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 112020
 

Today, the official Hatsune Miku Twitter account announced the beginning of the Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter campaign, managed by Crypton Future Media, aims to bring Miku Expo 2021 to a worldwide audience via online streaming in light of the current world situation.  In order to succeed, the campaign must meet or exceed its initial goal of 25 million yen (roughly 237,748 USD) within 60 days.  As of writing, the campaign has already raised over 9 million yen from more than 200 backers.  The deadline for the initial crowdfunding goal is Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8:48 PM EST.

When the initial goal is met, Miku Expo 2021 Online will have a 10-song setlist.  Beyond that, there are 3 stretch goals that will enhance the experience.  In the best-case scenario, Miku Expo 2021 Online will feature a setlist of 14 songs, along with the Song Contest winner!

If you love Miku and are financially able to do so, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign to help bring Miku to the world in these challenging times.  There are several contribution tiers to choose from, all with different perks and merchandise to be delivered if the campaign is successful.  Details for each tier can be found on the campaign’s Kickstarter page.

  • 1,000 yen – VIP Membership
  • 3,900 yen – Music Pack
  • 5,000 yen – Music Pack Deluxe
  • 8,000 yen – Merch Pack 1
  • 10,000 yen – Merch Pack 2
  • 15,000 yen – Merch Pack 3
  • 20,000 yen – Merch Pack 4
  • 30,000 yen – Merch Pack Deluxe
  • 39,000 yen – Video Pack
  • 50,000 yen – Video Pack Deluxe
  • 75,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack
  • 100,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack Deluxe
  • 390,000 yen – Producer Pack
  • 600,000 yen – Producer Pack Deluxe (all claimed)

As stated on the campaign page, this is an “all or nothing” campaign: Miku Expo 2021 Online is guaranteed only if the initial goal of 25 million yen is met or exceeded.

Let’s help Miku bring smiles to the world in 2021!

 

Nov 092020
 

There’s great news for Hatsune Miku fans across the globe: Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 in Osaka will be available for online live streaming in many more regions around the world! Online tickets are now available for the November 29th (Sun) evening concert, which opens at 6:00 PM JST. The ticket price is set at 2500 JPY/NTD$750 ($25 USD), depending on which streaming service you choose.

Ticketing Detail (English) → https://magicalmirai.com/2020/osaka/special_en.html#special_online
Tickets via Pia → https://ticket.pia.jp/piasp/inbound/magicalmirai2020_osaka_pls.jsp
Tickets via KKBOX → https://kklivetw.kktix.cc/events/magicalmirai2020

In case you miss watching the event live, an archive of the concert will be made available on each platform until December 5th at 5:00 PM JST. Streaming for these platforms appears to be limited to the following regions:

<North America>
United States
<Europe>
Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Portugal, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Switzerland
<Asia Pacific>
India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia
<Latin America and the Caribbean>
Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
<Middle East>
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel
<Africa>
South Africa, Kenya

If you live outside one of these regions, please consider the use of a proxy. If your connection is unstable, you can always watch the archive at a later date!

Magial Mirai 2020 Official Site → https://magicalmirai.com/2020/

Oct 292020
 

There’s a couple news bits to cover from earlier this week, which cover the topics of Hatsune Miku NT and Miku Expo 2021, so let’s get to it!

While Crypton Future Media has yet to officially post the release date of Hatsune Miku NT in an announcement, it seems the official product page has already been updated with a release date: November 27th, 2020!

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

The prototype/beta version of the software is already available for those that have preordered it, so you can enjoy a sneak peek of the new features before release.

Finally, a new song contest for Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has been announced! The song chosen as the grand prize winner will be performed at Miku Expo 2021 Online when the crowdfunding goal is reached (more news on the crowdfunding campaign is expected soon). Two runner-up winners will also be selected. The contest deadline is November 30th at 11:00 AM JST.

The grand prize winner of the contest will not only have their song played during the online event, it will also be a featured downloadable song during the crowdfunding campaign. The winner will also receive 100,000 JPY Sonicwire voucher, and an assortment of Hatsune Miku and Piapro Character goods.

Runner-ups will also have their songs featured as downloadable content in the fundraiser, receive 30,000 JPY of Sonicwire credit, and Hatsune Miku and Piapro Character merch.

For the complete contest guidelines and rules, please check the official contest page! → https://mikuexpo.com/online2021/contest_en.html

Oct 082020
 

Crypton Future Media has announced plans via their official Miku Expo Twitter account to launch a crowdfunding campaign to power the next Miku Expo event in 2021, which will be held online. The event will be made free to all viewers, but seeks to use crowdfunding to bring the best online experience possible using the latest technologies.

Exhibitions and work shops will also be held online this time around to create a safe but fun environment for participants from all over the world. Crowdfunding for the event is expected to begin Mid-November of 2020. More info on this is expected to be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!