year’s song contest accepts songs in any languages, so you may find yourself in for a surprise!

Expect the Grand Prize winner on the stage at Miku Expo 2020 European tour in January 2020, and the two runner-ups and one honorable mention via Miku Expo 5th anniversary song contest SONOCA. Stay tuned for more info!

Grand Prize

Runner-ups

Honorable Mention

Miku Expo 2020 EUROPE: https://mikuexpo.com/europe2020/
Miku Expo 5th Anniversary Song Contest: https://mikuexpo.com/5thcontest/

Nov 142019
 

A new Hatsune Miku prize figure is hitting the arcades in time for the Winder season! Releasing this month from TAITO is the Hatsune Miku: Winter Live ver. prize figure, and with no less than 3 variations!

The illustration for this festive figure was drawn by Anko Taku, featuring Miku in a parade marching band style outfit with a microphone! The original outfit version will be releasing at arcades and online stores everywhere *sometime* this month. There is also an alternate red-skirted version that will be exclusive to SEGA arcades. Lastly, the 3rd version with eyes closed will be exclusive to TAITO’s online crane prize service.

This figure is part of a 3 release series, which began last month with the release of the Winter Live ver. Kagamine Rin prize figure, and next month in December will see the release of the Kagamine Len: Winter Live ver. figure!

Nov 082019
 

Now this was a genius idea: A Racing Miku themed talking coin bank, where Miku grabs your coins and stores them safely for you! The manufacturer SHINE thought to make exactly this with not just one, or even two, but FOUR versions to choose from! These adorable chatting coin banks are now available for preorder.

A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank!
A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank! Place a coin down and Racing Miku will peek out from the box and take your coin! She’ll say all kinds of phrases or even sing as she moves her hand to take your coin! Each color variation comes with 3 different kinds of stickers.

The coin bank is available for preorders until around early December 2019 from most online stores, and is typically priced for about 4,000 Yen ($40). It’s expected to ship in January 2020. Check it out from these online stores!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Supports MikuFan! Save 11% on 11/11 with code W1111)
> Good Smile US Shop
> Amazon Japan

Lastly, here’s a preview of how it works from SHINE on Twitter!

Nov 052019
 

Goodsmile Racing finished the season finale of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi in 5th position after struggling during the qualifying session the previous day and were out of championship contention as they failed to secure pole position. The team qualified in 7th.

The race went underway with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG overtaking the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R at the start of the race. There were overtakes here and there as teams have been let go of all their success ballast in the shortest race of the season at only 250 kilometres or 53 laps.

The #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R suffered an engine failure on the 15th lap forcing the car to retire. No Safety car was deployed.

As the race reached its halfway point, teams started to do their pit stops. This would play an important role to the position of when cars would come out of the pitlane especially with a championship at risk in both categories.

While the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 was sitting comfortably in a good position to win the championship. Meanwhile in GT500 the fight was still on for the championship with the #37 Keeper TOM’s LC500 leading the race and the #6 WAKO’s LC500 needing at least 2nd place to secure the championship. The latter would then overtake the #36 au TOM’s after a late lunge and both cars going off the track.

In the end, the #37 Keeper TOM’s won the race but the #6 WAKO’s won the championship in the GT500 category by just 2 points. Meanwhile in GT300 the #65 Leon AMG was hoping for a third consecutive win at Motegi but suddenly, the car slowed down as it was reaching the finish line. The car has run out of fuel! And the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R snatched the win from them! The #55 ARTA NSX would secure the championship finishing in fourth place followed by the #4 Miku AMG in fifth place.

Goodsmile Racing has placed 4th in the drivers’ championship standing. It was still an impressive finish even after struggling with race pace and strategies. ARTA has got their redemption after losing to the title last year to Leon. A provisional 2020 calendar was unveiled which would see the return of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013 and will be Super GT’s first ever night race.

The season may be over but there will be one more race which is the Super GT x DTM Dream Race where GT500 cars would once again take on the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters that is happening on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fuji International Speedway. This is a non-championship race, so it does not affect the standings. GT300s will also be racing in a separate support race during the weekend.

Until then, Fight GSR!

Nov 012019
 

Taito Toys has just announced the latest addition to the Hatsune Miku prize figure line – a new Sakura Miku prize figure based on the design by iXima! She comes adorned with additional Sakura flowers to her lightly-colored twintails, a noticeably larger pair of her signature cherry hair holders, and her very own Sakura-shaped stand.

She’ll be available via the local arcades by spring 2020. Alternatively, you can find her from the many online retailers when she’s available.

Taito Prize 
https://www.taito.co.jp/prize
Taito Toys on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/Taito_Toys