Apr 162019
 

Picture via @goodsmileracing

During last night’s news stream by Goodsmile Racing, the design for this year’s Thailand Cheer version of Racing Miku 2019 was announced! The design by @Annin_Oiko features Racing Miku with the usual tanned look, along with a sailor-outfit inspired 2 piece bikini and umbrella. She’s absolutely cute!

This design will be featured in upcoming merchandise, as well as at this year’s Round 4 race in Thailand for the SUPER GT 2019 competition. A figure is also likely to be announced sometime later, so stay tuned for those updates!

Trivia: Thailand version Racing Miku has been a reoccurring idea since the first design in 2014.

Apr 142019
 

As quoted by one of Goodsmile Racing’s own reporters, last night’s SUPER GT Sound 1 race in Okayama was… A strange one. The rainy weather was among the worst we’ve seen in any races to date, and resulted in many delays and accidents during the race. All of this eventually led to the early finish of the race at 31/82 laps completed, as there would have been no way to finish the race by 17:30, by regulation.

Although Goodsmile Racing suffered some minor damage to their rear bumper after a collision by two other nearby cars, they were still able to race. But the early race finish resulted in GSR placing 9th overall. This ranking was bumped to 8th after a confirmed penalty on the #11 car (the GAINER TANAX GT-R).

All drivers in the top 10 received half points for an incomplete race, resulting in GSR having a total of 1 and a half (1.5!) points. Quite an unusual race with an unusual score result. Here’s to hoping Round 2 in Fuji has better weather! That race will take place May 3rd~4th. Fight, GSR!



Apr 122019
 

Good Smile Company has shared the date for the Snow Miku 2020 livestream event, where they plan to reveal some of the preliminary Snow Miku 2020 fan submitted designs for voting! The livestream event will take place on May 9th at 7:00 PM JST (May 9th @ 3:00 AM PST) on Nicovideo and YouTube.

If they continue previous tradition, they should allow voting both during the livestream event, and via an online poll. Livestream voting must be done via the Nicovideo stream, so be sure to watch there if you’d like to put in an early vote! We’ve also embedded the YouTube stream below.

Here’s the full list of the livestream event topics:
– Magical Mirai 2019
– Racing Miku 2019
– New products
– Snow Miku 2020

Nicovideo Link: https://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv319510808

Apr 072019
 

Sad and unfortunate news has broken today that the well-known Vocaloid producer and guitarist wowaka has died at the age of 31. The announcement comes from the official news site for the band Hitorie, for which wowaka was the guitarist and vocalist. He passed away in his sleep from acute heart failure on April 5th.

The recent tour announced by his band Hitorie will be suspended, and information will be provided tomorrow to those that bought tickets on how they can receive a refund. Hitorie staff and band members are still coming to terms with the news, so people are asked to please be patient.

Funeral services will be held in private.

wowaka was well known in the Vocaloid community for popular songs such as Rolling Girl, World’s End Dance Hall, Unhappy Refrain, and more recently, Unknown Mother Goose for Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary. He will be remembered and dearly missed by many, and we wish our deepest sympathies for his friends and family.

Rest in Peace, wowaka.

Hitorie News Post: https://www.hitorie.jp/news/#505751

Apr 072019
 

COLLABO is back again with the latest Hatsune Miku merchandise, and this time we have a shoulder bag fully styled in Hatsune Miku theme! The Hatsune Miku-theme shoulder bag features a striking design resembling Miku’s iconic sleeves, coupled with an embedded “01” icon on the shoulder-strap as a finishing touch. On the side of the bag is a small pocket in a perfect-fit size for a glow stick.

Preorders are available now until April 21st, 2019 at 23:59 JST, with the price set at 25,000 yen (tax excluded). Preorders via COCOLLABO site will come with a limited preorder bonus based on a visual by SOGAWA, the talented artist in charge of the promotional art. Shipping will begin in late August.

Please note that shipping outside Japan requires friends or a proxy.

Hatsune Miku x COCOLLABO special site
https://www.cocollabo.net/shop/pages/Hatsunemikushoulderbag.aspx
Preorder now!
https://www.cocollabo.net/shop/g/gcchm0154-bdb/