Nov 192020
 

After acheiving all four original funding goals in their kickstarter campaign within just a few days, Crypton Future Media has added two new stretch goals to the Miku Expo 2021 Online kickstarter!

With 51 days left to go in the campaign, here’s the two new stratch goals that have been announced:

45,000,000 JPY – Costume Design Contest
A design contest will be held for a brand new costume for Hatsune Miku to wear in the live show.

50,000,000 JPY – Setlist Extension 3
The live show setlist will be extended to 16 songs.

To accompany the two new campaign stretch goals, two new menu options have also been added:

25,000 JPY – Digital Contents Pack

  • Endroll Credits
  • VIP Newsletter Subscription
  • Theme Song Early Access
  • Live Arrangement Music Download
  • HD Live Show Footage

33,900 JPY – Video Pack Lite

  • Endroll Credits
  • VIP Newsletter Subscription
  • Theme Song Early Access
  • SONOCA Music Download Card Set
  • Live Arrangement Music Download
  • Exclusive Clear File Set
  • Exclusive Piapro Characters Button Badge Set
  • Exclusive Supporter Logo Enamel Pins
  • Exclusive Acrylic Stand
  • Exclusive Muffler Towel
  • Backer Exclusive Tee
  • HD Live Show Footage

Don’t miss out on this last chance to back the first ever online Miku Expo experience!

Kickstarter Project Page → http://kck.st/3pvIKno
Miku Expo Official Site → https://mikuexpo.com/
Miku Expo Official Twitter → https://twitter.com/mikuexpo

Nov 112020
 

Today, the official Hatsune Miku Twitter account announced the beginning of the Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter campaign, managed by Crypton Future Media, aims to bring Miku Expo 2021 to a worldwide audience via online streaming in light of the current world situation.  In order to succeed, the campaign must meet or exceed its initial goal of 25 million yen (roughly 237,748 USD) within 60 days.  As of writing, the campaign has already raised over 9 million yen from more than 200 backers.  The deadline for the initial crowdfunding goal is Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8:48 PM EST.

When the initial goal is met, Miku Expo 2021 Online will have a 10-song setlist.  Beyond that, there are 3 stretch goals that will enhance the experience.  In the best-case scenario, Miku Expo 2021 Online will feature a setlist of 14 songs, along with the Song Contest winner!

If you love Miku and are financially able to do so, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign to help bring Miku to the world in these challenging times.  There are several contribution tiers to choose from, all with different perks and merchandise to be delivered if the campaign is successful.  Details for each tier can be found on the campaign’s Kickstarter page.

  • 1,000 yen – VIP Membership
  • 3,900 yen – Music Pack
  • 5,000 yen – Music Pack Deluxe
  • 8,000 yen – Merch Pack 1
  • 10,000 yen – Merch Pack 2
  • 15,000 yen – Merch Pack 3
  • 20,000 yen – Merch Pack 4
  • 30,000 yen – Merch Pack Deluxe
  • 39,000 yen – Video Pack
  • 50,000 yen – Video Pack Deluxe
  • 75,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack
  • 100,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack Deluxe
  • 390,000 yen – Producer Pack
  • 600,000 yen – Producer Pack Deluxe (all claimed)

As stated on the campaign page, this is an “all or nothing” campaign: Miku Expo 2021 Online is guaranteed only if the initial goal of 25 million yen is met or exceeded.

Let’s help Miku bring smiles to the world in 2021!

 

Nov 092020
 

There’s great news for Hatsune Miku fans across the globe: Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 in Osaka will be available for online live streaming in many more regions around the world! Online tickets are now available for the November 29th (Sun) evening concert, which opens at 6:00 PM JST. The ticket price is set at 2500 JPY/NTD$750 ($25 USD), depending on which streaming service you choose.

Ticketing Detail (English) → https://magicalmirai.com/2020/osaka/special_en.html#special_online
Tickets via Pia → https://ticket.pia.jp/piasp/inbound/magicalmirai2020_osaka_pls.jsp
Tickets via KKBOX → https://kklivetw.kktix.cc/events/magicalmirai2020

In case you miss watching the event live, an archive of the concert will be made available on each platform until December 5th at 5:00 PM JST. Streaming for these platforms appears to be limited to the following regions:

<North America>
United States
<Europe>
Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Portugal, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Switzerland
<Asia Pacific>
India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia
<Latin America and the Caribbean>
Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
<Middle East>
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel
<Africa>
South Africa, Kenya

If you live outside one of these regions, please consider the use of a proxy. If your connection is unstable, you can always watch the archive at a later date!

Magial Mirai 2020 Official Site → https://magicalmirai.com/2020/

Nov 082020
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes in second position at the seventh round of Super GT on the season’s second race at the Twin Ring Motegi. The team qualified in 10th position to set their starting position for the race on the previous day.

The #4 Hatsune Miku AMG would get off to a good start overtaking up to 7th position on the first lap of the race and eventually she would fight her way up to 5th place before making a very early pitstop the moment the pit windows opened only changing the left tyres.

The early pitstop would dramatically give the team a huge advantage in their race strategy as the safety car deployed when the #5 MACH MC86 pulled over retiring from the race. Although some teams stopped for their pitstop fearing the safety car getting deployed, a large majority of the teams opted to stay out. This would theoretically put the Hatsune Miku AMG into the lead in the GT300 category.

The race would restart on the 29th lap and the battle for the lead in GT300 became closer and closer as the Miku AMG was getting stuck in traffic. The #56 Realize GT-R would soon catch up and eventually take the lead after both cars were bumping each other. The latter was then given the black and white flag for the morally hazardous maneuvers against the AMG.

Unfortunately, the Hatsune Miku AMG was not able to take back the lead and would cross the finish line in second place. On the bright side, the team was still satisfied for a second podium in a row after their mediocre performance at the start of the season.

With 15 points scored in this race, Goodsmile Racing is currently 8th in the drivers’ championship. With 20 points behind the leading team, it is inevitable that the team’s chances for the championship would be gone. But they will be aiming for a third podium in a row before the end of the season.


The next race will return to Fuji International Speedway one more time for the season finale on the 28th and 29th of November.

The full race can be seen on The Race YouTube Channel.



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