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!





Feb 102021
 

WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU 32 has kicked off with its usual bang, and brought us some new and exciting Hatsune Miku figure reveals and announcements! Before we get to those, however, it is important to note that Nendoroid and figma Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. are both available for order and preorder right now from the Good Smile Company online shops. The Nendoroid is available for immediate order in limited quanitities, afterwards normal preorders will be taken until March 29th, so act quick!

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. Preorder Links
Goodsmile USA
Good Smile Online Shop

figma Snow Miku: Glowing Snow ver. Preorder Links
Goodsmile USA
Good Smile Online Shop

 

New Figure Announcements

 

Title: Hatsune Miku: Land of the Eternal
Scale: 1/8 Scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA
Other notes: Based on artwork by RELLA

Title: Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2021 ver.
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company/Goodsmile Racing
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: Hatsune Miku: Virtual Pop Star Ver.
Scale: 1/7 Scale
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Release Date & Price: TBA
Other notes: Based on artwork by Mikimoto

Title: Hatsune Miku: Love is War Refined Ver.
Scale: 1/8 Scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: HELLO GOOD SMILE Hatsune Miku/Kagamine Rin/Kagamine Len
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Title: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku (New Series)
Scale: Non-scale
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Release Date & Price: TBA

Via WHL4U





Jan 112021
 


The Kickstarter campaign for Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has finally come to a close, and reached an impressive 245% of the original project goal! The initial goal of 25 Million Yen was reached within the first 9 hours of the Kickstarter going live, and finished with a total of 61,265,492 Yen from 3,588 backers. This was enough to complete all stretch goals, and allows for the fully fledged AR concert experience this Summer. Here’s the details!

▼ Event name
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2021 Online

▼ Date and time
– Early June 2021
*Detailed date and time will be announced at a later date

▼ Concert information
– AR online concert by Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters
– The set list consists of 16 songs including the winning song of the song contest.
– Free delivery from Sapporo to domestic and overseas
*Detailed information including how to participate will be announced at a later date.

▼ Sub-event information *Details will be announced at a later date
① MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2021 Online
An online club event featuring artists that are active in various regions both inside and outside Japan.
② #MikuWorldGallery
An online gallery displaying fan art of Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters posted from all over the world via the SNS hashtag project “#MikuWorldGallery”.
③ LET’S PAINT 3.0
An online project that allows you to color your own 3D model of Hatsune Miku on a white background with your personal smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, the official music video for the Miku Expo 2021 Online theme song “Highlight” has been released! The music was composed by KIRA, the illustrations were done by Ekkoberry, and the video was put together by Riguruma.

Lastly, a new main visual artwork for Miku Expo 2021 Online has been released, and is the second main visual drawn by ryota. This illustration will be featured in goods sent as rewards to the Kickstarter backers. The Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako has also been published,

Miku Expo 2021 Online main visual by ryota

Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako

Via CFM