May 292018
 

For those that would like to enjoy this year’s Racing Miku figma, but save a little compared to Goodsmile Racing’s sponsors courses, the option to buy figma Racing Miku by itself is now available from Good Smile Company’s shop, and various online stores!

A figma of the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project!
The 2018 edition of the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project, Racing Miku, is joining the figma series! This year’s design is illustrated by Hiro Kanzaki and the figma can easily be posed in the original pose from the original illustration along with various other poses! An articulated figma stand is also included, allowing for all sorts of different scenes!”

The figma is listed on Good Smile Company’s online shop for 7500 JPY ($71 USD), and preorders are being accepted until June 21st at 12:00 PM JST. Preorders are expected to ship sometime in December 2018. You can also find her from these other online stores!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Use code MIKUFAN1 until May 31st for $5 off)
> CDJapan
> Good Smile Company
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan

May 202018
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes at 8th place in Super GT round 3 this weekend at the Suzuka circuit. The team started off at 3rd place in the beginning of the race, and rose to the 2nd before the last few laps. It was all in that very few instances that we were overtaken, and everything happened in a flash. Despite the result, the team says it turns out to be a very interesting race for the team.

The next round will take place abroad in Thailand at Chang International Circuit on June 31st~July 1st. Below is the Round 3 cheer illustration by Kanzaki Hiro, the official Racing Miku 2018 illustrator. Fight, GSR!

May 182018
 

It’s not too often that we here at MikuFan will offer our criticism on a particular topic, but we do when we feel it’s well-placed and justified. And in the case of Goodsmile Racing and their Personal Sponsors program, we feel there’s issues that need to be addressed.

Starting in 2012, Goodsmile Racing opened their personal sponsors program to overseas applicants, and this year marks the 7th year since they allowed this change. And this year also happens to mark the first time that I (the writer of this article) pledged the top Figma course of 70,000 Yen in the overseas personal sponsors. You can see MikuFan.com’s name on the overseas sponsors list as a result of that pledge: http://www.goodsmileracing.com/sponsors/user_data/sponsor_list_en.php

It always bothered me a little that they separated overseas and domestic sponsors to different lists, but I accepted that. However, I was naturally also very much looking forward to the personal sponsor benefits, and reviewing them for our followers.

Sure enough, the green personal sponsors card arrived, along with the acrylic keychain and ticket holder. But I remembered something about Goodsmile Racing offering additional benefits, such as different colored cards depending on the tier you pledged, or amount pledged over time on qualifying goods. And sure enough when double checking, I was right.

Not only that, there was a very large list of goods available only to Japanese sponsors, and not overseas sponsors. The cards were only the tip of the iceberg. Here’s the physical items excluded from overseas sponsors and their required tiers:

Cards
Gold Card – 50,001 Yen or more
Platinum Card – 100,001 Yen or more
Black Card – 300,001 Yen or More

Goods
Sponsors Pin Badge – 3,000 Yen
Can Badge Voucher (redeem at circuit) – 3,001 Yen or more
Original Sponsors business Cards – 5,000 Yen
Clear File – 50,001 Yen or more
Rucksack – 300,001 Yen or more

There’s even more benefits offered, such as chances to be a GSR staff member for the day at the race circuit, a turn at waving the team racing flag, and more. All of which are excluded from the overseas sponsors page. I can see the benefits for 300,001 Yen or higher being excluded from the overseas page, since no options higher than 70,000 are offered (an issue in itself, but not the issue right now). But GSR, in theory, should have no reason financially or logistically to deny their overseas sponsors the benefits up to the 50,001 Yen tier. I sent GSR an email inquiring simply about the gold card, since I was a 70,000 Yen sponsor, and this was their response:

Dear MikuFan.com,

Thank you for contacting us.

We’re very sorry, but the Personal Sponsors Ranking System is currently not available for our international sponsors.

We’re very sorry for any inconvenience and hope for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Goodsmile Racing Customer Support

Simply put, if you don’t live in Japan, you’re not entitled to the same benefits as the sponsors living within Japan. Even though overseas sponsors pay the exact same amount (actually more, since we have higher shipping costs!) for personal sponsors and the benefits, GSR thinks its perfectly fine to give us less. Unequal treatment of their sponsors is perfectly acceptable.

