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!

Feb 232021
 

Apple Japan has released a new Mac commercial today with the theme of “Made in Japan by using Mac”. The commercial showcases various creations from prefectures across Japan that use Mac computers to bring their projects to reality, and one spot in the middle of the commercial stands out to us: Hatsune Miku makes her spotlight appearance in an Apple Mac commercial for the first time!

Starting at 0:19 into the commercial, Miku makes her surprise appearance with the text “北海度でつくる” (Made in Hokkaido). This brief 1 second scene features a clip taken from the MV for the Miku Expo 5th anniversary theme song “Lucky☆Orb“. This of course is a nod towards Crypton Future Media, which is based in Sapporo. The MV animator, Kasoku Sato, is based in Tokyo.

EDIT: It has been mentioned the commercial is 39 seconds long, which may also be making a reference to Miku. Could be coincidence, but still cool to know!

All in all, it’s exciting to see Hatsune Miku included in a promotion by yet another major tech company! What do you think of Hatsune Miku collaborating with tech companies, and are there any other collaborations you hope to see happen? Feel free to discuss below!

Feb 102021
 

WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU 32 has kicked off with its usual bang, and brought us some new and exciting Hatsune Miku figure reveals and announcements! Before we get to those, however, it is important to note that Nendoroid and figma Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. are both available for order and preorder right now from the Good Smile Company online shops. The Nendoroid is available for immediate order in limited quanitities, afterwards normal preorders will be taken until March 29th, so act quick!

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. Preorder Links
Goodsmile USA
Good Smile Online Shop

figma Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. Preorder Links
Goodsmile USA
Good Smile Online Shop

 

New Figure Announcements

 

Title: Hatsune Miku: Land of the Eternal
Scale: 1/8 Scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA
Other notes: Based on artwork by RELLA

Title: Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2021 ver.
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company/Goodsmile Racing
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: Hatsune Miku: Virtual Pop Star Ver.
Scale: 1/7 Scale
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date & Price: TBA
Other notes: Based on artwork by Mikimoto

Title: Hatsune Miku: Love is War Refined Ver.
Scale: 1/8 Scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: HELLO GOOD SMILE Hatsune Miku/Kagamine Rin/Kagamine Len
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku (New Series)
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Via WHL4U

Jan 112021
 


The Kickstarter campaign for Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has finally come to a close, and reached an impressive 245% of the original project goal! The initial goal of 25 Million Yen was reached within the first 9 hours of the Kickstarter going live, and finished with a total of 61,265,492 Yen from 3,588 backers. This was enough to complete all stretch goals, and allows for the fully fledged AR concert experience this Summer. Here’s the details!

▼ Event name
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2021 Online

▼ Date and time
– Early June 2021
*Detailed date and time will be announced at a later date

▼ Concert information
– AR online concert by Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters
– The set list consists of 16 songs including the winning song of the song contest.
– Free delivery from Sapporo to domestic and overseas
*Detailed information including how to participate will be announced at a later date.

▼ Sub-event information *Details will be announced at a later date
① MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2021 Online
An online club event featuring artists that are active in various regions both inside and outside Japan.
② #MikuWorldGallery
An online gallery displaying fan art of Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters posted from all over the world via the SNS hashtag project “#MikuWorldGallery”.
③ LET’S PAINT 3.0
An online project that allows you to color your own 3D model of Hatsune Miku on a white background with your personal smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, the official music video for the Miku Expo 2021 Online theme song “Highlight” has been released! The music was composed by KIRA, the illustrations were done by Ekkoberry, and the video was put together by Riguruma.

Lastly, a new main visual artwork for Miku Expo 2021 Online has been released, and is the second main visual drawn by ryota. This illustration will be featured in goods sent as rewards to the Kickstarter backers. The Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako has also been published,

Miku Expo 2021 Online main visual by ryota

Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako

Via CFM

Jan 082021
 

Photo via trafficnews.jp, Hatsune Miku, © Crypton Future Media

Hatsune Miku Airport? The name has a chance at becoming reality, thanks to a list of new names proposed for Sapporo City’s small airport.

