Nov 082019
 

Now this was a genius idea: A Racing Miku themed talking coin bank, where Miku grabs your coins and stores them safely for you! The manufacturer SHINE thought to make exactly this with not just one, or even two, but FOUR versions to choose from! These adorable chatting coin banks are now available for preorder.

A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank!
A talking and moving Racing Miku coin bank! Place a coin down and Racing Miku will peek out from the box and take your coin! She’ll say all kinds of phrases or even sing as she moves her hand to take your coin! Each color variation comes with 3 different kinds of stickers.

The coin bank is available for preorders until around early December 2019 from most online stores, and is typically priced for about 4,000 Yen ($40). It’s expected to ship in January 2020. Check it out from these online stores!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Supports MikuFan! Save 11% on 11/11 with code W1111)
> Good Smile US Shop
> Amazon Japan

Lastly, here’s a preview of how it works from SHINE on Twitter!

Nov 052019
 

Goodsmile Racing finished the season finale of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi in 5th position after struggling during the qualifying session the previous day and were out of championship contention as they failed to secure pole position. The team qualified in 7th.

The race went underway with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG overtaking the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R at the start of the race. There were overtakes here and there as teams have been let go of all their success ballast in the shortest race of the season at only 250 kilometres or 53 laps.

The #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R suffered an engine failure on the 15th lap forcing the car to retire. No Safety car was deployed.

As the race reached its halfway point, teams started to do their pit stops. This would play an important role to the position of when cars would come out of the pitlane especially with a championship at risk in both categories.

While the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 was sitting comfortably in a good position to win the championship. Meanwhile in GT500 the fight was still on for the championship with the #37 Keeper TOM’s LC500 leading the race and the #6 WAKO’s LC500 needing at least 2nd place to secure the championship. The latter would then overtake the #36 au TOM’s after a late lunge and both cars going off the track.

In the end, the #37 Keeper TOM’s won the race but the #6 WAKO’s won the championship in the GT500 category by just 2 points. Meanwhile in GT300 the #65 Leon AMG was hoping for a third consecutive win at Motegi but suddenly, the car slowed down as it was reaching the finish line. The car has run out of fuel! And the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R snatched the win from them! The #55 ARTA NSX would secure the championship finishing in fourth place followed by the #4 Miku AMG in fifth place.

Goodsmile Racing has placed 4th in the drivers’ championship standing. It was still an impressive finish even after struggling with race pace and strategies. ARTA has got their redemption after losing to the title last year to Leon. A provisional 2020 calendar was unveiled which would see the return of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013 and will be Super GT’s first ever night race.

The season may be over but there will be one more race which is the Super GT x DTM Dream Race where GT500 cars would once again take on the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters that is happening on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fuji International Speedway. This is a non-championship race, so it does not affect the standings. GT300s will also be racing in a separate support race during the weekend.

Until then, Fight GSR!

Nov 012019
 

Taito Toys has just announced the latest addition to the Hatsune Miku prize figure line – a new Sakura Miku prize figure based on the design by iXima! She comes adorned with additional Sakura flowers to her lightly-colored twintails, a noticeably larger pair of her signature cherry hair holders, and her very own Sakura-shaped stand.

She’ll be available via the local arcades by spring 2020. Alternatively, you can find her from the many online retailers when she’s available.

Taito Prize 
https://www.taito.co.jp/prize
Taito Toys on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/Taito_Toys

 

Oct 242019
 

The official website for Snow Miku 2020 has been updated with a new main visual artwork, a teaser for the theme song, accommodations, a DJ Live event, and the “Snow Miku Train” reveal and operation schedules. Check out the details below!

The main visual art for this year was drawn by Hanekoto, a highly popular light novel artist and character designer. Snow Miku just looks so charming and sweet with that marching band theme! This artwork, along with many future others, will be featured in various promotions during the Snow Miku event in Sapporo.

A 50 second teaser for the Snow Miku 2020 theme song, titled “Poka Poka no Hoshi” (Cozy Planet) has been uploaded to the official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel. The music and lyrics were written by none other than Harumaki Gohan, and sets a pleasant and light atmosphere.

A live DJ performance by Vocaloid creators will be held at Sound Lab Mole on Friday, February 7th. More info on this event will come later!


Official tour packages and accommodations will be opened to overseas visitors starting at 17:00 JST on October 31st. Package plans include hotel stays, Snow Miku 2020 Nendoroid and figma reservations, and tour-limited original goods. The English version of the Snow Miku 2020 website will be updated with a banner linking to the accommodations once they’ve opened.

Note: Due to a bug caused by poor website coding last year, many overseas fans missed out on accommodation reservations. To avoid this bug, we advise setting your device time to Japan time when attempting to reserve your accommodation.

