Jan 212020
 

There’s been a lot to cover in regards to Snow Miku 2020 news over the past couple weeks, so here’s what you need to catch up on if you’re planning to attend the event! There’s less than 2 weeks remaining until everything kicks off on February 4th, so most collaboration announcements should be finished by this point. Let’s get started!

The full PV for the Snow Miku 2020 theme song “Poka Poka Planet” is now available on YouTube! The music and artwork was composed and animated by Harumaki Gohan and his art studio. Expect to hear this song played throughout various Snow Miku celebrations in Sapporo!

The official Snow Miku 2020 album titled “Planet Traveler” has been sampled in a crossfade video, and will be available in physical at Snow Miku 2020 (for 2200 JPY), and other shops around Sapporo starting on January January 22nd. The album features 10 festive tracks by various producers, and definitely worth adding to your collection!


SNOW MIQUEST 2020 – Find The Missing Instrument!

If you remember the riddles and puzzles from Magical Mirai 2019 to enter Megurine Luka’s secret chamber, there will be another quest to solve at Snow Miku 2020! The “QLEAR QUEST” activity will be held at the Sapporo Factory Hall 2nd floor from the “QLEAR QUEST” booth on February 8th (Sat) and February 9th (Sun). You will have to complete a series of puzzles to “find the missing instruments, and Yukine who has also gone missing for some reason!”.

There is a 1500 Yen fee to begin the activity, and has a reward of a clear file handbag, as well as an acrylic keychain! You have until 6:00 PM on each day to finish and turn in your results for the prize. Keep in mind sharing the activity on social media is OK, but please do not give away the answers to the puzzles online!

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Sugai Dinos Collaboration

All Sugai Dinos amusement locations in Sapporo will be offering special goods as prizes and bonuses from February 1st through March 31st! All locations will feature two crane game prizes, which include a silicone watch and an Alolan Vulpix and Snow Miku collaboration blanket. Lastly, Dinos Bowling (at the Norbesa center only) will be offering a Snow Miku 2020 mug with the purchase of a bowling game for 2500 Yen! There’s two designs to pick from, but quantities will be limited during the event.


Mirai.ST Cafe Collaboration

Crypton Future Media’s Mirai.ST Cafe will have a Snow Miku 2020 collaboration menu from February 4th through February 11th, with 5 different limited dishes and treats available for your enjoyment! Each participating item also gives you a free grab for a random can badge with a Snow Miku or Rabbit Yukine design. The collaboration food items include a Rin & Len themed soup, a Meiko & Kaito themed soda, a Luka themed strawberry milk, a Miku themed ham and green onion sandwich, and a “do re mi fa” deluxe dessert platter!

From February 4th~7th, it’s free-seating at the cafe. But due to increased visitor volume on the weekend, February 8th~10th is reservation-only. You can reserve here: https://miraistxsnowmiku2020.peatix.com/


Sapporo Youth Science Museum

A special presentation will be screened at the Sapporo Youth Science Museum from February 1st~February 29th! (Will be closed on the 3rd, 10th, 12th, 17th, 25th, 26th and 27th of February)

The show is a rescreening of the “Pocket Galaxy” presentation from previous years, but updated to include Snow Miku 2020 music and visuals. Tickets are sold every day for 500 Yen starting at 9:30 AM, and screening starts at 3:15 PM on Weekdays, and 12:45 PM and 3:15 PM on Weekends.


Event Goods

There’s a sizable selection of Snow Miku 2020 themed goods that have been announced, and there’s likely still more on the way! Before Snow Miku starts, you can expect the website to be updated with information on which locations are selling which goods. But for now, here’s what’s been posted.

Photo 1: Pinched key holder, full graphic T-shirt, B2-size tapestries, acrylic clock, dye-cut stickers, card sleeves (A), card sleeves (B), rubber keychains, bag charm, Ribbon Napolin soda, big fluffy blanket, and a character parker.

Photo 2: Stained metal charms, candy tins, lacquered card case, lacquered chopsticks, lacquered compact mirror, Snow Miku 2020 plushie, AC-USB travel charger, 1/150 scale train, stadium jacket, clear files, rubber straps, and Yukine plushie.

Photo 3: Sunglasses, glasses cloths, traditional winter coat, 10,000mAh powerbanks (style 1), 10,000mAh powerbanks (style 2), luggage tag, waist bag, mini flag, amulets, neck pouch, thermal cup, and smartphone ring.

Photo 4: Snow Miku 2020 official album, Snow miku 2020 official t-shirt, shopping bag, face towel, can badge (A), can badge (B), memo pad and Nendoroid Snow Miku 2020.

Photo 5 (Alolan Vulpix x Snow Miku 2020 goods): Coin case, luggage tag, full graphic shirt, tapestry, acrylic keychain, a blanket, acrylic keychain, can badges, and clear files. Also available for preorder at the event is the Snow Miku 2020 outfit for Dollfie Dream Snow Miku!

SEGA will be attending the weekend exhibition at Snow Miku 2020 on February 8th and 9th to run a booth at the Sapporo Factory Atrium to demo Project Diva MEGA 39s, as well as Project Sekai! Their booth will be open to demo gameplay on both days from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. You will also receive a special clear file just for playing! There will also be a talk stage session held at the Factory Atrium on February 9th from 12:00 PM ~ 1:00 PM.

