Jun 142021
 

Hatsune Miku is once again lending her aid for safety awareness in the Hokkaido prefecture of Japan! In response to an increase in deadly motorcycle accidents, the Hokkaido Prefectural Police Traffic Department has adopted Hatsune Miku in a motorcyclist safety awareness campaign.

Motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers alike are encouraged to avoid dangerous and unreasonable driving habits, and to avoid speeding through traffic for the safety of yourself and others.

The rather cute campaign artwork featuring Hatsune Miku as a motorcycle police officer was illustrated by Kyushii, and is likely be featured in advertisement spaces across the prefecture to raise safety awareness.

Ride safe out there!

Mar 092021
 

Illustration by Asahi Kuroi

Happy Miku day to Hatsune Miku and all Miku fans! Today is March 9th, or as we Miku fans like to call it, “Miku Day”! It’s our yearly day to show our appreciation for Hatsune Miku, a celebration that started to take off in 2010 thanks to “39” playing a pun on both “Thank You” and “Miku” in Japanese.

We’ll share a few of our favorite illustrations from throughout the day, but feel free to check out more yourself with the #ミクの日 tag on both Pixiv and Twitter!

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Feb 282021
 

Illustration by かんざきひろ


Editor Note: We know we’re late on publishing this one to the site. Work schedules and waiting for news verification both played a factor, but here it is.

A new Hatsune Miku animated series, as well as a webtoons and comics, are currently in the early stages of development. The news officially broke via an exclusive posted by Deadline, and was later confirmed by Graphic India, one of the partners in the series creation.

Crypton Future Media, Graphic India and Carlin West Agency are working together on the new series and comics. Sharad Devarajan and Carlin West and a team of writers will be creating the series, while the development will be overseen by CEO Hiroyuki Itoh of Crypton Future Media.

Hatsune Miku fans will be able to experience an original story with live-action, animation and music. How the “live-action” part is planned to be implemented will be interesting to see.

News regarding a release schedule is not available at this time, but we’ll likely hear more throughout the year.

Via Deadline & Graphic India





Feb 232021
 

Apple Japan has released a new Mac commercial today with the theme of “Made in Japan by using Mac”. The commercial showcases various creations from prefectures across Japan that use Mac computers to bring their projects to reality, and one spot in the middle of the commercial stands out to us: Hatsune Miku makes her spotlight appearance in an Apple Mac commercial for the first time!

Starting at 0:19 into the commercial, Miku makes her surprise appearance with the text “北海度でつくる” (Made in Hokkaido). This brief 1 second scene features a clip taken from the MV for the Miku Expo 5th anniversary theme song “Lucky☆Orb“. This of course is a nod towards Crypton Future Media, which is based in Sapporo. The MV animator, Kasoku Sato, is based in Tokyo.

EDIT: It has been mentioned the commercial is 39 seconds long, which may also be making a reference to Miku. Could be coincidence, but still cool to know!

All in all, it’s exciting to see Hatsune Miku included in a promotion by yet another major tech company! What do you think of Hatsune Miku collaborating with tech companies, and are there any other collaborations you hope to see happen? Feel free to discuss below!





Jan 082021
 

Photo via trafficnews.jp, Hatsune Miku, © Crypton Future Media

Hatsune Miku Airport? The name has a chance at becoming reality, thanks to a list of new names proposed for Sapporo City’s small airport.

Most travel to Sapporo tends to be done through the much larger New Chitose airport, as it is capable of landing and takeoff of much larger aircraft. But residents of Hokkaido are familiar with Sapporo’s own airport, currently named Okadama Airport. There are plans to expand the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, which would allow more direct travel to the popular city. This plan for expansion also brought along the idea of renaming the airport to better represent the city.

“Hello, where will you be traveling today?”
“Hatsune Miku Airport”
←Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

“Hatsune Miku Airport” is one of 10 different names currently on the table for consideration. It would make a nice nod of recognition towards Crypton Future Media, the creators of Hatsune Miku, which was founded and currently still operates in Sapporo City.

Photo via trafficnews.jp

Other names on the list for consideration by Sapporo City are “Sapport”, “Snow Air”, “Sapporo Yuki Matsuri Airport”, and “Sapporo Clock Airport” (after Sapporo’s famous clock tower building).

Via trafficnews.jp