The “Snow Miku Train” is making a return this year starting November 25th! The vehicle will be in operation daily from 7:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM until March 25th. As usual, expect it to be wrapped in the Nendoroid and figma designs, with promotional posters hung inside the train car.

An early public preview of the train will be available on November 24th from 10:30~14:00 at the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau Train Office (Sapporo City Chuo-ku South 21 West 16th Street). We’ll share the photos in a later article once they’re available!

Snow Miku 2020 Official Site (EN):
https://snowmiku.com/2020/index_en.html

Snow Miku 2020 Official Site (JP):
https://snowmiku.com/2020/

Oct 232019
 

In a livestream held by SEGA earlier today, we finally got new details announced for Project Sekai, a new mobile game in development from Colorful Palette, a new sub-studio by Craft Egg, which developed the highly-successful mobile game BanG Dream! A new official website along with a new main visual was also launched.

Project Sekai: Colorful Stage Main Visual

Offical Site: https://pjsekai.sega.jp/

Titled “Project Sekai: Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku”, the rhytm/band game is essentially a clone of BanG Dream!, but with a different story and tweaks to include Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Characters (Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin & Len, Megurine Luka, Meiko and Kaito).

One of the game’s protagonists, named Ichika Hoshino, lives in real-world modern Japan, where virtual singers exist only as virtual, just like our own real world. She somehow comes across a new world called “Sekai”, which was born from ideas. These ideas/worlds are also where Vocaloid songs were born from.

Depending on the world/thoughts, the characters can take on different appearances. The goal of each world is to discover the “name/meaning” of the songs, and work together with the Vocaloid of that world to sing the songs. This allows the song to become realized into the real world. 5 sekai worlds are planned: Band, Idol, Street, Musical and Underground.

The gameplay features original 3DPVs for each song (with an optional 2D background if you find it too distracting), and conversations between characters in a Live2D style. Hatsune Miku’s character will be voiced by Fujita Saki, with her voice tuned to sound more Miku-ish.


You will be able to freely choose between Project Sekai versions (covers) of Vocaloid songs, or the original versions of the songs while playing the game. If you choose the original songs, they will be performed by the Virtual Singers. If you choose the Sekai version, one or more of the virtual singers for that song will join the original characters.

There will be various outfits the characters can wear, and 5 levels of difficulty to appease even the greatest masters of mobile rhythm games.

Six songs have been announced for the game so far, with more to be added later. These are:

– Just be Friends by Dixie Flatline
– Sweet Magic by Junky
– Viva Happy by Mitchie M
– Miracle Paint by OSTER project
– Rettou Joutou by Reol/Giga
– Roki by MikitoP

In addition to the songs, various producers have also been announced for producing content for the game: DECO*27, Mitchie M, Giga, PinocchioP, and Mafumafu are the first to be confirmed. Mitchie M and Giga are also working together on the game’s first theme song.

Below are the different bands and characters in the game!

LEO/NEED

A band featured in a Sekai that looks like a classrom. The characters are Shibu Hinomori (CV: Yuki Nakashima), Ichika Hoshino (CV: Ruriko Noguchi), Saki Tenma (CV: Karin Isobe), Honami Mochizuki (CV: Reina Ueda). They are accompanied by Miku and Luka.

More More Jump!

An idol group featured in a Sekai that looks like a live performance stage. The characters are Airi Momoi (CV: Ai Furihata), Haruka Kiritani (CV: Mayu Yoshioka), Minori Hanasato (CV: Yui Ogura), and Shizuku Hinomori (CV: Rina Honizumi). They are accompanied by Miku and Rin.

Vivid Bad Squad

A street group of street performers gathered together in a Sekai of, well.. Streets! The characters are Asato Shinonome (CV: Fumiya Imai), An Shiraishi (CV: Tomomi Jiena Sumi), Kohane Azusawa (CV: Akina), and Touya Aoyagi (CV: Kento Itou). They are accompanied by Len, Miku and Meiko.

Wonderlands x Showtime

A musical group that looks ready to perform! The characters are Rui Kamishiro (CV: Shunichi Toki), Emu Ootori (CV: Hina Kino), Tsukasa Tenma (CV: Daisuke Hirose), and Nene Kusanagi (CV: Machico). They are accompanied by Miku and Kaito.

25-ji, Night Chord de

An underground group that only performs at night. The characters are Mizuki Akiyama (CV: Hinata Satou), Kanade Yoisaki (CV: Tomori Kusunoki), Mafuyu Asahina (CV: Rui Tanabe), and Ena Shinonome (CV: Minori Suzuki). They are accompanied by a different-looking Miku with white hair.

-= Release Info =-
Project Sekai will be released for both iOS and Android platforms, although the release date is still TBA. There is also no mention of an overseas release at this time.

Via Siliconera