Nov 082019
 

Now this was a genius idea: A Racing Miku themed talking coin bank, where Miku grabs your coins and stores them safely for you! The manufacturer SHINE thought to make exactly this with not just one, or even two, but FOUR versions to choose from! These adorable chatting coin banks are now available for preorder.

A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank!
A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank! Place a coin down and Racing Miku will peek out from the box and take your coin! She’ll say all kinds of phrases or even sing as she moves her hand to take your coin! Each color variation comes with 3 different kinds of stickers.

The coin bank is available for preorders until around early December 2019 from most online stores, and is typically priced for about 4,000 Yen ($40). It’s expected to ship in January 2020. Check it out from these online stores!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Supports MikuFan! Save 11% on 11/11 with code W1111)
> Good Smile US Shop
> Amazon Japan

Lastly, here’s a preview of how it works from SHINE on Twitter!

Nov 052019
 

Goodsmile Racing finished the season finale of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi in 5th position after struggling during the qualifying session the previous day and were out of championship contention as they failed to secure pole position. The team qualified in 7th.

The race went underway with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG overtaking the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R at the start of the race. There were overtakes here and there as teams have been let go of all their success ballast in the shortest race of the season at only 250 kilometres or 53 laps.

The #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R suffered an engine failure on the 15th lap forcing the car to retire. No Safety car was deployed.

As the race reached its halfway point, teams started to do their pit stops. This would play an important role to the position of when cars would come out of the pitlane especially with a championship at risk in both categories.

While the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 was sitting comfortably in a good position to win the championship. Meanwhile in GT500 the fight was still on for the championship with the #37 Keeper TOM’s LC500 leading the race and the #6 WAKO’s LC500 needing at least 2nd place to secure the championship. The latter would then overtake the #36 au TOM’s after a late lunge and both cars going off the track.

In the end, the #37 Keeper TOM’s won the race but the #6 WAKO’s won the championship in the GT500 category by just 2 points. Meanwhile in GT300 the #65 Leon AMG was hoping for a third consecutive win at Motegi but suddenly, the car slowed down as it was reaching the finish line. The car has run out of fuel! And the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R snatched the win from them! The #55 ARTA NSX would secure the championship finishing in fourth place followed by the #4 Miku AMG in fifth place.

Goodsmile Racing has placed 4th in the drivers’ championship standing. It was still an impressive finish even after struggling with race pace and strategies. ARTA has got their redemption after losing to the title last year to Leon. A provisional 2020 calendar was unveiled which would see the return of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013 and will be Super GT’s first ever night race.

The season may be over but there will be one more race which is the Super GT x DTM Dream Race where GT500 cars would once again take on the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters that is happening on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fuji International Speedway. This is a non-championship race, so it does not affect the standings. GT300s will also be racing in a separate support race during the weekend.

Until then, Fight GSR!

Oct 242019
 

The official website for Snow Miku 2020 has been updated with a new main visual artwork, a teaser for the theme song, accommodations, a DJ Live event, and the “Snow Miku Train” reveal and operation schedules. Check out the details below!

The main visual art for this year was drawn by Hanekoto, a highly popular light novel artist and character designer. Snow Miku just looks so charming and sweet with that marching band theme! This artwork, along with many future others, will be featured in various promotions during the Snow Miku event in Sapporo.

A 50 second teaser for the Snow Miku 2020 theme song, titled “Poka Poka no Hoshi” (Cozy Planet) has been uploaded to the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel. The music and lyrics were written by none other than Harumaki Gohan, and sets a pleasant and light atmosphere.

A live DJ performance by Vocaloid creators will be held at Sound Lab Mole on Friday, February 7th. More info on this event will come later!


Official tour packages and accommodations will be opened to overseas visitors starting at 17:00 JST on October 31st. Package plans include hotel stays, Snow Miku 2020 Nendoroid and figma reservations, and tour-limited original goods. The English version of the Snow Miku 2020 website will be updated with a banner linking to the accommodations once they’ve opened.

Note: Due to a bug caused by poor website coding last year, many overseas fans missed out on accommodation reservations. To avoid this bug, we advise setting your device time to Japan time when attempting to reserve your accommodation.

