Jan 252019
 

After the completion of last night’s Hatsune Miku Symphony 2019 performance in Osaka, the next event location for 2019 was announced! The next performance will take place at Pacifico Yokohama National University Hall on October 14th, 2019. Additional event details, such as tickets, is expected to be announced later, so stay tuned!

Hatsune Miku Symphony Website: https://sp.wmg.jp/mikusymphony/

Jan 182019
 

The latest Snow Miku 2019 news update announces many new official goods, and partner collaborations! First up is the full list of Official goods announced so far. Since we’re less than 3 weeks away from the event, this should be pretty close to the final list.

Official Goods

The items pictured below are in the following order.

Image 1: Snow Miku 2019 Plushie, Stained Metal Charm, Stadium Jacket, Big Acrylic Stand, 10,000mAh Mobile Battery, Another Battery, Smartphone Case, Another Case.
Image 2: Trading Straps, Compact Mirror, Keyholder Strap, Full Graphic Shirt, B2 Tapestries, Glass Jewelry, Assorted Gacha Prizes, Model Train.
Image 3: Can Badges, Clear File Set, Rubber Strap Collection, Rabbit Yukine Plushie, T-Shirt, Mushroom Cushion, Card Case, Glasses Case.
Image 4: Glasses Cloth, Full Graphic Happi, Room Key Holder, Mini Flag, Big Photo Towel, Charm, Big Clip, Visual Book.
Image 5: Mini Flag Set, Coffee, Penlight, Penlight Sleeves, T-Shirt, Shopping Bag, Face Towel, Clear File.
Image 6: Rubber Strap, Pin Badge, Official Album, Nendoroid Snow Miku 2019, Figma Snow Miku 2019, Snow Miku 2019 Dress for Snow Miku Dollfie Dream.

Goods Page: https://snowmiku.com/2019/goods.html

Collaborations

There’s also a long list of collaborations for this event. Here’s a quick summary of them!


Animate
The Sapporo Animate shop will be ofering exclusive Snow Miku goods, and rewards for those who spend 2,000 Yen or more in the store. There’s also a twitter campaign where tweeting a photo enters you for a chance to win a special apron.

Details: https://www.animate.co.jp/onlyshop/234384/


Karaoke
Special food items, goods and songs will be available at the Takahashi Group Karaoke Sapporo location.

Details: http://www.takahasi.co.jp/snowmiku2019/


Mirai.St Cafe
From February 2nd~~1th, Crypton Future Media’s Mirai.St cafe will be offering special collaboration food dishes, with drink coasters offered as a free reward for each food item purchased. Verious official goods will also be sold inside the cafe.

Details: https://snowmiku.com/2019/collabo_campaign.html


Sugoi Dinos
Dinos is repeating their previous years collaborations. You can obtain tickets for every 500 Yen you spend on participating machines, which can be redeemed for can badges, or other various prizes. You can also get limited edition mugs from the Dinos bowling alley, and the Dinos theatre while supplies last.

Details: http://www.sugai-dinos.jp/campaign201819win/


Norbesa
The Noria ferris wheel at Norbesa will be wrapped with a Snow Miku theme again this year. Riding the wrapped carrage will cost 800 Yen, which nets you a fantastic view of Sapporo city while enjoying some Hatsune Miku music. You also get a memorial postcard.

Details: https://snowmiku.com/2019/collabo_campaign.html

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 182018
 

Preorders are now open for the Hatsune Miku: Symphony 2017 ver. 1/8 scale figure! She’s now available from Good Smile’s Online Shop and many other online stores.

“Now is just a prelude to the future.”

From “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” comes a scale figure of Hatsune Miku based off of the main visual from the full orchestra concert “Hatsune Miku Symphony 2017”.

Her chic dress has been faithfully recreated based on the original illustration by KEI. Miku holds her special violin while smiling our way. She has a somewhat mature charm about her. Her dress has been sculpted carefully making for a highly detailed and natural silhouette. Be sure to add her to your collection!

She’s priced at 15,800 yen on Good Smile’s Online Shop. Preorders will be open until February 21st, 2019 at 12:00 JST, with release date scheduled for April 2020. You can also find her on the many online stores listed below!

> Good Smile’s Online Shop
> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan

Check out the review by Good Smile Company’s Kahotan for more photos!
http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2018/12/13/hatsune-miku-symphony-2017-ver/

Dec 142018
 

The Miku Expo 2019 theme song “Lucky☆Orb” is now online, and comes from emon(Tes.) nonetheless. The theme song’s official lyric video is now on the official Hatsune Miku Youtube channel, with music video to follow soon. And, while the events are relatively far off, info on VIP ticket lottery and accommodation plan have been added to the official site as of today.

Application period for VIP Ticket Early Lottery Reservation for Taiwan Concert:
2018.12.22(Sat)11:00 – 2018.12.25(Tue)17:00 *Taiwan Time

Application period for Accommodation Plan:
2018.12.25(Tue)15:00 – 2019.1.25(Fri)17:00 *Japan Time

More details on the accommodation plans, including plan details and prices, are provided as PDF files on site.

Miku Expo 2019 Taiwan & Hong Kong → https://mikuexpo.com/twhk2019/