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 272020
 

If you didn’t manage to get in on the beta version of Hatsune Miku NT, the official release is now here! The release isn’t without caveats, however, as only part of the software is ready for launch day.

The Original+ vocal database is the only one immediately available for use, as the Whisper+ and Dark+ DBs are being further refined before they’re pushed out as an addition via an update at a later date. This update will be provided for free to purchasers of the software. CFM staff has issued an apology for the delay in the inclusion of the other DBs.

Hatsune Miku NT via Sonicwire(Digital) → https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt
Hatsune Miku NT via Crypton Web Store (Physical box with DL code) → https://ec.crypton.co.jp/pages/prod/virtualsinger/mikunt

A new demo has also been released, showcasing the raw vocal capabilities of the software, with very minimal tuning or adjustment. Everything showcased uses features built natively into the Hatsune Miku NT software and accompanying editor. The songs featured, in order, are cover versions of “Milk Crown on Sonechka” by yuzy, “Imerpial Girl” by R Sound Design, and “Hm? Ah, Yes.” by ChouchouP.

Lastly, a couple new main visual artworks were uploaded to the official Sonicwire page! The first is another standing pose of Hatsune Miku NT by iXima. Others may be added later, so be sure to check the page for updates. iXima also tweeted the photo below:

The second illustration uploaded as the background for the “Voice Library Summary” section is a beautiful illustration by Rella! They’ve also made the illustration available on their Twitter:

Nov 052020
 

The official costume design for the upcoming Hatsune Miku NT virtual singer software has been released! Hatsune Miku NT, which is releasing later this month, will once again feature main visual art by iXima, who has been the software art designer since Hatsune Miku V3’s release in 2013.

Hatsune Miku NT design by iXima, photo via Sonicwire.

The new outfit design has a few subtle changes that add more frilly accents to the outfit, and some design elements that seem to take queues from the V4C design, such as the round hairbands. The arm sleeve and some mechanical design elements were created with assistance from Rella. Most notably, there is an increase in the volume of Miku’s hair compared to the V4X design, which some fans have humorously noted.

Boxart renders, a download version thumbnail and even design concept sketches have been released on a Sonicwire Blog update:

Hatsune Miku NT is set to officially release on November 27th, and will be Crypton Future Media’s first release of Hatsune Miku that uses their own proprietary singing synthesis engine, rather than VOCALOID, CevIO, Synthesizer V or other competing software. How this venture will fare among fans is yet to be seen, but we’re excited to see how Miku NT will perform!

Hatsune Miku NT (Boxed version): https://ec.crypton.co.jp/pages/prod/virtualsinger/mikunt
Hatsune Miku NT (DL version): https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt

Oct 292020
 

There’s a couple news bits to cover from earlier this week, which cover the topics of Hatsune Miku NT and Miku Expo 2021, so let’s get to it!

While Crypton Future Media has yet to officially post the release date of Hatsune Miku NT in an announcement, it seems the official product page has already been updated with a release date: November 27th, 2020!

Hatsune Miku NT Product Page → https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt

The prototype/beta version of the software is already available for those that have preordered it, so you can enjoy a sneak peek of the new features before release.

Finally, a new song contest for Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has been announced! The song chosen as the grand prize winner will be performed at Miku Expo 2021 Online when the crowdfunding goal is reached (more news on the crowdfunding campaign is expected soon). Two runner-up winners will also be selected. The contest deadline is November 30th at 11:00 AM JST.

The grand prize winner of the contest will not only have their song played during the online event, it will also be a featured downloadable song during the crowdfunding campaign. The winner will also receive 100,000 JPY Sonicwire voucher, and an assortment of Hatsune Miku and Piapro Character goods.

Runner-ups will also have their songs featured as downloadable content in the fundraiser, receive 30,000 JPY of Sonicwire credit, and Hatsune Miku and Piapro Character merch.

For the complete contest guidelines and rules, please check the official contest page! → https://mikuexpo.com/online2021/contest_en.html

Sep 302020
 

The long-awaited release of Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku is finally here! The game is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. While it’s only officially released in Japan, the game is still playable as long as you can either side-load the game (Android) or register a Japan region account (iOS). We’re hoping it will eventually get a release outside of Japan as well!

Project Sekai Official Site → https://pjsekai.sega.jp/
Official Twitter → https://twitter.com/pj_sekai

Download (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Download (iOS): https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/プロジェクトセカイ-カラフルステージ-feat-初音ミク/id1489932710

The game was a joint effort by SEGA and Colorful Palette, using a lot of talent behind the popular BanG Dream! Girls Band Party mobile game. Let’s take a look at the announcements that came with this release!

1: 20 Songs Added Over 20 Days Campaign

Over the period of the next 20 days, starting October 1st (JST), a new song will be added to the game every day at 3:00 PM! Be sure to grab them and try them out as soon as they’re released.

2: 39 Login Campaign

Everyone who logs into the game during the promotion period will receive 300 crystals daily, which can be repeated for up to 13 days to receive a total of 3900 crystals! This daily login promotion ends October 30th at 3:59 AM JST.

3: Release Commemorative Live

To commemorate the game’s release, virtual live events featuring Project Sekai characters will be hosted ingame daily from September 30th ~ October 6th, JST! These performances will be held 6 times a day at the following times: 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:00 PM. The final show will be at 12:00 AM on October 7th.

4: Enjoy Virtual Live Together Campaign

By inviting friends to private rooms for the virtual live events, you can earn up to an additional 200 crystals per day! This promotion runs for the same time period as the Commemorative Live. The rewards are as follows: 2~5 people rewards 50 crystals, 6~10 people rewards 100 crystals, 11 or more people rewards 200 crystals.

5: Release Commemorative Gacha

A commemorative gacha featuring Hatsune Miku and other virtual singers, as well as Project Sekai characters is being held until October 9th at 2:59 PM JST. When using the “10 times” gacha selection, there is guaranteed to be at least one 3-star member reward. And for the first time, 4-star members will come with their live outfits attached.

Via Piapro Blog