The “Snow Miku Train” is making a return this year starting November 25th! The vehicle will be in operation daily from 7:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM until March 25th. As usual, expect it to be wrapped in the Nendoroid and figma designs, with promotional posters hung inside the train car.

An early public preview of the train will be available on November 24th from 10:30~14:00 at the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau Train Office (Sapporo City Chuo-ku South 21 West 16th Street). We’ll share the photos in a later article once they’re available!

Snow Miku 2020 Official Site (EN):
https://snowmiku.com/2020/index_en.html

Snow Miku 2020 Official Site (JP):
https://snowmiku.com/2020/

Sep 252019
 

Goodsmile Racing Finishes 2nd after a wild wet race at Sportsland Sugo. The #4 Hatsune Miku AMG qualified in 6th while the #61 Subaru BRZ set the fastest track record in GT300 taking them to pole position during qualifying.

The race started under the Safety Car as the whole track was wet. There was a mix of teams racing with dry slick tyres and wet threaded tyres as teams gambled whether the track would dry up or not. The race went underway on the third lap with teams on the wet tyres overtaking the team on the dry tyres that were struggling for grip on the wet track.

The #4 Miku AMG would catch up to 4th place overtaking the cars with slick tyres. There were overtakes and spins all over the track, as Miku would take on the Evangelion Unit 01 that is the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R. The Miku AMG would overtake the EVA GT-R and would chase the #56 Realize GT-R overtaking it at the chicane just like the EVA some few laps ago.

The #4 Miku AMG would then chase the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 for the lead but right behind them was GT300’s reigning champions the #65 Leon AMG. The battle for 2nd place would last for about 25 or so laps until Leon’s Bridgestone tyres would take advantage over Miku’s Yokohama tyres and would overtake Miku for second place.

Halfway through the race, the safety car would deploy when the #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R beached itself in the gravel. The top 3 GT300 cars (ARTA, Leon and Miku) would stop for their mandatory pit stop before the safety car deployed.

The race would restart on Lap 43 where Miku and Leon would return to their battle from where they left off. The Miku AMG would take back the position back from the Leon AMG from around the outside of the final turn.

The Miku AMG would catch up to the ARTA NSX where they kept on battling for the lead while lapping other GT300 cars and moving out of the way for the GT500 cars, until the latter was able to fend off Miku until they started making a gap as the race reached the closing stages and eventually winning the race with Miku finishing 2nd place just 15 seconds behind the leading car.

Goodsmile Racing has jumped to 3rd place in the championship standing. But in order for the team to win the championship they must win the race and secure pole position in qualifying as well as should ARTA place 11th or below and K-Tunes placing 3rd or below.

The next race which would be the season finale will be at Twin Ring Motegi on the 2nd and 3rd of November. Who will be the new Super GT champions of 2019? Anything can happen.

Until then, Fight GSR!

Sep 172019
 

The MIKU EXPO 2020 European tour has just launched a new site update with five-cities tour reveal and a main visual release by the artist POKImari! The five cities include London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Barcelona, and will have their ticket sales go live on September 27th at 5:00 pm JST. Check out the dates and venues below!

London

Date: January 11th, 2020
Venue: O2 Academy Brixton (ticket page)

Paris

Date: January 16th, 2020
Venue: Le Zénith Paris (ticket page coming soon)

Berlin

Date: January 20th, 2020
Venue: Verti Music Hall (ticket page)

Amsterdam

Date: January 24th, 2020
Venue: Ziggo Dome (ticket page)

Barcelona

Date: January 28th, 2020
Venue: Sant Jordi Club (ticket page coming soon)

Additionally, as part of MIKU EXPO 5th anniversary, a special song contest will be held on October 1st at 17:00 JST~October 31st at 23:59 JST in search for a Grand Prix winner featuring Miku in any languages to be adopted into the tour’s concert setlist. More details will be announced on September 27th.

Miku Expo Twitter
https://twitter.com/mikuexpo
Miku Expo 2020 European tour

https://mikuexpo.com/europe2020/

Tweet by the main visual artist POKImari