Feb 122015

In what is probably a more interesting bit of news (by way of novelty), Good Smile Company (you know, the lot that markets figures, figma and Nendoroid) announced a collaboration with ultra-premium Japanese audio manufacturer Fostex.
Fostex, known among more audiophile-tier communities as a upper level brand marketing reference grade gear, has previously released headphones recognized for powerful bass and sound quality.

GSC has started the toon WORKSHOP brand with Joe Hahn – Linkin Park’s DJ & sampler – as a “lifestyle product line”.
Together with Fostex they are developing the brand’s first item, the THP-1 “transforming headphones”.

The THP-01 features a "transforming" body

The THP-01 features a “transforming” body

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Nov 162014


In one of the most successful seasons of the Good Smile Racing team, the Hatsune Miku BMW took 3rd place in the final round, giving Good Smile Racing enough points to get 1st place in the SUPER GT championship!


Having a good run in the qualifier before the race, the Hatsune Miku BMW was able to start the race in 3rd place, and was able to take 2nd place on the first lap. Continue reading »

Sep 302014

SBS Transit (not that SBS) in Singapore is apparently preparing to display a new advertising wrap promoting trips to Sapporo, Hokkaido in collaboration with the Hokkaido District Transport Bureau. Nothing surprising, you might say – buses have such things all the time.
You might already know that Sapporo happens to be the location of Crypton Future Media’s headquarters, so here’s the surprising part – Snow Miku is, for the first time, going to be decorating public transport ahead of Hokkaido.


The alleged design of the advertisement for SBS

The design template matches that of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses that comprise the majority of the operator’s newer single-deck fleet, so it seems unlikely this is a fake.
It’s quite a surprise to be finding Miku promoting things out of Japan, let alone revealing Snow Miku ahead of Sapporo. That’s right, this ad will be deployed on October 3rd before the annual Snow Miku train is out.
The word goes that the bus(es) will be mostly running along Orchard Road, the island-country’s busiest shopping district, which seems like a perfect spot for targeting (would-be) tourists.

The campaign mentions that 17 direct flights from Singapore to Hokkaido will be operated from 1st December to 16th January.

On another note, apparently Sapporo citizens are upset about Singapore getting Snow Miku first this year.


Source: mlit.go.jp

Aug 312014

It’s been seven years. It’s almost difficult to believe. It’s Hatsune Miku’s 7th anniversary.

pixiv id: 45694087 / projectTiGER

pixiv id: 45694087 / projectTiGER

08/31. It’s your seventh anniversary, Miku.
Good night.

Aug 092014

sapporo film banner

Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market is holding a video contest for Vocaloid Music videos with the support of Crypton Future Media. The history of this festival starts as the CGM Award, but was renamed to UGC (User Generated Contents) Award in the 9th SAPPORO Short Fest to celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 5th anniversary, and since then has screened various promotional videos from a wide range of artists and producers.


All the submitted videos and films are previewed by the selection committee, and some works will be chosen for an official UGC Award of SAPPORO Short Fest 2014. Those videos and films will be screened at their main theater, and will give a grand prize for the UGC Grand Prix and two winners of UGC awards.

[Submission Regulations]

  • The singing synthesizer software has to be used in the work.
  • The images have to be original works.
  • Copyright has to be clear with illustration and music.
  • The length of the video or film has to be within 30 minutes.
  • The video or film is published on the website.
  • Resolution of the video must be more than 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • A director or a group of directors can submit only one video or film.


 (Last year’s winners)

Submissions are open from July 18, to August 31, 2014 15:00 JST and can be submitted here (instructions in both Japanese and English).

Jun 112014

So you missed your chance to see Miku live in Los Angeles during Mikunopolis? Don’t fret, second time could be the charm. And to top it off, she’s also headed to the Big Apple.
MIKUBOOK sent out newsletters to announce that MIKUEXPO will be hitting the LA NOKIA Theater on October 11th (7pm, night show) & 12th (12:30pm, afternoon show) and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on October 17th (8:30pm night show) and 18th (6:30pm night show).

Tickets for all shows start sales in two days (Friday 13th June), structured into four tiers of;

  • “MIKU LOVE VIP PACKAGE”, standing tickets at $125
  • “MIKU LOVE AREA”, seating for $75
  • “GOLD”, seating for $65
  • “SILVER”, seating for $55 (not applicable to New York)

The MikuExpo itself will be held in a separate venue in downtown LA and NY. Its details aren’t yet finalized, so watch the website for up-to-date info.

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