Sep 122019
 

The official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel has uploaded a recording of the live performance of “Bless Your Breath” from Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019 in Tokyo! Check it out below:

Additionally, a digest video of the Magical Mirai 2019 exhibition in Osaka has been uploaded, summarizing the various activities from the event:

Feel free to share some of your own positive memories from the event in the comments below!

Sep 102019
 

Based on the visual by Kanzaki Hiro, the Racing Miku 2018 Summer Ver. 1/7 scale figure is now open for preorder! She’s now available on Good Smile Company’s online shop and other online stores!

Featuring the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project.
Presenting a 1/7th scale figure of the official character of the 2018 Hatsune Miku GT Project: Racing Miku 2018 Summer Ver.! Popular illustrator Hiro Kanzaki’s original illustration has been brought to life in meticulous detail.

Translucent parts are utilized for recreating her hair in order to give it a delicate, slightly see-through appearance. Don’t miss the masterful sculpting of her toned legs, stomach and shoulders shown off in her Summer Ver. outfit. Be sure to add her to your collection!

*This product is a GSR coupon item.
https://www.goodsmileracing.com/sponsors/coupon/?language=en

Preorders open now until October 10th at 12:00 JST. She’s priced at 16,500 yen on Good Smile Company’s online shop, and will ship in December 2020. She’s also available from these online stores!

Product Page
https://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/8772/
Check out the review on Kahotan’s blog for more photos!
 → https://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2019/09/06/racing-miku-2018-summer-ver/

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Sep 092019
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes in 4th place after a chaotic dry and wet race at Autopolis with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG GT3 qualifying in 6th place the day before, only to climb up one more position as the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R GT3 got a grid penalty forcing them to start in 7th.

The race started off with the #4 Miku AMG overtaking the #7 D’Station Aston Martin at the at the start of the race. With just 3 laps into the race the safety car was deployed due to the #1 Raybrig NSX-GT crashing into the barriers forcing them to retire and possibly ending their chances for a second championship for the team in GT500 which saw 2009 Formula One champion Jenson Button and his teammate Naoki Yamamoto take the championship last year.

The race would restart with the #61 Subaru BRZ returning to the garage due to gearbox problems making way for the #4 Miku AMG to fight for the lead with the #25 Hoppy 86 MC and the #52 Toyota Mark X MC, which would end up with Hoppy losing the battle and placing the Mark X and Miku AMG in first and second respectively.

The lead of the race in the GT300 category would change with the #4 Miku AMG overtaking the #52 Mark X and gradually widening the gap giving the team a slight advantage for the time being.

That gap would then be gone for nothing as Fuji 500 miles’ GT300 winner the #87 T-Dash Lamborghini Huracan GT3 stops in the middle of the track. Fearing that a safety car would be deployed because the pitlane closes during the safety car, several teams opted to pit in to change to wet weather tyres as rain started approaching towards the circuit. This also caused havoc in the pitlane with cars not being able to stop parallel with the pitlane and even un-safe releases causing collisions with cars leaving the pitlane.

While the chaos was happening at the pitlane, meanwhile on the track the #22 RQ’s AMG spins out crashing into the barriers as it struggled for grip on the wet track with their dry slick tyres putting them out of the race. Sooner or later the race would restart only to be deployed shortly after a few laps later as the #9 Pacific Mirai Akari Porsche spins out into the gravel but was able to recover in the end. The #360 RunUp GT-R also spun during the safety car taking out one of the cameras with it.

Eventually the race would restart with teams either racing with dry slick tyres or wet weather tyres. Mixing up the field as parts of the track were both wet and dry. As the race was reaching its closing stages, the lead of the GT300 category was still up for grabs with the #720 McLaren 720 GT3 taking the lead from the #88 Manepa Lamborghini. But suddenly from out of no where was the #60 Syntium Lexus RC F GT3 charging in snatching the lead as the one of the only teams to stay on the dry slick tyres throughout the whole race which would see them take victory in the GT300 category. Meanwhile further behind the #4 Miku AMG was still fighting for position overtaking the #96 K-Tunes Lexus on the final lap placing the team in 4th place until the checkered flag. That gave Nobuteru Taniguchi a cheeky expression.

