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!

Dec 172020
 

The Nendoroid celebrating 5 years of Hatsune Miku Symphony, and co-designed by Rella, is finally here and ready for preorder!

From “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” comes a Nendoroid of Hatsune Miku based off of the main visual from the full orchestra concert “Hatsune Miku Symphony 2020 ~5th Anniversary~”. The Nendoroid faithfully captures the beautiful design originally illustrated by Rella. She comes with two face plates including a smiling expression and an expression with closed eyes.

Her gramophone-inspired dress has been recreated in detail with translucent parts and gold paintwork. The Nendoroid also comes included with a box-style stand that can also be used as a storage box. Additionally, a joined hands part that can be used with Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Symphony 2018-2019 Ver. (sold separately) to display them holding hands is included as well. Be sure to add her to your collection!



There is also a comment from the costume illustrator, Rella:

Once again, congratulations to Hatsune Miku Symphony on its 5th Anniversary! For this special occasion, I designed the symphony version of Hatsune Miku in a gramophone-inspired outfit. The gramophone is “a device for recording and reproducing sound.” Using the gramophone as a base, I aimed to create a somewhat different outfit for Miku that fit the Hatsune Miku Symphony theme of orchestral performances of Vocaloid masterpieces.

When I saw the initial painted prototype, I was so happy to see that so much attention to detail was put into the figure, and that the gold, pearl and transparent textures of her outfit were preserved beautifully in Nendoroid form! Thank you, Good Smile Company!

The nendoroid is available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 7800 Yen ($74.99 USD), and will be available for preorder until January 28th at 12:00 PM JST, and GSC shop orders will also get an exclusive 5th anniversary base. She’s expected to ship out in August of 2021, but the uncertainty of COVID-19 may cause delays in overseas shipments. A safer bet for overseas buyers would be Tokyo Otaku Mode, but it does end up a bit more expensive (and no bonus base).

> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> Good Smile Company (Global)
> Good Smile Company (North America)

Dec 152020
 
初音ミク あみぐるトレインPR動画(USストア用)
初音ミク あみぐるトレインPR動画(USストア用)

Crypton Future Media’s latest mobile game “Hatsune Miku Amiguru Train” is now available to download and play for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store!

App Store → https://apps.apple.com/app/id1519155673
Play Store → https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.crypton.train

The game features the Piapro Characters Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin & Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO and KAITO as adorable hand-stitched plushies, or “Amigurumi”, that race along on various styled “carts”. You play the game simply by swiping left or right to move your character through the race track to collect useful items and avoid obstacles.

You’ll level up and collect new amigurumi and carts as you play. There’s 27 character styles and 36 carts in total to collect. Rabbit Yukine might also make an appearance in the game!

Crypton Future Media’s game development staff says they’ve made the game style to be over-the-top cute in style, and easy and fun to play. Feel free to give it a try when you have the time!

The game requires iOS9 or higher on Apple devices, and Android 5.0 or higher on Android.

Via CFM

Dec 022020
 

MIKULAND is making a return this Winter with Snow World 2021, and with it a new VR and AR amusement park experience! The virtual event will be held February 6th~7th 2021 via VirtualCast and HoloModels. The main visual art promoting this event was drawn by @choco_ikarashi.

What is MIKULAND?
The theme of “MIKULAND” is “somewhere near, in the near future”.
You can experience an official Hatsune Miku amusement park in VR and AR.
Using VR/AR apps, you can visit MIKULAND to experience the opening and ending ceremonies,
enjoy communicating with other users and purchase MIKULAND original merchandise.

Much of last Summer’s MIKULAND map is sticking around, but it will be livened up with a Winter theme, new content, and a new area to explore titled “Snow Globe Illumination”.

MIKULAND virtual map

There’s two ways to enjoy the event, and you can choose between VirtualCast (VR viewing) or HoloModels (AR viewing, more limited functionality). To view the methods of app installation and how to join, please click the link below to be taken to the “how to” guide. Please note the instructions are provided in Japanese only, but are relatively easy to follow.

If you can’t join through either programs, there will also be a video broadcast on both Nicovideo and YouTube during the event. Links will be live on the site when the event is live.

Various virtual shops will also be on display to explore.

There will be plenty of virtual activities to enjoy as well! These include Snow Globe (details coming soon), a mini concert (details coming soon), character Meet & Greets, Rhythm Games, Mystery Solving games, and a Snowball Fight event!