Most travel to Sapporo tends to be done through the much larger New Chitose airport, as it is capable of landing and takeoff of much larger aircraft. But residents of Hokkaido are familiar with Sapporo’s own airport, currently named Okadama Airport. There are plans to expand the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, which would allow more direct travel to the popular city. This plan for expansion also brought along the idea of renaming the airport to better represent the city.

“Hello, where will you be traveling today?”
“Hatsune Miku Airport”
←Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

“Hatsune Miku Airport” is one of 10 different names currently on the table for consideration. It would make a nice nod of recognition towards Crypton Future Media, the creators of Hatsune Miku, which was founded and currently still operates in Sapporo City.

Photo via trafficnews.jp

Other names on the list for consideration by Sapporo City are “Sapport”, “Snow Air”, “Sapporo Yuki Matsuri Airport”, and “Sapporo Clock Airport” (after Sapporo’s famous clock tower building).

Via trafficnews.jp

Jan 052021
 

The song contest for the next Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai in 2021 is now open for entries! The contest is open starting today and until February 23rd JST, and features a grand prize of 2 concert tickets to Magical Mirai (or a set of event goods), 100,000 Yen in Sonicwire credit, and having your song featured at the live event! If you’re interested in participating, check out the contest entry details below.

Magical Mirai 2021 Song Contest Prizes

Grand Prize (1 winner): 2 tickets to the Magical Mirai event (travel expenses covered by the winner) OR a set of exhibition goods from the event. 100,000 JPY in Sonicwire credit, and song featured at the live event.
Runner-up Prize (Several winners possible): 30,000 JPY in Sonicwire credit

Entry Dates

Deadline: February 23rd at 5:00 PM JST.
Winner Announcement Date: April~May 2021

Contest Details

>Theme: None
>Number of works to be adopted: 1

Target Virtual Singer Software

Hatsune Miku / Kagamine Rin / Kagamine Len / Megurine Luka / MEIKO / KAITO
* Append, V3, V4X, NT can also be used (including ENGLISH, CHINESE)
* Only one character can be used per work.

Eligibility

Piapro registrants who can follow all of Piapro’s Terms of Service and the “application method” and “application rules” of this collaboration.

Post Format

Song Length: 4 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
>The submitted song must be an original song, and not tied to any publisher contracts. Genre and language of the song does not matter.
>Please apply without license conditions (required).

Example of incorrect and correct license setting on Piapro submission.

Remarks

>We are looking for songs that Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO will sing alone.
*Songs that use vocal sound sources or sampling voices (including human voices) that are not the main vocal characters, including choruses and shouts, are not eligible for application.
>You can post as many works as you like.

Notes

>If you announce your submitted work to other SNS / posting sites other than Piapro during the recruitment period, you will not be selected.
* There is no particular problem with posting to other SNS / posting sites after the results are announced.
>Be sure to post the lyrics along with the song. (In the description of the song post works best)
>Music works are converted after submission, and works that have been converted after the deadline will not be selected. The conversion process may take a long time or may fail, so please post with plenty of time.
*The “Posting date” displayed on the work page is the “Time when the submission was accepted”. It is not the time when the conversion was completed.
>Works that are not displayed in the work list on the official Piapro collaboration page will not be selected. Please make sure that it is reflected.

How to submit

  • Have an account registered on Piapro.jp
  • Please be absolutely sure to include and lock the art submission tag – “マジカルミライ2021_楽曲” (without quotes).
  • Please be absolutely sure to submit your design without any licenses. During the submission process, please choose the “Upload without licenses” checkbox at the bottom.

-> Click Here To Begin Submission Application <-

Best of luck to all contest participants!

Magical Mirai 2021 Song Contest Details→ https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magical2021_musiccontest/detail