Apr 302019
 

Today, May 1st, 2019, marks the end of the Heisei(平成) Era in Japan, and the start of the Reiwa(令和) Era as Emperor Akihito abstained from his position as emperor of Japan, and his son Naruhito succeeded to the throne as Japan’s new emperor. Over the past weeks, many in Japan and around the world took to media to reflect what the Heisei Era brought to the world, and look forward to what the Reiwa Era will bring.

Hatsune Miku was one of many amazing creations born in Japan during the Heisei Era of rule. Crypton Future Media, the creators of Hatsune Miku, Twitter, as well as various Hatsune Miku fans came up with some creative ways to express their thoughts and ideas! Below are some of the tweets and articles we found regarding Hatsune Miku and the beginning of Japan’s new era.

One of our favorites was illustrator Sudachi having Hatsune Miku announce the new Reiwa Era, all while she’s confused and has no idea what’s going on. It’s both cute and hilarious!

Twitter of Japan recognized Hatsune Miku as an important part of the Heisei Era history. Being born in 2007, Hatsune Miku helped shape a new way for us to enjoy making and listening to music. It was also the year that Twitter introduced retweets and hashtags, giving #初音ミク fans a new way to share and communicate online.

Advertisement posters were published on trains in Japan, showing remembrance for Hatsune Miku as one of the creations from the Heisei Era. While Hatsune Miku train advertisements are nothing new, they’re always nice to see, especially in-person!

Illustrator Wana created this illustration honoring some of the legendary Vocaloid songs created during the Heisei Era. Here we can see Melt, Senbonzakura, Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru and more!

Illustrator Pentagon drew Hatsune Miku in a special celebratory kimono, expressing his thanks for being able to meet Hatsune Miku during the Heisei Era. Beautiful!

Illustrator Daidou also drew an illustration to express his thanks to the Heisei Era for bringing Hatsune Miku into this world. Yet another lovely illustration!

Apr 262019
 

Nico Nico Chokaigi (Nico Nico Super Meeting) starts today (April 27th, JST), and runs until April 28th @ 5:00 PM JST at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba! This is the same venue where Magical Mirai 2019 in Tokyo will take place later this year.

Nico Nico Chokaigi Homesite: https://chokaigi.jp/2019/

Hatsune Miku is making various appearances and participating in several collaborations for this year’s event, so here’s a quick summary of them!

Mikudayo, Yuki Mikudayo and Rabbit Yukine will be making appearances together at Makuhari Messe hall 7 on April 27th at 11:30 / 15:00 /17:00 JST, and April 28th at 11:30 / 14:00 / 16:00! They will gather near the Crypton Future Media booth, and photos for SNS are more than welcome!

Those who are following the Rabbit Yukine twitter will be able to receive a free card-sized sticker, as well as a free Megurine Luka clear file at Crypton Future Media’s booth! There’s also 10 different illustrations of Megurine Luka hidden at Crypton Future Media’s booth. Find all 10 and post them on twitter with the specified hashtag for a chance to win a not-for-sale sketchbook!

Rabbit Yukine Twitter: https://twitter.com/rabbityukine

The main visual for the Super Kabuki performance has been released! Kabuki actor Nakamura Kodo and virtual singer Hatsune miku will be performing again this year at Nico Nico Chokaigi, their 3d performance since 2016! This collaboration fuses real and virtual images together in an amazing visual spectacle!

Some tickets will be available on-site.

Collaboration Site: https://chokabuki.jp/minamiza/


 

Thermaltake and TSUKUMO are collaborating together at Crypton Future Media’s booth! The main visual for this collaboration was created by iXima.

Promotional videos with the theme of “Hatsune Miku’s PC room” featuring the song NetTirnanog by lumo will be played at a real-life mockup of Miku’s gaming room at Crypton Future Media’s booth. Novelties are also being distributed, so be sure to stop by!


 

Hatsune Miku is also collaborating with JAL (Japan Airlines)! Miku appears in a promotional music video for the song 1フェムトの大空 by Hyadain,, with vocal work done by TakaP!

Check out the embedded music video above!

Via Piapro blog

Apr 262019
 

A new Hatsune Miku model has been released for MikuMikuDance, created by Muubu! This extra-cute model has been developed by Muubu for over a year, and is now being released for download as a trial (unfinished) version for the first time.

Muubu notes that there’s several known issues with the model, which will be addressed in future updates. The model is available for download from Piapro, and follows the Piapro usage license. We can’t wait to see what animations will come out featuring this adorable model!

Model download: https://piapro.jp/t/2h56

MikuMikuDance is a 3D choreography tool, available for download here: https://sites.google.com/view/evpvp/

Apr 242019
 

The 1/7 scale “Racing Miku 2018: Challenging to the TOP” figure by Aquamarine is now available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop, and various online stores!

The Songstress of the Circuit racing to the top!

From the “Hatsune Miku GT Project” comes Racing Miku 2018: Challenging to the TOP! Illustrator Kanzaki Hiro’s Racing Miku design has been brought to life. Her fluttering twintails feature vivid gradation while the details of her costume such as the fur and gold decorations have been carefully captured. Be sure to add her to your collection!

Racing Miku 2018: Challenging to the TOP is now available from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 14,800 Yen ($134 USD), and will be available for preorder until May 23rd, 2019 at 12:00 PM JST. She’s expected to ship in September 2019. She’s also available from the other online stores listed below!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Supports MikuFan!)
> Hobby Link (Supports MikuFan!)
> CDJapan (Supports MikuFan!)
> Good Smile Company
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan

Official Product Page: https://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/8282/

Apr 242019
 

A new visual for Hatsune Miku Symphony 2019 has been released, depicting Miku in a royal chair drawn by the artist Rella! Stand by her side is MEIKO, whom will be celebrated her 15th anniversary together with the symphony this year, says CFM’s Wataru Sasaki.

In addition to the new visual release, the Blu-ray & CD for the previous symphony “Hatsune Miku Symphony 2018-2019 Orchestral Live” has been released today. A short version of one of the songs performed “Girls’ Friendship” by Mitchie M, has also been released to celebrate the release, showing off the bond between Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka.

Hatsune Miku symphony 2019 will be held in Yokohama and Osaka in October 14th and December 23rd, respectively. If you haven’t grabbed the previous symphony’s Blu-ray & CD, we also got you covered.

> Hatsune Miku Symphony 2018-2019 Orchestral Live Blu-ray on CDJapan
> Hatsune Miku Symphony 2018-2019 Orchestral Live CD on CDJapan

Hatsune Miku Symphony official site: https://sp.wmg.jp/mikusymphony/

Via Warner Music Japan