There’s a few other special areas, or “spots” to check out! These include Yukine Hills, a digital Piapro Art Wall, and Miku art gallery!

Virtual Snow Sculpture Recruitment


A snow sculpture modeling contest has been launched for this event, and the selected entries will be featured as snow sculptures in the “Snow Globe Illumination” area of MIKULAND! Entries will be accepted until January 15th, 2021 JST. If you’d like to enter, please make sure you meet the following requirements:

– Only files in fbx, obj or glb formats will be accepted. Please zip files before uploading.
– Please make sure your model follows the Piapro Character License rules.
– Create your model in under 10,000 polygons.
– Please do not affix textures to the model. Management will paste a snow texture onto the model.
– Do no attach bones or animations to the model.
– Create your models with the assumption that they will be filling a 3m x 3m x 3m space.

If your model is selected, you’ll receive the following rewards in VirtualCast and HoloModels: MIKULAND Plushie (Piapro Award for use with HoloModels), Clock (Virtual Cast Award for use with VirtualCast), Room Shoes (Gugenka® Award for use with HoloModels), and a Mask & Holder (TSUKUMO Award for use with HoloModels).

You can submit your entry at the following page → https://mikuland.com/2021snow/yukimiku.html

MIKULAND Snow World 2021 Official Site → https://mikuland.com/2021snow/index.html
MIKULAND Official Twitter → https://twitter.com/Mikuland_info

Nov 292020
 

Looking to add a little Miku decor to your Christmas Holiday season, or maybe looking for a quick gift for a friend? Numbskull has both covered, with a Hatsune Miku Christmas ornament, and sets of enameled pins! And you can be assured they’re quality made, as my Miku plushie above was happy to show.

The Hatsune Miku Christmas ornament is made from metal, rather than glass or plastic, so you don’t have to worry about accidental breaking it! The ornament goes for $7~$10, depending on the store you grab it from. If you’re quick, it should arrive just before Christmas.

Bauble Heads Hatsune Miku Christmas Ornament → http://www.numskull.com/bauble-heads-hatsune-miku-christmas-decoration-ornament/

The enameled pins have 3 different designs/sets, and add that bit of cute Miku touch to whatever you fasten them to. They’re the perfect gift for a friend, or even to treat yourself! The enameled pins typically go for about $7.99 per set, but there’s a special offer for a 3 for $20 (or 3 for £20) promo going on Geek Store right now! Global shop links available via the official pin detail pages.

Pin set 1.1 → http://www.numskull.com/pin-kings/pin-kings-hatsune-miku-enamel-pin-badge-set-1-1/
Pin set 1.2 → http://www.numskull.com/pin-kings/pin-kings-hatsune-miku-enamel-pin-badge-set-1-2/
Pin set 1.3 → http://www.numskull.com/pin-kings/pin-kings-hatsune-miku-enamel-pin-badge-set-1-3/

Have a Merry, safe, and very Miku Christmas!

Nov 272020
 

If you didn’t manage to get in on the beta version of Hatsune Miku NT, the official release is now here! The release isn’t without caveats, however, as only part of the software is ready for launch day.

The Original+ vocal database is the only one immediately available for use, as the Whisper+ and Dark+ DBs are being further refined before they’re pushed out as an addition via an update at a later date. This update will be provided for free to purchasers of the software. CFM staff has issued an apology for the delay in the inclusion of the other DBs.

Hatsune Miku NT via Sonicwire(Digital) → https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt
Hatsune Miku NT via Crypton Web Store (Physical box with DL code) → https://ec.crypton.co.jp/pages/prod/virtualsinger/mikunt

A new demo has also been released, showcasing the raw vocal capabilities of the software, with very minimal tuning or adjustment. Everything showcased uses features built natively into the Hatsune Miku NT software and accompanying editor. The songs featured, in order, are cover versions of “Milk Crown on Sonechka” by yuzy, “Imerpial Girl” by R Sound Design, and “Hm? Ah, Yes.” by ChouchouP.

【初音ミク NT Original+:歌声デモンストレーション】
【初音ミク NT Original+:歌声デモンストレーション】

Lastly, a couple new main visual artworks were uploaded to the official Sonicwire page! The first is another standing pose of Hatsune Miku NT by iXima. Others may be added later, so be sure to check the page for updates. iXima also tweeted the photo below:

The second illustration uploaded as the background for the “Voice Library Summary” section is a beautiful illustration by Rella! They’ve also made the illustration available on their Twitter: