Jan 122019
 

Goodsmile Company has released the official product pages for Nendoroid and figma Snow Miku 2019: Snow Princess ver., which details all of their accessories, pricing, and availability. Check out the details below!

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Princess Ver.

The 10th anniversary of Snow Miku! We present this special memorial version of Snow Miku to you.

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Snow Miku, and the 2019 design was once again selected by fans through online votes between a selection of outfits all submitted to piapro by fans! This year the theme was “Princess of the Hokkaido Winter”, and the winning Snow Miku design was this version based on illustrations by -L F-! The design has now been converted into this beautiful Nendoroid!

Her unique twintails have been carefully sculpted to give them a whimsical appearance. She comes with three face plates including her gentle standard expression, a curious blank expression and a lovable smiling expression. A freestanding figure of Rabbit Yukine is included as well. She comes with her staff, a blue rose bouquet, special skirt parts to display her hold her skirt hem, a hair brush and a mirror are included as optional parts! Her curled mantle can be removed for more display options! Be sure to add this 10th anniversary edition of Snow Miku to your collection!

Price: 6,000 Yen.
Detail Page: https://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/7868/

figma Snow Miku: Snow Princess ver.

The princess blessed by the snow is now a figma!

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Snow Miku, and the 2019 design was once again selected by fans through online votes between a selection of outfits all submitted to piapro by fans! This year the theme was “Princess of the Hokkaido Winter”, and the winning Snow Miku design was this version based on illustrations by -L F-! The design has now been converted into this figma together with Rabbit Yukine holding a magic staff!

  • She comes with three face plates including a calm standard expression, a smiling expression and a closed-eyes expression.
  • She comes with a gorgeous staff fit for a princess, a bouquet, a masquerade mask and a cup & saucer set as optional parts!
  • Interchangeable skirt parts are included to display Miku.
  • An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

Price: 6,000 Yen.
Detail Page: https://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/7869/

Both the Nendoroid and Figma will be available at the following locations and times:
■ Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2/10/2019)
■ GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP (Feb 10th @ 4:00 PM JST ~ Feb 26th @ 12:00 PM JST) (Figma | Nendoroid)
■ GOOD SMILE x animate Cafe Akihabara / Osaka Nipponbashi
■ 70th Sapporo Snow Festival (Exchange voucher required)

Jan 102019
 

Goodsmile Racing has finally announced the design for their 2019 Race Machine for competing in SUPER GT! The itasha-styled car is fully covered with this year’s Racing Miku 2019 artwork by Annin Oiko, and it looks stunning as usual! We can’t wait to see this one on the race track.

The design reveal also confirms that Goodsmile Racing will be sticking to the Mercedes AMG for yet another season. They switched to the Mercedes AMG from the BMW Z4 starting with the 2015 racing season.

Let’s show our support to GSR once again this year! If you’d like to pledge your support as a personal sponsor, applications are now open! Details here → https://www.mikufan.com/goodsmile-racing-sponsor-courses-now-open-for-2019-racing-season/

Jan 012019
 

I shouted with all my heart. Really, really loudly. But the sound was still drowned out by the hundreds of other people around me, all doing exactly the same. Glow sticks were held aloft — each illuminated in the same beautiful teal-like color — and being waving frantically to accompany the wall of sound from the crowd as the song ended. I’m not ashamed to admit that tears came into my eyes.

Hatsune Miku had just finished singing Glass Wall, the lyrics to which never fail to move me, something I’m confident happens to most long-time Miku fans, and the concert that I’d dreamed of for years was living up to every expectation.

I was at Miku Expo Europe 2018 in London, and this is what it was like.

Hatsune Miku arrives in London

Six months before that moment, I’d managed to buy one of the limited VIP tickets to Miku Expo London. Like many other U.K. fans, I’d looked enviously at the international Miku Expo events, and had never timed my trips to Japan correctly to see a Miku concert there either. Six months was a long time to wait for my first Miku event.

Miku Expo London was held at London Olympia, which is not really a music venue; but it has the space needed to house such a large, energetic — and let’s face it, niche — crowd. Niche or not, Miku fans were out in force. From t-shirts and tables full of plushies, to classic Miku and Racing Miku cosplays, no-one was there by chance, or on a whim. It was especially wonderful to see a great mix of people, of all ages, there to welcome and celebrate Hatsune Miku coming to London.

VIP ticket holders stood in a special area right in front of the stage, giving a superb view of Hatsune Miku and the band. It’s a cliche, but there was a genuine feeling of togetherness. The waving of the glow sticks showed a crowd in unison, aware enough of their surroundings to be considerate; but otherwise entirely focused on the music.

Miku on stage

Miku the center of attention. It may sound strange to some, given it’s not an actual person on stage; but to everyone there, she was as real as the band members accompanying her. We responded to her, cheered her on, and screamed for more. Miku, through the music and animation, seemed to have actual character and soul. In an uncanny way, she almost appeared to respond as if the emotion from the crowd was giving her energy.

It’s an unusual experience. I didn’t really cheer for the band members, I shouted for the digital creation on stage. To be this invested, and this convinced by what we saw on stage, shows how much work has gone into making Miku move realistically, and emote in a way we can connect with. It’s a fascinating look at how digital characters are progressing, and what Miku may evolve into in the future.

This was my first time seeing an official projection of Hatsune Miku, and while those at the front could see the screen itself, and occasionally the projection leaked out onto the ceiling behind us, it didn’t matter. Miku was perfectly animated, and when entire stage became a star field, the screen was masked very effectively, and Miku took on a new level of independence on stage.

The show

How about the setlist? For me it was a great mix of classic and new songs, many of which will have been familiar to Project Diva players; but interestingly the arrangement may have been tailored to a U.K. audience. This was brought to my attention by a friend also at the concert, who had attended other Miku events before London, and upon listening to the original songs, several of the London versions certainly had a harder edge.

GHPZ’s Glass Wall, with its hard dubstep breaks, had real punch to it, as did Buriru’s Secret Police, and Yunosuke x Circus-P’s Cybernetic. It was the right decision, and these songs created a massive amount of energy in the crowd. There was also a huge response to Tell Your World, and The World is Mine, both featured at the end of the concert and in the encore.

Kagamine Rin and Len stole the supporting show with Jiizasu-P’s Remote Control — probably the most fun song of the evening. I’d have loved to hear Odds & Ends, but was happy to with Keano’s Glow, a stunning example of Hatsune Miku’s (and the Vocaloid community’s) musical versatility.

The only disappointment was the audio mix, which often saw the vocals drowned out by the band, an odd mixing decision given why we were all there. Some of the more popular songs were also unrecognizable at first, as the bass and guitars obscured the melody. However, all this may have all been down to the inevitably problematic acoustics of the venue, and even my personal position right at the front. These points did not detract from my enjoyment.

Come back soon

Yes, I really, really enjoyed it.

It was that moment in Glass Wall, a personal favorite, that had suddenly made it all real. The six month wait between buying a ticket and arriving at Olympia, plus the fact I was traveling the day after the concert, meant the excitement had been dulled by the passing of time and the intrusion of real life. But at that moment, cheering for Miku with other fans, glow sticks held in the air, I suddenly realized I was doing something I’d long dreamed of, but didn’t know if the chance would ever come. It was hard not to feel emotional.

Judging by the response on the day, London wants Hatsune Miku and Miku Expo to return in the future, and if you’re reading this and have not attended an official Miku concert yet, make sure you’re part of the next one — it really is everything you want it to be.

Dec 282018
 

In preparation of the 2019 SUPER GT racing season, Goodsmile Racing has opened the first phase of personal sponsorship course preorders! Additionally, they’ve listened to the feedback from fans, and made the previously Japan-exclusive colored card benefits available for overseas sponsors (finally!).

Sponsors page: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/en/sponsor/personal/

Both the Nendoroid and Figma sponsors courses are now available with options ranging anywhere from 15,000 Yen to 70,000 Yen. There is also a basic 3,000 Yen starting tier, for those that just want to show their support and receive a green sponsors card!

The Coupon and Ranking system has also been introduced overseas this year. Many participating official GSR products and sponsors goods will come with a coupon code, which will add to your overall sponsorship total for the year. The higher your total, the higher ranked sponsors card you will receive as thanks. The higher rank will also increase the size of your name on the sponsors boards displayed at race events!

The cards are ranked as follows:

Green – 3,000~ Yen
Gold – 50,000~ Yen
Platinum – 100,000~ Yen
Black – 300,000~ Yen

Goodsmile Racing has also announced they plan to reveal next year’s car wrap design at TOKYO AUTO SALON 2019 on January 11th, 2019, at the Makuhari Messe exhibition center in Chiba, Japan. Look forward to that reveal on that date!

Lastly, thanks to a press release article posted by Auto Sport Web, we can see all 4 variations of the official Racing Miku 2019 artwork illustrated by Annin Oiko, including the chibi versions! Aren’t they just absolutely cute?

Via GSR and AS-Web

Dec 222018
 

At Goodsmile Racing’s 2018 year-end party, Goodsmile Racing made several announcements regarding their 2019 plans! First up is the reveal that the team will be participating in 2019’s SUPER GT racing season, as well as the SUZUKA 10 HOURS race! We’ll be cheering for GSR again next year!

The second big reveal was the new Racing Miku 2019 design, drawn by Annin Oiko, who’s also popularly known as the Idolmaster Cinderella Girls character designer! With Annin Oiko as the chosen illustrator, the design for 2019’s Racing Miku also adopted an “Idol” motif.

A prototype of the nendoroid was also shown off at the event. Check out the tweets below!