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 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!

Sep 032019
 

With the end of Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019’s preseale of the Magical Mirai 2018 ver. Nendoroid, that means online preorders are now open!

Miku from Magical Mirai 2018 has arrived!
From “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” comes a Nendoroid of Hatsune Miku wearing her outfit from the Magical Mirai 2018 main visual illustration! Illustrator Mika Pikazo’s colorful and upbeat version of Miku has been brought to life.

She comes with three face plates including an energetic standard expression, a smiling expression and a winking expression often seen during concerts! Her school uniform themed outfit has been perfectly recreated in Nendoroid size. Her megaphone mic decorated with a cube and balloons is included. Both a stand type and handheld megaphone are included allowing for various different poses. Be sure to add her to your collection!

Preorders for this nendoroid will be available from Good Smile Company’s online shop until October 3rd at 12:00 PM JST, and has a price of 5,093 JPY ($48.99 USD). The expected shipping period is around February 2020.

Check out more photos by Kahotan on her review of the figure! → https://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2019/08/30/nendoroid-hatsune-miku-magical-mirai-2018-ver/

> Nendoroid Product page
> Nendoroid Preorder page

Aug 302019
 

Sega has announced a new Hatsune Miku smartphone game project under the title “Project Sekai” developed by Colorful Palette, a new studio by Craft Egg (BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!), with an immediate launch of the teaser site upon the announcement. Not much is known about the game for now, but the target platforms are known to be both iOS and Android. Stay tuned.

Project Sekai Twitter
https://twitter.com/pj_sekai
Teaser Site
http://miku.sega.jp/pjsekai/teaser/