jrharbort

A Hatsune Miku fan since December 2007, jrharbort joined MikuFan.com as the Head Writer in October 2011, and enjoys sharing news with other fans around the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @jrharbort!

Oct 192020
 

The official Snow Miku 2021 website received a big update today, with a new main visual art, theme song information, themed train planning and more!

The chosen illustrator for the beautiful Snow Miku 2021 main visual art was necömi, well known for their contributions to character designs for vtubers, figures, game characters and more. It’s certainly a beautiful and festive design for the season!

It has also been announced that Heavenz will be in charge of the Snow Miku 2021 theme song. Heavenz has been involved in the Vocaloid/Virtual Singer music scene since 2008, and is well known for Rock and Ballad song styles. Notable masterpieces include “Strangers” and “Even If It’s Your Happiness“. We can’t wait to see the song they’ll create for the special occasion.

Previous year photo

The ever-popular Snow Miku train will be returning again this year! The train is typically wrapped with the Snow Miku figma and Nendoroid designs, and can be seen making its rounds daily in central Sapporo city.

The train will be in operation from November 21st, 2020 through March 24th, 2021. The operation times are 7:0 AM ~ 6:00 PM daily.

For those wanting to experience what riding in the street train is like, there is a new “Snow Miku Train VR” experience in development! The project plans to allow you to view the photoshoot session of the train in VR, plus observe what it’s like to ride from the train driver’s seat in VR from your PC and smartphone! Futher details of the Snow Miku Train VR will be announced when it’s ready, so stay tuned.

A Snow Miku snow sculpture will be on display again next year at Odori Park from February 4th~11th. Don’t miss out on the chance to capture a photo, and enjoy the evening light shows!

The exhibition, goods booths, workshops and more have been moved to a new location for next year. Rather than the Sapporo Factory Hall, the exhibition activities will be held in Wing Bay Otaru in the nearby city of Otaru. The exhibition will be located on the 4th floor of the venue. You can locate it at the following address → 小樽市築港11番

Lastly, an Official Tour package has been announced, but so far only for domestic visitors. The package will include usual tour-exclusive goods, as well as the Snow Miku 2021 Nendoroid. Further details of the options will be announced at a later date.

The Snow Miku 2021 festival is a yearly celebration held alongside the Sapporo Snow Festival. It will be held from February 4th~11th 2021.

Snow Miku 2021 Official Site → https://snowmiku.com/2021/

Oct 132020
 

Starting on September 9th, 2020, Hatsune Miku was appointed as a Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter in Japan, joining a team of eight other representatives to help spread awareness of ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier today, a video message featuring Hatsune Miku was uploaded and posted to the official Coronavirus prevention site in Japan. Check out the video above!

Official Japanese Coronavirus Countermeasure Site → https://corona.go.jp/

The team includes several sports athletes, doctors, CEOs of high-profile Japanese companies, the Pepper robot from Softbank Robotics, and of course the virtual singer Hatsune Miku herself. She will serve her position as representative until March 31st, 2021. We may hear other news or messages along the way until then, so stay tuned!

Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter Team

Via CFM and Corona.go.jp

Oct 082020
 

Crypton Future Media has announced plans via their official Miku Expo Twitter account to launch a crowdfunding campaign to power the next Miku Expo event in 2021, which will be held online. The event will be made free to all viewers, but seeks to use crowdfunding to bring the best online experience possible using the latest technologies.

Exhibitions and work shops will also be held online this time around to create a safe but fun environment for participants from all over the world. Crowdfunding for the event is expected to begin Mid-November of 2020. More info on this is expected to be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!

Oct 012020
 

The vibrantly cute and futuristic Hatsune Miku: Kentaro Yabuki x osoba ver. 1/7 scale figure from Max Factory is now available for preorder from Good smile Company’s online shop, and other online stores!

A scale figure of Miku based on an incredibly cute design by Kentaro Yabuki!
Kentaro Yabuki’s futuristic Hatsune Miku design has been recreated as a scale figure under the complete supervision of Kentaro Yabuki himself! Her dynamic pose, detailed hair recreated with translucent parts and delicate paintwork, futuristic outfit and the figure’s stunning base have all be created with the utmost attention to detail. Be sure to add her to your collection!

The figure is available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop (Global and USA) for 20,000 JPY ($191 USD), and is available for preorder until November 26th at 12:00 PM JST. The expected shipping period is December 2021. You can also grab her from these other online shops!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan (Pending)

Sep 302020
 

The long-awaited release of Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku is finally here! The game is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. While it’s only officially released in Japan, the game is still playable as long as you can either side-load the game (Android) or register a Japan region account (iOS). We’re hoping it will eventually get a release outside of Japan as well!

Project Sekai Official Site → https://pjsekai.sega.jp/
Official Twitter → https://twitter.com/pj_sekai

Download (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Download (iOS): https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/プロジェクトセカイ-カラフルステージ-feat-初音ミク/id1489932710

The game was a joint effort by SEGA and Colorful Palette, using a lot of talent behind the popular BanG Dream! Girls Band Party mobile game. Let’s take a look at the announcements that came with this release!

1: 20 Songs Added Over 20 Days Campaign

Over the period of the next 20 days, starting October 1st (JST), a new song will be added to the game every day at 3:00 PM! Be sure to grab them and try them out as soon as they’re released.

2: 39 Login Campaign

Everyone who logs into the game during the promotion period will receive 300 crystals daily, which can be repeated for up to 13 days to receive a total of 3900 crystals! This daily login promotion ends October 30th at 3:59 AM JST.

3: Release Commemorative Live

To commemorate the game’s release, virtual live events featuring Project Sekai characters will be hosted ingame daily from September 30th ~ October 6th, JST! These performances will be held 6 times a day at the following times: 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:00 PM. The final show will be at 12:00 AM on October 7th.

4: Enjoy Virtual Live Together Campaign

By inviting friends to private rooms for the virtual live events, you can earn up to an additional 200 crystals per day! This promotion runs for the same time period as the Commemorative Live. The rewards are as follows: 2~5 people rewards 50 crystals, 6~10 people rewards 100 crystals, 11 or more people rewards 200 crystals.

5: Release Commemorative Gacha

A commemorative gacha featuring Hatsune Miku and other virtual singers, as well as Project Sekai characters is being held until October 9th at 2:59 PM JST. When using the “10 times” gacha selection, there is guaranteed to be at least one 3-star member reward. And for the first time, 4-star members will come with their live outfits attached.

Via Piapro Blog