Oct 012020
 

The vibrantly cute and futuristic Hatsune Miku: Kentaro Yabuki x osoba ver. 1/7 scale figure from Max Factory is now available for preorder from Good smile Company’s online shop, and other online stores!

A scale figure of Miku based on an incredibly cute design by Kentaro Yabuki!
Kentaro Yabuki’s futuristic Hatsune Miku design has been recreated as a scale figure under the complete supervision of Kentaro Yabuki himself! Her dynamic pose, detailed hair recreated with translucent parts and delicate paintwork, futuristic outfit and the figure’s stunning base have all be created with the utmost attention to detail. Be sure to add her to your collection!

The figure is available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop (Global and USA) for 20,000 JPY ($191 USD), and is available for preorder until November 26th at 12:00 PM JST. The expected shipping period is December 2021. You can also grab her from these other online shops!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode
> CDJapan
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Nippon Yasan (Pending)

Sep 302020
 

The long-awaited release of Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku is finally here! The game is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. While it’s only officially released in Japan, the game is still playable as long as you can either side-load the game (Android) or register a Japan region account (iOS). We’re hoping it will eventually get a release outside of Japan as well!

Project Sekai Official Site → https://pjsekai.sega.jp/
Official Twitter → https://twitter.com/pj_sekai

Download (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Download (iOS): https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/プロジェクトセカイ-カラフルステージ-feat-初音ミク/id1489932710

The game was a joint effort by SEGA and Colorful Palette, using a lot of talent behind the popular BanG Dream! Girls Band Party mobile game. Let’s take a look at the announcements that came with this release!

1: 20 Songs Added Over 20 Days Campaign

Over the period of the next 20 days, starting October 1st (JST), a new song will be added to the game every day at 3:00 PM! Be sure to grab them and try them out as soon as they’re released.

2: 39 Login Campaign

Everyone who logs into the game during the promotion period will receive 300 crystals daily, which can be repeated for up to 13 days to receive a total of 3900 crystals! This daily login promotion ends October 30th at 3:59 AM JST.

3: Release Commemorative Live

To commemorate the game’s release, virtual live events featuring Project Sekai characters will be hosted ingame daily from September 30th ~ October 6th, JST! These performances will be held 6 times a day at the following times: 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:00 PM. The final show will be at 12:00 AM on October 7th.

4: Enjoy Virtual Live Together Campaign

By inviting friends to private rooms for the virtual live events, you can earn up to an additional 200 crystals per day! This promotion runs for the same time period as the Commemorative Live. The rewards are as follows: 2~5 people rewards 50 crystals, 6~10 people rewards 100 crystals, 11 or more people rewards 200 crystals.

5: Release Commemorative Gacha

A commemorative gacha featuring Hatsune Miku and other virtual singers, as well as Project Sekai characters is being held until October 9th at 2:59 PM JST. When using the “10 times” gacha selection, there is guaranteed to be at least one 3-star member reward. And for the first time, 4-star members will come with their live outfits attached.

Via Piapro Blog

Sep 282020
 

It comes as unfortunate news today that Miku Expo 2020 USA & Canada has been officially cancelled. Due to several postponements, and an uncertain future caused by the spread of COVID-19 in North America and the world, it was decided that it would not be possible to create a safe environment for such an event.

Not all hope appears to be lost, as CFM appears to be working on new event ideas. Perhaps this is related to the Miku World 2021 and Miku Galaxy Live 2021 announcements we saw teased during the Galaxy Live 2020 VR concert?

Sometime within the next ~30 days, the respective ticket vendors for the cancelled events should begin accepting applications for refunds.

Miku Expo 2020 USA & CA Official Site → https://mikuexpo.com/usaca2020/

Sep 282020
 

September 25th marks the 13th anniversary of the Vocaloid track “Packaged” by livetune.

This was the first Vocaloid track kz ever uploaded onto the Internet, beginning what has become a long and prosperous music production career.  While kz had been creating remixes of various tracks under the name RE:NDZ before the release of “Packaged,” this track was what first put him on the map.  Today, kz is one of the most recognized Vocaloid producers in the world and has left his mark in various other genres, from anime OPs to mainstream EDM.

Initially uploaded as a test video a few days earlier, “Packaged” was first uploaded to Nico Nico Douga on September 25, 2007, less than a month after Crypton Future Media first released the Vocaloid software for Hatsune Miku.  The track also made its way to the now-defunct music sharing site Muzie.  “Packaged” would become the title track of livetune’s first Vocaloid album, Re:package, released on August 27, 2008, with the record label Victor Entertainment.  This is significant because Re:package was the first Vocaloid album ever released by a major record label.  At the time, livetune originally consisted of 2 members, kz and Kajuki P, before the latter left livetune and ultimately retired from the Vocaloid scene in August 2008, shortly after the release of Re:package.  “Packaged” has been remixed and re-released several times since, including:

  • Packaged (piano ver) – Re:package (August 27, 2008)
  • Packaged (kisk baker’s yogamix) – Re:MIKUS (March 29, 2009)
  • Packaged – Re:Dial (March 20, 2013)
  • Packaged (Shipping in 2013 remix) – DECORATOR EP (March 5, 2014)

As of the writing of this article, the Nico Nico Douga upload of “Packaged” has been viewed 2,272,621 times with 115 comments.  It peaked at rank #7 in the “Musics” category and ranks in the top 10 for “Original Miku Song.”  A few years after starting a YouTube account, kz uploaded “Packaged” there on December 15, 2011, where it has racked up an additional 391,314 views.  While it is not quite as popular and well-known as kz’s later works and the works of other well-known Vocaloid producers, “Packaged” was the first spark that began kz’s journey to become the music production powerhouse he is today and paved the way for other aspiring Vocaloid producers to follow.

Sep 272020
 

The two nights of the Hatsune Miku Galaxy Live 2020 VR event have concluded, and it was a spectacular event to watch! The visuals and music selection were great, and we’re incredibly grateful that such an event was made available for free. It was a 45 minute long performance spanning various planets across the virtual galaxy. The live featured 8 songs, which felt just right for a VR Live event (you need to let your eyes rest!).

If you’d like to recap the playlist, here’s the songs featured in the event:

1: Mizuiro Shinryaku by Nayutalien
2: World is Mine by Ryo(Supercell)
3: Violence Trigger by HachiojiP
4: MACARON by ATOLS
5: Bitter Chocolate Decoration by syudou
6: HIBANA by DECO*27
7: Sekai no Man’naka wo Aruku by Natsushiro Takaaki
8: Tell Your World by kz

The end of the live event also teased two somewhat mysterious announcements:

– Miku World 2021
– Miku Galaxy Live Japan 2021… And then the world!

Let’s have some fun speculating what these events could be! Is Miku World 2021 going to be some kind of theme park collaboration? Is Miku Galaxy Live going to be the name of some new concert event, or will it finally replace the outdated “Miku Expo” naming scheme? We’re excited to see what these announcements will bring for the future!