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 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.


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:

Nov 262020
 

Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 in Osaka kicked off today, and as expected, there were quite a few Hatsune Miku figure reveals and announcements made at the event! We’ve counted nine announcements so far, but will add more if we missed any at the time of writing.

Figure: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku Symphony 5th Anniversary ver. & Scale Figure
Reveal Type: Painted Prototype (Nendoroid) & Figure Planning Announcement (Scale Figure)
Release & Price: TBA
Via GSC Hama

Figure: POP UP PARADE Hatsune Miku Because You’re Here ver.
Reveal Type: Figure Planning Announcement
Release & Price: TBA
Via GSC Hama

Figure: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 Summer Festival ver.
Reveal Type: Painted Prototype
Release & Price: TBA
Via GSC Hama

Figure: Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 Summer Festival 1/7 Scale Figure
Reveal Type: Painted Prototype/Orders Opened
Release & Price: Preorders Now Open (Via F:NEX) Until Jan 27th, 2021, Priced at 24,640 JPY, Delivery June 2021
OTHER SHOPS: Tokyo Oaku Mode, Amiami
Via F:NEX

Figure: Sakura Miku 1/7 Scale Figure (Art by 岩十)
Reveal Type: Painted Prototype
Release & Price: TBA
Via Spiritale

Figure: POP UP PARADE Hatsune Miku YYB Type Ver.
Reveal Type: Unpainted Prototype
Release & Price: TBA
Via GSC Hama

Figure: Hatsune Miku × ESP Doll Action Figure Nexus 1/6 Scale
Reveal Type: Figure Planning Announcement
Additional Detail: It is a seamless soft-skin pose-able type figure.
Release & Price: Release Summer 2021, Price TBA
Via Heart Co.

Figure: YOWU × F:NEX Hatsune Miku Cat Ear Headphone ver. 1/7 Scale Figure
Reveal Type: Painted Prototype
Release & Price: TBA
Photo via mikkurium

Nov 192020
 

Today is a good day for Snow Miku fans for updates! We’ve had official reveals of the Snow Miku 2021 Nednoroid, figma, as well as the wrapped street train today via Good Smile Comnpany staff, and the official Hatsune Miku blog. We’ve also now know the official name of the design: Glowing Snow ver.!

First up is the Snow Miku 2021 Nendoroid design, which is absolutely pretty! in case you previously missed it, the winning costume for Snow Miku 2021 was designed by Annatumikan. Three different faceplates will come included, along with a music book for some festive poses!



A lower resolution photo of the figma was also shared over on the Hatsune Miku blog. We expect more details about this figure to be released as we get closer to the Snow Miku event date:


Please note that pricing has not yet been mentioned for either figure, but they are scheduled to go up for pre-order on February 7th, 2020 JST.

Lastly, the wrap and interior of the Snow Miku street car has been revealed over on GSC Kahotan’s blog. The interior also features a banner of the upcoming Hatsune Miku NT software version release, and another photo of the figma!

If you’re wondering about the Snow Miku Street Train VR experience we mentioned before, the full experience will be made available starting December 1st, JST. So check back after that date!

Snow Miku Street Train VR → https://snowmiku.com/2021/location_train.html#train_vr

Via Piapro Blog & Kahotan