May 062019
 

The Miku Expo 5th anniversary official music video “Lucky☆Orb” is finally out! This vividly vibrant and snappy music video features the upbeat theme song from our beloved producer emon(Tes.), model by the famous Kasoku Sato, and Fantasista Utamaro as the director, whom you may recognize from kz‘s “Tell Your World”.

The official Miku Expo website has also been renewed in the new style! Check them out now!

Miku Expo 5th anniversary official website: https://mikuexpo.com/

Mar 032019
 

The art design Fan Forge by For Fans By Fans for the Miku Expo 2019 tour has begun! That means this is your chance to submit art designs for a chance to win prizes, as well as have your artwork featured on officially licensed goods!

Even if you can’t draw, you can still vote! You can follow the link below to submit your vote and/or art designs. For Fans By Fans is accepting entries for T-shirts, art prints, messenger bags, mousepads and wallets.

Submissions Deadline: April 4th @ 11:59 PM PST.
Link: https://www.forfansbyfans.com/feature/hatsune-miku-fan-forge-info

The grand prize winner will receive either a Taiwan or Hong Kong concert ticket, or a special tour goods package. Two more runner ups will also receive the tour goods package. And finally, all winners will receive commission on sales of goods sold with their artwork!

Important Guidelines
– Design something original, creative and inspired by any of the piapro characters.
– Must be 18 years of age or older (Under 18 allowed with guardian consent). Submissions are open internationally to all countries.
– We will not accept “mash-ups” or “cross-overs”.
– Use only characters from the Piapro family;
“Hatsune Miku”, “Kagamine Rin”, “Kagamine Len”, “Megurine Luka”, “Kaito” and “Meiko”.
– Don’t submit similar versions of the same design. This will only divide your votes.
– Your own take on or own versions of costumes is encouraged. BUT, please do not use costumes created by other artists in the community.

Feb 182019
 

Early reservations for Miku Expo 2019 in Hong Kong’s VIP tickets have been announced for release on February 22nd at 2:00 PM local Hong Kong time! Reservations will remain open until February 28th at 11:59 PM, or when tickets run out. Grab them from the link below!

Miku Expo 2019 in Hong Kong Ticket Page: https://timable.com/event/1761071

Miku Expo 2019 in Hong Kong will take place at STAR HALL on July 27th, 2019, and will be the 2nd location of the 2019 tour. The first stop will be Taiwan on May 11th, 2019 at New Taipei City Exhibition Hall.

Miku Expo 2019 in TW&HK: https://mikuexpo.com/twhk2019/

Jan 192019
 

Overseas ticket sales for Hatsune Miku Expo 2019 in Taiwan are now open! You can grab them from the following page. Please note the website is in Chinese-only, but tickets ARE purchasable from overseas.

Ticket page: https://ticket.com.tw/application/UTK02/UTK0201_.aspx?PRODUCT_ID=N01HDKMV

Taiwan’s Miku Expo event is scheduled to take place at New Taipei City Exhibition Hall on May 11th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Accomodation plan applications are open until January 25th @ 5:00 PM JST. Check those out here: http://entame.knt.co.jp/tour/2019/05/mikuexpo/en/index.html

Miku Expo 2019 HK & TW Official Site: https://mikuexpo.com/twhk2019/

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.