Jul 112018
 

Someone accidentally let some news slip a little early. It looks like one of YAMAHA’s VOCALOID software partners, AH-Software, confirmed the upcoming announcement of the next generation VOCALOID5 synthesis engine with one of their products listed for preorder on Amazon Japan. YAMAHA themselves have not even announced such a product yet. The release is announced for July 26th, 2018, so we can likely expect YAMAHA to formally announce the VOCALOID5 engine soon.

Link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07DZY25M8/
Webarchive Backup: https://web.archive.org/web/20180711180105/https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07DZY25M8/

The software titled “VOCALOID SAKURANO SORA (COMPLETE) NATURAL & COOL” clearly mentions the inclusion of the VOCALOID5 editor. It even briefly mentions some of the VOCALOID5 editor’s parameters, called “VOICE COLOR, ATTACK & RELEASE”, the last two of which are all-new features we have not heard of before.

What does this mean for Hatsune Miku fans, though? An update to her software can likely be expected sometime in the near future, of course!

Jul 102018
 

Hatsune Miku and NewDays collaboration returns once again but this time with Snow Miku to support Hokkaido! The collaboration, in celebration of Hokkaido’s 150th anniversary, will be bringing a variety of Hokkaido’s specialties starting today at all NewDays, NewDays KIOSK, and KIOSK shops until August 6th. Also included are clear files upon purchases and stamp rally with various prizes.

Fans who make purchases over 700 yen from now until July 23rd will receive a limited edition clear file of Snow Miku in NewDays uniform by KEI, where a second clear file by Mame no Moto will substitute in from July 24th until the end of collaboration. This makes it the second year we’re seeing Miku in her NewDays and JR East uniforms.

A stamp rally with QR codes will also be carried out. The rewards start out small from various designs of clear files to a limited edition Shinkalion the Animation postcard (where Miku piloted a bullet train transforming robot, and yes you read that right), and eventually, a special video with the names of winners called out by Miku herself.

In celebration of the launch of the campaign today, a new music video titled “NEWDAYS” by Michita has been released featuring Hatsune Miku and a Japanese music artist “pinoko” rapping together about Hokkaido. Movie & illustration courtesy of the artist iXima himself.

Enjoy the campaign promotional video and “NEWDAYS” music video now below!

Snow Miku NewDays: https://www.j-retail.jp/info/detail.html?id=3128
Snow Miku Stamp Rally: https://www.stamprally.net/natsukita-miku

Jul 092018
 

That was a bit faster than we expected! The stunning Hatsune Miku: My Dear Bunny ver. scale figure from FREEing is already available for preorder starting today!

The popular “My Dear Bunny” module transformed into a 1/4th scale figure!

From the arcade rhythm game “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade” comes a 1/4th scale figure of Hatsune Miku wearing the “My Dear Bunny” module outfit!

The exquisite gradient of her twin-tails and overall detail of her outfit has been captured in beautiful detail thanks to the large scale! Her net tights are made from real fabric for a truly authentic appearance that really brings out her charm! Be sure to add the carefree and energetic Bunny Miku to your collection!

The figure is available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop until September 6th at 12:00 PM JST. Her price is set at 28,800 Yen ($269.99 USD), although this may vary among different online stores. she’s expected to ship sometime in April 2019.

Grab her from one of the following links, and check out the full gallery of images on the official product page if you’d like to see more!

Check back for updates to pending links.
> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan (Pending)
> Good Smile Company
> Amiami
> Hobby Search (Pending)
> Nippon Yasan

Jul 082018
 

According to a recent TOKYO MX television broadcast, several key details of the Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2018 events have been detailed. Here’s what was announced in the broadcast:

1. Osaka and Tokyo will have different setlists. Possibly a 7~8 song difference between the two venues.
2. The theme song “Greenlights Serenade” will hold some kind of special significance during the concert. (Possible surprises)
3. A lot of high-energy changes to the music setlist. (A very tiring setlist!)
4. No details yet of a Kansai region collaboration (where Osaka is located), will be announced in the future, hopefully.
5: Life-sized Magical Mirai 2018 version Miku statue production in progress.

Thanks to @tomono39 for the summary!
Magical Mirai 2018 official site: http://magicalmirai.com/2018/

Jul 062018
 

FREEing has displayed a fully pained version of their Hatsune Miku: My Dear Bunny ver. 1/4 scale figure at the CCG Expo in Shanghai, China earlier today. This is our first glimpse of the figure’s painted prototype, and gives us a good look from all angles. We love the attention to outfit detail with real fabric used for the fishnet pantyhose!

The figure is based on Hassan’s winning design from SEGA’s module design contest for Project Diva Arcade: Future Tone, which was released as a playable outfit in the game in 2017. According to the display, they are planning to open the figure for orders in January 2019 for 26,667 JPY ($242 USD).

Hopefully more details will emerge as the release date draws closer! Take a look at the images below.

Via Weibo