MikuFan was presented the opportunity by GAMO2/DJ-DAO to review the DIVALLER, a custom 3rd party controller for the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA games on PS3, PS4, and Switch (it even works on PC). This controller is styled after the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade cabinet controls, and is built out of a sturdy (and hefty!) aluminum frame.
For this review, we received the DIVALLER, as well as a set of the optional SANWA switches to test the full functionality of the controller with all platforms. We then reached out to Zedamex to request a full professional review. He covers everything from the controller’s feel, operation, modification, repair-ability, and even its latency claims. The controller is also pitted against the official HORI controllers and Project DIVA Arcade cabinets to see how it compares against the competition.
At over 100 minutes, no details are left uncovered. We debunked some misconceptions, and point out some common user mistakes and how to avoid them to ensure the best possible gameplay experience on each console. We suggest watching the full video over on YouTube, and use the convenient timestamps in the video description to skip to sections of interest. Please be sure to give Zedamex some kudos and thanks for his hard work!
This review was not paid for or sponsored, and was created purely out of interest and passion for the controller and Project Diva games. If you’d like to buy one for yourself you can find it at the links below!
Some big updates regarding Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2021 were posted to the official site, which covers the new main visual artwork, theme song, even ticket info and more! Here’s a quick recap of the announcements from June 21st. *Please note that overseas tickets are not being made available due to the ongoing pandemic situation in Japan.*
Main Visual by left
The theme of Magical Mirai 2021 is “Fairy Tale Fantasy“, with the main visual art being designed and drawn by left. Their participation in this year’s event also marks their first collaboration with [email protected] in 10 years. The artwork has a very floral and mythical atmosphere. There’s some concept sketches with costume details for those wanting to draw their own fanart, or even design a cosplay!
Well recognized in the Hatsune Miku fan community, [email protected] is likely a welcome addition by many to the list of Magical Mirai theme song composers. A 15 second teaser CM for the event has been uploaded, featuring a segment of the theme song “Hatsune Creation Myth” playing in the background. We’ll have to wait a while longer for the release of the full song!
Live Concert Ticket Information
The first round of live concert event tickets (SS, S and A applications) for the Osaka and Tokyo performances will go on web lottery advance reservation at on June 25th, 2021 at 12:00 PM JST, and will remain open until July 5th, 2021 at 11:59 PM JST. The second round ticket reservations (for SS, S, A, Magical Viewing Seat and U-18 applications) will be open from July 9th, 2021 at 6:00 PM JST until August 9th, 2021 11:59 PM JST.
The event exhibition in both Osaka and Tokyo will feature various exhibits of goods and the creative culture of Hatsune Miku and friends. A special 15th anniversary exhibit for KAITO’s 15th anniversary will also be displayed at both locations.
Exhibition tickets can be reserved at the same time as the concert ticket application, however they will also be available separately for 500 yen via online application when the information becomes available. Please check the above links regularly for updates on separate exhibition ticket applications.
Accommodation plans for Osaka and Tokyo will open for reservation (domestic residents only) from July 12th, 2021 at 12:00 PM JST through August 5th, 2021 at 12:00 PM JST. Accommodations include hotel stay, a special gift, and an option to reserve a live concert ticket (typically SS section). Further details will be available at a later date through the links below.
After successful launches of several versions of Hatsune Miku in Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Doll series, they’re now looking towards officially adopting a fan-created Nendoroid Doll design to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the series in November 2021!
Good Smile Company is looking for designs from artists around the world to be used in an upcoming Nendoroid Doll Hatsune Miku release. The theme for this art contest is “Win Everyone’s Hearts ♡ Date Outfit Coordination“! (Alternatively, “A date outfit that will strike him/her in the heart ♡“)
Post Tagging: Please submit your artworks with the tag “ねんどろいどどーる” (without quotes). This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection. If this is not done during the submission process, it cannot be changed, and you will have to submit your entry again. This tag should be automatically added if you use this link, or the link at the bottom of this article to begin your art submission.
Tag locking: Please make sure the tag for “ねんどろいどどーる” is locked. This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection.
License Terms: Please submit your artworks without any licenses. This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection. If this is not done during the submission process, it cannot be changed, and you will have to submit your entry again.
Example of incorrect and correct license setting on Piapro submission.
You can submit any number of artworks created by yourself.
High resolution data of the winning design may be requested, so keep all files safe until the winner is announced.
Be sure to use the 3-view templates provided for your illustration.
Please note that detailed expressions and elements may be difficult to recreate in 3D/fabric, so some details may have to be omitted.
Please avoid using an excessive amount of shapes, patterns and colors, as this makes recreation in figure form more difficult.
Please make sure to lock your submission tag.
Please note that some modifications may be made to the chosen design.
Please avoid placing any text information on the submission. However, the corresponding character arm tattoos (i.e., “01”) is fine.
Derivative characters (i.e, Snow Miku and Mikudayo) are not eligible for selection.
Please remember to post your submission without any license conditions (check example above).
The adopted work will require data to be converted to CMYK for printing. Please note this might result in some slight color change.
If you’ve followed all of the rules and guidelines above, you can submit your designs using the link below!
If you did everything correctly, your submission will appear on the collaboration submission list page. If it doesn’t appear, then you probably forgot to remove licensing terms, or forgot to include or lock the “ねんどろいどどーる” tag. Delete your post and then try again!
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.
Live Band & Piapro Characters group photo via @mikuexpo
Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has finally come to a close! The online event featured three concert broadcasts to cover various time zones, and several Digital Stars DJ events to pass the time between concert showings. Below is a recap of the broadcast contents, and some of the new upcoming merch teased during the event!
The full concert spanned nearly 90 minutes and broadcasted a total of 3 times to cover time zones for viewers around the world. 16 songs were featured, some classics, and some new ones! Check out the full setlist below:
In-between the concerts, there was also the Let’s Paint 3.0 activities, and the Digital Stars DJ Live performances before each concert showing. These DJ Lives featured DJs from the U.S. (Tokyo Elvis & Flanger Moose), Japan (Utsu-P & PinocchioP), and the EU (Vault Kid & KIRA).
Did you enjoy some or all of these event activities, and what did you think? Share your experiences below in the comments! But first, let’s move onto the new figure announcements…
Alphamax has announced they’ll be creating a scale figure based on the Miku Expo 2021 main visual art by Ryota sometime in the near future. For now, we just have the 3D render prototype reveal, but no other details such as the scale size, release dates, etc. So stay tuned for updates on that!
Tokyo Otaku Mode has announced an upcoming exclusive Hatsune Miku figure, designed by LAM. What’s unique about this already cool-looking design is that a jacket based on the one Miku is wearing will also be made available alongside the figure! Further details of course will be announced at a future date.