In the 7 years of accepting personal sponsor applications from overseas, they couldn’t find a way to make benefits equal to everyone? I find that simply unacceptable. Based on this, GSR had two different ways to prevent this problem, rather than segregating their sponsors:

– Not opening personal sponsors overseas at all (worst option)
– Not offering Japan-only exclusives until they figure out how to make benefits equal for everyone (best option)

Due to Goodsmile racing’s current stance in treating their sponsors unfairly, we can no longer recommend overseas sponsors using the English version of GSR’s sponsors website. Instead, we recommend sponsors register accounts and pledge their sponsorships on the Japanese Goodsmile Racing Personal Sponsors website.

Japanese Personal Sponsors page: http://www.goodsmileracing.com/sponsor/personal/

Simply set up an account on the Japanese site, and set your address to either a proxy service, or the home of a friend if you have one, to finally enjoy equal benefits.

Of course, there’s likely to be fans that would like to pitch their pledge and show their support for GSR, no matter what the benefits in return would be. And that’s okay. However, we feel GSR’s diverse and unequal treatment of their sponsors is not okay. And the fans in Japan I’ve spoken to also agree. To quote one friend and sponsor from Japan:

“As long as we are recruiting sponsors from overseas, everyone has the right to equality. I strongly tell you that the feeling of supporting Racing Miku is common to all the world.”

We hope Goodsmile Racing will take this feedback into consideration and fix their system sooner rather than later.

May 152018
 

The Hatsune Miku GT project, the racing team run by fans, has reached its 10th anniversary this year! In celebration of the project’s 10th anniversary, Goodsmile Racing has launched a special site with new exciting announcements to share. Featured on the site is all the Racing Miku designs to date.

The artists for each year are as follow, from left to right: redjuice, Yuichi Murakami, GAN, saitom, OguchiShigeto Koyama, Taiki, Mai Yoneyama, Tony Taka, and Hiro Kanzaki.

Firstly, a special 10th anniversary exhibition will be held at Akiba CO Gallery in Akihabara on May 30th~June 17th. Secondly, due to various requests from individual sponsors and fans, the past Racing Miku will be getting new merchandises! Stay tuned for more details!

Lastly, a memorial photo contest will be held, where the contest is divided into three categories.

Ten Years Memories of Races

Ten Years Memories of Racing Miku Supporters (Racing Queens)

Ten Years Memories of Figures/Goods

Special Prizes

  • The first and second places for SNS prizes will be decided by votes
  • The Director & Drivers prize will be selected by the team manager Ukyo Katayama, and the drivers, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka
  • The Miku Supporters prize will be selected by the Racing Miku supporters 2018 (Racing Queens)
  • The Aki prize will be elected by the entrant representative Takanori Aki.

Official site: http://www.goodsmileracing.com/10th/
Photo Contest’s Gallery: http://www.goodsmileracing.com/photo-contest/

First launched in 2008, the project has long been running under its slogan “the racing team run by fans”. With supports from fans and sponsors worldwide, the team has conquered over three championships in the last decade (2011, 2014, and 2017, respectively). The next round of this season will soon take place at Suzuka circuit this weekend on May 19th~20th. Fight, GSR!

May 102018
 

Good Smile Company’s live stream event has finished, and there’s quite a bit of news to share! If you missed your chance to watch it live, you can still cast your votes for Snow Miku 2019’s outfit design on the web poll → https://event.goodsmile.info/snowmiku2019/en/index.html

Here’s everything we saw announced and revealed during the stream!

New Figures, Goods & Reveals

  • Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017 ver.
  • Nendoroid Racing Miku 2013: Sepang ver.
  • Racing Miku 2017 SPA ver. 1/7 Scale Figure
  • Hatsune Miku: Vintage Dress ver. 1/7 Scale figure
  • “Piyokuru” Product Line Announced
  • Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese ver. GIFT Plushie
  • Tony returns to draw Racing Miku SUZUKA 10HOURS ver. for 2018


 
The last part of the stream was of course the long-awaited community vote! There were 6 finalists to choose from.

Finalist #1: RAHWIA – http://piapro.jp/t/liso
Finalist #2: – L F – – http://piapro.jp/t/70Dn
Finalist #3: mgr – http://piapro.jp/t/1oP2
Finalist #4: ermo – http://piapro.jp/t/Mne6
Finalist #5: トバキョーコ – http://piapro.jp/t/e6cX
Finalist #6: 三日 – http://piapro.jp/t/579f

Outfit design #2 by “- L F -” was the live stream vote with 27.5% of viewers voting in the outfit’s favor! However, this was just the first phase of the voting. You can also cast your vote on the official online poll until May 17th JST! → https://event.goodsmile.info/snowmiku2019/en/index.html