Congratulations to the #39 Denso Lexus LC500 and the #60 Syntium Lexus for winning at Autopolis. Goodsmile Racing now stands 7th in the championship. With only two rounds to go and 15 points behind the leading team, the #55 ARTA NSX GT3. Goodsmile can still fight for the championship but the chances are very slim.

The next race will be on the 21st and 22nd of September at Sportsland Sugo. Until then. Fight, GSR!

Sep 062019
 

The past week has brought quite a bit of Hatsune Miku figure news, from updates to past announcements to refreshing ones that certainly caught us off guard in awe. Here’s a roundup of Hatsune Miku figure announcements from the past week if you missed them, as gathered in the list below!

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Kigurumi Agumon Ver.

Via GSC’s Kahotan

Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Price: TBA
Release date: TBA

Hatsune Miku: 7 Net Shopping Ver. Figure

Via Taito Toys, Illustration by 黒星紅白

Manufacturer: TAITO
Price: TBA
Release date: March 2020

Hatsune Miku: Noodle Stopper Figure

Via FuRyu Figure, Illustration by 黒星紅白 (sketch)

Manufacturer: FuRyu
Price: TBA
Release date: September 20th (prize figure release)

Hatsune Miku: Miku Expo 2019 Taiwan & Hong Kong Ver. Figure

Via Alphamax

Manufacturer: Alphamax
Price: TBA
Release date: TBA

Racing Miku 2019 Ver. Figure

Via Goodsmile Racing

Manufacturer: SHINE
Price: TBA
Release date: TBA

Racing Miku 2018 Summer Ver. figure

Via review by GSC’s Kahotan (preorders open September 10th!)

Manufacturer: Max Factory
Price: TBA
Release date: TBA

Sep 042019
 

At the recent Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019 in Tokyo, Crypton Future Media’s Wataru Sasaki (head of Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Character development) announced in a talk session some details regarding Hatsune Miku and the other Piapro Character vocal synth software development from this point moving forward.

Simply put, Crypton Future Media will be moving Hatsune Miku and their other characters away from Yamaha’s VOCALOID engine. This is arguably the biggest change to happen to Hatsune Miku’s software since her initial release in 2007, so there’s understandably quite a few fans that might be confused as to what this means, and might even be worried. So here’s a rundown of what the known changes are, and what they will mean for Vocaloid fans as consumers, and Vocaloid music creators.

– Hatsune Miku’s voicebank, along with Crypton’s other character voicebanks, will become less tied to Yamaha’s VOCALOID engine.
– There will be no updates utilizing Yamaha’s VOCALOID 5 engine.
– A new engine/product for the characters was developed using in-house algorithms by Crypton Future Media.
– This new engine has been in development for 2 years.
– The ‘identity’ of the voices are planned to remain the same with the new engine.
– This new product is aimed to be compatible with existing tools.
– The new product is currently not named.
– 11 new effector VSTs will be included in the new product. These include Cherry Pie, HS Booster, Vocal Drive and more.
– Patches/updates to the voicebanks themselves will now be possible.
– The new product will be released as a new series along with the next generation Piapro Studio in 1H 2020.
– Relationships with Yamaha will continue going forward (vocal synth promotion, and other partnerships).
– More info on this change is expected later this year.

Effector VST demo video

What does this mean for Hatsune Miku and Cryptonloid fans as listeners? Possibly not too much, since this move aims to keep Miku sounding mostly as she currently does, while adding more functionality and enhancing the tools available to the music producers. And for the producers, this translates to more options and flexibility in production, and possibly even a lower product price since there wont be a royalty fee paid to Yamaha in future product iterations.

These changes allow Crypton more flexibility in in the updates and add-ons to their software, which creates more exciting possibilities in the future for everyone! For further details, we will have to wait for more in-depth announcements from Crypton Future Media and Yamaha later this year.

Thank you to Ejiwarp for sharing info from the info panel!