Snow Miku 2020 Official Site:
https://snowmiku.com/2020/

Jan 092020
 

Goodsmile Racing has revealed their Racing Machine for the SUPER GT 2020 racing season at the TOKYO AUTO SALON today at Makuhari Messe, which will once again be the Mercedes AMG GT3! The brand new car is also adorning the new Racing Miku 2020 design artwork by LEN[A-7].

In addition, it was also announced that Goodsmile Racing has been voted the most popular GT300 class team for the SUPER GT 2019 season, making this their 3rd straight win for popularity! Congratulations GSR!

The first round of the SUPER GT 2020 season will take place in OKAYAMA on April 11th~12th. Fight, GSR!

Jan 022020
 

This one’s a quick one, but big: Hatsune Miku is a confirmed music guest at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California in 2020! Simply known as “Coachella”, the event is known as the largest music festival in the world, held across two weekends at the Indio polo grounds in Southern California.

Hatsune Miku is scheduled to make appearances on both Fridays on April 10th and the 17th. Tickets for the weekend of 17th~19th are still available for reservation on the Coachella Music Festival official site.

As a side note, I live only 10 miles/16km away from the event, and will be attending to also give away free goodies to fellow Miku fans. More details to come later!

Coachella Music Festival Official Site: https://coachella.com/

Dec 262019
 

Two big Snow Miku collaborations have been just announced, which will no doubt make for more fun for fans visiting Hokkaido. The first is a collaboration between Snow Miku 2020 and Pokémon, more specifically with Alola Rokon (known in the West as Alolan Vulpix). The second is yet another collaboration between Snow Miku and Hello Kitty for the Winter season of 2020. Below are the full details of these collaborations!

Illustration by Saitou Naoki

Pokémon will be cross promoting with Snow Miku during the Snow Festival in Sapporo from February 4th through February 11th 2020. During this time, the usual Snow Miku sculpture at Odori Park block 11 will be accompanied by a snow scuplture of Alolan Vulpix! Additionally, the Pokémon Center Sapporo office branch will have a booth set up at Odori Park block 11 to sell various collaboration themed goods, which will be detailed at a later date.

Announcement Page: https://snowmiku.com/2020/collabo_alola.html


Illustrations by 胡麻乃りお

Snow Miku and Hello Kitty will be collaborating for their 3rd consecutive year! This year, various collaboration goods will be available at the Snow Miku Sky Town store at the New Chitose Airport (Domestic Terminal 4th Floor). Some goods are already available, while others will be released gradually into the year 2020. These goods include full-graphic T-shirts, towels, clear files, can badges, keychains & more! Check the full list from the official goods page!

Collaboration Goods Page: https://gotochikitty.com/gentei/468

Samples of Snow Miku x Hello Kitty collaboration goods

Dec 252019
 

Crypton Future Media has officially announced the latest version of Hatsune Miku’s singing synthesis software, which will be called Hatsune Miku NT (New Type). Hatsune Miku NT is scheduled for a late August 2020 release (with a beta release in Mid-March 2020).

Generate high-quality vocals through simple operation with the next generation of Hatsune Miku software!

“Hatsune Miku NT (New Type)” is a Hatsune Miku package that is a combination of newly developed “singing voice expression technology / dedicated voice library / software interface / voice effector”.The advanced vocal editor “Piapro Studio” integrates a variety of newly developed functions. You can control the direction of the song simply by typing in the lyrics and melody, and selecting the expression style. Combining the brushed-up voice library with the newly developed voice effector, it is possible to express everything from Hatsune Miku’s pretty singing voice, emotional sighing voice to angry voice, rattle voice, and death growl voice, all while maintaining smooth articulation. You can also introduce decorative pronunciations with one touch, allowing you to customize the singing voice in a very detailed way!

Hatsune Miku NT Official Product Page: https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt

The software will retail for 19,800 JPY for the download version, but will be offered for 15,400 JPY to buyers that also own any one of Hatsune Miku’s previous software releases (excluding Append). That means owning any versions from Hatsune Miku V2 through Hatsune Miku V4X will qualify buyers for the discount!

The new software has been demonstrated in 3 songs in the video below:

Three voice types are planned in this new software, with “Original Voice” being the only one announced so far. This is also the only one that will be available in the beta release. This voice is described as a “Standard voice library with improved voice expression from previous Hatsune Miku”.

A more advanced version of the Piapro Studio editor for NT will be included in the software bundle, and will be able to operate as both standlone, and as a plugin (standalone-only in the beta version). Users can expect notable improvements to functionality in this release compared to previous versions.

Preview of Piapro Studio for NT (Standalone version)

The new software version also boasts a newly developed voice effector, which will have 6 different functions. Three have been announced so far, and these will be the ones available in the beta version.

Voice Drive
The effect which controls the trembling component of the voice and adjusts the strength/nuance of the voice. To express rattle and death growl voices is even possible by applying the presets.

Voice Voltage
This effect controls the tone and strength / weakness of voice and creates dynamic voice intonation.

Super Formant Shifter
This effect intelligently changes voice quality while maintaining the identity of the original voice. The effect can modulate voices to be more femine or child-like.

Hatsune Miku NT also comes bundled with “Studio One Artist Piapro Edition” by Presonus, which comes with over 500 virtual instruments (guitar, piano, drums, and various other synthesizers). This makes it easy to begin producing complete compositions!

Hatsune Miku NT will be available for Windows (version 8.1 and up) and Mac OS (version 10.11 and up).