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 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

Oct 192020
 

The official Snow Miku 2021 website received a big update today, with a new main visual art, theme song information, themed train planning and more!

The chosen illustrator for the beautiful Snow Miku 2021 main visual art was necömi, well known for their contributions to character designs for vtubers, figures, game characters and more. It’s certainly a beautiful and festive design for the season!

It has also been announced that Heavenz will be in charge of the Snow Miku 2021 theme song. Heavenz has been involved in the Vocaloid/Virtual Singer music scene since 2008, and is well known for Rock and Ballad song styles. Notable masterpieces include “Strangers” and “Even If It’s Your Happiness“. We can’t wait to see the song they’ll create for the special occasion.

Previous year photo

The ever-popular Snow Miku train will be returning again this year! The train is typically wrapped with the Snow Miku figma and Nendoroid designs, and can be seen making its rounds daily in central Sapporo city.

The train will be in operation from November 21st, 2020 through March 24th, 2021. The operation times are 7:0 AM ~ 6:00 PM daily.

For those wanting to experience what riding in the street train is like, there is a new “Snow Miku Train VR” experience in development! The project plans to allow you to view the photoshoot session of the train in VR, plus observe what it’s like to ride from the train driver’s seat in VR from your PC and smartphone! Futher details of the Snow Miku Train VR will be announced when it’s ready, so stay tuned.

A Snow Miku snow sculpture will be on display again next year at Odori Park from February 4th~11th. Don’t miss out on the chance to capture a photo, and enjoy the evening light shows!

The exhibition, goods booths, workshops and more have been moved to a new location for next year. Rather than the Sapporo Factory Hall, the exhibition activities will be held in Wing Bay Otaru in the nearby city of Otaru. The exhibition will be located on the 4th floor of the venue. You can locate it at the following address → 小樽市築港11番

Lastly, an Official Tour package has been announced, but so far only for domestic visitors. The package will include usual tour-exclusive goods, as well as the Snow Miku 2021 Nendoroid. Further details of the options will be announced at a later date.

The Snow Miku 2021 festival is a yearly celebration held alongside the Sapporo Snow Festival. It will be held from February 4th~11th 2021.

Snow Miku 2021 Official Site → https://snowmiku.com/2021/

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!

Oct 022020
 

This weekend will be Goodsmile Racing’s 100th race in Super GT. The team has been participating in the racing series since 2008 as a “Racing Team Driven by Fans” with their unique Personal Sponsorship System. Throughout their career, the team has won 9 races and 3 championships being one of the most successful Super GT teams in the GT300 category.

To commemorate their 100th race, a special website has been made with illustrations of every Racing Miku drawn by different illustrators.

An art gallery will be held in Tokyo and Osaka with the Racing Miku illustrations exhibited and the sale of original merchandise as well.

The exhibition will take place at the Akiba CO Gallery in Tokyo from the 20th to the 29th November, and at the Animate store at Nihonbashi in Osaka from the 28th November to 13th December.

And lastly, there will be a fanart contest in collaboration with piapro to commemorate the 100th race. The winner will get a 1/8 Scale Figure of the 2020 Racing Miku and their artwork exhibited in Tokyo and Osaka.

Until then, we wish the team good luck on their 100th race at Super GT this weekend at Fuji Speedway on the 3rd and 4th of October.
Fight, GSR!

Commemorative website → https://special.goodsmile.info/hatsunemiku_gt/
Fanart Contest details → https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/racingmiku_gt100/detail